Maurice River Township's Ships, Boats, and Builders.

The Stowman Shipyard was established in 1890 by Charles Stowman. Following the death of Charles, it was run by his sons Charles A. and William B. Then in 1942 it was sold to the next generation, Walter G. Stowman, Frank Wheaton Jr. and Bennett Stowman. It survived the war and became Dorchester Shipyard in 1963, which is still in business doing marine repairs but no longer builds ships.

Welsbach Dorchester 1965 C. G Pusher Tug pC
Welsbach Dorchester 1965 C. G Pusher Tug pC

Welsbach built by Dorchester Shipyard 1965 Coast Guard Pusher Tug, inland Tender original Name Spike photo courtesy of Paul Cox

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Stowman's Shipyard Dorchester
Stowman's Shipyard Dorchester

Workers inside the Stowman Shipyard Dorchester NJ

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Stowman's Shipyard
Stowman's Shipyard

Workers at Stowman's Shipyard Dorchester N.J.

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Inside Stowman's Shipyard
Inside Stowman's Shipyard

Workers inside Stowman's Shipyard Dorchester NJ

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Delaware Bay Shipbuilding Co. Inc. was formed in 1920 by Dr. Malcolm Sharp, a medical doctor who was the son of a seafaring man.  The objective was to build fishing vessels, but it soon expanded into recreational boats.  In 1929, it was bought by a group of investors who divided it in two - Delaware Bay Shipbuilding for the bigger boats and Debasco Boat Works for the smaller ones.

1944 Delaware Bay Shipbuilding
1944 Delaware Bay Shipbuilding

1944 photo of Delaware Bay Shipbuilding Leesburg N.J. photo courtesy of Paul Cox

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Delaware Bay Shipyard
Delaware Bay Shipyard

Delaware Bay Shipyard photo courtesy of Drew Tomlin

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Aerial View of Del Bay shipbuilding
Aerial View of Del Bay shipbuilding

Early aerial view of Delaware Bay Shipbuilding Leesburg N.J.

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1943 DB sc1325paul
1943 DB sc1325paul

SC 1325 Sub chaser built by Delaware Bay Shipbuiding Leesburg N.J. delivered April 13th 1943 to the US Navy 107 feet in length. photo courtesy of Paul Cox

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1944 ATR 59 Delbay Shipbuilders
1944 ATR 59 Delbay Shipbuilders

Atlantic Tug Rescue built by Delaware Bay Shipyard Leesburg N.J. launched Sept. 1944 delivered to US Navy 1945 sold in 1947 as the Mytle E. Wilson photo courtesy of Paul Cox

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August 1943 Delbay Shipyard Leesburg
August 1943 Delbay Shipyard Leesburg

Atlantic Tug Rescue Boat launched August 1943 Delaware Bay Shipyard Leesburg N.J.

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ATR 59 Sept 1944 #Paul
ATR 59 Sept 1944 #Paul

Atlantic Tug Rescue built by Delaware Bay Shipyard Leesburg N.J. launched Sept. 1944 delivered to US Navy 1945 sold in 1947 as the Mytle E. Wilson photo courtesy of Paul Cox

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ATR 59 Sept 4 1944 Delbay
ATR 59 Sept 4 1944 Delbay

Atlantic Tug Rescue built by Delaware Bay Shipyard Leesburg N.J. launched Sept. 1944 delivered to US Navy 1945 sold in 1947 as the Mytle E. Wilson photo courtesy of Paul Cox

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ATR 58 April 23 1944 Delbay
ATR 58 April 23 1944 Delbay

Atlantic Tug Rescue 58 built by Delaware Bay Shipyard Leesburg N.J. launched April 23 1944 delivered to US Navy 1945 photo courtesy of Paul Cox

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Much of the information gathered on the ships and shipyards here was obtained from the website shipbuildinghistory.com