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.  In addition to the large yards that built oceangoing naval and commercial ships, there were many more that built small ships, boats and barges.  Some were repair yards which only built ships for the duration of the emergency.  Many built the simpler types of ships required by the Army and the Coast Guard, as well as the Navy.  The civilian agencies involved were the U.S. Shipping Board, in World War I, and the U.S. Maritime Commission, in World War II.  Most of the emergency yards closed and were liquidated at the end of the war, or soon thereafter, or returned to their pre-war activities.  A few took on a new life and are listed in other categories of this collection.  The 90 tables presented here are generally far from complete, most only documenting wartime construction.  The wartime construction programs are themselves not well documented and there is very little information on what happened to these boats at the end of the war. 


Atlantic Coast (30)

American Machinery

Beresford FL

Cambridge Shipbuilders

Cambridge MD

Camden Shipbuilding

Camden ME

Continental Shipbuilding

Brooklyn NY

Daytona Beach Boat Works

Daytona Beach FL

Delaware Bay Shipbuilding

Leesburg VA

Dooley's Basin & Dry Dock

Fort Lauderdale FL

East Coast Shipyards

Bayonne NJ

Elizabeth City Shipyard

Elizabeth City NC

Harris & Parsons

East Greenwich RI

John & Associates

Rye NY

Knutson Shipbuilding

Halesite NY

Lancaster Ironworks

Perryville MD

Manteo Boatbuilding

Manteo NC

Miami Shipbuilding

Miami FL

Moyer & Son

Ocean City NJ

Muzzio Bros.

Stamford CT

New Jersey Shipbuilding

Barber NJ

Northeast Shipbuilding

Quincy MA

Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding

Camden NJ

Perkins & Vaughan

Wickford RI

Robinson, W. A.

Ipswich MA

Simms Bros.

Dorchester MA

Sullivan Drydock & Repair

Brooklyn NY

Ventnor Boat Works

Atlantic City NJ

Warren Boat Yard

Warren RI

Wheeler Shipbuilding

Whitestone NY

Gulf Coast (6)

Allen Boat Company

Harvey LA

Decatur Iron & Steel

Decatur AL

Pendleton Shipyard Co.

New Orleans LA

Rice Brothers Company

Rockport TX

Smith's Shipyard

Pensacola FL

Warren Fish

Pensacola FL

Inland and Great Lakes (21)

American Cruiser

Trenton MI

Bison Shipbuilding

Buffalo NY

Chrysler Corp.

Detroit MI

Darby Steel Products

Kansas City KS

Eddy Shipbuilding

Bay City MI

Erie Concrete & Supply

Erie PA

Fisher Boatworks

Detroit MI

Inland Waterways

Duluth MN

Kansas City Steel

Kansas City KS

Kewaunee Shipbuilding

Kewaunee WI

Mount Vernon Bridge & Iron

Ironton OH

Niagara Shipbuilding

Buffalo NY

Northwest Engineering

Green Bay WI

Odenbach Shipbuilding

Rochester NY

Omaha Steel Works

Omaha NE

Peterson & Haecker

Blair NE

Pidgeon-Thomas Iron Works

Memphis TN

Pullman Standard Car

Chicago IL

Quincy Bargebuilders

Quincy IL

Stadium Yacht Basin

Cleveland OH

Zenith Dredge Company

Duluth MN

Pacific Coast (34)

Ackerman Boat

Newport Beach CA

Anacortes Shipways

Anacortes WA

Barbee Marine Yards

Renton WA

Basalt Rock Co.

Napa CA

Birchfield Shipbuilding

Tacoma WA

Chilman Shipyard

Hoquiam WA

Cryer & Sons

Oakland CA

Eureka Shipbuilding

Fields Landing CA

Everett Pacific Shipbuilding

Everett WA

Gig Harbor Shipbuilding

Gig Harbor WA

Grays Harbor Shipbuilding

Aberdeen WA

Hickinbotham Bros./Guntert & Zimmerman

Stockton CA

Hillstrom Shipbuilding

Coos Bay OR


Long Beach CA

Hoquiam Shipyard

Hoquiam WA

Kyle & Co.

Stockton CA

Mojean & Ericson

Tacoma WA

Moore Equipment Co.

Stockton CA

Motor Boat Marina

Seattle WA

Northwestern Shipbuilding

South Bellingham WA

Olson & Winge

Seattle WA

Pacific Bridge Company

San Francisco CA

Pacific Car & Foundry

Renton/Seattle/Tacoma WA

Peterson Shipbuilding

Tacoma WA

Peyton Co.

Newport Beach CA

Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding

Stockton CA

Puget Sound Boatbuilding

Tacoma WA

Reliable Welding Works

Olympia WA

South Coast Shipyard

Newport Beach CA

United Concrete Pipe

Los Angeles CA

Victory Shipbuilding

Newport Beach CA

Wood, Clyde W.

Stockton CA


Barrett Shipbuilding

Mobile AL

Camden Anchor

Camden ME

Clayton Ship and Boatbuilding

Clayton NY

College Point Boats

College Point NY

Crowninshield Shipbuilding

Fall River MA

Eastern Shipyard

Greenport NY

Eastern Shore Shipbuilding

Sharptown MD

Ferguson Iron & Steel

Buffalo NY

Fry, L. E.

Clayton NY

General SB & Aero

Alexandria VA

International Shipbuilding

Upper Nyack NY

McDonald, Alex

Staten Island NY

Newcomb Lifeboat

Hampton VA

Northwest Engineering Works

Green Bay WI

Rocky River Dry Dock

Rocky River OH

Southland Shipbuilding

Savannah GA

Whitney Bros.

Superior WI