||CF. IA 04897
||Negative, Film; B&W; aerial rear broadside view of the launching of the liberty ship ZEBULON B. VANCE completely off the ways; 3 Stone Towing tugboats are visible in the loewr foreground; shipbuilding ways visible in upper right corner; "Launching of the Zebulon B. Vance/by/Pennington's Flying Service/December 6, 1941" written on the back of the original photo.
||Pennington, James C. ("Skinny")\photographer
Launching of USS Zebulon B. Vance, December 6, 1941
The Zebulon B. Vance was the first vessel completed at the Wilmington shipyards. It was launched on December 6, 1941, one day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. These photographs were taken by James "Skinny" Pennington, a local pilot who later served in China and India while in the Army.