This web site does not attempt to track the construction of recreational boats, because there are many millions of them, almost all manufactured of fiberglass and produced in factories rather than built in boatyards.   In both world wars, however, the leading yacht builders made a significant contribution to the war effort and this section of the web site addresses these yards, of which there were at least 36 with significant records.  In WWI, 17 yacht builders switched their capacity to the construction of sub chasers, a type of boat that was obviously well suited to their capabilities.  In WWII, the same 17, plus another 19, were involved, not only building sub chasers but also turning out tremendous numbers of minesweepers, tugs and other small vessels, in both steel and wood.  The tables in this section are far from complete, some only covering the yard's wartime output, and not always that much, because neither yacht construction nor wartime construction of small vessels are well documented.  Note also that these are yards that were primarily yacht builders: dozens more yards built barges and other small vessels with simple hull forms.  In addition, many more small yards engaged in converting existing small boats for wartime service and in repair work.


Location State WWI WWII

Quincy Adams Yacht Yard (formerly F. D. Lawley)

Quincy MA x

Chance Marine Construction (later Annapolis Yacht Yard, John Trumpy & Sons)

Annapolis MD x x

Calderwood Yacht Yard (now Manchester Marine)

Manchester MA x

Casey Boatbuilding

Fairhaven MA x


Algonac MI x

Consolidated SB (formerly Gas Engine & Power Co. and Charles L. Seabury Co.)

Morris Heights NY x x

Davis & Sons, M. M. (later Cruis-Along Boats)

Solomons MD x x

Dawn Cruisers (later Wheeler Yachts)

Clason Point NY x

Dodge Boat & Plane

Newport News VA x

Electric Launch Co. (ELCO)

Bayonne NJ x x

Fellows & Stewart

San Pedro CA x

Gamage, Harvey F. (also known as Bristol Yachtbuilding)

Bristol ME x

Goudy & Stevens

East Boothbay ME x

Grebe & Co., Henry C. (formerly Great Lakes BB)

Chicago IL x x

Herreshoff Mfg (powered boats and yachts)

Bristol RI x x

Herreshoff Mfg (sailing boats and yachts)

Bristol RI x x

Hutchinson's Boat Works

Alexandria Bay NY x x

Jacob, Robert (formerly David Carll SY and Piepgras & Co, later Consolidated SB)

City Island NY x x

Kretzer Boat Works

City Island NY x

Kyle & Purdy (formerly City Island SB, later T. A. Kyle Shipyard

City Island NY x x

Lawley & Sons, George

Neponset MA x x

Luders Marine Construction

Stamford CT x x

Matthews Boat Company

Port Clinton OH x x

Mathis Yachts (later John Trumpy & Sons)

Camden NJ x x

Minneford Yacht Yard

City Island NY x

Nevins, Henry B

City Island NY x x

New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Company

Morris Heights NY x x

Owens Yachts

Baltimore MD x

Rice Brothers Corp.

East Boothbay ME x

Richardson Boat

N. Tonawanda NY x

Robinson Marine Construction

Benton Harbor MI x

Palmer Scott & Co.

New Bedford MA x

Seabrook Yacht

Seabrook TX x

Stephens Marine (formerly Stephens Bros.)

Stockton CA x

United Boat Service

City Island NY x

Vinyard Shipbuilding (later Delaware Marine)

Milford DE x

Wood, B. F. (later Elscot Boat and Consolidated SB)

City Island NY x x