Astoria Marine Construction Company, Astoria
- Built: 1922
- Address: 92134 Front Road
- Designation: Nominated to National Register of Historic Places
Founded in 1923, the Astoria Marine Construction Company is significant for shipbuilding during World War II and the Korean War. Retaining a high degree of integrity from the pre-1955 period, the complex is representative of small shipyards that were pressed into service during the war years.
News and Updates
While the site is still operational, its long term use is in question, due in large part to environmental concerns
April 2, 2014
Restore Oregon awards $2500 to document site in accordance with Historic American Engineering Record standards
January 30, 2014
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The Astoria Marine Construction Company (AMCCO) was established along the Lewis and Clark River just south of Astoria in the 1920s. Although the business originally built fishing boats and ferries, the company began receiving military contracts in 1941. By 1943, the boatyard had swelled in size and productivity, building minesweepers and other vessels for the war effort. In the years immediately after WWII, AMCCO specialized in mothballing Navy ships. During the Korean War, it became the leading shipyard in the nation building Type I AM class minesweepers.
The 7.2 acre Astoria Marine Construction Company site features 15 historically-significant buildings/structures including a large boat shop complex, a machine shop complex, an office, four marine ways, a dock complex, and an assortment of ancillary support buildings.
Why it’s Endangered
Although the complex continues to operate as a boat repair facility, business has declined and many of the historic buildings are in a deteriorated condition. Contaminants discovered on site made the property eligible for the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is currently investigating the full extent of the contamination. Continued operation of the boatyard, coupled with sensitive environmental remediation, will be needed to ensure a future for this significant industrial site and its employees.
Our Near-term Goals
Listing the property in the National Register will establish the AMCCO complex as a historically significant place in Astoria’s history. Increased public visibility and a preservation strategy for the property will focus environmental remediation efforts and protect the company’s important heritage and jobs.