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Chester in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company

 
 
Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
1. Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Marker
Inscription.  During WWII, Sun was the largest single shipyard in the world, with over 35,000 employees. It introduced the all-welded ship, which significantly increased ship production, and the T-2 oil tanker, which became the standard at all US shipyards. Sun built over 250 WWII tankers, 40% of those built in the world, and repaired over 1,500 war-damaged ships. Established by the Pew family, it was located at this site from 1916 to 1982.
 
Erected 2007 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
 
Location. 39° 51.206′ N, 75° 20.887′ W. Marker is in Chester, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker is on 4th Street (Pennsylvania Route 291), on the right when traveling east. Marker is just past the entrance to Harrah's Casino. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chester PA 19013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
2. Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company
Nothing remains of the company. There is now a casino and racetrack at this location.
walking distance of this marker. Sun Village War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rochambeau Route (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dr. Anna E. Broomall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Green-Bank (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Swedish Burial Ground (approx. 0.7 miles away); John Morton (approx. 0.7 miles away); Christofer Columbus (approx. 0.7 miles away); Washington House (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
Also see . . .  Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,223 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on March 31, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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