Skinner & Eddy Shipyard begins ship construction in Seattle on February 3, 1916.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 1/24/1999
  • Essay 749
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On February 3, 1916, Skinner & Eddy Shipyard starts constructing ships. During World War I, the firm builds 75 vessels, becoming the largest shipyard in Seattle. The shipyard is located south of Seattleā€™s Pioneer Square in the area known in the twenty-first century as SODO.

After the war, the demand for ships fell off. The Skinner & Eddy Shipyard was sold in 1923. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, "Hooverville," a shantytown of unemployed, grew up on the site.


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