ADDSCO Photo Gallery

  • ADDSCO workers leave the yard for afternoon shift change
  • A night scene during World War II
  • Three of the dozen female workers at the shipyard during the war.
  • A military parade down Government Street, 1943.
  • At a war bond rally in 1944, the ADDSCO band plays for an impromptu dance contest
  • Celebrities help the cause by entertaining war workers.
  • Launching the S.S. Joseph Wheeler at ADDSCO, October 11, 1942.
  • Fore and Aft (above) a weekly employee publication.

Chartered in December 1916, the Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company launched the heaviest dry dock on the coast between New Orleans and Newport News and prepared to build and repair merchant and naval vessels as America inched toward war. Although the shipbuilding industry in Mobile collapsed with the end of World War I, ADDSCO continued profitable ship-repair operations. The shipyard launched a new 16,000-ton dry dock to accommodate demand during World War II. By 1943 as many as 40,000 men and women worked there.

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