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Bethlehem Steel Company, Staten Island NY

(McWilliams, Burlee & Co. [1888-1895], Burlee Dry Dock [1895-1907], Staten Island Shipbuilding [1907-1929], United Dry Docks [1929-1936], United Shipyards [1936-1938], Bethlehem Steel [1938-1959], now May Ship Repair)

Most recent update: September 12, 2013.


William Burlee, who had been a superintendent in McWilliams' repair yard in Jersey City, started this yard in Port Richmond in 1888, changing the name to Burlee Dry Dock when McWilliams retired in 1895.   In 1898, he took over the neighboring Port Richmond Iron Works and started building engines and steel vessels as well as wooden ones.  In 1903, he expanded to Mariners Harbor and in 1907 the name was changed again, to Staten Island Shipbuilding.  In 1929, SISB merged with Theodore A. Crane's Sons Co., a prolific builder of tugs and barges which was located at Breakwater Gap in the Erie Basin in Brooklyn, James Shewan & Sons, which was at the foot of 27th Street in Brooklyn, W. & A. Fletcher & Co., in Hoboken, Morse Dry Dock & Repair Co., in Brooklyn, and New York Harbor Dry Dock Co., in Port Jefferson, and christened the new organization United Dry Docks, although they very soon changed it to United Shipyards.  In the new structure, most barges and small vessels were built in Crane's yard in Brooklyn and the larger vessels in Mariners Harbor.  Bethlehem Steel bought the company in June 1938 and expanded its capabilities for the WWII effort, with the aid of $6mm from the Navy.  After the war, the small yards were all closed and the Mariners Harbor yard reverted to building tugs and barges.  It closed in 1959.  The site is now occupied by May Ship Repair, which has recently been building barges there: see it from the air on Google here.   A surprising number of the vessels built in this yard, especially in the earlier years, were never documented: as a result, many of the entries in this table may be incorrect.  If anyone can identify and/or correct an error, please send your data to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O. N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Wood or Steel Delivery Disposition
Built by McWilliams in Jersey City
  46127 Johnston   Barge 286   W 1875  
  36621 Edward Lunt   Canal Barge 97   W 1876  
  30027 Atlas   Barge 423   W 1880  
  48581 Leo   Barge 410   W 1880  
  46304 Jesse   Scow 112   W 1880  
  59423 Thomas H. Bowers   Barge 136   W 1882  
  62880 Wm. H. Hooker   Barge 143   W 1882  
  29968 A. Y. Newkirk   Barge 420   W 1883  
  29969 Allan C. Churchill   Barge 417   W 1883  
  42687 H. B. Freeman   Barge 389   W 1883  
  34154 Capt. Anning Smith   Barge 411   W 1883  
  67255 N. C. Fonda   Barge 398   W 1883  
  35535 Daylight   Barge 178   W 1884  
  46366 J. V. S. Edwards   Barge 412   W 1884  
  48557 Lewis Van Epps   Barge 414   W 1884  
  48618 Louis O’Donnell   Barge 204   W 1888  
  56575 Rasmus   Barge 151   W 1888  
  62892 William J. Burlee   Barge 341   W 1888  
  62893 Willis G. Fisher   Canal Barge 100   W 1888  
  62899 Will   Barge 122   W 1888  
Built by McWilliams, Burlee & Co. in Port Richmond 
  62952 Westmoreland   Barge 256   W 1889  
  42760 Hannibel   Barge 259   W 1890  
  56629 Rob   Barge 135   W 1890  
  42730 Harsimus   Barge 160   W 1891  
  42731 Houtzdale   Barge 159   W 1891  
  46486 Joseph McLain   Barge 150   W 1891  
  47142 Keystone   Barge 168   W 1891  
  54482 Percie and Bertha   Barge 158   W 1891  
  54505 Pennsylvania   Barge 158   W 1891  
  54517 Pottsville   Barge 217   W 1891  
  61135 Vim   Barge 220   W 1891  
  34267 Columbus   Barge 221   W 1892  
  46445 J. A. Hyland   Barge 266   W 1892  
  46320 J. A. Montgomery    Barge 266   W 1892  
  47165 Kelsey   Barge 203   W 1892  
  162626 Mary Mason   Barge 243   W 1892  
  57945 Solon   Barge 273   W 1892  
  65057 Young America   Barge 246   W 1892  
  169191 Acme P. & M. McAndrews Barge 325 85 W 1893  
  30298 A. G. Perham   Barge 276   W 1893  
  30083 Alert   Barge 265   W 1893  
  42773 Henrietta McLain   Barge 195   W 1893  
  42852 Hattie Sterling Coal Co. Barge 199 100 W 1893  
  44337 Ida   Barge 241   W 1893  
  46449 John C. Burlee   Barge 410   W 1893  
  162672 M. McMullen John R. McMullen Barge 223 100 W 1893  
  59473 Thomas Mason   Barge 279   W 1893  
  30080 Annie O’Donnell   Barge 277   W 1894  
  59469 Thomas Monk   Barge 261   W 1894  
  63066 Warren   Barge 184   W 1894  
  162719 Piute   Barge 150 89 W 1894  
Built by Burlee Dry Dock in Port Richmond
  30069 Angelo James T. O’Donnell Barge 225 83 W 1895  
  30284 Alice    Barge 182   W 1895  
  31584 Bruno   Barge 171   W 1895  
  36930 Elizabeth O’Callaghan   Barge 301   W 1895  
  36876 Ernest M. Mann   Barge 269   W 1895  
  46535 John Tracy   Scow 230   W 1895  
  51264 M. J. O’Donnell James T. O’Donnell Barge 283   W 1895  
  67323 Nettie   Barge 174   W 1895  
  58063 Stella O’Callaghan   Barge 272   W 1895  
  58119 Standard   Barge 174   W 1895  
  63000 Wm. J. Lynch   Barge 245   W 1895  
  63069 Willie   Barge 185   W 1895  
  30067 Ada L. Tice Tice Brothers  Barge 413   W 1896  
  34273 Charles E. Meyers   Barge 297   W 1896  
  36887 Extra   Barge 235   W 1896  
  39703 Geo. S. Tice Tice Brothers  Barge 392   W 1896  
  46483 John C. Quigley   Barge 279   W 1896  
  162338 James M. Quigley   Barge 289   W 1896  
  111118 R. B. Little Tice Brothers  Tug 100   1896  
  34289 Charles Gorman   Barge 264   W 1897  
  162315 Captain P. Cahill   Barge 268   W 1897  
  136613 Edward J. Berwind Berwind White Coal Co. Tug 133   W 1897 Lost 1902
  51352 Maggie Harrington   Barge 230   W 1897  
  56627 R. K. Owens   Barge 210   W 1897  
    Wilmore Berwind White Coal Co. Scow   100 W 1897  
  167864 E.J.R.R. & T. Co. No. 2  East Jersey R.R. Terminal Co.  Barge 136   W 1897  
  39740 Geo. T. Monk   Barge 349   W 1898  
  35608 Damon   Barge 184   W 1899  
  35559 Darwin   Barge 327   W 1899 Later Henry Plauth, rebuilt 1904
105   Richard Crocker  M. & J. Tracy Barge     W 1899  
106     M. & J. Tracy Barge     W 1899  
107   Eureka No. 3 Berwind White Coal Co. Barge     W 1899  
108     M. & J. Tracy Barge     W 1899  
109   Eureka No. 5 Berwind White Coal Co. Barge     W 1899  
110   Eureka No. 9 Berwind White Coal Co. Barge     W 1899  
111   W.A.P. No. 1 W. A. Price Barge     W 1899  
? 63057 W.A.P. No. 2 W. A. Price Barge 277   W 1899  
112 86467 George`s Creek Wilson Black Sheridan Co. Tug 398   W 1899 Scrapped 1935
113 63058 W.A.P. No. 18 W. A. Price Barge 291   W 1899  
? 63059 W.A.P. No. 19 W. A. Price Barge 291   W 1899  
114 77322 J B King & Co No 17 J B King Transportation Co. Sloop 357 123 W 1898  
115     Thomas Monk Tug     W    
116 51305 Maria National Lead Co. Barge 153 80 W 1898  
117 121095 Fred B. Dalzell Fred B. Dalzell Co. Tug 165   W 1899 Later Luzerne (1900)
118 86466 Gypsum King J B King Transportation Co. Tug 563   S 1899 Wrecked 1906
119 77360 J B King & Co No 19 J B King Transportation Co. Barge 1,116 215 S 1899  
120 77385 J B King & Co No 20 J B King Transportation Co. Barge 1,119 215 S 1899  
121 77390 J B King & Co No 21 J B King Transportation Co. Barge 1,111 215 S 1899  
122   Jas. D. Perkins M. & J. Tracy Barge     W 1899  
123 162313 William J. Fransioli M. & J. Tracy Barge 330   W 1899  
124   Ethel   Barge     W 1899  
125     James T. O’Donnell Barge     W 1899  
126     Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Pontoon     W 1899  
127     Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Pontoon     W 1899  
128 136729 Edward T. Dalzell Fred B. Dalzell Co. Tug 99   W 1899  
129 46600 Julia Powelton Barge Co. Barge 173   W 1899  
130 39782 Geo. T. Bradley Powelton Barge Co. Barge 167   W 1899  
131 54584 Powelton Powelton Barge Co. Barge 171   W 1899  
132 51426 May Powelton Barge Co. Barge 170   W 1899  
133 51428 Mattie Powelton Barge Co. Barge 174   W 1899  
134 56694 Ralph Powelton Barge Co. Barge 173   W 1899  
135   Diamond Powelton Barge Co. Barge     W 1899  
136   Winboy Berwind White Coal Co. Barge     W 1899  
137   Scalp Level Berwind White Coal Co. Barge     W 1899  
138   Eureka No. 13 Berwind White Coal Co. Barge     W 1899  
139   Eureka No. 14 Berwind White Coal Co. Barge     W 1899  
140   Eureka No. 15 Berwind White Coal Co. Barge     W 1899  
141 34321 Canastota New York Central R.R. Co. Barge 298   W 1899  
142 51342 Milton New York Central R.R. Co. Barge 290   W 1899  
143 30198 Alabama New York Central R.R. Co. Barge 292   W 1899  
144 59527 Tremont New York Central R.R. Co. Barge 288   W 1899  
145 150580 Powel Sterling Steel Barge Schooner Barge 1,204 215 S 1900 Foundered 1920
146 107522 Admiral Dewey Berwind White Coal Co. Tug 152 96 S 1900 Later Georgetown, now Helen McAllister, preserved in New York
147   Elisha No. 2 Berwind White Coal Co. Tug     W 1900  
148   Elisha No. 18 Berwind White Coal Co. Tug     W 1900  
149   Elisha No. 19 Berwind White Coal Co. Tug     W 1900  
150   S.O. Co. No. 87 Standard Transportation Co. Tank Barge     W 1900  
151   S.O. Co. No. 88 Standard Transportation Co. Tank Barge     W 1900  
152 141644 Lehigh Lehigh Valley R.R. Co Tug 446   S 1900 Later Joseph V. Hogan 1936, scrapped 1953
153 86509 Ganoga Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Tug 204   S 1900  
154 86536 Genesee Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Tug 204   S 1900  
155 93064 Mahanoy Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Tug 204   S 1900  
156     Berwind White Coal Co. Tug     W 1900  
157     Berwind White Coal Co. Tug     W 1900  
158 48646 Linlithgo New York Central R.R. Co. Barge 297   W 1899  
159 59532 Tuckahoe New York Central R.R. Co. Barge 297   W 1899  
160 51357 Mexico New York Central R.R. Co. Barge 288   W 1900  
161 51358 Marcellus New York Central R.R. Co. Barge 285   W 1900  
? 51360 Montgomery New York Central R.R. Co. Barge 237   W 1900  
162   S.O. Co. No. 89 Standard Transportation Co. Tank Barge   120 W 1900  
163   S.O. Co. No. 90 Standard Transportation Co. Tank Barge   120 W 1900  
164 46536 Joseph O’Donnell J. J. O’Donnell Barge 320   W 1900  
165 58091 S.O. Co. No. 55 Standard Transportation Co. Tank Barge 492 156 S 1900  
166 58093 S.O. Co. No. 75 Standard Transportation Co. Tank Barge 490 156 S 1900  
167 130878 New York Central No. 4 New York Central R.R. Co. Lighter 457   S 1900  
168 34356 Corning New York Central R.R. Co. Barge 234 105 W 1900  
169     New York Central R.R. Co. Barge 234 105 W 1900  
170 61166 Virgie Powelton Barge Co. Barge 200 100 W 1900  
171 34438 Catoctin Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Barge 304 80 W 1901  
172 34439 Claremont Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Barge 304 80 W 1901  
173 36976 Elsmere Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Barge 304 80 W 1901  
174 54617 Patapsco Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Barge 304 80 W 1901  
175 63077 Woodmont Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Barge 304 80 W 1901 Later Hamilton
176 61165 Victor Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Barge 307 80 W 1902  
177 127509 Chicago Pennsylvania R.R. Co. Ferry 1,334   S 1901 Scrapped 1952
178     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
179     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
180     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
181     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
182     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
183     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
184     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
185     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
186     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
187     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
188     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
189     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
190     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
191     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
192     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
193     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
194     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
195     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
196     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
197     Berwind White Coal Co. Barge   100 W 1900  
198 51429 Mildred Powelton Barge Co. Barge 177 103 W 1900  
199 67434 Nellie (Billie?) Powelton Barge Co. Barge 191 103 W 1900  
200 117039 Standard Standard Transportation Co. Tug 374   S 1901 Later Tuarr 1927, scrapped 1934
201 30251 Arthur Powelton Barge Co. Barge 200 103 W 1900  
202 31682 Bobs Powelton Barge Co. Barge 200 103 W 1900  
203     M. & J. Tracy Barge   110 W 1900  
204     M. & J. Tracy Barge   110 W 1900  
205     M. & J. Tracy Barge   110 W 1900  
206     M. & J. Tracy Barge   110 W 1900  
207 46578 John J. Leary M. & Jas. T. O’Donnell Barge 337 110 W 1901  
208 63037 W. J. Bennett M. & Jas. T. O’Donnell Barge 321 110 W 1901  
209 63036 Warfield Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Lighter 144 80 W 1901  
210 39766 Gaither Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Lighter 144 80 W 1901  
211 51398 Monrovia Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Lighter 144 80 W 1901  
212 63038 Weverton Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Lighter 144 80 W 1901  
213 30252 Araby Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Lighter 144 80 W 1901  
214 56681 Roxbury Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Lighter 141 80 W 1901  
215 58099 Sunnyside Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Lighter 144 80 W 1901  
216 42855 Hyattsville Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Co. Lighter 143 80 W 1901  
217 81790 W. N. Bavier Cornell Steamboat Co. Tug 110   S 1902  
218 100739 Independent Bush Co. Tug 164   S 1901  
219 30264 Alpine Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 158 80 W 1901  
220 54592 Parkview Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 361 80 W 1901  
221   Reilly M. & J. Tracy Barge     W 1901  
222   Asa G. Gray Asa S. Gray Barge     W 1901  
223 34411 Cora Keller Barge 389   W 1901  
? 36959 Emerald Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Barge 406 122 W 1901 Later Number 9
224 36963 Elizabeth Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 356 80 W 1901  
225 37628 Fairview Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 321 80 W 1901  
226 37629 Florence Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 360 80 W 1901  
227 37630 Freeland Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 363 80 W 1901  
228 37631 Fulton Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 353 80 W 1901  
229 37779 Grandin Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 363 80 W 1901  
230 42862 Highland Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 334 80 W 1901  
231 48862 Lansdowne Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 339 80 W 1901  
232   Larkspur U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender  888d   S 1903 Foundered 1948
233 130937 New York Central No. 6 New York Central R.R. Co Lighter 280   S 1901  
234 111412 Rheclair D. G. Reid Yacht 539   S 1902 Later Nirvana 1915, Druid 1916, .to USN 1917 as SP 321, sold 1919, then Maracay 1921, deleted 1927
235 130980 Noma Wm. B. Leeds Yacht 763   S 1902 To USN 1917 as SP 131, returned 1919, later tug Vega 1927, Salvatore Primo 1933, torpedoed and lost 1943
?       Dry Dock   300 W 1901 4,000-ton capacity
236 58113 S.O. Co. No. 48 Standard Transportation Co. Tank Barge 513 161 S 1901  
237 58114 S.O. Co. No. 68 Standard Transportation Co. Tank Barge 511 161 S 1901  
238   Sumac U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender  887d   S 1903 Later Oscar Lehtinen 1940, scrapped 1957
239 48685 Lehighton Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 348 80 W 1901  
240 48683 Lenox Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 341 80 W 1901  
241 48686 Lima Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 342 80 W 1901  
242 51416 Manchester Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 357 80 W 1901  
243 56692 Roselle Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 338 80 W 1901  
244 51417 Metuchen Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 336 80 W 1901  
245 58110 Stanton Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 347 80 W 1901  
246 30274 Ashbrook Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 165 80 W 1901  
247 30273 Ashland Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 166 80 W 1901  
248 30276 Auburn Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 166 80 W 1901  
249 30275 Athens Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 166 80 W 1901  
250 31706 Barton Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 165 80 W 1901  
251 31707 Burdett Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 165 80 W 1901  
252 34422 Camden Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 170 80 W 1901  
253 34423 Clinton Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 168 80 W 1901  
254 34428 Coxton Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 170 80 W 1901  
255 34427 Cementon Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 169 80 W 1901  
256 35604 Dallas Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 164 80 W 1901  
257 35605 Drifton Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 166 80 W 1901  
258 36967 Elmira Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 166 80 W 1901  
259 36966 Erin Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Lighter 165 80 W 1901  
260 61165 Victor Lehigh Valley R.R. Co. Derrick Barge 307 110 W 1902  
261 127693 Cheektowaga Easton & Amboy R.R. Co. Tug 331