Consolidated Shipyard was formed in 1941 when the United States Maritime Commission awarded it a contract to construct war vessels for the U.S. Navy. Consolidated Shipyard was located in Wilmington, California and it had a second plant in Orange, Texas. Although it was sold to US Steel in 1948, Consolidated Shipyard flourished during its short existence.

Consolidated Shipyard History 

Consolidated Steel Corporation was formed in 1928 when Union Iron Works merged with two smaller companies. The corporation was struggling in the steel industry until Alden Roach, Consolidated Steel Corporations’ young executive vice president, secured a thirteen million dollar contract with the US Maritime Commission to construct warships for the Navy. This contract allowed Consolidated Steel Corporation to build a brand new shipyard in Wilmington, California called Consolidated Shipyard.

Consolidated Shipyard’s Facility

Located on the Port of Los Angeles, Consolidated Shipyard was originally equipped with four ship ways. To accommodate the increasing war demand, the shipyard eventually increased to eight ship ways. Additionally, Consolidated Shipyard’s facility contained 95 acres of mud flats.

Consolidated Shipyard Accomplishments

Consolidated Shipyard was extremely productive and efficient in meeting the US Navy’s war demands. In a three year span from 1941-1944, Consolidated Shipyard built more than 160 ships. They also built the 500th ship in the U.S. Navy’s wartime construction program.  Consolidated Shipyard employed more than 12,000 workers including welders, pipe fitters, and steel tradesman.

When defense department contracts stopped after the war, Consolidated Shipyard was forced to close down. In 1948, Consolidated Shipyard’s facility was sold to US Steel.      

Asbestos at Consolidated Shipyard

Asbestos, a fibrous mineral, was extensively used in ship construction until the late 1970s. Because it is durable and fire resistant, asbestos was ideal for ship insulation, siding, and other materials. Unfortunately, asbestos is dangerous when inhaled. When inhaled, asbestos fibers may become permanently lodged in the lungs, causing severe and fatal cancers, such as:

  • Mesothelioma (a rare cancer that affects the lining surrounding many of the body’s internal organs)
  • Asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
  • Lung cancer
  • Esophageal, stomach, colon, or rectum cancer

Consolidated Shipyard’s employees were unaware that asbestos is dangerous. As a result, they handled asbestos containing materials without protective clothing or gear. Many workers became sick with asbestos-related diseases up to 40 years after inhaling asbestos fibers at Consolidated Shipyard.

Asbestos Injuries at Consolidated Shipyard – California

If you or a loved one has been injured by asbestos exposure that occurred while working at the Consolidated Shipyard, please contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.

Published November 17, 2011 by