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Guide to the Brooklyn Navy Yard oral history collection ARC.003

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Oral History Interview with Mary Hogan and Anne Hannigan, July 28, 2008

Biographical / Historical

Mary Hannigan Hogan (1923- ) grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn with five siblings. Hogan attended Manual Traning High School, now known John Jay High School. Shortly after graduating from high school, she began working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a welder and adding up costs for ship parts. Hogan married in 1944. After leaving the Navy Yard, she worked at various office jobs and moved with her family to Long Island, New York./n/nAnne Mastrion Hannigan (1922- ) grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn near Mary Hogan. Anne Hannigan married Mary Hogan's brother, Johnny Hannigan, in 1944. Anne Hannigan also attended Manual Training High School, where she learned typing and stenography. Hannigan began work at the Navy Yard around the time of Mary Hogan, working as a lathe operator and reading blueprints to determine the number of parts needed. After leaving the Navy Yard, Anne Hannigan worked in the claims department of Pilgrim Laundry and later moved to Long Island, New York.

Scope and Contents

The interview with Mary Hannigan Hogan (1923- ) and Anne Mastron Hannigan (1922) also includes their niece, Maureen Hawkins and Mary Hogan's daughter, Debbie Hogan Russ. The women discuss their upbringing in Brooklyn, getting jobs at the Navy Yard, commuting to work, safety issues, uniforms, salaries and marriage. While Mary Hogan began working as a welder and Anne Hannigan as a lathe operator, both women began doing office work shortly after they started. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan and Jennifer Egan.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Subject Names

  • Hannigan, Anne Mastrion

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard
  • Manual Training High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Missouri (Battleship : BB 63)

Subject Topics

  • Blueprints
  • Family life -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Friendship
  • Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Local transit -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Sailors
  • Security systems
  • Transportation -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Wages -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Women -x Employment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Work environment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Shipbuilding -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Shipyards -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Laundry industry -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Park Slope (New York, N.Y.)