U.S. Builders of Yachts Who Were Active in Wartime


In both world wars, many existing yacht builders made a significant contribution.  In WWI, these yards mostly switched their capacity to the construction of sub chasers, a type of boat that was obviously well suited to their capabilities.  In WWII, they built sub chasers again but they also built very large 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.

U.S. BUILDERS OF YACHTS WHO WERE ACTIVE IN WARTIME (35)

Company

Location State WWI WWII

Atlantic Coast (27)

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

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

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

Bristol ME x

Goudy & Stevens

East Boothbay ME 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

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

Palmer Scott & Co.

New Bedford MA x

United Boat Service

City Island NY x

Vinyard Shipbuilding (later Delaware Marine)

Milford DE x

Gulf Coast (1)

Seabrook Yacht

Seabrook TX x

Great Lakes and Inland Waterways (5)

Chris-Craft

Algonac MI x

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

Chicago IL x x

Matthews Boat Company

Port Clinton OH x x

Richardson Boat

N. Tonawanda NY x

Robinson Marine Construction

Benton Harbor MI x

Pacific Coast (2)

Fellows & Stewart

San Pedro CA x

Stephens Marine (formerly Stephens Bros.)

Stockton CA x

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

City Island NY x x