WWII Construction Records
Private-Sector Shipyards that Built Ships for the U.S. Maritime Commission

These tables are generally complete, except that some dates are missing and the "Disposition" column of each table will take a while.  Additions and corrections are always welcome.

This group of tables covers all those shipyards that built self-propelled merchant ships under contract to the U.S. Maritime Commission Their principal products were Liberty ships, Victory ships and T2 tankers, but they also built a wide variety of small merchant vessels and naval auxiliaries.  Many of these shipyards also built naval ships under contract to the Department of the Navy, and, as a result, also appear in the table of "Private-Sector Shipyards That Built Ships for the U.S. Navy".  Some of the older shipyards, including Bethlehem Quincy, Bethlehem Sparrows Point, New York Ship, Newport News and Sun Shipbuilding, also built ships for private-sector customers.  There is, however, only one table for each shipyard, in order to present each shipyard's total output.

Several shipyards have breaks in their series of hull numbers.  These do not necessarily indicate that ships are missing from the list, since not all shipbuilders followed a rigorously sequential system of hull numbering.  The missing numbers may have been used for the small ships and craft, which are being added as the data become available: the data sources for these vessels do not include shipyard hull numbers.

Click on the name of the shipyard to go to its WWII construction record.

Shipbuilder City and State  # of Ships Built

Builders of Liberty Ships

Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company Mobile AL 20
Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Inc. Baltimore MD 385
California Shipbuilding Corporation Los Angeles CA 336
Delta Shipbuilding Company New Orleans LA 188
J. A. Jones Construction Company Brunswick GA 85
J. A. Jones Construction Company Panama City FL 108
Kaiser Company Vancouver WA 2
Marinship Corporation Sausalito CA 15
New England Shipbuilding Company South Portland ME 244
North Carolina Shipbuilding Company Wilmington NC 126
Oregon Shipbuilding Company Portland OR 330
Permanente Metals Corporation, #1 Yard Richmond CA 138
Permanente Metals Corporation, #2 Yard Richmond CA 348
Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation Savannah GA 88
St. John's River Shipbuilding Company Jacksonville FL 82
Todd Houston Shipbuilding Corporation Houston TX 208
Walsh-Kaiser Company, Inc. Providence RI 11
17 Shipyards   2,718

Builders of Victory Ships

Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Inc. Baltimore MD 94
California Shipbuilding Corporation Los Angeles CA 131
Kaiser Company Vancouver WA 31
Oregon Shipbuilding Portland OR 136
Permanente Metals Corporation, #1 Yard Richmond CA 53
Permanente Metals Corporation, #2 Yard Richmond CA 105
6 Shipyards   550

Builders of T2 Tankers

Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company Mobile AL 102
Kaiser Company Portland OR 147
Marinship Corporation Sausalito CA 78
Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company Chester PA 206
4 Shipyards   533

Builders of Other Oceangoing Cargo and Passenger Ships

Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company Mobile AL 3
Albina Engine & Machine Works, Inc. Portland OR 4
American Ship Building Company Cleveland and Lorain OH 4
Bath Iron Works Corporation Bath ME 4
Bethlehem Steel Company Alameda CA 5
Bethlehem Steel Company Quincy MA 8
Bethlehem Steel Company Sparrows Point MD 115
Bethlehem Steel Company Staten Island NY 5
Consolidated Steel Corporation Wilmington CA 146
Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company Kearny NJ 96
Froemming Bros. Milwaukee WI 14
Globe Shipbuilding Company Superior WI 11
Great Lakes Engineering Works Ashtabula and River Rouge MI 10
Gulf Shipbuilding Corporation Chickasaw AL 36
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation Pascagoula MS 80
J.A. Jones Construction Company Brunswick GA 14
Kaiser Company Richmond CA 24
Kaiser Company Vancouver WA 20
Moore Dry Dock Company Oakland CA 98
Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company Newport News VA 18
North Carolina Shipbuilding Company Wilmington NC 117
Pennsylvania Shipyard, Inc. Beaumont TX 88
Permanente Metals Corporation, #3 Yard Richmond CA 35
Pusey & Jones Corporation Wilmington DE 19
Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company Sturgeon Bay WI 17
Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation Savannah GA 18
Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company Chester PA 99
Tampa Shipbuilding Company, Inc. Tampa FL 14
Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. Tacoma WA 44
Welding Shipyards, Inc. Norfolk VA 12
Western Pipe & Steel Company of California San Francisco CA 48
33 Shipyards   1216

Builders of Small Naval Auxiliaries, Coastal Cargo Ships and Other Ship Types

Albina Engine & Machine Works Portland OR 20
American Ship Building Company Cleveland and Lorain OH 18
Avondale Marine Ways New Orleans LA 22
Birchfield Shipbuilding & Boiler Co., Inc. Tacoma WA 6
Brunswick Marine Construction Brunswick GA 4
Ira S. Bushey & Sons, Inc. Brooklyn NY 5
Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc. Duluth MN 45
Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc. Superior WI 52
Calumet Shipyard & Drydock Co. Chicago IL 5
Canulette Shipbuilding Co. Slidell LA 4
Cargill Inc. Savage MN 24
Consolidated Steel Corporation Wilmington CA 32
East Coast Shipyards Bayonne NJ 30
Froemming Bros. Milwaukee WI 12
General Ship & Engine Works East Boston MA 6
Globe Shipbuilding Company Superior WI 17
Ingalls Iron Works Decatur AL 9
J. A. Jones Construction Company Panama City FL 6
Kaiser Company Richmond CA 27
Kaiser Company Vancouver WA 50
Lancaster Ironworks Perryville MD 4
McCloskey & Company Tampa FL 15
Pacific Bridge Company San Francisco CA 9
Pendleton Shipyard Company New Orleans LA 13
Penn-Jersey Shipbuilding Corporation Camden NJ 14
Pennsylvania Shipyard, Inc. Beaumont TX 17
Pusey & Jones Corporation Wilmington DE 2
Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company Sturgeon Bay WI 17
St. John's River Shipbuilding Company Jacksonville FL 12
Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company Chester PA 35
Todd Galveston Drydocks Inc. Galveston TX 12
Todd Houston Shipbuilding Corporation Houston TX 14
Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. Tacoma WA 10
Walsh-Kaiser Company, Inc. Providence RI 53
Builders of Concrete Ships Various 104
Builders of Wooden Ships Various 90
35 Shipyards   599
64 Shipyards in Total   5,626