History of the Houston Shipyards

The Houston Shipyards of Texas were established in the early 1900s with the advent of World War I. Houston was a shipbuilding hub because of its abundant lumber supply. The Houston Shipyards played an instrumental role in the war effort, employing thousands of people during World War I and contributing to Texas’ production total of 1,500 ships during wartime.

Houston Shipyards involved in wartime shipbuilding included:

  • Todd Houston Shipbuilding
  • Bloodworth Bond
  • Schmidt Barge Yard
  • Brown Shipbuilding
  • Platzer Boat Works

Asbestos at the Houston Shipyards   

Before the dangers of asbestos were known, asbestos was used extensively in shipyard operations at the Houston Shipyards. Asbestos, a fibrous mineral, is ideal for insulation because of its durable and fire resistant. Ship components and products containing asbestos used at the Houston Shipyards included:

  • Boilers
  • Turbines
  • Pumps
  • Steam pipe
  • Incinerators
  • Gaskets
  • Floor and ceiling tiles
  • Welding blankets
  • Building insulation

In 1978, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned asbestos use in ships. Asbestos exposure can cause severe and fatal diseases, including Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a lethal cancer where malignant cells develop in the protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs, including the heart, stomach, and lungs. Asbestos can cause other severe diseases including:    

  • asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
  • lung, esophagus, stomach, colon, or rectum cancer

Serious asbestos-related diseases can remain asymptomatic for decades. Houston Shipyards’ workers may not show symptoms of asbestos health complications yet. However, authorities have estimated that over 100,000 shipyard workers have died from asbestos-related diseases, including those who have worked at the Houston Shipyards.

Asbestos Injuries at the Houston Shipyards – Texas

If you or a loved one worked at the Houston Shipyards and have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease please contact us today as you may be entitled to compensation.

Published November 17, 2011 by