Avondale Marine Ways, Inc.

Founded in 1938 as Avondale Marine Ways, Inc., Avondale Shipyard has long been a centerpiece of the economy of New Orleans and much of Southeast Louisiana. From barges, to Navy warships, to the oil and natural gas industry, Avondale has been a leader in diverse, industrial manufacturing.

The social and economic significance of Avondale goes well beyond the number of individuals who have been employed there. Avondale's unique position on the Mississippi River helped the diversified manufacturing operation to become a leader in the oil and natural gas industry as well as the shipbuilding industry.

Featured here are advertisements for Avondale Marine Ways, Inc. dating from the mid 1950s to the early 1960s. During that time, Avondale was comprised of four divisions: the Main Yard, the Service Foundry, the Harvey "Quick Repair" Yard, and Avoncraft. Each division specialized in different areas.

The Main Yard's focus was on ship, barge, tug, and large equipment manufacturing. The Service Foundry fabricated the steel pieces necessary for ship and equipment manufacture. The "Quick Repair" Yard located on the Harvey Canal repaired ships ranging from barges to large cargo ships. Avoncraft produced porcelain enamel and "porcelainized" steel fabrication; both were used in constructing facades and even pre-fabricated service stations.

More information about the history of Avondale Marine Ways, Inc. can be found here:

http://www.nolacitymuseum.org/exhibits/show/avondale/avondalehistory

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Avondale adds a 4th Division in the 1950s.

Avondale adds a 4th Division in the 1950s.

This March 22, 1954 advertisement announces the opening of Avondale Marine Ways' Avoncraft division. Avondale was invested not only in the maritime and shipbuilding industries but in construction as well. Collection of Andrew Brooks View File Details Page

Avondale Iron Workhorse served the New Orleans port

Avondale Iron Workhorse served the New Orleans port

This 1961 advertisement for Avondale showcases a loading and unloading crane built for Brownhoist that was used in the Port of New Orleans bulk terminal. Collection of Andrew Brooks View File Details Page

Avondale facades appear in shopping centers.

Avondale facades appear in shopping centers.

This 1964 Avoncraft ad is a part of their "Miracles in Metal" series. Collection of Andrew Brooks View File Details Page

Avondale and the Oil Industry

Avondale and the Oil Industry

Avondale's connections to the oil and natural gas industry date back to the early 1950s. This advertisement from April 26, 1954 describes Avondale's varied roles in the industry including, "the building and repairing of tugboats, towboats, and barges" and "the construction of offshore drilling platforms and pipe jackets." Collection of Andrew Brooks View File Details Page

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Andrew Brooks, Michael Mizell-Nelson, “Avondale Marine Ways, Inc. ,” New Orleans Historical, accessed April 30, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/210.
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