Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company

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Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
Industry Shipbuilding
Fate liquidated
Founded 1917
Defunct 1949
Headquarters Kearny, New Jersey

The Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company was a United States shipyard, active from 1917 to 1949. During World War II, it built ships as part of the U.S. Government's Emergency Shipbuilding Program. Operated by a subsidiary of the United States Steel Corporation, the shipyard was located at Kearny Point where the mouth of the Hackensack River meets Newark Bay in the Port of New York and New Jersey. The shipyard is now part of River Terminal,[1] a massive distribution facility that is partially a foreign trade zone.[2]

According to John T. Cunningham in “Made in New Jersey,” Federal "completely proved its might". On one day alone in May 1942, the company launched four destroyers. By 1943, Federal Shipbuilding was employing 52,000 people and building ships faster than any other yard in the world."[2]

Ships built[edit]

Aerial view of Federal Shipbuilding in May 1945.

An incomplete list of ships built by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ River Terminal
  2. ^ a b Genovese, Peter (October 7, 2011), "'Jersey State of Mind': A gritty little hub with heart", The Star-Ledger, retrieved 2011-10-06, The Federal Shipbuilding Co., a U.S. Steel subsidiary based in South Kearny, played a key role in supplying ships for both World Wars. Scarcely six months after Pearl Harbor, according to John Cunningham in “Made in New Jersey,” Federal ”completely proved its might. On one day alone in May 1942, the company launched four destroyers. By 1943, Federal Shipbuilding was employing 52,000 people and building ships faster than any other yard in the world." 
  3. ^ Norman Friedman, U.S. Cruisers, An Illustrated Design History 1984 ISBN 978-0-87021-718-0>

Coordinates: 40°43′26″N 74°06′22″W / 40.723790°N 74.106168°W / 40.723790; -74.106168