Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. is located in the historic Berkley section of Norfolk, Virginia and is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated private shipyard in the United States. Founded in 1875 by Charles J. Colonna, a 26-year-old ship carpenter with limited resources, the early business was limited to pier-side repairs. Within 2 years, Charles had added his first marine railway powered by two horses that had a lift capacity of about 40 tons, and he was off and running.
Today the company is over 140 years old and continues to maintain its commitment to commercial and government ship repair, machining, and large steel fabrication. Colonna’s strength is their employees who are the best and the brightest in the shipyard industry. From welders and ship fitters to government contract specialists, Colonna’s Shipyard has the right people in place to make sure the job is completed to the highest standards.