If you grew up in any of the coastal communities in Massachusetts, you probably spent a fair amount of time watching boats glide across the water. Since the first European settlers landed here, life on the water has been second nature to Commonwealth residents. For more than 200 years, our local economy has flourished because of the work done by merchants, fishermen, whalers, and boat builders. There’s a good chance you, or someone you know, has made their living on the deck of a ship. From 1901 to 1986, the Fore River Shipyard was one the region’s leading boat manufacturers.
Fore River Shipyard, in Quincy, Massachusetts, produced schooners, cargo ships, and fishing vessels for 85 years. During World War II, it employed more than 23,000 employees and produced 227 ships for the United States Navy to use in combat. One of those warships, the USS Massachusetts, can be visited today at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Were you, or any of your relatives a part of Fore River’s history? Were they there when these gargantuan vessels were launched into the Atlantic Ocean? We would love to hear their stories and see their pictures. Email them to Wicked Local Media Solutions or tweet us @WLMediaSolution.
Image from Digital Commonwealth.