Todd Shipyard Brooklyn
Todd Shipyards was formed in the year 1916 under the financing of three large investors. Bertron, Grecisms & Company, White, Weld & Company, and William H. Todd each joined forces to lend their particular skills the emerging shipbuilding industry. The company was an incorporation of three separate dry dock facilities in Brooklyn's Red Hook area. A separate transaction eliminated the shipyard's chief competitor by absorbing Tietjen and Lang Drydock and Repair Co, effectively establishing the Todd Shipyard as the pre-eminent facility in the Erie Basin.
Some of the more prosperous years of the Todd Shipyard include those during the Second World War. Like much of industrial America, the Todd Shipyard completely shifted their focus to naval construction and repair efforts. All over the country industry answered the call to action in an effort to ensure our troops the best possible chance of victory in Europe as well as the Pacific. At Todd Shipyards several types of warships were built, including destroyers and fixtures for larger carriers.
Following the war, Todd Shipyards altered its focus primarily to repairs and phased out the construction aspect. However, they were able to franchise their operations across three coasts, several of which still operate today. The original Brooklyn operation closed in 1986, as most of the Brooklyn shipyards were being renovated or moved altogether. Today the Todd company remains a powerhouse in the ship construction and ship-repair industries, providing a century's worth of expertise to all their operations across the country. The Brooklyn operation however, remains an important starting point for one of the most successful firms in the shipping industry.
Shipyards can be extremely dangerous places to work. Heavy machinery, high voltages, and pressures can elicit hazards that only a skilled and trained worker can work alongside. Unfortunately, there was a largely unknown hazard in shipyards that is now coming to light. Exposure to toxins happened frequently and often without those who were exposed even being aware. Among the more common toxins was asbestos. While it was even clear to the public that asbestos was hazardous until the late 1970's, several firms used it liberally in all aspects of ship construction. Those who worked prior to 1980 in the shipyard industry are likely at risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos was used to insulate pipes, hulls, as well as plumbing and electrical fixtures. Those who worked around these areas or repaired these fixtures frequently should seek the consultation of a physician to ensure that you have not been adversely affected by asbestos exposure. Asbestos has been conclusively linked to serious respiratory conditions, such as mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer
Last modified: December 28, 2010.