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Vigor Shipyards (formerly Todd Shipyards) was founded in 1916 as the William H. Todd Corporation through the merger of Robins Dry Dock & Repair Company of Erie Basin, Brooklyn, New York, the Tietjen & Long Dry Dock Company of Hoboken, New Jersey, and the Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Company. The Seattle shipyard could trace its history back to 1882, when Robert Moran opened a marine repair shop at Yesler's Wharf. This shop became the Moran Brothers Shipyard in 1906 and the Seattle Construction & Dry Dock Company at the end of 1911.

Vigor Shipyards
Predecessor Todd Pacific Shipyards
  • 1916 - William H. Todd Corporation
  • 2011 - Vigor Shipyards
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Parent Vigor Industrial (2011)
From bottom left, Jumbo ferry M/V Spokane, USS Vandegrift (FFG-48), USS Halyburton (FFG-40) (center) under construction at 80% completion, USS Downes (FF-1070), and other ships at Todd Shipyards in Seattle, 1983

The shipyard has performed building and maintenance work for, among others, the U.S. and Royal Australian Navies, the United States Coast Guard, and the Washington State Ferries. Its headquarters and operations are on Harbor Island at the mouth of Seattle's Duwamish Waterway. Todd ranked 26th among United States corporations in the value of World War II production contracts.[1][2]

The 105-foot-long (32 m) hull of Disneyland's Mark Twain riverboat was built at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro, California in 1955.

Frank Sinatra worked after high school as a rivet catcher.

In February 2011, Vigor Industrial purchased Todd for US$130 million.[3] This included the Seattle, Everett and Bremerton operations. Today, Vigor Shipyards is a government repair subsidiary of Vigor Industrial.[4]

Originally, the Coast Guard wanted to acquire 25 Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) and spend about $8 billion for them. In April 2013, it was reported that Vigor proposed an Ulstein X-bow hull in the design competition for the OPC vessels.[5] If successful in landing the contract, Vigor would have assembled the vessels at its Portland, Ore., shipyard. However, in February 2014, the USCG announced that Bollinger Shipyards, Eastern Shipbuilding, and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works had been awarded design contracts for the OPC.[6]

In September 2017, Vigor was contracted to produce the US Army's Maneuver Support Vessel (Light).


Master of Ceremonies and Vice President of Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation, Hans K. Schaefer, speaks during christening and launching ceremonies for the guided missile frigate USS Reid (FFG-30) at the Todd Pacific Shipyards Corp., Los Angeles Division, 1981, which closed in 1989.


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  1. ^ Peck, Merton J; Scherer, Frederic M (1962). The Weapons Acquisition Process: An Economic Analysis. Harvard Business School. p. 619. 
  2. ^ Herman, Arthur. Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II, pp. 121, 124, 133, 137, 202, Random House, New York, NY, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4000-6964-4.
  3. ^ "Vigor completes $130M purchase of Todd Shipyards". Puget Sound Business Journal. 15 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Companies". Vigor Industrial. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  5. ^ "New Coast Guard Cutter Sparks Fierce Competition Among Shipbuilders". National Defense Magazine. April 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
  6. ^ CAVAS, CHRISTOPHER P. (14 February 2014). "3 Firms Win Design Contracts for New US Coast Guard Cutter". Gannett Government Media. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Vigor Shipyards". Vigor Industrial. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  8. ^ "Todd Los Angeles Division". Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  9. ^ "Container Facilities". Port of Los Angeles. —Shows an aerial view of Berth 100, the former location of Todd - San Pedro.
  10. ^ "San Francisco Construction Projects". Powered by The People. 2009-06-13. 
  11. ^ Herman, Arthur. Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II, p. 124, 178, Random House, New York, NY, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4000-6964-4.
  12. ^ "Todd San Francisco Division". Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  13. ^ "United Engineering Company Shipyard, 2900 Main Street, Alameda, Alameda County, CA HAER CA-295". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  14. ^ Ships built at Todd Dry Dock, Seattle-Tacoma, and Todd Pacific at

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