Todd Shipyards was formed in 1916 in Brooklyn, New York’s Red Hook Section. Todd Shipyards Brooklyn experienced great prosperity in constructing and repairing various vessels. Todd Shipyards Brooklyn employed about 20,000 workers including many women. Recently, Todd Shipyards Brooklyn’s employees have developed severe and fatal cancers from their asbestos exposure at the shipyards. The asbestos diseases include:

  • Mesothelioma (a rare cancer that affects the lung’s inner lining)
  • Asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
  • Lung cancer
  • Esophagus, stomach, colon, or rectum cancer

Todd Shipyards Brooklyn History

Todd Shipyards was formed in 1916 when three financiers, Bertron, Grecisms & Company, White, Weld & Company, and William Todd purchased a shipyard in Erie Basin. Todd Shipyards then purchased  its chief competitor, Tietjen & Lang Dry Dock Company, establishing Todd Shipyards as the premier facility in the Erie Basin. Todd Shipyards continued expanding by merging with many shipyards across the United States.

Todd Shipyards Brooklyn during the Second World War      

Todd Shipyards Brooklyn, New York, like many U.S. shipyards, enjoyed their most prosperous times during the Second World War. During the war, Todd Shipyards Brooklyn shifted their entire operation to naval construction and repairs. They built and repaired over 3,000 war ships including many destroyers and large carriers. Todd Shipyards Brooklyn’s most exciting war operation was constructing 24 LCIs (Landing Craft, Infantry), one of the Navy’s most closely guarded secret weapons.

Following the war, Todd Shipyards Brooklyn remained successful by focusing solely on repair work. In 1986, Todd Shipyards closed their Erie Basin Shipyard as most Brooklyn shipyards were renovating or closing.

Asbestos at Todd Shipyards Brooklyn, New York  

Todd Shipyards Brooklyn’s employees, similar to all shipyard workers, were at high asbestos exposure risk. Asbestos, a toxic fibrous mineral, is extremely dangerous when inhaled. The asbestos fibers remain lodged in the lungs causing severe and fatal cancers. Asbestos is an ideal material for ship construction and products because asbestos is fire and water resistant. When Todd Shipyards Brooklyn’s workers handled the asbestos containing ship and products, the asbestos fibers were released and inhaled. Most workers did not wear proper protective clothing and respiratory equipment. Asbestos diseases may take up to 40 years to develop so many Todd Shipyards Brooklyn’s employees can still become terminally ill.

Injured by Todd Shipyards Brooklyn – New York

If you would like more information about Asbestos and its dangers, or if you or a loved one has been injured from working at Todd Shipyards Brooklyn, New York, please contact us today.  You may be entitled to compensation.

Published November 17, 2011 by