Houston Maritime Museum presents History Lecture Series: From Orange to Singapore: A Shipyard Builds a Legacy
Founded in 1930, Levingston Shipbuilding Co. in Orange, Texas, soon established itself as the leading builder of ocean tugs in World War II. Later Levingston went onto become one of the first shipbuilding companies involved in offshore drilling. Expanding upon their success, Levingston established Keppel (FELS) in Singapore in 1968. Today, the shipyard started by Levingston is recognized as the world leader in offshore drilling vessels and is the only mobile drilling rig builder in the United States.
Paul Mattingly, whose father was CFO of Levingston Shipbuilding Co., will detail the history of the iconic company and describe the passionate workers who embodied the can-do spirit of World War II. He will lead visitors on a journey through the times, places, and people of Levingston including one of Levingston's greatest achievements: Glomar Challenger. Launched in the spring of 1968, this scientific drillship proved to be a significant milestone in the growing science of oceanography.