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.
With your support, we can not only save Matton Shipyard, but transform the site for the 21st century. The total project cost for this phase is more than $318,000. We have secured a $239,000 grant through the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), $5,000 grant from the John E. Streb Fund for New York of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and more than $30,000 from other public funds . We are now trying to secure the remaining $44,000 necessary to complete this important phase for the project and meet our matching funds requirements. Please join us in Saving the Shipyard!