CHILMAN SHIPYARD

A collection of photographs from the historic Chilman Shipyard, Hoquiam, Washington


In 1945 the United States Navy Commissioned thirty Yard Patrol vessels to supply its far flung Pacific bases.  Fifteen shipyards on the Pacific coast were contracted to each build two vessels, for a total cost of approximately $15,000,000.  Two of these ships, the YP-633 and YP-634, were built at the Chilman Shipyard located at Hoquiam, Washington. Designed after the famed tuna clippers of the day, which reached the far corners of the Pacific to help feed the nation, these 700 ton, 128 foot vessels had a carrying capacity of 300 tons of refrigerated cargo.  They had a fuel capacity of approximately 25,000 gallons with a range of 7,000 miles.

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U.S Navy YP-633 and YP-634 under construction.

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Christening of U.S Navy vessel YP- 634. From right, shipbuilder Ivar Chilman and his wife Ida.

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IMG_0393 Launching of U.S. Navy vessel YP-633.

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Chilman family Airedale, Fritz (bottom left), watches intently as U.S. Navy vessel YP-634 is launched into the Hoquiam River.

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IMG_0371 Guests arrive at commissioning ceremony of YP-633.

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YP-633 commissioning ceremony in progress.

 

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Standing with United States Navy personel – Forth from left, Ida Chilman. Sixth from left, Winona Chilman.

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