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 June: Portier, Humboldt, Mo. Valley Bridge, Maxon, SteelShip, Twin City SY, Fulton, Martinolich, Paceco, Zidell

Major updates in July: A. C. Brown, Bushey, Gibbs, Greenport, Mathis, Matton, Julius Petersen, Vinyard SB, Palmer,

U.S. SHIPYARD CONSTRUCTION RECORDS

Click here for the Index to the 780 U.S. Shipyards with Construction Records

85 Large Shipbuilders: 22 Active, 63 Inactive

314 Small Shipbuilders and Boatbuilders: 88 Active, 226 Inactive

22 Builders of Large Custom Yachts: 9 Active, 13 Occasional or Inactive

15 U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Yards and Bases: 5 Active (as Repair Yards), 10 Inactive

75 Emergency Shipbuilders: 45 from WWI, 30 from WWII

96 Emergency Boatbuilders: 15 from WWI, 81 from WWII

97 Emergency Builders of Wood and Concrete Vessels: 73 from WWI, 24 from WWII

35 Yacht Builders Who Were Mobilized in Wartime: 15 from WWI, 35 from WWII

40 Significant Shipbuilders from Before WWI

Plus: ~1500 Other Yards that Occasionally Built Ships or Boats - 15 tables

CANADIAN SHIPYARD CONSTRUCTION RECORDS

Click here for the Index to the 128 Canadian Shipyards with Construction Records

20 Large Canadian Shipbuilders: 3 Active Today, 17 Inactive

50 Small Canadian Shipbuilders and Boatbuilders: 12 Active Today, 38 Inactive

20 Wartime Canadian Shipbuilders: 19 from WWI, 1 from WWII

38 Wartime Canadian Boatbuilders: All from WWII

Plus: ~200 Other Canadian Yards That Have Occasionally Built Ships or Boats - 7 tables

CONSTRUCTION OF SHIPS IN THE U.S. BY TYPE

U.S. Navy Ships and Submarines - 26 tables

U.S. Navy Small Ships, Boats and Craft - 64 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 Vessels - 3 tables

Ships Built for the U.S. Shipping Board in WWI - 12 tables

Ships Built for the U.S. Maritime Commission in WWII - 26 tables

Ships Built in the U.S. Since WWII - 16 tables

CONSTRUCTION OF SHIPS IN CANADA BY TYPE

Canadian Naval Ships and Boats - 12 tables

Canadian Coast Guard and RCMP Ships and Boats - 4 tables

Merchant Ships Built in Canada in Wartime - 2 tables

Ships and Rigs Built in Canada Since WWII - 9 tables

CURRENT, RECENT AND HISTORICAL SHIPBUILDING ACTIVITY

  Current U.S. and Canadian Shipbuilding and Boatbuilding Contracts - updated July 4

  Directory of U.S. and Canadian Shipyards - updated April 23

  Shipbuilding History (a bi-monthly column) - updated June 4

  Directory of U.S. and Canadian Maritime Memorials and Museums - updated November 18

Deliveries of Ships, Boats and Oceangoing Barges in 2014 - updated July 28

Deliveries of Inland Barges in 2014 - started July 4

Other Recent Shipbuilding Activity - 15 tables

Historical Shipbuilding Activity - 17 tables

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