Colonna's strength lies in our employees. We employ the best and the brightest in the shipyard industry and we are proud of all that they do.


Colonna's Shipyard is located in the historic Berkley section of Norfolk and is the oldest continuous family owned and operated private shipyard in the United States.  We were founded in 1875 by Charles J Colonna, a 26 year old ship carpenter using money that he had borrowed. Because money was short on supply, early business was limited to pier-side repairs. Within 2 years, Charles had added his first marine railway that had a lift capacity of about 40 tons and was powered by two horses.


At present day, Colonna's Shipyard occupies over 100 acres of land, with water access to over three thousand (3,000) feet of vessel/boat berthing space and lift capacity to accommodate all vessels up to 850' in length, 89' wide and depth of 29'.    Colonna's Shipyard, Inc. has a fully secured perimeter, fenced, with lockable gates, and an armed, 24 hour security force in place.  We also now have a marine lift capacity of 1,000 metric tons- the largest in the Nation.


Colonna's has the capabilities and facility capacity available in place today to execute all elements of customer support tasking.



Company Values


We will RESPECT our coworkers and customers.

We act with TRUTH in all we do.

We are a FAMILY- and we are stronger together.

We take PRIDE in our work and our company

and we will own it.


Veteran of Colonna's Shipyard

Charlie Jones, 40+ year veteran of Colonna's Shipyard

In Colonna's 140 year history we have worked on a wide variety of ships including military, private and commercial vessels. If it fits in our waterway we can accommodate it.



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Our Team

Colonna's strength lies in our employees. We employ the best and the brightest in the shipyard industry and we are proud of all that they do. From welders and shipfitters to government contract specialists, we have the right people in place to make sure the job is completed to the highest standards.  Our highly trained and certified work force has gone through an extensive background check and is drug screened and meets security clearance requirements for work on military vessels.


A great many of our finest employees have come from our Apprenticeship program where we make sure they know what they need to know to get the job done right the first time. They are trained to the highest standard. Here at Colonna's Shipyard, we have more than just a great team, we have a family.



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