During a lecture with Jennifer Egan, writer and Pulitzer-Prize winner, she was telling stories about the Brooklyn Navy Yard and one of those was that at one point during the second world war, 2 ships were brought in which were both damaged beyond repair. However because each ship still had one half which was sort of usable, it was decided to cut both of them in half then weld them together again. An amazing story, and probably correct, but I couldn't find any reference for it and keep on wondering how this was done practically as it seems quite challenging. (I do not have a link to back this story up, but I heard it just last night so it's still fresh in memory, and Egan is more than notable enough for me.)

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    Liberty Ships were welded together from pre-produced parts... I guess with one having sustained bow damage and one stern damage, it would be (comparatively) easy to "cut & paste" (or rather, cut and weld...) as they were built from identical parts anyway. Having the names (or numbers or however L ships were identified) would help the search immensely...
    – DevSolar
    Feb 20, 2018 at 9:28
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    Perhaps better placed in History.SE...?!?
    – DevSolar
    Feb 20, 2018 at 9:33
  • @DevSolar yes that probably is a better place - I can't move my own question, can someone else do it or do I just delete / ask again elsewhere?
    – stijn
    Feb 20, 2018 at 14:46
  • As you have no answers here yet, you can just delete it.
    – DevSolar
    Feb 20, 2018 at 14:51
  • @DevSolar they were not Liberty Ships (which were cargo ships), they were Edsall-class destroyer escorts
    – DavePhD
    Feb 20, 2018 at 18:17

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From TWO INTO ONE Shipbuilding and Shipping Record 28 June 1945:

The U.S. destroyer escort Menges is back in service again. But only two thirds of her is the original ship; the other third was U.S.S. Holder another destroyer escort. Both ships were badly damaged in the Mediterranean, the Menges by two torpedoes, which killed 30 men and destroyed a large part of her stern. They were both docked at Brooklyn Navy Yard, where the Holder's stern was removed and grafted on to the Menges.

See also Menges and Holder

and photos of the repair process here: http://www.navsource.org/archives/06/320.htm


Another incident, which while not during WWII involved more famous and more substantial ships, was that the bow of the unfinished Iowa-class battleship USS Kentucky was grafted onto the USS Wisconsin after Wisconsin collided with a destroyer.

The USS Wisconsin Museum has a variety of information about this process. There is also a pdf with some pictures.

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