CHELSEA WW II SHIP’S CLOCK SUN
SHIPBUILDING

Stand Included, a $50.00 value!
 
A very rare classic Wardroom clock with all the right the added feature
of having served on a Sun tanker. In pristine original condition and keeping perfect time. Perfect for superior collection
or for use on shipboard 
 

Presented is a superior example of a Chelsea Cock Co.,
marine clock, Movement Ser. No. 437140 dating the clock to Ca 1942. The serial number on the case is 705473,
Ca 1967, which happens frequently on Navy clocks which are serviced on shipboard. This is a exceptional
ship’s clock keeping time with my quartz wristwatch. It has a six inch 12 hour silvered brass dial in recently
refinished condition, black moon hands, and a small bit seconds hand over the center. It is housed in a heavy weight
seven inch forged brass case with the rare pink cast marking it as “bell metal” The bezel is screw type.
 
CHELSEA is etched in black upper case letters within the seconds
bit, and the famous and rare Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Chester, PA. is acid etched below the
center hands arbor. It has a 8 day time only movement with an 9-jeweled escapement which appears new, and may account for
its good timekeeping. It weighs almost 7 pounds. Chelsea key included.
 
                      
Refinished dial
                      Serial
Number 437140
 
SUN SHIPBUILDING BRIEF HISTORY: The company launched its first
vessel in Chester in 1917 just as the United States entered the war. In the 1920s Sun Shipbuilding activities included construction
of tankers for the Standard Oil Company. In World War II Sun Ship built 281 T-2 tanker oil carriers, nearly 40 percent of
all the tankers built in this country in that period, as well as hospital ships and C4 cargo carriers for the US Maritime
Commission. During the war a number of cargo ships originally built by Sun Shipbuilding were converted to flush-deck
escort carriers (CVEs) at other shipyards. By the end of the war, Sun Shipbuilding was a city of its own, sprawling along
the Delaware river.
 
After the war activities ranged from construction C4 Mariner cargo ships and repairs
of US Navy destroyers to scrapping war-surplus vessels such as the aircraft carrier CV-4 Ranger. But the company was hit hard
by the restructuring of the US economy and increasing competition from abroad. The Glomar Explorer was built in 1973 by Sun
Shipbuilding for a secret CIA mission to retrieve a sunken Russian submarine. With the continuing deterioration of its business,
on 15 February 1977 Sun Shipbuilding launched its last cargo ship, Westward Venture, having delivered 543 ships over a span
of six decades.