U.S.S. Engage: the money shot

Bill Anderson writes:
“Yesterday I saw your column about the USS Engage. You said that it had been launched in June of 53 which was just as I had returned from my time in Korea.
“During that time, my father was working as super for the Colberg Machine shop and he used to marvel that he was born to horse and buggies and was later working on parts for the moon rocket engines for which some parts had been contracted to Colberg Boat Works to manufacture for Areojet over by Folsom.
“When he passed away, his belongings had been passed on to me and among them is a pamphlet that was an ad for all the services that Colberg  Boat Works could provide. When I saw the photo with your column … I looked it up and, sure enough, in that pamphlet was a picture of the launch of that mine sweeper.”
“When I look upon the North bank of the channel now, it is hard for me to believe that it had all been such a productive part of Stockton.  In my days as a sign painter for the old Scott Brothers shop, I had many times been called upon to letter the boats off the docks at Stephens Bros. and I recall when they started to change  over to building aluminum hulls.”
Colberg’s is a ghost town now. But what a past.

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