Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation

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Bethlehem Hingham, 1943: Construction of the HMS Calder (K349) and USS Foss (DE-59, right).

The Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Limited (ugsp. BethShip ) was created in 1917 after Bethlehem Steel in 1905, the shipyard Union Iron Works , had acquired San Francisco, and in 1913 Fore River Shipyard in Quincy (Massachusetts) had been added. In 1913 the management of the shipyards was transferred to Quincy. It was not until 1964 that the company moved to Sparrows Point, Maryland .

Bethlehem Steel withdrew from shipbuilding in 1997.

In 1940 BethShip operated mainly four shipyards, namely in Fore River, Sparrows Point, San Francisco and on Staten Island. It was already the largest of the three "great" US shipbuilders, followed by Newport News Shipbuilding and New York Shipbuilding . In the course of the Emergency Shipbuilding Program , there was huge expansion during World War II.

Fore River was sold to General Dynamics in the mid-1960s and closed in 1986. The shipyard in San Francisco went to British Aerospace in the mid-1960s and exists as BAE Systems Ship Repair - San Francisco.

Shipyards (chronological)

  • Bethlehem Wilmington; Wilmington, Delaware (1904-1925, 1941-1945)
  • Union Iron Works; San Francisco, California (1905-1941)
  • Hunters Point Drydocks; Hunters Point, San Francisco, California (1908–1920; subsequently taken over by the US Navy)
  • Fore River Shipyard; Quincy, Massachusetts (1913-1964)
  • Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard; Sparrows Point, Maryland (1914–1997)
  • Bethlehem Elizabethport; Elizabethport, New Jersey (1916-1921)
  • Alameda Works Shipyard; Alameda, California (1916-1956)
  • Victory Plant Shipyard; Quincy, Massachusetts (1917–1919)
    The shipyard was built to build destroyers and relieve the Fore River.
  • Bethlehem Mariners Harbor; Staten Island, New York (1938-1960)
  • Bethlehem Shipyard; San Pedro, California (1940-1981)
  • Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard; Baltimore, Maryland (1940-1945)
  • Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard; Hingham, Massachusetts (1940-1945)
  • Bethlehem Atlantic Works; East Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bethlehem Brooklyn 56th Street; Brooklyn, New York
  • Hoboken Shipyard; Hoboken, New Jersey (1890-1984)
  • Bayonne Naval Drydock; Bayonne, New Jersey (~ 1930–1945)
  • Bethlehem Pennsylvania Shipyards; Beaumont, Texas (1948-1989)

Sources, comments, web links

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