History of the Brown Shipbuilding Company

The Brown Shipbuilding Company was initially established in 1941 to construct World War II naval vessels. Located in Houston, Texas, the Brown Shipbuilding yard was established with a Navy subsidy to construct military vessels, in particular submarine chasers.

The Brown Shipbuilding Company contributed enormously to the war time effort, producing 61 vessels during May 1943 and August 1944. From its birth in 1941 until the end of World War II, the Brown Shipbuilding Company produced close to 350 vessels. During the peak of its wartime ship production, the Brown Shipbuilding Company had close to 25,000 workers. 

After the war era, Brown Shipbuilding was sold to and operated by the Todd Houston Shipbuilding Company until 1985. The Brown Shipbuilding yard opened under its original subsidiary in 1986. The Brown Shipbuilding yard remained an integral part of Texas’s shipping industry until 2004 when it was sold to different buyers. 

Asbestos & the Brown Shipbuilding Company

Many Brown Shipbuilding workers are at risk of developing serious health complications from asbestos exposure. The health risks associated with asbestos were not well known until the 1970s, and special precautions were not taken at the Brown Shipbuilding yard to prevent asbestos inhalation. For many years, ship builders, crews, and longshoreman at the Brown Shipbuilding yard were heavily exposed to asbestos dust inhalation.

Asbestos material was used in ship building extensively as an ideal insulator for its ability to resist corrosion and withstand high temperatures. Asbestos was used to insulate boilers, steam pipes, incinerators, and other ship machinery at the Brown Shipbuilding Company. In addition, asbestos was used to fireproof ships, and as an acoustic material to give war ships a quiet approach.

Serious asbestos-related diseases may remain asymptomatic for decades. Brown Shipbuilding workers may not show symptoms of asbestos health complications yet. It is important to seek medical advice if you think you have been exposed to asbestos as early detection may help better manage some asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos Injuries at the Brown Shipbuilding Company – Texas

If you or a loved one worked at the Brown Shipbuilding Company, you may have been exposed to asbestos. Many shipyard workers affected by asbestos exposure have turned to experienced asbestos lawyers for help.

Contact us today to determine if you have a case and are entitled to compensation.

Published November 17, 2011 by