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In February, 1943, entertainer Bing Crosby "passed out the honors to 16 Marinshippers who received national recognition for their ideas submitted through the Suggestion Boxes" (The Stinger, March 6, 1943). Other visiting celebrities to Marinship during its operations included Jane Russell, Marian Anderson, the King Sisters, Frank McHugh and Jack Buetel. Marinship Corporation in Sausalito was a WWII Liberty shipyard owned by W.A. Bechtel Co. During WWII, residential Marin City was developed as housing for Marinship workers and their families. In the span of Marinship's three and a half years of active service (1942-1945), fifteen EC-2 Liberty Ships were built, along with seventy-eight oil tankers and twenty invasion barges. At its peak, Marinship employed a multi-ethnic workforce of 20,000.