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New Bern was the nexus of industry for 1940s Craven County fueled by war time naval shipbuilding contracts. Barbour Boat Works ceased manufacturing small recreational craft and focused on shipbuilding for the Navy. Military demands aided other manufacturers like the Cohen, Goldman and Company of New York which opened a textile plant in New Bern to fulfill uniform orders for the Army and Navy. Outside of New Bern city limits, Craven County nurtured one of the largest agricultural areas in the region.
In October stakeholder gathered at the former site of New Bern's Barbour Boat Works as Tryon Palace Historic Site broke ground for a redevelopment project on the Trent River waterfront.
The craftsmanship of boat building has a long history in eastern North Carolina. Among the notable craftsmen, Herbert William Barbour started Barbour Boat Works, Inc. in New Bern in 1932. During his time, Barbour produced boats for the military, commercial fishing, and Coast Guard, and ferries for the State of North Carolina.