Greenport Basin and Construction Company

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The Greenport Basin and Construction Company, known by various names throughout its history, but most recently named the Greenport Yacht & Shipbuilding Company, is a shipbuilder in Greenport, Suffolk County, New York. It was established in the 19th century by brothers Pliny C. Brigham and Theodore W. Brigham.[1] [2] One local history relates:

Greenport prospered due to the menhaden industry; 64 boats were in service and seven under construction in 1879. By this time, shipbuilding (pleasure craft, cargo vessels, fishing vessels) boomed in Greenport. The Greenport Basin and Construction Company, famous yacht builders, became a large repair and docking facility for menhaden vessels. (Today, the company is known as Greenport Yacht and Shipbuilding.) Menhaden vessels or "bunker boats" were said to have lined the shoreline along Main and Front Streets.[3]

The company built dozens of ships for the United States Navy during World War I and World War II, as well as building yachts for private customers.[2] In 1917 the company became involved in a tax case against the United States, in which it protested the assessment of an "excess profits" tax.[1] The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the company finally lost the decision in 1923.[1][4] In 1970, the company was acquired by Stephen Clarke, and thereafter turned its attention from ship construction to ship maintenance and repairs, and historic preservation of ships.[1]

Ships built or converted[edit]

Notable ships built by the company include:

Ship Year
USS Acme (AMc-61) 1941
USS Adamant (AMc-62) 1941
USS Advance (AMc-63) 1941
USS Aggressor (AMc-64) 1941
USS Alarka (YTB-229) 1944
USS Ardent (SP-680) 1902
USS Atlantis (SP-40) 1911
USS Avalon (1908) 1908
USS Beluga (SP-536) 1911
USS Chingachgook (SP-35) 1916
USS Condor (AMS-5) 1942
USS Fulmar (AMc-46) 1941
USS Hatak (YTB-219) 1944
USS Iona (YTB-220) 1944
USS Jacamar (AMc-47) 1941
USS Lark (AMS-23) 1943
USS Limpkin (AMc-48) 1941
USS Lorikeet (AMc-49) 1941
USS Patrol No. 10 (SP-85) 1917
USS Perfecto (SP-86) 1917
USS Quest (SP-171) 1916
USS Sea Gull (SP-544) 1902
USS Uncas (SP-689) 1917
USS Vitesse (SP-1192) 1917
USS Whippet (SP-89) 1917

In addition, the USS Patriot (PYc-47), built in 1930 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol, Rhode Island, was converted for Navy service as a submarine chaser by Greenport Basin and Construction Company, in 1940.


  1. ^ a b c d Kenneth J. Blume, Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime Industry, p. 203, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Greenport Basin, Greenport NY,"
  3. ^ Village of Greenport Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, p. II-4, 1996.
  4. ^ Greenport Basin & Constr. Co. v. United States, 260 U.S. 512 (1923).