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Emergency Shipbuilders

In both world wars, the U.S. Government stimulated the creation of a large number of emergency shipyards.  Some were devoted to naval shipbuilding, others to merchant shipbuilding.  Some were primarily repair yards which also built a few ships.  Many of the commercially oriented shipbuilders also built some of the simpler types of naval ships.  The civilian agencies involved were the U.S. Shipping Board, in World War I, and the U.S. Maritime Commission, in World War II.  Almost all these emergency yards closed at the end of the war, or soon thereafter, although a few took on a new life and reappeared later under a different name.  The tables in this section cover those yards that built naval or merchant ships, including LSTs: these types of ship were also, of course, built by the  shipbuilders covered in the lists of Large Shipbuilders and Naval Shipyards.  The yards that built small ships, boats and barges are covered in the lists of Emergency Boatbuilders, Emergency Builders of Wood and Concrete Vessels, Small Shipbuilders and Boatbuilders and Small Yachtbuilders.  The tables presented here are generally complete, at least as far as the emergency contracts are concerned, because the construction programs are well documented, as are the fates of the ships that were built.



State Most Recent Update


Builders of Liberty and Victory Ships (15)

Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Inc.

Baltimore MD Aug-08

California Shipbuilding Corp.

Los Angeles LA Oct-10

Delta Shipbuilding Company

New Orleans LA Sep-08

J. A. Jones Construction Company

Brunswick GA Oct-10

J. A. Jones Construction Company

Panama City FL Oct-10

Kaiser Vancouver

Vancouver WA Nov-10

New England Shipbuilding Company

South Portland ME Oct-10

North Carolina Shipbuilding Company

Wilmington NC Oct-10

Oregon Shipbuilding Co.

Portland OR Oct-10

Permanente Metals Corporation, No. 1 Yard

Richmond CA Oct-10

Permanente Metals Corporation, No. 2 Yard

Richmond CA Oct-10

Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation

Savannah GA Oct-10

St. John's River Shipbuilding Company

Jacksonville FL Oct-10

Todd Houston Shipbuilding Corporation

Houston TX Oct-10

Walsh-Kaiser Company, Inc.

Providence RI Oct-10

Builders of T-2 Tankers (2)

Kaiser Swan Island

Portland OR Oct-10

Marinship Corporation

Sausalito CA Oct-10

Builders of Other Cargo Ships and Tankers (7)

Butler Shipbuilders, Walter

Superior WI Jul-09

Cargill Inc.

Savage MN Jan-10

Consolidated Steel Corp.

Wilmington CA Jan-12

Froemming Bros.

Milwaukee WI Aug-08

Globe Shipbuilding

Superior WI Jun-10

Kaiser Richmond No. 4 Yard

Richmond CA Nov-10

Permanente Metals Corporation, No. 3 Yard

Richmond CA Nov-10

Builders of DEs, LSTs and Other Naval Vessels (5)

Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyards, Inc.

Hingham MA Aug-11

Brown Shipbuilding Company

Houston TX Dec-15

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

Seneca IL Dec-14

Consolidated Steel Corporation

Orange TX Jan-12

Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company

Evansville IN Oct-10


Atlantic Coast (18)

American International Shipbuilding Corp.

Hog Island PA Jul-10

Atlantic Corp.

Portsmouth NH Jul-10

Carolina Shipbuilding

Wilmington NC Aug-10

Downey Shipbuilding

Arlington NY Dec-11

Foundation Company

Brunswick and Savannah GA Sep-10
Kearny and Newark NJ

Groton Iron Works

Groton CT Sep-10

Merchant Shipbuilding Corp.

Bristol PA May-10

Newburgh Shipyards

Newburgh NY Jul-14

Providence Engineering

Providence RI Apr-11

Pusey & Jones

Gloucester City NJ May-08

Shattuck Shipyard

Portsmouth NH Jul-10

Standard Shipbuilding

Shooters Island NY Jul-11

Submarine Boat Company

Newark NJ Sep-10

Terry Shipbuilding

Savannah GA Sep-10

Texas Steamship

Bath ME Sep-10

Virginia Shipbuilding

Alexandria VA Sep-10

Gulf Coast (8)

Oscar Daniels Company

Tampa FL Aug-10

Doullut & Williams

New Orleans LA Aug-10

Foundation Company

New Orleans LA Sep-10

Mobile Shipbuilding

Mobile AL Oct-11

International Shipbuilding

Orange and Beaumont TX Jul-11
Pascagoula MS

National Shipbuilding Co.

Orange TX Jul-11

National Shipbuilding Corp.

Violet LA Jul-11

Pensacola Shipbuilding

Pensacola FL Sep-10

Inland and Great Lakes (2)

Globe Shipbuilding

Superior WI Jun-10

Saginaw Shipbuilding

Saginaw MI Mar-13

Pacific Coast (17)

Ames Shipbuilding

Seattle WA Jul-10

Columbia River Shipbuilding

Portland OR Aug-10

Duthie Shipbuilding, J. F.

Seattle WA Sep-10

Foundation Company

Portland OR Sep-10
Tacoma WA

Hanlon Dry Dock & SB

Oakland CA Sep-10

Northwest Steel Company

Portland OR Nov-10

Pacific Coast Shipbuilding

Bay Point CA Apr-11

Seattle North Pacific SB

Seattle WA Sep-10


Portland OR Oct-12
Aberdeen WA

Grays Harbor Motorship Corp.

Aberdeen WA Oct-12

Supple Ballin Shipbuilding

Portland OR Sep-10

Skinner & Eddy

Seattle WA Aug-08

G. M. Standifer Construction

Portland OR Feb-11

G. M. Standifer Construction

Vancouver WA

Union Construction Co

Oakland CA Jul-11