If ever a time machine were built, it could never have a more successful voyage than a stroll through the Astoria Marine Construction Company.  Here, machines that date from 1911 or 1930 or 1950 are operated by men with more than a half-century of experience as shipwrights.

Massive band saws, planers and rib-bending equipment attest to the company's heyday in the '40s and '50s, when it became the first yard in the country to build MSO's.  The 165-foot minesweepers were built on contract from the Navy.  At its peak the yard employed over 400 people.

The interesting full history of Astoria Marine Construction, and Joe Dyer naval architect, is documented here: historywithheart.com/astoria_marine.htm

5 records found.
Name Designer Year Length Fleet


1890 76' Pacific Northwest Elmore

Evening Star

Joseph M. (Joe) Dyer 1938 47' Pacific Northwest Evening Star


Bay City Boat Inc./Joe Dyer 1938 45' Pacific Northwest

Phantom 1936

Joe Dyer 1936 51' Southern California Phantom 1936

Summer Wind

H. C. Hanson 1940 88' Pacific Northwest