Preserve our proud past and drive a sustainable future at Matton Shipyard in Cohoes.
The historic Matton Shipyard is a rare surviving example of an early 20th century ship building and repair facility. From 1916 to 1983, Matton workers built more than 340 tug boats, police boats, WWII submarine chasers, and other vessels.
Matton Shipyard is located in Peebles Island State Park at the junction of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. It is strategically linked to several land and water-based recreational trails.
The shipyard is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo c. 1949)
At its height, Matton employed more than 300 people. (Photo: Workers with Tug Mary Turecamo, 1982)
John E. Matton at the shipyard in 1917
The launch of a new vessel was a sight to see. 1962 (Photos courtesy Canal Society of NYS)
This is a critical time for Matton Shipyard. Five buildings have been lost to deterioration in the last five years; remaining structures are in need of attention. With your support, we can not only save Matton Shipyard, but transform the site for the 21st century.
Matton Shipyard will once again serve as a vibrant intersection of historical, cultural, educational, recreational and commercial activities. It will proudly anchor the eastern gateway to the Erie Canal and the southern gateway to the Champlain Canal.
Matton Shipyard today
An educational destination for the future
A place to honor Matton's history and national significance
A place for recreation integrated with Peebles Island State Park
A waterfront revitalizated for residents and visitors
We are spearheading an evaluation and adaptive reuse plan with the aim of converting the shipyard into a waterfront gateway for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Four key goals are guiding the process:
1. Preserve existing buildings and visual character of the site.
2. Promote the site as a hub for recreational, educational, and cultural activities.
3. Open access to the water for residents of Cohoes, surrounding communities, and visitors.
4. Address long-term challenges, including flooding and economic sustainability.
We are pleased to announce major funding from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) for the Matton Shipyard Preservation and Adaptive Reuse Initiative. Announced on December 13, 2017, the funding will be used to stabilize three original structures of the early 20th century ship building and repair facility, remediate environmental hazards, and stabilize 740-feet of Hudson River shoreline to prevent further erosion. Work will begin in 2018.
Additional funding is provided by a grant from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation through Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1993.