Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock - Kearny, N.J.

History of Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock – Kearny

Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, also known as “Federal,” was established in 1917 on 160 acres on the Hackensack River’s west bank along the Lincoln Highway. It was one of several locations commissioned by the U.S. government for its Emergency Shipbuilding Program, The company received $10 million in aid from the U.S. Navy to ensure it could keep up with demand during World War II. Federal was a subsidiary of U.S. Steel Corporation, which was founded by JP Morgan when he purchased and combined 10 other steel companies.

Federal was the country’s second-leading producer of Navy destroyers through World War II, with only Bath Ironworks producing more ships through that timel. The company had over 50,000 employees and was known for building ships from start to finish faster than any shipyard in America. The USS Melvin, for instance, was built and launched in a little more than three months.

Six more Gearing-class warships were laid down and completed after the war, but the company ceased all shipbuilding operations in 1949. Today, the site is occupied by the River Terminal Development Complex.

Federal And Asbestos Exposure

Every ship commissioned by the Navy after World War I through the 1980s contained, among other things, asbestos-containing equipment. That means every boiler worker, mechanic, electrician, steamfitter, and piper coverer were potentially exposed to asbestos.

Former Federal workers are especially at-risk of developing mesothelioma and lung cancer. Symptoms of mesothelioma and lung cancer can take 15-60 years to develop. Former Federal workers should immediately see a doctor if they experience unexplained weight loss, coughing up blood. or difficulty breathing.

What You Can Do If Diagnosed Mesothelioma

Belluck & Fox, LLP, has helped hundreds of former shipyard workers get the compensation they deserve. The firm has over 20 years of experience with asbestos-related claims and is recognized as one of the top law firms in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Contact Belluck & Fox, LLP, today if you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma.