Vigor Shipyards

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Vigor Shipyards
PredecessorTodd Pacific Shipyards
  • 1916 - William H. Todd Corporation
  • 2011 - Vigor Shipyards
Number of locations
ParentVigor Industrial (2011)
From bottom left, Jumbo ferry M/V Spokane, USS Vandegrift (FFG-48), USS Halyburton (FFG-40) (center) under construction at 80% completion, USS Downes (FF-1070), and other ships at Todd Shipyards in Seattle, 1983

Vigor Shipyards is the current entity operating the former Todd Shipyards after acquisition in 2011.

Todd Shipyards was founded in 1916 as the William H. Todd Corporation when properties of the Tietjen & Lang Dry Dock Company of Hoboken, New Jersey were bought in 1916 by a syndicate headed by Bertron Griscom & Company of New York and placed under management of William H. Todd president of the Robins Dry Dock & Repair Co., Erie Basin, Brooklyn, New York.[1] That acquisition was followed by acquisition of the Tebo Yacht Basin, Brooklyn, and the Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Company.[2]

The Seattle shipyard could trace its history back to 1882, when Robert Moran opened a marine repair shop at Yesler's Wharf. This shop became the Moran Brothers Shipyard in 1906 and the Seattle Construction & Dry Dock Company at the end of 1911.

The shipyard has performed building and maintenance work for, among others, the U.S. and Royal Australian Navies, the United States Coast Guard, and the Washington State Ferries. Its headquarters and operations are on Harbor Island at the mouth of Seattle's Duwamish Waterway. Todd ranked 26th among United States corporations in the value of World War II production contracts.[3][4]

The 105-foot-long (32 m) hull of Disneyland's Mark Twain riverboat was built at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro, California, in 1955.

Frank Sinatra worked after high school as a rivet catcher.

In February 2011, Vigor Industrial purchased Todd for US$130 million.[5] This included the Seattle, Everett and Bremerton operations. Today, Vigor Shipyards is a government repair subsidiary of Vigor Industrial.[6]

Originally, the Coast Guard wanted to acquire 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) and spend about $8 billion for them. In April 2013, it was reported that Vigor proposed an Ulstein X-bow hull in the design competition for the OPC vessels.[7] If successful in landing the contract, Vigor would have assembled the vessels at its Portland, Ore., shipyard. However, in February 2014, the USCG announced that Bollinger Shipyards, Eastern Shipbuilding, and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works had been awarded design contracts for the OPC.[8]

In September 2017, Vigor was contracted to produce the US Army's Maneuver Support Vessel (Light).


Current locations[edit]

Vigor currently operates four shipyards, all in the Pacific Northwest:[9]

Past locations[edit]

Master of Ceremonies and Vice President of Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation, Hans K. Schaefer, speaks during christening and launching ceremonies for the guided missile frigate USS Reid (FFG-30) at the Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., Los Angeles Division, 1981, which closed in 1989.

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  1. ^ "Shipyard News". International Marine Engineering. New York/London: Aldrich Publishing Co. 21 (July 1916): 349. July 1916. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Shipyard News". International Marine Engineering. New York/London: Aldrich Publishing Co. 21 (October 1916): 476. October 1916. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  3. ^ Peck, Merton J; Scherer, Frederic M (1962). The Weapons Acquisition Process: An Economic Analysis. Harvard Business School. p. 619.
  4. ^ Herman, Arthur. Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II, pp. 121, 124, 133, 137, 202, Random House, New York, NY, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4000-6964-4.
  5. ^ "Vigor completes $130M purchase of Todd Shipyards". Puget Sound Business Journal. 15 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Companies". Vigor Industrial. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  7. ^ "New Coast Guard Cutter Sparks Fierce Competition Among Shipbuilders". National Defense Magazine. April 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  8. ^ CAVAS, CHRISTOPHER P. (14 February 2014). "3 Firms Win Design Contracts for New US Coast Guard Cutter". Gannett Government Media. Archived from the original on February 15, 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Vigor Shipyards". Vigor Industrial. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  10. ^ "Todd Los Angeles Division". Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  11. ^ "Container Facilities". Port of Los Angeles.—Shows an aerial view of Berth 100, the former location of Todd - San Pedro.
  12. ^ "San Francisco Construction Projects". Powered by The People. 2009-06-13.
  13. ^ Herman, Arthur. Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II, p. 124, 178, Random House, New York, NY, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4000-6964-4.
  14. ^ "Todd San Francisco Division". Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  15. ^ "United Engineering Company Shipyard, 2900 Main Street, Alameda, Alameda County, CA HAER CA-295". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  16. ^ "Todd Tacoma Todd Dry Dock Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding". Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  17. ^ "Todd to Shut Hoboken Shipyard And Shift the Work to Brooklyn". Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  18. ^ "Todd Shipyards Corporation - Founded in 1916 as the William H. Todd Corporation. It was formed by the purchase and merger of several shipyards in the New York region including Tietjen & Lang Dry Dock Co. that was purchased by Todd in that year. Located in Weehawken Cove, the Hoboken - Weehawken city line passes through the site. The company used a Hoboken address in all its literature and was given as Seventeenth Street and Park Avenue. Called Tietjen & Lang Plant then Todd Hoboken Dry Docks, Inc. and later Todd Shipyards, Hoboken Division. Closed September 1, 1965. Todd became a national company with shipyards in all major shipbuilding regions and had a significant role in World War II shipbuilding and repair". Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "History of Todd Shipyards Corporation – FundingUniverse". Retrieved January 13, 2019.
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