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Wartime Builders of Large Ships

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.  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 oceangoing 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 Wartime Builders of Steel Boats, Wartime Builders of Wooden and Concrete Boats, Small Shipbuilders 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


Atlantic Coast (8)

Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Inc.

Baltimore MD Aug-08

Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyards, Inc.

Hingham MA Aug-11

J. A. Jones Construction Company

Brunswick GA Oct-10

New England Shipbuilding Company

South Portland ME Oct-10

North Carolina Shipbuilding Company

Wilmington NC Oct-10

Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation

Savannah GA Oct-10

St. John's River Shipbuilding Company

Jacksonville FL Oct-10

Walsh-Kaiser Company, Inc.

Providence RI Oct-10

Gulf Coast (5)

Brown Shipbuilding Company

Houston TX Jun-12

Consolidated Steel Corporation

Orange TX Jun-10

Delta Shipbuilding Company

New Orleans LA Sep-08

J. A. Jones Construction Company

Panama City FL Oct-10

Todd Houston Shipbuilding Corporation

Houston TX Oct-10

Inland and Great Lakes (7)

American Bridge Corp.

Pittsburgh PA Jul-11

Butler Shipbuilders, Walter

Superior WI Jul-09

Cargill Inc.

Savage MN Jan-10

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

Seneca IL Jan-11

Froemming Bros.

Milwaukee WI Aug-08

Globe Shipbuilding

Superior WI Jun-10

Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company

Evansville IN Oct-10

Pacific Coast (10)

California Shipbuilding Corp.

Los Angeles LA Oct-10

Consolidated Steel Corp.

Wilmington CA Mar-10

Kaiser Richmond No. 4 Yard

Richmond CA Nov-10

Kaiser Swan Island

Portland OR Oct-10

Kaiser Vancouver

Vancouver WA Nov-10

Marinship Corporation

Sausalito CA 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

Permanente Metals Corporation, No. 3 Yard

Richmond CA Nov-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 (formerly Townsend & Downey)

Arlington NY Dec-11

Foundation Company

Brunswick and Savannah GA Sep-10
Kearny and Newar 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