Texas Maritime Museum

Ship Building

SHIP BUILDING

Preserving Texas' Maritime Legacy

Texas shipbuilding flourished during WWI and WWII, with key players in Orange, Beaumont, and Houston. Government contracts propelled the industry’s growth, including the International and National Shipbuilding Companies, Beaumont Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, and Heldenfels Shipbuilding Company. However, the 1919 hurricane marked a setback, and the shipbuilding boom faded by 1925. A revival occurred in WWII, with multiple shipyards producing vessels like Liberty Ships.

Visit Our Ship Building Exhibit!

For a deeper dive into our shipbuilding history, plan your visit today and explore the exhibits in person. Witness the legacy of Texas shipbuilding firsthand!
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