Cohoes in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Matton Shipyard
John E. Matton built his shipyard here on Van Schaick Island in 1916, shortly after the new Barge Canal opened. Besides building barges and tugboats, the shipyard serviced and repaired the boats that travelled both the Erie and Champlain canals.
During World War II, the shipyard worked round-the-clock building submarine chasers for the Navy and tugboats for the Army. The fenced-in configuration of the shipyard today reflects those hectic years.
The Mattons continued in business until 1964, after which the Turecamo family carried on the ship building and boat repair tradition under the name of Matton Shipyard Company, Inc. The last of their line of sleek ocean-going tugboats was lanched in 1982, and the shipyard closed forever in 1983.
New York State purchased the Matton Shipyard in 1989. It will be developed in the future as part of the Peebles Island State Park complex.
Erected by New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
Location. 42° 46.747′ N, 73° 40.867′ W. Marker is in Cohoes, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on Delaware Ave., on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The Matton Shipyard sign was attached
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Herman Melville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Van Schaick Island (approx. half a mile away); White Homestead (approx. 0.7 miles away); Flight of Five Locks (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. ¾ mile away); Waterford Bridges (approx. ¾ mile away); Union Bridge (approx. ¾ mile away); Van Schaick Burial Plot (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cohoes.
Also see . . .
1. Waterford Maritime Historical Society. (Submitted on October 14, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. Matton Shipyard Builder List. (Submitted on October 14, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
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