Bethlehem San Pedro Shipyard

Type   Shipyard
Historical Name of Location   San Pedro, California, United States


ww2dbaseThe firm Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel, purchased the shipyard at San Pedro, California, United States in 1925 from Southwest Shipbuilding, which in turn had established the shipyard a few years prior in 1917. Between 1925 and 1940, Bethlehem used the facility for ship repair operations. During the WW2 era, this shipyard built 26 destroyers for the United States Navy, including four Benson-class ships, ten Fletcher-class ships, eight Allen M. Sumner-class ships, and four Gearing-class ships. After the war, it returned to its original role as a ship repair facility. Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation sold the facility to the firm Southwest Marine, Incorporated in 1981.

ww2dbaseSource: Destroyer History Foundation

Last Major Update: Jan 2015

Ships Constructed at Bethlehem San Pedro Shipyard

Ship NameYard NoSlip/Drydock NoOrderedLaid DownLaunchedCompleted
Wedderburn10 Jan 19431 Aug 19439 Mar 1944
Cassin Young18 Mar 194312 Sep 194331 Dec 1943
Irwin2 May 194331 Oct 194314 Feb 1944
Preston (Fletcher-class)13 Jun 194312 Dec 194320 Mar 1944

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Bethlehem San Pedro Shipyard Timeline

18 Mar 1943 The keel of destroyer USS Cassin Young was laid down by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation at San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States.
13 Jun 1943 The keel of Preston was laid down by Bethlehem Shipbuilding at San Pedro, California, United States.
12 Dec 1943 Preston was launched at San Pedro, California, United States, sponsored by sponsored by Mrs. R. F. Gross.


Keel of USS Cassin Young at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, San Pedro, California, United States, 18 Mar 1943Launching of USS Cassin Young, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, San Pedro, California, United States, 12 Sep 1943

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Alan Chanter says:
13 Jan 2015 11:10:37 AM

Bensen Class: USS Kendrick (Apr 2, 1942 ; Laub (Jun 1, 1942); Mackenzie (Jun 27, 1942); McLanahan (Sep 7, 1942)

Fletcher Class: USS Boyd (Oct 29 1942); Bradford (Dec 12, 1942); Brown (Feb 22, 1943); Cowell (Apr 18, 1943)

Improved Fletcher Class: USS Hopewell (May 2, 1943); Porterfield (Jun 13, 1943); Cassin Young (Sep 12, 1943); Irwin (Oct 31, 1943); Preston (Dec 12, 1943)

Allen M Sumner Class:
USS Lowry (Feb 6, 1944); Lindsey (Mar 5, 1944); Gwin (Apr 9, 1944); Willard Keith (Aug 29, 1944); James C. Owen (Oct 1, 1944); Bristol (Oct 29, 1944)

Gearing Class: USS Fred T. Berry (Jan 28, 1945); Norris (Feb 25, 1945); McCaffery (Apr 12, 1945); Harwood (May 24, 1945)

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Keel of USS Cassin Young at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, San Pedro, California, United States, 18 Mar 1943
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