U.S. Builders of Small Ships, Boats and Barges


These companies operate shipyards which are relatively small but which are (or were) capable of building the smaller types of governmental and commercial vessels, such as patrol craft, research vessels, tugs, towboats, offshore service vessels, fishing vessels, ferries, tour boats and barges.  A few builders of recreational boats have slipped in, but only those which are real boatyards, which launch their products into a waterway, rather than boat manufacturing facilities, which load their products on to a highway trailer.  In addition to the yards listed here, there are many more boatbuilders listed in the "Other Boatbuilders" section of this web site, which are either too long gone or too small to make it into this section.  This table used to be structured in three groups - yards that are active competitors for new construction contracts; yards that are occasionally or selectively active; and yards that only rarely build a boat nowadays or are essentially inactive - but I kept having to move yards around so it now just lists yards as either active or inactive.  

U.S. Builders of Small Ships, Boats and Barges (360)

Active BOATBUILDERS (119)

ACTIVE ATLANTIC COAST BOATBUILDERS (27)

BAE Systems Southeast - Florida (formerly Atlantic Marine)

Jacksonville

FL

Blackwell Boat Works

Wanchese

NC

Blount Boats

Warren

RI

Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Salisbury

MD

Colonna's Shipyard

Norfolk

VA

Custom Steel Boats

Merritt

NC

F. & S. Yachts (formerly F. & S. Boat Works)

Bear

DE

Fairhaven Shipyard

Fairhaven

MA

Feeney's Shipyard

Kingston

NY

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

South Somerset

MA

Keith Marine (formerly Palatka SB)

Palatka

FL

Mann Custom Boats

Manns Harbor

NC

Maritime Applied Physics Corp. (MAPC)

Baltimore

MD

May Ship Repair

Mariners Harbor

NY

Metal Trades

Hollywood

SC

Miller Marine

Deltaville

VA

Mobro Marine

Green Cove Springs

FL

Rockland Marine (formerly Snow Shipyards)

Rockland

ME

Scarano Boat Building

Albany

NY

Scarborough Boat Works

Wanchese

NC

SENESCO

North Kingstown

RI

Spencer Yachts

Wanchese

NC

St. Johns Shipbuilding (formerly Offshore SB)

Palatka

FL

TEC Skanska (formerly Tidewater Equipment)

Chesapeake

VA

Trident Pontoons

Tavares

FL

Washburn & Doughty

East Boothbay

ME

Yank Marine (inc. Sunsplash Marina LLC)

Tuckahoe

NJ

ACTIVE GULF COAST BOATBUILDERS (54)

A & B Industries

Morgan City

LA

Aluma Marine

Harvey

LA

Arcosa Madisonville (formerly Equitable Equipment, Trinity Madisonville)

Madisonville

LA

John Bludworth Shipyard

Corpus Christi

TX

Bordelon Marine Shipbuilders (formerly Mariner SY)

Houma

LA

Bourg Dry Dock  (inc. Leboeuf Bros. Towing)

Bourg

LA

Breaux Bros. Enterprises

Loreauville

LA

Breaux's Bay Craft

Loreauville

LA

C. & C. Marine and Repair (inc. C. & C. Boat Works)

Belle Chasse

LA

Candies Shipbuilders (formerly Houma Fab.)

Houma

LA

Conrad Industries

Morgan City/Amelia

LA

Cooper Marine

Saint Petersburg

FL

Corinthian Catamarans

Tarpon Springs

FL

Duckworth Steel Boats

Tarpon Springs

FL

Eastern Shipbuilding

Panama City

FL

Eymard & Sons Shipyard

Harvey

LA

Geo Shipyard

New Iberia

LA

Gold Coast Yachts

St. Croix

VI

Gulf Coast Steel (formerly J & J Marine, B & B Boat Builders)

Bayou La Batre

AL

Gulf Craft

Patterson/Franklin

LA

Gulf Island Dularge

Dularge

LA

Gulf Island Jennings (formerly Leevac SY)

Jennings

LA

Halimar Shipyard

Morgan City

LA

Harvey Shipyard Group (formerly TY Offshore)

Gulfport

MS

Hope Services

Dulac

LA

Inland Boat Works (IBW)

Bridge City

TX

Intracoastal Iron Works

Bourg

LA

Jemison Marine & Shipbuilding

Bayou La Batre

AL

L A D Services

Stephensville

LA

Main Iron Works

Houma

LA

Master Boat Builders

Coden

AL

Master Marine

Bayou La Batre

AL

Metal Shark Alabama  (formerly Horizon SB)

Bayou La Batre

AL

Metal Shark Franklin  (including Gravois Aluminum Boats)

Jeanerette/Franklin

LA

Midship Marine

Harvey

LA

Neuville Boat Works

New Iberia

LA

Omega Protein

Moss Point

MS

Orange Shipbuilding (division of Conrad Industries)

Orange

TX

Patti Marine Enterprises

Pensacola

FL

Progressive Industrial

Palmetto

FL

Raymond & Associates (formerly La Force SY)

Bayou La Batre

AL

Rodriguez Boatbuilding

Coden/Bayou La Batre

AL

SanJac Marine (formerly Sneed Shipbuilding)

Channelview

TX

SEMCO

Lafitte

LA

Sisco Marine (formerly Marine Inland Fab.)

Panama City

FL

Sneed Shipbuilding

Orange/Channelview

TX

Southwest Shipbuilding (formerly Newpark Shipbuilding)

Houston/Galveston

TX

Steiner Construction (formerly Steiner SB)

Bayou La Batre

AL

Sterling Shipyard

Port Neches

TX

Swiftships (formerly Sewart Seacraft)

Morgan City

LA

Textron Marine Systems

New Orleans

LA

Thoma-Sea Marine (formerly Halter Lockport)

Houma/Lockport

LA

Tres Palacios Marine

Palacios

TX

Verret Shipyard

Plaquemine

LA

Vessel Repair (formerly Burton Shipyard)

Port Arthur

TX

West Gulf Marine (formerly Kelso Marine, Galveston SB)

Galveston

TX

Westport Orange SY (formerly TDI Halter and Signal Int'l.)

Orange

TX

Williams Fabrication

Coden

AL

ACTIVE INLAND BOATBUILDERS (14)

Arcosa Ashland City (formerly Nashville Bridge, Trinity Ashland City)

Ashland City

TN

Arcosa Caruthersville (formerly Caruthersville SY, Trinity Caruthersville)

Caruthersville

MO

Barbour JB Shipyard (formerly Barbour Metal Boat Works)

Oakville

MO

Corn Island Shipyard

Lamar

IN

Donjon Shipbuilding (formerly Erie Marine)

Erie

PA

Great Lakes Towing

Cleveland

OH

Heartland Fabrication (formerly Brownsville Marine Products)

Brownsville

PA

JamesBuilt

Paducah

KY

Marine Builders

Utica

IN

Metalcraft Marine

Cape Vincent

NY

NewSouth Marine Builders

Greenville

MS

Nichols Boat Company

Greenville

MS

North Shore Marine Terminal (formerly Basic Marine)

Escanaba

MI

Serodino

Guild

TN

Tell City Boat Works

Tell City

IN

ACTIVE PACIFIC COAST BOATBUILDERS (24)

All American Marine

Bellingham

WA

Armstrong Marine

Port Angeles

WA

Bay Welding

Homer

AK

Dakota Creek Industries

Anacortes

WA

Diversified Marine

Portland

OR

Edwing Boat

Chinook

WA

Gunderson Marine

Portland

OR

Hansen Boat Company

Everett

WA

JT Marine

Vancouver

WA

Marine Group Boat Works (formerly Knight & Carver)

National City

CA

Mavrik Marine

La Conner

WA

Moe Enterprises, Howard (formerly Little Hoquiam SY)

Hoquiam

WA

Moose Boats

Petaluma

CA

Nichols Bros. Boatbuilders

Freeland

WA

Penn Cove Shellfish/Everest Marine

Coupeville

WA

Rozema Boat Works

Mount Vernon

WA

Schooner Creek Boat Works

Portland

OR

Vigor Alaska (formerly Alaska Ship & Drydock)

Ketchikan

AK

Vigor Ballard  (formerly Kvichak Marine)

Seattle

WA

Vigor Portland (formerly US Barge)

Portland

OR

Vigor Vancouver (formerly Christensen Yachts)

Vancouver

WA

Fred Wahl Marine Construction

Reedsport

OR

Western Towboat

Seattle

WA

INACTIVE BOATBUILDERS (241)

INACTIVE ATLANTIC COAST BOATBUILDERS (59)

American Car & Foundry (formerly Jackson & Sharp)

Wilmington

DE

American Electric Welding

Baltimore/Savannah

MD/GA

Atlantic & Gulf Boat Building

Port Everglades

FL

Barbour Boat Works

New Bern

NC

Bellinger Shipyards

Jacksonville

FL

Briggs Boat Works

Wanchese

NC

A. C. Brown & Son (and neighboring yards)

Tottenville

NY

Brunswick Marine

Brunswick

GA

Ira S. Bushey & Sons

Brooklyn

NY

Canal Boats

Fort Lauderdale

FL

Cape Cod Shipbuilding

Wareham

MA

Carolina Yacht Enterprises

Wanchese

NC

Charleston Shipbuilding

Charleston

SC

Chesapeake Boats

Crisfield

MD

Derecktor Connecticut

Bridgeport

CT

Derecktor Rhode Island

Middletown

RI

Diesel Engine Sales Co (DESCO) - Hulls 1-800

St. Augustine

FL

Diesel Engine Sales Co (DESCO) - Hulls 801-1600

Diesel Engine Sales Co (DESCO) - Hulls 1601-2272

Diesel Engine Sales Co (DESCO) - FRP Hulls

Diamond Manufacturing

Savannah

GA

Diesel Shipbuilding

Jacksonville

FL

Fitzgerald Marine Fabricators

Fairhaven

MA

General Ship

East Boston

MA

Georgia Shipbuilding (formerly MacDonell Boats)

St. Marys

GA

Gibbs Gas Engine Works (later Jacksonville SY)

Jacksonville

FL

Greenport Basin

Greenport

NY

Hiltebrant Dry Dock

Kingston

NY

Hodgdon, G. I.

East Boothbay

ME

Hodgdon, Norman H.

East Boothbay

ME

Humphreys Railways (formerly Rappahannock MR)

Weems

VA

Island Dock (formerly Kingston DD)

Kingston

NY

Jakobson Shipyard

Oyster Bay

NY

JK Welding

Brooklyn/Yonkers

NY

Lantana Boatyard

Lantana

FL

Liberty Drydock

Brooklyn

NY

Lydia Yachts

Stuart

FL

Marr, Harry G.

Damariscotta

FL

T. S. Marvel & Company (now Steelways)

Newburgh

NY

John H. Mathis & Co.

Camden

NJ

Matton Shipyard

Waterford/Cohoes

NY

New Bern Shipbuilding

New Bern

NC

Norfolk Shipbuilding (Norshipco) (now BAE Norfolk)

Norfolk

VA

Osborn Boat Works (also Osborn & Driscoll)

Croton/Peekskill

NY

Julius Petersen Inc.

Upper Nyack

NY

Reid & Sons

Winthrop

MA

Rowe Industries

Georgetown

SC

RTC Shipbuilding

Camden

NJ

Sample, Frank L. (now Boothbay Harbor SY)

Boothbay Harbor

ME

Savannah Machine & Foundry (later Intermarine USA)

Savannah

GA

Shelburne Shipyard (also Donovan Contracting)

Shelburne

VT

Smith & Williams

Salisbury

MD

Southern Shipyard

Newport News

VA

Spedden Shipbuilding

Baltimore

MD

St. Augustine Trawlers

St. Augustine

FL

Stonington Boat Works

Stonington

CT

Stonington Yacht Basin (now Billings Diesel & Marine)

Stonington

ME

Stowman Shipyard (now Dorchester SB)

Dorchester

NJ

Susquehanna Santee Boat Works

Willow Street

PA

Todd Shipyards

Brooklyn

NY

Wheeler Shipbuilding

Brooklyn

NY

Wiley Manufacturing

Port Deposit

MD

INACTIVE GULF COAST BOATBUILDERS (105)

ABL Fabricators

Amelia

LA

Alexander Shipyard (later American Marine)

New Orleans

LA

Allied Shipyard

Larose

LA

Balehi Marine

Lacombe

LA

Beoufway Contractors

Houma

LA

Bergeron Shipyards

Braithwaite

LA

Bishop Shipbuilding

Port Aransas

TX

Blakely Boat Works (formerly C. & G. Boat Works)

Mobile

AL

Blue Streak Industries

Chalmette

LA

Boconco

Bayou La Batre

AL

Bonner Boats

Wetumpka

AL

Central Gulf Shipyard (formerly Oil Barges, Inc.)

New Iberia

LA

Champion Shipyards

Pass Christian

MS

Covacevich Shipyard

Biloxi

MS

Crown Point Industries

Crown Point

LA

Crumpler's Shipbuilding

Orange

TX

CTCO Shipbuilding

Houma

LA

Deep Sea Boat Builders

Bayou La Batre

AL

Douglas Marine Services

Franklin

LA

Elevating Boats

Houma

LA

Equitable Equipment

Madisonville

LA

G. & S. Marine (formerly Lockport Fab'n and R. & S. Fab'n)

Lockport

LA

Garber Bros.

Berwick

LA

GNOTS Reserve

Destrehan

LA

Graham Boats (later Sea-Fab)

Pascagoula

MS

Gretna Machine & Iron Works (later Halter Gretna and Bollinger Gretna)

Harvey

LA

Gulf Coast Marine Builders

Bayou La Batre

AL

Gulf Island Houma (formerly Quality SY)

Houma

LA

Gulf Marine Ways

Galveston

TX

Gulf States R. & D.

Tarpon Springs

FL

Gulfstream Shipbuilding (formerly Freeport SB)

Freeport

FL

Halter Aluminum Boats (formerly Camcraft)

Crown Point

LA

Halter Beaumont (formerly Bethlehem Beaumont)

Beaumont

TX

Halter Calumet

Calumet

LA

Halter Chalmette

Chalmette

LA

Halter Chickasaw (formerly Chickasaw SB and Gulf SB)

Chickasaw

AL

Halter Equitable (formerly Higgins Ind. and Equitable SY)

New Orleans

LA

Halter Gulfport (now Trinity Yachts and TY Offshore)

Gulfport

MS

Halter Lockport (now Thoma-Sea Marine)

Lockport

LA

Halter Moss Point (now VTHM Moss Point                              )

Moss Point

MS

Halter Moss Point Marine (now VTHM Escatawpa)

Escatawpa

MS

Halter New Orleans

New Orleans

LA

Halter Pascagoula (now VTHM Pascagoula)

Pascagoula

MS

Halter Pearlington

Pearlington

MS

Halter Pierre Part

Pierre Part

LA

Halter Port Bienville (formerly Gulf Coast Fabrication)

Pearlington

MS

Higgins Industries (later Equitable SY and Halter Equitable)

New Orleans

LA

Homeport Marine (formerly Quality Shipbuilders)

Moss Point

MS

Horton Boats

Bayou La Batre

AL

Houma Shipbuilding

Houma

LA

Hudson Shipbuilders (HUDSHIP)

Pascagoula

MS

Island Boats

Jeanerette

LA

J-Built

Bayou La Batre

AL

Johnson Iron Works

New Orleans

LA

Johnson Shipbuilding & Repair

Bayou La Batre

AL

Kane Shipbuilding

Galveston

TX

Kennedy Construction (formerly Kennedy Ship & Repair)

Galveston

TX

Kody Marine

Harvey

LA

Landry Boat Works

Bayou La Batre

AL

Mangone Shipbuilding (formerly Anchor BW)

Houston

TX

Marine Builders

Mobile

AL

Marine Mart

Port Isabel

TX

Marine Partners

Bell City

LA

McDermott Shipbuilding (now Bollinger Marine Fab.)

Morgan City/Amelia

LA

McDermott Shipbuilding

New Iberia

LA

Misener Marine Construction

Tampa

FL

Mobile Ship Repair

Mobile

AL

Modern Marine Power

Houma

LA

New Generation Shipbuilding

Houma

LA

Ocean Marine (formerly Quality Marine)

Bayou La Batre

AL

Offshore Trawlers

Bayou La Batre

AL

Omni Fabricators/Valley Shipbuilding

Corpus Christi/Brownsville

TX

Ortis Bros. Boat Co. and related companies

Krotz Springs

LA

Parker Bros.

Houston

TX

Platzer Shipyard

Houston

TX

Port Houston Iron Works (later Port Houston Shipyards)

Houston

TX

Portier Shipyard

Chauvin

LA

Progressive Industrial

Palmetto

FL

Progressive Shipbuilders & Fabricators

Houma

LA

Queen Craft

Panama City

FL

Rayco

Bourg

LA

RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames

Tampa

FL

Rysco

Rockport/Blountstown

TX/FL

S & R Boat Builders

Bayou La Batre

AL

SBA Shipyard

Jennings

LA

Scully Bros. Boat Builders

Morgan City/Stephensville

LA

Sermons Boat Yard

Tarpon Springs

FL

Service Marine Industries (now Bollinger Amelia)

Amelia

LA

Signet Shipbuilding (formerly Colle SB)

Pascagoula

MS

St. Charles Steel Works/Fabricators

Thibodaux

LA

Sun Contractors

Harvey

LA

Tampa Marine

Tampa

FL

Terrebonne Shipbuilders

Houma

LA

Thrift Shipbuilding & Repair

Sulphur

LA

Toche Boat Builders (and related companies)

Biloxi/Ocean Springs

MS

Trinity Port Allen (formerly Port Allen Marine Service)

Port Allen

LA

United States Marine

Gulfport

MS

Universal Iron Works

Houma

LA

Walker Shipyards

Pascagoula

MS

Weaver Shipyard

Orange

TX

Westergard Boat Works

Biloxi

MS

Williams Boat Works

Coden

AL

World Marine (formerly Friede Goldman Offshore and Signal Int'l.)

Pascagoula

MS

Zirlott Boat Yard (and related companies)

Coden

AL

INACTIVE INLAND BOATBUILDERS (29)

Big River Shipbuilding

Vicksburg

MS

Brent Towing

Greenville

MS

Calumet Shipyard & Dry Dock (formerly Kraft SY & DD)

Chicago

IL

Dachel-Carter Shipbuilding

Benton Harbor

MI

Dolomite Shipbuilding

Pittsford

NY

Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works (formerly Iowa IW)

Dubuque

IA

Eagle Fabrication

Sauget

IL

Grafton Boat Works

Grafton

IL

Howard's Shipyard (later JeffBoat)

Jeffersonville

IN

JeffBoat (formerly Howard's Shipyard)

Jeffersonville

IN

Humboldt Boat Service

St. Louis

MO

LeMay Barge & Supply

Greenville

MS

Madison Boat & Barge

Madison

IN

Marine Iron & Shipbuilding

Duluth

MN

Marine Welding & Repair

Greenville

MS

Maxon Marine

Tell City

IN

Mississippi Marine (including Greenville Shipbuilding)

Greenville

MS

Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron

Leavenworth

KS

Nashville Bridge (later Trinity Nashville) - Boats

Nashville

TN

Nashville Bridge (later Trinity Nashville) - Barges

Nashville

TN

J. W. Nolan & Son

Erie

PA

Paasch Marine Services

Erie

PA

Roamer Boat Company

Holland

MI

SkipperLiner

La Crosse

WI

St. Louis Ship (formerly Rohan Boat) - Boats

St. Louis

MO

St. Louis Ship (formerly Rohan Boat) - Barges

St. Louis

MO

SteelShip (later Dravo SteelShip and Hunt's SteelShip)

Pine Bluff

AR

Superior Boat Works

Greenville

MS

Twin City Shipyard

St. Paul

MN

Walker Boatyard

Paducah

KY

INACTIVE PACIFIC COAST BOATBUILDERS (48)

Allen Marine

Sitka

AK

Anderson & Cristofani (formerly Anderson Ways)

San Francisco

CA

Astoria Shipbuilding (now Astoria Marine)

Astoria

OR

Ballard Marine Railway (now Pacific Fishermen)

Seattle

WA

Bellingham Marine (formerly Bellingham SY)

Bellingham

WA

Berg Shipyard (now Westman Marine)

Blaine

WA

Boeing Marine Systems

Renton

WA

Campbell Industries (formerly Campbell Machine)

San Diego

CA

Colberg Boat Works

Stockton

CA

Commercial Iron Works (later Zidell Marine)

Portland

OR

Fashion Blacksmith

Crescent City

CA

Foss Shipyard

Seattle

WA

Fulton Shipyard

Antioch

CA

General Engineering & Dry Dock

Alameda

CA

Giddings Boat Works

Charleston

OR

Harbor Boatbuilding

San Pedro

CA

Honolulu Shipyard

Honolulu

HI

Kneass, G. W.

San Francisco

CA

Kruse & Banks Shipbuilding

North Bend

OR

Lake Union Dry Dock

Seattle

WA

Lake Washington Shipyard

Houghton

WA

Al Larson Boat Shop

San Pedro

CA

Ledford Marine Construction (including Camano Cruisers)

Marysville

WA

Lynch Shipbuilding

San Diego

CA

Marco Shipyard

Seattle

WA

Marine Industries Northwest (now Vigor Tacoma)

Tacoma

WA

Marine Power & Equipment (later Unimar)

Seattle

WA

Maritime Shipyards

Seattle

WA

Martinac Shipbuilding

Tacoma

WA

Martinolich Shipbuilding

Tacoma

WA

Mid-Coast Marine (formerly Nelson Log Bronc Co)

Coos Bay

OR

Nichols Boatworks

Hood River

OR

Pacific Boatbuilding

Tacoma

WA

Pacific Coast Engineering (PACECO)

Oakland/Alameda

CA

Prothero Boat Co. (also Prothero & McDonald)

Seattle

WA

Sagstad Shipyards

Seattle

WA

San Diego Marine (later Southwest Marine, BAE San Diego)

San Diego

CA

Seattle Shipbuilding & Drydocking (now Stabbert SY)

Seattle

WA

Siletz Boatworks

Kernville

OR

Southern Oregon Marine (SOMAR)

Coos Bay

OR

Stone & Sons, William F.

S.F., Tiburon, Oakland, Alameda

CA

Sundial Marine Construction

Troutdale

OR

Tripple & Everett Marine Ways (formerly Treutle Marine Ways)

Seattle

WA

Van Peer Boat Works

Fort Bragg

CA

Western Boatbuilding

Tacoma

WA

Willamette Iron & Steel

Portland

OR

Wilmington Boat Works

Wilmington

CA

Winslow Marine Railway (formerly Hall Bros. MR)

Winslow

WA

Zidell Marine (formerly Commercial Iron Works)

Portland

OR