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Shipbuilding in Jackson County

 
 
Shipbuilding in Jackson County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
1. Shipbuilding in Jackson County Marker
Inscription.  Jackson County is known for shipbuilding. Early settlers hand-crafted utility, fishing and local transportation boats to one-of-a-kind designs, but World War I saw explosive development of a modern industry. Dierks-Blodgett in Pascagoula, and Dantzle and Hodges shipyards in Moss Point were contracted to build eleven 281-foot long ocean-going cargo ships, each consisting of over a million board feet of southern pine. These shipyards closed after the war, but another, International Shipyard, continued until 1921. Located at the mouth of the Pascagoula River, this shipyard constructed three graceful five-masted barkentines. These 379-foot long ships were among the last sail-powered cargo ships built in the United States.

In 1938, Robert Ingalls of Ingalls Iron Works in Birmingham, Alabama, established Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. The new shipyard began constructing vessel using the revolutionary all-welded method. When World War II erupted, thousands of shipbuilders went to work and built more than 60 ships during the war - an average of one ship each month including escort aircraft carriers, submarine tenders, net layers and
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After WWII, Ingalls returned to the civilian market with cargo ships and passenger liners. With an eye toward the future, Ingalls in 1955 redesigned one of its shipways to accommodate the construction of submarines for the U.S. Navy. During the late 1960's the ultra-modern "Shipyard of the Future," became the first major shipyard built in the U.S. since WWII. Ingalls began producing ships faster and more efficiently using modular construction techniques. Other innovations, like the facility's ship launch and recovery process, positioned Ingalls as "America's Shipyard." Contracts quickly followed for Spruance-class and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and large flat-top amphibious assault ships.

Today, Ingalls Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, continues the development and production of technologically advanced, highly capable warships for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps. Huntington Ingalls is Jackson County's (and Mississippi's) largest employer.

[Photo Caption]: USS Cole (DDG 67) built at Ingalls in 1996, was repaired at Ingalls in 2002, following a terrorist attack.
 
Erected 2014 by the Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society & Ingalls Shipbuilding.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in
View of U.S. Navy ships being built and repaired at Ingalls Shipyard in distance. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
2. View of U.S. Navy ships being built and repaired at Ingalls Shipyard in distance.
these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, World IWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
 
Location. 30° 20.723′ N, 88° 33.726′ W. Marker is in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from Beach Boulevard, 0.3 miles west of Hague Street. Located in the parking lot, at the Point of Pascagoula, next to the Beach Park Fishing Pier. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Beach Boulevard, Pascagoula MS 39567, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. R.A. Farnsworth Summer Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Running the Blockade: SS Fanny (Fox) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Randall's Tavern (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jimmy Buffett (approx. half a mile away); The Round Island Affair - 1849 (approx. half a mile away); Georgia P. Kinne House (approx. half a mile away); Capt. John Grant (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cottage by the Sea Tavern (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pascagoula.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Submitted on March 28, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Shipbuilding at Ingalls Shipyard in Jackson County. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 22, 2017
3. Shipbuilding at Ingalls Shipyard in Jackson County.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2017. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 28, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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