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“Excellent information of WWII shipyard History”

Henry J. Kaiser Shipyard Memorial
Ranked #23 of 62 things to do in Vancouver
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

I wanted to come and see this. An Uncle of mine came to build Liberty ships here during WWII. And my father was in the Merchant Marines at the time. So I heard all about the Liberty Ships but had never actaully been to this Memorial.

It is located next to a boat ramp near the rest rooms. There is a tall wooden tower with a nice view of the area. and there are many informative postings of Historical information about the WWII Shipyard. And the ships they built. And the stages of building a Liberty Boat.

The Memorial is free, but the parking is not. there is a $5 fee for parking which i think is related to the boat ramp. With this in mind I parked over at the parking area for Marine Park and just walked here from there. it is not a very long walk and it was a nice sunny day. Allowing me to see more of the area as i walked. You can sit at picnic tables on the way. Or walk down to a beach area. So walking is a good option if you have the time to do so.

It is great that they have a memorial here for people to learn more about those times. What people did for the war effort to supply the nation with ships. And the jobs it provided for the men and woman who came to work in the shipyards.

And who could forget the iconic image of Rosie The Riveter. If you don't know about her... you can read all about her here. So this place is well worth a visit to learn more about the old WWII shipyard that once was.

Thank RSNN
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

Located next to the boat ramp at Marine Park (there may be a parking charge) the Memorial is located behind the bathrooms. You can not miss it, just look for the Tower.
The tower gives you a great view of the area, especially the old ship yard (or whats left of it). Took my kids and then later my Boy Scout group. The kids were totally unaware of what happened here! Finding out about the number and type of the ships that were built during WW2 really took them by surprize. Everyone enjoyed the visit.

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Reviewed 6 February 2017

Stopped to use the restrooms. Started reading all the signs. We learned so much about the area and the history of shipbuilding on the Columbia. Worth the fee. Nice bathrooms

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Reviewed 23 June 2016

From what I could see through the fence, this looked interesting (I'm a history buff) but unfortunately, it was fenced off and a sign said "Closed for repairs" with no further information. There is a $5 parking fee, and an automated pay station - but since I wasn't staying and there was nobody there to give me any information about when it would open, I didn't stay.

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Reviewed 29 July 2015

This memorial is located in the marine park off SE Columbia Way next to the boat launch. Be aware, there is a $5 parking fee. The former Kaiser Shipyard is now the site of the Columbia Business Park on the south side of Highway 14 in Vancouver along the Columbia River. The viewing tower tells the story of the shipyards through interpretive panels. Climb the stairs of the tower for a view of the river, watch jets take off from the Portland Airport across the river and on a clear day, you can see Mt. Hood to the east.
If you look closely at the interpretive panel on the upper deck of the tower you can look out over the industrial park to the west and still see the concrete ways and structures of the shipyard that are still present. I'm glad I took the time to investigate :)

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