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Defoe Shipbuilding Co.
Bay City, Michigan

Defoe Shipbuilding Co. of Bay City, Michigan built a variety of smaller surface combatants and auxiliary ships for the US Navy. Founded in 1905, the Defoe Shipbuilding Co. built Charles F Adams class guided missile destroyers for the US and the Royal Australian Navies, and FF-1037 Bronstein-class frigates. During World War II Defoe built Destroyer Escorts, and High Speed Transports [APD] of similar design once , it became evident there were more Destroyer Escorts coming to completion than were needed for the lessened antisubmarine effort.

Defoe constructed hundreds of steel ships for military and commercial use, including 650-foot Great Lakes ore carriers, and was also active in commercial ship conversion. The Herbert C Jackson was the heaviest vessel ever side-launched when it slid into the waters at River Rouge, Michigan in 1959. The Jackson was launched as a straight deck bulk freighter but was converted to a self-unloader in 1975 at Defoe Shipbuilding. Bay City is still one of the top ranked ports on the Great Lakes and handles more waterborne tonnage than at any of the 31 other Michigan port cities, excluding Detroit.

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