Saturday, February 8, 2014

Dravo's Neville Island Shipyard-- Part 1

From Shipbuilding History Site. //// While looking for information on the Fulton Shipyard in Antioch, California, I came across another major shipyard in the American war effort that I had never heard of before, the Dravo's Neville Island Shipyard, by Pittsburgh, Pennseylvania, in the Ohio River. //// This shipyard started in 1919 and was contracted by the U.S. Navy in World War Ii to construct those all-important LSTs (Landing Ship Tank). They invested $12 million. After the war, it turned into a ship scrapping facility for several years then returned to building barges and tow boats as it had before the war. ///// They built two ships in 1919. From 1932-1933, it built five dredges for the Corps of Engineers and in 1942 built subchasers for the Navy: PC-490-495, 573-577 and 593-595. In 1943, five minesweepers, AM-89 to AM-93: Despite, Direct, Dynamite, Effective and Engage. //// --GreGen

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