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Wartime Builders of Small Ships, Boats and Barges : emergency boatbuilders

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 more than 100 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. Comments or queries, please email

Emergency (small) boatbuilders in WWII
Atlantic Coast
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
Allen Boat Company Harvey LA
Decatur Iron & Steel Decatur AL
Florida Shipbuilding Ojus FL
Pendleton Shipyard Co. New Orleans LA
Rice Brothers Company Rockport TX
Smith's Shipyard Pensacola FL
Warren Fish Pensacola FL
Inland and Great Lakes
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
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
Hodgson-Greene-Haldeman 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
Emergency (small) boatbuilders in WWI
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

These shipbuilding pages are part of an ongoing project; new material and data is added regularly.

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