New York Shipbuilding Corporation (also known as Yorkship and New York Ship) was founded in 1899 by Henry Morse. New York Shipbuilding’s initial location was going to be Staten Island, New York, however, Morse found a location with better facilities and more experienced shipyard workers in Camden, New Jersey (he nevertheless retained the name New York Shipbuilding). New York Shipbuilding quickly prospered and during World War II it was the busiest and most successful shipyard.

New York Shipbuilding Functions

New York Shipbuilding began operations in 1900 and closed in 1967. New York Shipbuilding built 656 vessels for the Coast Guard, the Merchant Marines, the U.S. Navy, and many other clients. New York Shipbuilding also repaired many commercial and naval vessels. New York Shipbuilding specialized in constructing both military and commercial ships including:

  • Aircraft Carriers
  • Luxury liners
  • Battleships
  • Landing craft
  • Barges
  • Car floats
  • Cargo and passenger ships

New York Shipbuilding and the Two World Wars

New York Shipbuilding prospered during World War I. Although New York Shipbuilding was only 14 years old, it became one of the largest and most influential shipyards in the world. New York Shipbuilding built the famous USS Saratoga, the first U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

By World War II, New York Shipbuilding employed nearly 30,000 men and women to build and repair war vessels. New York Shipbuilding built over 70 ships during the war including 26 heavy combatant ships. The shipyard delivered over $217 million worth of naval ships and equipment. In the late 1950s, New York Shipbuilding built the first nuclear ship, the NS Savannah. In 1967, New York Shipbuilding, like many other shipyards, was forced to close after military contracts ceased.

Asbestos at New York Shipbuilding   

New York Shipbuilding’s workers were continuously exposed to asbestos when building and repairing ships. Asbestos is a durable and fire resistant mineral and therefore, ideal for shipbuilding. Unfortunately, because the dangers of asbestos were not known, New York Shipbuilding workers handled asbestos without any protective clothing or respiratory equipment. If asbestos is manipulated, asbestos fibers can become airborne.  When inhaled, asbestos fibers can remain lodged in the lungs and cause severe and fatal cancers such as Mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.

Asbestos Injuries at New York Shipbuilding Corporation – New Jersey         

If you or a loved one worked at New York Shipbuilding and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, please contact us today to assess your legal rights.

Published November 17, 2011 by