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AC226_ELBERT M_RATCLIFF_PAPERSA THE TYRRELL HISTORICAL LIBRARY Archival Collection 226 The Elbert M. Ratcliff Papers, 1943-1945 DESCRB'TION The Elbert M. Ratcliff Collection focuses on the World War II maritime production at the Pennsylvania Ship Yards during the inclusive years from 1943-1945. Mr. Ratcliff was employed in the accounting department in the prewar days and later became a statistician for the company. The collection places emphasis on two (2) naval vessels. "The Karin," hull #320, christened by his wife Jackie Mae Ratcliff on June 22, 1944, and the "Natalie 0. Warren," which was converted into the world's first sea -going liquid petroleum transport vessel for the Warren Petroleum Company in November, 1947. The Karin was converted into a deep water drilling ship for the Storm Drilling Company -in 1967, and renamed "The Typhoon." The Elbert M. Ratcliff collection consists of correspondence, military records, newspaper clippings, five (5) war rationing books, twenty-three (23) 8"x 10" photographs and one (1) box containing the broken champagne bottle in which Mrs. Ratcliff christened the "Karin." No Restrictions Apply.