Since 1875, Colonna's Shipyard has been providing full-service ship repair. The family-owned Colonna's Shipyard, Inc. is a Master Ship Repair Company in Norfolk, VA. Strategically located on the banks of Virginia's Elizabeth River, Colonna's deep water facilities can undertake a wide range of repair jobs for ships up to 800 ft.
Colonna's Shipyard is situated on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, convenient to all port facilities and terminals in the Port of Hampton Roads. The Norfolk International Airport is 20 minutes away, and access to the Interstate Highway System is less than 1/2 mile away. There is easy deep-water access to Colonna's. The channel can take vessels up to 950 ft. in length and 150 ft. wide.
Colonna's occupies 50 acres of land with more than one mile of waterfront. This includes 80,000 sq. ft. of covered shop and storage space. Lineal berthing space is more than 3,200 ft. The longest pier is 900 ft. long.
Charles J. Colonna designed and built this small shipyard just 10 years after the War Between the States ended. Times were hard and money scarce, but with all the hardships, it was an exciting time for this 26 year old ship's carpenter starting his own business although the feelings of division were still strong. The shipyard was located in what was then Norfolk County, at a point on the South bank of the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River approximately one mile east of its confluence with the Southern Branch of this river.
In a ruling on Colonna's Shipyard, 293 NLRB 136, 137 (1989), the National Labor Relations Board held that an expression of lack of interest in union membership does not establish a reasonable doubt of a union majority.
A division of Colonna's Shipyard repairs and refits megayachts measuring 80 feet or longer. Colonna's decided to diversify its core business into megayachts in 1991, when it worked on a 204-foot boat called the Virginian. The pitch is superior service because of 125 years of commercial experience and lots of specialty contractors in Hampton Roads.
Colonna's Shipyard Inc. of Norfolk came out of a 19-month Chapter 11 in November 1991. Jonathan Corp. of Norfolk came out of a 14-month bankruptcy in March 1995 only to founder on a lack of work and go out of business in June 1995. That same year MHI was the third Hampton Roads shipyard to go through bankruptcy since 1991.
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