Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation

Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation was a World War II emergency shipyard located along the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, United States. The shipyard built nearly 600 Liberty and Victory ships between 1941 and 1945 under the Emergency Shipbuilding program.[1] It was closed after the war ended.

Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation
IndustryMaritime Ship Production
Founded1941; 80 years ago (1941)
Defunct1945 (1945)
ProductsLiberty and Victory ships
Victory ships under construction at the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation in 1944
Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation's SS Davidson Victory on ways
Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation's USS Glynn

The shipyard, one of three Kaiser Shipyards in the area, was in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland. The two others were the Swan Island Shipyard, located several miles upriver on Swan Island;[2] and the Vancouver Shipyard, located across the Columbia River from Portland in Vancouver, Washington.[3][4]

Among the ships built by Oregon Shipbuilding was the Star of Oregon,[5] which was launched on Liberty Fleet Day, September 27, 1941.

The rapid expansion of Portland area shipyards during World War II and contraction afterward caused similar expansion and contraction of the population of Vanport City, Oregon, which was also built by Henry J. Kaiser to house the workers of the three area shipyards.[5][6]

The former site of Oregon Shipbuilding in St. Johns is now Schnitzer Steel Industries.[7]

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  1. ^ "Oregon Shipbuilding, Portland OR". ShipbuildingHistory.com. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "Kaiser Swan Island, Portland OR". ShipbuildingHistory.com. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Kaiser Vancouver, Vancouver WA". ShipbuildingHistory.com. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kaiser & Oregon Shipyards". Oregon History Project. Oregon Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 29, 2005.
  5. ^ a b Record Breakers. Portland, Oregon: Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation. OCLC 54078903.
  6. ^ Abbot, Carl. "Vanport". The Oregon Encyclopedia.
  7. ^ Jim Redden (June 3, 2009). "The Forgotten Ships". Portland Tribune. Pamplin Media Group. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011.

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Coordinates: 45°36′29″N 122°46′48″W / 45.607969°N 122.780127°W / 45.607969; -122.780127