Todd-Bath Iron Shipbuilding Corp.,
South Portland Shipbuilding Corp.,
New England Shipbuilding Corp.,
This is a complete list of the ships built by the emergency shipyards at South Portland, Maine, between 1941-1945. These companies were joint ventures between Bath Iron Works and Todd Shipbuilding.
Todd-Bath Iron Shipbuilding (TBI) was established in 1940 to build 30 Ocean class freighters for Great Britain. The yard has three construction basins: #1 and #2 each accommodated two ships; #3 accommodated three ships.
South Portland Shipbuilding Corp. (SPSC) was established in 1941 to build emergency cargo vessels - Liberty Ships - for the U.S. Maritime Commission. The yard had six conventional shipways, numbered one through six. This yard was known as the West Yard, because it was located just west of the original TBI facility, the East Yard.
In 1942, Todd-Bath completed the Ocean class contract and started building Liberty ships. In November of 1942, TBI was reorganized as the East Yard of SPSC.
On April 11, 1943 South Portland Shipbuilding Corp. was renamed New England Shipbuilding Corp. (NESC). The original Todd-Bath Iron and South Portland Shipbuilding facilities retained their identities as the East and West yards of NESC.
In the list of ships, the first line identifies the name of the vessel. The second line lists the Hull number and the yard in which it was built. The third line notes the date the ship was delivered. The final line notes the ship's sponsor, the woman who carried out the ceremonial christening. In 1943, U.S. Maritime Commission (MC) hull numbers were used in place of yard-assigned hull numbers.
This list was compiled by Andrew Toppan and reprinted with his permission.
[List of Ships Built - not transcribed]