Shipbuilding History

Construction records of U.S. and Canadian shipbuilders and boatbuilders.

The primary mission of this web site is to document the construction records of U.S. and Canadian shipbuilders and boatbuilders.  It also includes data on the construction of ships in U.S. and Canadian yards by type and provides some industry statistics.  Most of the data come from authoritative sources, but nobody's perfect and there are bound to be errors as well as omissions: please send corrections and additions to TimColton@aol.com.

Major Updates in July:  LeTourneau, DESCO (4 tables),  Deliveries of Ships, Boats and Large Barges in 2016

Major Updates in August:  Hinckley Yachts, Nilson & Kelez, Marco Shipyard,

U.S. SHIPYARD CONSTRUCTION RECORDS - 850 TABLES

Click here for the Index to the U.S. Shipyards with Construction Records on This Web Site

80 Large Shipbuilders: 20 active and 60 inactive

354 Small Shipbuilders and Boatbuilders: 105 active and 249 inactive

22 Builders of Large Custom Yachts: 9 active and 13 inactive

34 Builders of Small Custom Yachts Who Were Active in Wartime: 34 in WWII, 15 of which were also active in WWI

22 Public Yards and Bases: 13 naval shipyards, 8 naval stations and the U.S. Coast Guard Yard

74 Emergency Shipbuilders: 45 from WWI, 29 from WWII

107 Emergency Boatbuilders: 17 from WWI, 90 from WWII

77 Emergency Builders of Wood and Concrete Vessels: 53 from WWI, 24 from WWII

73 Significant Shipbuilders from Before WWI: 73 so far, more to come

Plus: ~1500 Other Yards Which Have Occasionally Built Ships or Boats: 14 tables

CONSTRUCTION OF SHIPS IN THE U.S. BY TYPE - 187 TABLES

U.S. Navy Ships and Submarines - 28 tables

U.S. Navy Small Ships, Boats and Craft - 67 tables

U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft - 13 tables

U.S. Army Small Ships, Boats and Craft - 18 tables

N.O.A.A. and Other Government Research Ships - 4 tables

Ships, Boats and Barges Built for the U.S. Shipping Board in WWI - 13 tables

Ships, Boats and Barges Built for the U.S. Maritime Commission in WWII - 24 tables

Oceangoing Ships, Rigs and Barges Built in the U.S. Since WWII - 18 tables

CANADIAN SHIPYARD CONSTRUCTION RECORDS - 134 TABLES

Click here for the Index to the Canadian Shipyards with Construction Records on This Web Site

20 Large Shipbuilders: 3 Active, 17 Inactive

51 Small Shipbuilders and Boatbuilders: 12 Active, 39 Inactive

21 Emergency Shipbuilders: 19 from WWI, 2 from WWII

34 Emergency Boatbuilders: All from WWII

Plus: ~300 Other Yards Which Have Occasionally Built Boats - 8 tables

CONSTRUCTION OF SHIPS IN CANADA BY TYPE - 26 TABLES

Canadian Naval Ships and Boats - 12 tables

Canadian Coast Guard and RCMP Ships and Boats - 3 tables

Merchant Ships Built in Canada in Wartime - 2 tables

Ships and Rigs Built in Canada Since WWII - 9 tables

OTHER SHIPBUILDING DATA - 47 TABLES

U.S. and Canadian Shipbuilding Deliveries in 2016

U.S. and Canadian Shipbuilding Statistics - 44 tables

U.S. and Canadian Maritime Memorials and Museums - listed both by name and by location

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