U.S. BUILDERS OF SMALL VESSELS

The companies listed below operate (or used to 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 generally only those which also build small passenger vessels and/or sportfishing boats, and which operate boatyards rather than inland manufacturing shops.  The table is structured in four groups: the first group includes those yards that are actively building complex small ships in a significant volume; the second group includes those yards that are actively building simpler vessels, such as towboats and barges; the third group includes those yards that have only built a few boats in recent years and/or ceased construction activity since 2000; and the fourth group includes those yards that haven't built boats since before 2000.  In addition to the yards listed here, there are many more listed in other sections of this web site, which are either too long gone or were too small to make it into this section. 

Major Active Builders of Complex Small Ships and Boats (16)

All American Marine

Bellingham

WA

Blount Boats

Warren

RI

C. & C. Marine and Repair

Belle Chasse

LA

Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Salisbury

MD

Conrad Industries

Morgan City

LA

Dakota Creek Industries

Anacortes

WA

Eastern Shipbuilding

Panama City

FL

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

South Somerset

MA

Gunderson Marine

Portland

OR

Master Boat Builders

Coden

AL

Metal Shark Boats

Franklin

LA

Nichols Bros. Boatbuilders

Freeland

WA

Rozema Boat Works

Mount Vernon

WA

Swiftships (inc. Sewart Seacraft)

Morgan City

LA

Textron Marine Systems

New Orleans

LA

Washburn & Doughty

East Boothbay

ME

Active Builders of Smaller and/or Simpler Boats and Barges (90)

Aluma Marine

Harvey

LA

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

Ashland City

TN

Arcosa Caruthersville (formerly Caruthersville SY, Trinity Caruthersville)

Caruthersville

MO

Arcosa Madisonville (formerly Equitable Equipment, Trinity Madisonville)

Madisonville

LA

BAE Systems Southeast - Florida (formerly Atlantic Marine)

Jacksonville

FL

Barbour JB Shipyard (formerly Barbour Metal Boat Works)

Oakville

MO

Bay Welding

Homer

AK

Blackwell Boat Works

Wanchese

NC

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

Mobile

AL

John Bludworth Shipyard

Corpus Christi

TX

Bourg Dry Dock  (inc. Leboeuf Bros. Towing)

Bourg

LA

Breaux Bros. Enterprises

Loreauville

LA

Breaux's Bay Craft

Loreauville

LA

Brix Marine (formerly Armstrong Marine)

Port Angeles

WA

Cooper Marine

Saint Petersburg

FL

Corinthian Catamarans

Tarpon Springs

FL

Corn Island Shipyard

Lamar

IN

CTCO Shipbuilding

Houma

LA

Diversified Marine

Portland

OR

Donjon Shipbuilding (formerly Erie Marine)

Erie

PA

Duckworth Steel Boats

Tarpon Springs

FL

Eagle Fabrication

Sauget

IL

Eymard & Sons Shipyard

Harvey

LA

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

Bear

DE

Fairhaven Shipyard

Fairhaven

MA

Feeney's Shipyard

Kingston

NY

FMT Shipyard

Harvey

LA

Great Lakes Towing

Cleveland

OH

Gold Coast Yachts

St. Croix

VI

Gulf Craft

Franklin

LA

Halimar Shipyard

Morgan City

LA

Hansen Boat Company

Everett

WA

Heartland Fabrication (formerly Hillman Barge [1938-2003])

Brownsville

PA

Heartland Fabrication (formerly Brownsville Marine [2004-present])

Brownsville

PA

Hope Services

Dulac

LA

Inland Boat Works (IBW)

Bridge City

TX

Intracoastal Iron Works

Bourg

LA

JamesBuilt

Paducah

KY

JANTRAN

Rosedale

MS

Jemison Marine & Shipbuilding

Bayou La Batre

AL

JT Marine

Vancouver

WA

L A D Services

Stephensville

LA

Main Iron Works

Houma

LA

Mann Custom Boats

Manns Harbor

NC

Marine Group Boat Works (formerly Knight & Carver)

National City

CA

Marine Inland Fabricators (also known as Sisco)

Panama City

FL

Master Marine

Bayou La Batre

AL

Mavrik Marine

La Conner

WA

Metal Shark Alabama  (formerly Horizon SB)

Bayou La Batre

AL

Metal Trades

Hollywood

SC

Metalcraft Marine

Cape Vincent

NY

Midship Marine

Harvey

LA

Mobro Marine

Green Cove Springs

FL

Moe Enterprises, Howard (formerly Little Hoquiam SY)

Hoquiam

WA

Moose Boats

Petaluma

CA

Newcastle Shipyards (formerly Keith Marine)

Palatka

FL

NewSouth Marine Builders

Greenville

MS

Newton Boats

Slidell

LA

Nichols Boat Company

Greenville

MS

Noyo Boat Works (formerly Van Peer Boat Works)

Fort Bragg

CA

Omega Protein

Moss Point

MS

Orange Shipbuilding (division of Conrad Industries)

Orange

TX

Patti Marine Enterprises

Pensacola

FL

Progressive Industrial

Palmetto

FL

Rockland Marine (formerly Snow Shipyards)

Rockland

ME

Rodriguez Boatbuilding

Coden/Bayou La Batre

AL

SanJac Marine (formerly Sneed SB Channelview)

Channelview

TX

Scarano Boat Building

Albany

NY

Scarborough Boat Works

Wanchese

NC

Schooner Creek Boat Works

Portland

OR

SENESCO

North Kingstown

RI

Serodino

Guild

TN

Sneed Shipbuilding

Orange

TX

Southwest Shipbuilding (formerly Newpark Shipbuilding)

Houston/Galveston

TX

Spencer Yachts

Wanchese

NC

St. Johns Shipbuilding (formerly Offshore SB)

Palatka

FL

Steiner Construction

Bayou La Batre

AL

Steiner Shipyard

Bayou La Batre

AL

Sterling Shipyard

Port Neches

TX

Thoma-Sea Marine (formerly Halter Lockport)

Houma/Lockport

LA

United States Marine

Gulfport

MS

Verret Shipyard

Plaquemine

LA

Vessel Repair (formerly Burton Shipyard)

Port Arthur

TX

Vigor Alaska (formerly Alaska Ship & Dock)

Kodiak

AK

Vigor Ballard (formerly Kvichak Marine)

Seattle

WA

Vigor Vancouver (formerly Christensen Yachts)

Vancouver

WA

Fred Wahl Marine Construction

Reedsport

OR

Wesmac Custom Boats

Surry

ME

West Gulf Marine (formerly Kelso Marine, Galveston SB)

Galveston

TX

Westport Orange SY (formerly TDI Halter and Signal International)

Orange

TX

Williams Fabrication

Coden

AL

Yank Marine (including Sunsplash Marina LLC)

Tuckahoe

NJ

Builders Who Have Only Produced a Few Boats in Recent Years and/or Who Have Become Inactive Since 2000 (75)

A & B Industries

Morgan City

LA

ABL Fabricators

Amelia

LA

Allen Marine

Sitka

AK

Beoufway Contractors

Houma

LA

Boconco

Bayou La Batre

AL

Bonner Boats

Wetumpka

AL

Bordelon Marine Shipbuilders (formerly Mariner SY)

Houma

LA

Briggs Boat Works

Wanchese

NC

Canal Boats

Fort Lauderdale

FL

Candies Shipbuilders (formerly Houma Fab.)

Houma

LA

Carolina Yacht Enterprises

Wanchese

NC

Central Gulf Shipyard (formerly Oil Barges, Inc.)

New Iberia

LA

Chesapeake Boats

Crisfield

MD

Colonna's Shipyard

Norfolk

VA

Custom Steel Boats

Merritt

NC

Derecktor Connecticut

Bridgeport

CT

Diversified Marine Services

Chauvin

LA

Douglas Marine Services

Franklin

LA

Edwing Boat

Chinook

WA

Elevating Boats

Houma

LA

Fitzgerald Marine Fabricators

Fairhaven

MA

Foss Shipyard

Seattle

WA

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

Lockport

LA

Geo Shipyard

New Iberia

LA

Giddings Boat Works

Charleston

OR

GNOTS Reserve

Destrehan

LA

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

Harvey

LA

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

Bayou La Batre

AL

Gulfbound

Chauvin

LA

Gulfstream Shipbuilding (formerly Freeport SB)

Freeport

FL

Halter Gulfport (later Trinity Yachts, TY Offshore, now Harvey SY Group)

Gulfport

MS

Halter Lockport (now Thoma-Sea Marine)

Lockport

LA

Halter Moss Point (now VTHM Moss Point)

Moss Point

MS

Halter Pascagoula (now VTHM Pascagoula)

Pascagoula

MS

Halter Port Bienville (formerly Gulf Coast Fabrication)

Pearlington

MS

Harvey Shipyard Group (formerly TY Offshore)

Gulfport

MS

Honolulu Shipyard

Honolulu

HI

Intercoastal Marine Fabricators

Larose

LA

Island Boats

Jeanerette

LA

J-Built

Bayou La Batre

AL

JeffBoat (Boats) (formerly Howard's Shipyard)

Jeffersonville

IN

JeffBoat (Barges 1964-1976) (being reworked)

Jeffersonville

IN

JeffBoat (Barges 1977-1978) (being reworked)

Jeffersonville

IN

JeffBoat (Barges 1989-1996) (being reworked)

Jeffersonville

IN

JeffBoat (Barges 1997-2004) (being reworked)

Jeffersonville

IN

JeffBoat (Barges 2005-2012) (being reworked)

Jeffersonville

IN

JeffBoat (Barges 2013-2018) (being reworked)

Jeffersonville

IN

Kennedy Construction (formerly Kennedy Ship & Repair)

Galveston

TX

Kody Marine

Harvey

LA

Leevac Shipyards (formerly Zigler SY, later Gulf Island Jennings)

Jennings

LA

Madison Boat & Barge

Madison

IN

Marine Builders

Utica

IN

Marine Partners

Bell City

LA

Maritime Applied Physics Corp. (MAPC)

Baltimore

MD

Martinac Shipbuilding

Tacoma

WA

May Ship Repair

Mariners Harbor

NY

McDermott Shipbuilding (now Bollinger Marine Fab.)

Morgan City/Amelia

LA

Miller Marine

Deltaville

VA

Moran Iron Works

Port Calcite

MI

Moss Point Marine (now VTHM Escatawpa)

Escatawpa

MS

Nashville Bridge (Boats)

Nashville

TN

Nashville Bridge (Barges)

Nashville

TN

Neuville Boat Works

New Iberia

LA

New Generation Shipbuilding

Houma

LA

New Orleans Shipyard

Waggaman

LA

North Shore Marine Terminal (formerly Basic Marine)

Escanaba

MI

Ocean Marine (formerly Quality Marine)

Bayou La Batre

AL

Penn Cove Shellfish/Everest Marine

Coupeville

WA

Portier Shipyard

Chauvin

LA

Progressive Industrial

Palmetto

FL

Quality Shipyards (formerly Quality Eqpmt., later Gulf Island Houma)

Houma

LA

Queen Craft

Panama City

FL

Raymond & Associates (formerly La Force SY)

Bayou La Batre

AL

RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames  (formerly Trident Yachts, now Lazzara Yachts)

Tampa

FL

SEMCO

Lafitte

LA

Signet Shipbuilding (formerly Colle SB)

Pascagoula

MS

SkipperLiner

La Crosse

WI

Sundial Marine Construction

Troutdale

OR

Susquehanna Santee Boat Works

Willow Street

PA

TEC Skanska (formerly Tidewater Equipment)

Chesapeake

VA

Tell City Boat Works

Tell City

IN

Tres Palacios Marine

Palacios

TX

Trident Pontoons

Tavares

FL

Trinity Port Allen (formerly Port Allen Marine Service)

Port Allen

LA

U.S. Workboats

Hubert

NC

Western Towboat

Seattle

WA

Williams Boat Works

Coden

AL

Zidell Marine (formerly Commercial Iron Works)

Portland

OR

Builders Who Have Been Inactive Since Before 2000 (207)

Alexander Shipyard (later American Marine)

New Orleans

LA

Allied Shipyard

Larose

LA

American Car & Foundry (formerly Jackson & Sharp)

Wilmington

DE

American Electric Welding

Baltimore/Savannah

MD/GA

Anderson & Cristofani (formerly Anderson Ways)

San Francisco

CA

Astoria Shipbuilding (now Astoria Marine)

Astoria

OR

Atlantic & Gulf Boat Building

Port Everglades

FL

Balehi Marine

Lacombe

LA

Ballard Marine Railway (now Pacific Fishermen)

Seattle

WA

Barbour Boat Works

New Bern

NC

Bellinger Shipyards

Jacksonville

FL

Bellingham Marine (formerly Bellingham SY)

Bellingham

WA

Berg Shipyard (now Westman Marine)

Blaine

WA

Bergeron Shipyards

Braithwaite

LA

Big River Shipbuilding

Vicksburg

MS

Bishop Shipbuilding

Port Aransas

TX

Blue Streak Industries

Chalmette

LA

Boeing Marine Systems

Renton

WA

Brent Towing

Greenville

MS

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

Tottenville

NY

Brunswick Marine

Brunswick

GA

Burton Shipyard (now Vessel Repair)

Port Arthur

TX

Ira S. Bushey & Sons

Brooklyn

NY

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

Chicago

IL

Campbell Industries (formerly Campbell Machine)

San Diego

CA

Cape Cod Shipbuilding

Wareham

MA

Champion Shipyards

Pass Christian

MS

Charleston Shipbuilding

Charleston

SC

Colberg Boat Works

Stockton

CA

Commercial Iron Works (later Zidell Marine)

Portland

OR

Covacevich Shipyard

Biloxi

MS

Crown Point Industries

Crown Point

LA

Crumpler's Shipbuilding

Orange

TX

Dachel-Carter Shipbuilding

Benton Harbor

MI

Deep Sea Boat Builders

Bayou La Batre

AL

Derecktor Rhode Island

Middletown

RI

DESCO (Hulls 1-800)

St. Augustine

FL

DESCO (Hulls 801-1600)

St. Augustine

FL

DESCO (Hulls 1601-2272)

St. Augustine

FL

DESCO (FRP Hulls)

St. Augustine

FL

Diamond Manufacturing

Savannah

GA

Diesel Shipbuilding

Jacksonville

FL

Dolomite Shipbuilding

Pittsford

NY

Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works (formerly Iowa IW)

Dubuque

IA

Equitable Equipment

Madisonville

LA

Fairhaven Shipyard (formerly Northwestern SB)

South Bellingham

WA

Fashion Blacksmith

Crescent City

CA

Fulton Shipyard

Antioch

CA

Garber Bros.

Berwick

LA

General Engineering & Dry Dock

Alameda

CA

General Ship

East Boston

MA

Georgia Shipbuilding (formerly MacDonell Boats)

St. Marys

GA

Gibbs Gas Engine Works (later Jacksonville SY)

Jacksonville

FL

Grafton Boat Works

Grafton

IL

Graham Boats (later Sea-Fab)

Pascagoula

MS

Greenport Basin

Greenport

NY

Gulf Coast Marine Builders

Bayou La Batre

AL

Gulf Marine Ways

Galveston

TX

Gulf States R. & D.

Tarpon Springs

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 New Orleans

New Orleans

LA

Halter Pearlington

Pearlington

MS

Halter Pierre Part

Pierre Part

LA

Harbor Boatbuilding

San Pedro

CA

Higgins Industries (later Equitable SY and Halter Equitable)

New Orleans

LA

Hiltebrant Dry Dock

Kingston

NY

Hodgdon, G. I.

East Boothbay

ME

Hodgdon, Norman H.

East Boothbay

ME

Homeport Marine (formerly Quality Shipbuilders)

Moss Point

MS

Horton Boats

Bayou La Batre

AL

Houma Shipbuilding

Houma

LA

Hudson Shipbuilders (HUDSHIP)

Pascagoula

MS

Humboldt Boat Service

St. Louis

MO

Humphreys Railways (formerly Rappahannock MR)

Weems

VA

Island Dock (formerly Kingston DD)

Kingston

NY

J & S Marine Services

Brazoria

TX

Jakobson Shipyard

Oyster Bay

NY

JK Welding

Brooklyn/Yonkers

NY

Johnson Iron Works

New Orleans

LA

Johnson Shipbuilding & Repair

Bayou La Batre

AL

Kane Shipbuilding

Galveston

TX

Kneass, G. W.

San Francisco

CA

Kruse & Banks Shipbuilding

North Bend

OR

Lake Union Dry Dock

Seattle

WA

Lake Washington Shipyard

Houghton

WA

Landry Boat Works

Bayou La Batre

AL

Lantana Boatyard

Lantana

FL

Al Larson Boat Shop

San Pedro

CA

Ledford Marine Construction (including Camano Cruisers)

Marysville

WA

LeMay Barge & Supply

Greenville

MS

Liberty Drydock

Brooklyn

NY

Lydia Yachts

Stuart

FL

Lynch Shipbuilding

San Diego

CA

Mangone Shipbuilding (formerly Anchor BW)

Houston

TX

Marco Shipyard

Seattle

WA

Marine Builders

Mobile

AL

Marine Industries Northwest (now Vigor Tacoma)

Tacoma

WA

Marine Iron & Shipbuilding

Duluth

MN

Marine Mart

Port Isabel

TX

Marine Power & Equipment (later Unimar)

Seattle

WA

Marine Welding & Repair

Greenville

MS

Maritime Shipyards

Seattle

WA

Marr, Harry G.

Damariscotta

FL

Martinolich Shipbuilding

Tacoma

WA

T. S. Marvel & Company (now Steelways)

Newburgh

NY

John H. Mathis & Co.

Camden

NJ

Matton Shipyard

Waterford/Cohoes

NY

Maxon Marine

Tell City

IN

McDermott Shipbuilding

New Iberia

LA

Mid-Coast Marine (formerly Nelson Log Bronc Co)

Coos Bay

OR

Misener Marine Construction

Tampa

FL

Mississippi Marine (including Greenville Shipbuilding)

Greenville

MS

Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron

Leavenworth

KS

Mobile Ship Repair

Mobile

AL

Modern Marine Power

Houma

LA

New Bern Shipbuilding

New Bern

NC

New Iberia Shipbuilding

New Iberia

LA

Nichols Boatworks

Hood River

OR

J. W. Nolan & Son

Erie

PA

Norfolk Shipbuilding (Norshipco) (now BAE Norfolk)

Norfolk

VA

Offshore Trawlers

Bayou La Batre

AL

Omni Fabricators/Valley Shipbuilding

Corpus Christi/Brownsville

TX

Ortis Bros. Boat Co. and related companies

Krotz Springs

LA

Osborn Boat Works (also Osborn & Driscoll)

Croton/Peekskill

NY

Paasch Marine Services

Erie

PA

Pacific Boatbuilding

Tacoma

WA

Pacific Coast Engineering (PACECO)

Oakland/Alameda

CA

Parker Bros.

Houston

TX

Julius Petersen Inc.

Upper Nyack

NY

Platzer Shipyard

Houston

TX

Port Houston Iron Works (later Port Houston Shipyards)

Houston

TX

Progressive Shipbuilders & Fabricators

Houma

LA

Prothero Boat Co. (also Prothero & McDonald)

Seattle

WA

Rayco

Bourg

LA

Reid & Sons

Winthrop

MA

Roamer Boat Company

Holland

MI

Rowe Industries

Georgetown

SC

RTC Shipbuilding

Camden

NJ

Rysco

Rockport/Blountstown

TX/FL

S & R Boat Builders

Bayou La Batre

AL

Sagstad Shipyards

Seattle

WA

Sample, Frank L. (now Boothbay Harbor SY)

Boothbay Harbor

ME

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

San Diego

CA

Savannah Machine & Foundry (later Intermarine USA)

Savannah

GA

SBA Shipyard

Jennings

LA

Scully Bros. Boat Builders

Morgan City/Stephensville

LA

Seaboats

Fall River

MA

Seattle Shipbuilding & Drydocking (now Stabbert SY)

Seattle

WA

Sermons Boat Yard

Tarpon Springs

FL

Service Marine Industries (now Bollinger Amelia)

Amelia

LA

Shelburne Shipyard (also Donovan Contracting)

Shelburne

VT

Siletz Boatworks

Kernville

OR

Smith & Williams

Salisbury

MD

Southern Oregon Marine (SOMAR)

Coos Bay

OR

Southern Shipyard

Newport News

VA

Spedden Shipbuilding

Baltimore

MD

St. Augustine Trawlers

St. Augustine

FL

St. Charles Steel Works/Fabricators

Thibodaux

LA

St. Louis Ship (Boats) (formerly Rohan Boat)

St. Louis

MO

St. Louis Ship (Barges) (formerly Rohan Boat)

St. Louis

MO

SteelShip (later Dravo SteelShip and Hunt's SteelShip)

Pine Bluff

AR

Stone & Sons, William F.

S.F., Tiburon, Oakland, Alameda

CA

Stonington Boat Works

Stonington

CT

Stonington Yacht Basin (now Billings Diesel & Marine)

Stonington

ME

Stowman Shipyard (now Dorchester SB)

Dorchester

NJ

Sun Contractors

Harvey

LA

Superior Boat Works

Greenville

MS

Tampa Marine

Tampa

FL

Terrebonne Shipbuilders

Houma

LA

Thrift Shipbuilding & Repair

Sulphur

LA

Toche Boat Builders (and related companies)

Biloxi/Ocean Springs

MS

Todd Shipyards

Brooklyn

NY

Tripple & Everett Marine Ways (formerly Treutle Marine Ways)

Seattle

WA

Twin City Shipyard

St. Paul

MN

Universal Iron Works

Houma

LA

Other Vicksburg Shipbuilders

Vicksburg

MS

Walker Boatyard

Paducah

KY

Walker Shipyards

Pascagoula

MS

Weaver Shipyard

Orange

TX

Westergard Boat Works

Biloxi

MS

Western Boatbuilding

Tacoma

WA

Wheeler Shipbuilding

Brooklyn

NY

Wiley Manufacturing

Port Deposit

MD

Willamette Iron & Steel

Portland

OR

Wilmington Boat Works

Wilmington

CA

Winslow Marine Railway (formerly Hall Bros. MR)

Winslow

WA

Zirlott Boat Yard (and related companies)

Coden

AL