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Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company

Destroyers in Wet Basin at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company – 1942

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

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

References

  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." 
  • List of Civilian Ships
  • List of Navy Ships
  • Detailed record of all ships built at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
  • Kearny Yard history
  • Yard background and photographs from 1945 and 2003
  • A web exhibit of ship christening photos that includes half a dozen images of launching ceremonies at the Kearny Yard
  • http://www.riverterminal.com/ - River Terminal Development, on the site of the shipyard.

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