Chartered in December 1916, the Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company launched the
heaviest dry dock on the coast from New Orleans to Newport News and prepared to build and
repair merchant and naval vessels as America inched toward war. Although the shipbuilding
industry collapsed with the end of the World War I, ADDSCO continued profitable
The shipyard launched a new 16,000-ton dry dock to accommodate demand during World War II, and by 1943 as many as 40,000 men and women worked there. ADDSCO churned out ships in record numbers, repairing over 2,800 naval and merchant ships, and building 20 Liberty ships and 102 tankers. The photographs displayed in our gallery illustrate this dramatic period in Mobile's history. Fore & Aft (left) was a weekly publication for ADDSCO employees.