Broward Marine, established in 1948 by Frank Denison when he bought Dooley’s Basin and Dry Dock*, was once the county’s biggest employer. During the 1950s, about 10 minesweepers (see photo) were constructed at the company for the U.S. and Dutch navies. Ownership has changed a few times for the shipyard located along the New River, east of I-95. It is now the site of Lauderdale Marine Center, the largest boat repair facility in the country. See: http://www.lauderdalemarinecenter.com/ft-lauderdale-marina.html.
For a list of boats/ships built at Broward Marine, see:
* Dooley's was founded in 1937; most of its business was dedicated to WWII military contracts.
Tags: Broward County history, south Florida shipbuilding history, South Florida employers during the 1940s, 1950s, minesweepers