Big Ships At Merrill-Stevens Ship Yard

June 5th, 2013, 12:08H · Topics: Business, Getting Around · Print

“Two ships that were in repair at the Merrill-Stevens Ship Yard.  A 8X10 camera was used.  Photo taken in the 60’s.”  LS

The shipyards located on the North bank of the St Johns River between downtown Jacksonville and what would become Metropolitan Park started in the 1850’s and operated until 1992 under a number of different owners.  The shipyard was actually the Rawls Brothers Shipyard if this photo was taken in the in the 1960’s, having been sold by Merrill-Stevens in the 1950’s.  It had operated as Merrill-Stevens since the late 1800’s.  The property now sits empty after a number of failed attempts to redevelop the prime riverfront property along Bay Street.


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  1. 1 James Wood February 22nd, 2021 6:17H

    During WWII at those shipyards “Liberty Ships” were built. In 1943 I attended the launching of one of them. I was 9 or 10. My father worked building those ships

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