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Gulf Shipbuilding, Chickasaw AL and Madisonville LA

(formerly Chickasaw Shipbuilding and Ingalls Iron Works, later Halter Chickasaw)

Most recent update: May 24, 2013.


Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Company was established in 1917 by a subsidiary of U.S. Steel: it closed after WWI.  In the 1930s, the yard was leased by Ingalls Iron Works, but was acquired by Waterman Steamship Lines in 1940 and reopened as Gulf Shipbuilding, which also established a yard in Madisonville LA, on the site of the old Baham Shipyard.  The company closed again after WWII but was revived again in 1979 by Halter Marine, as a builder of supply boats and tugs.  It closed yet again in 1983 and is now a general cargo terminal.  See the site of the shipyard from the air on Google here.

Hull # USCG #

Original Name

Original Owner Type # GT Delivered Disposition

Built by Chickasaw Shipbuilding

1   Chickasaw City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   6,081 May-20 Torpedoed and lost 1942
2   Birmingham City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   6,032 Jun-20 Torpedoed and lost 1943
3   Mobile City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   6,157 Sep-20 Later Dioni 1947, Capetan Ilias 1955, Elpis 1960, scrapped 1962
4   Ensley City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   6,157 Jul-20 Later Escalante 1946, Susana 1948, scrapped 1963
5   Montgomery City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   5,686 Nov-20 Later Henrietta Szold 1950, Tinamar 1955, scrapped 1958
6   Tuscaloosa City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   5,687 Dec-20 Torpedoed and lost 1942
7   Bessemer City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   5,687 Feb-21 Wrecked 1936
8   Fairfield City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   5,687 Mar-21 Bombed and lost 1942
9   Selma City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   5,686 Apr-21 Bombed and lost 1942
10   Anniston City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   5,687 May-21 Later Doris N 1954, Western Cay 1955, San Nazaro 1955, scrapped 1958
11   Atlanta City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   5,687 Jun-21 Later Meir Dizengoff 1950, Neptune 1956, Marina D 1959, scrapped 1959
12   Memphis City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   5,686 Jul-21 Later Maria 1947, wrecked off Doel, R.Scheldt, 1947
13   Knoxville City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   5,687 Aug-21 Torpedoed and lost 1942
14   Chattanooga City U.S. Steel Cargo Ship   5,687 Sep-21 Torpedoed and lost 1943

Built by Gulf Shipbuilding in Chickasaw

1   Fairport Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 849 6,165 Apr-42 Torpedoed and lost in the North Atlantic 1942
2   Fairisle Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 850 6,165 Jul-42 Wrecked 1956 but repaired, scrapped 1969
3   Fairland Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 472 6,165 Aug-42 Converted to containership 1969, scrapped 1975
4   Raphael Semmes Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 473 6,165 Oct-42 Converted to containership 1957, scrapped 1978
5   Iberville Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 474 6,165 Apr-43 To USN 1943 as Sumter (APA 52), sold private 1947, converted to containership 1957, scrapped 1978
6   Jean Lafitte Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 475 6,165 Feb-43 To USN 1943 as Warren (APA 53), sold private 1947, converted to containership 1965, scrapped 1977
7   Afoundria Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 476 6,165 May-43 To USN 1943 as Wayne (APA 54), sold private 1947, converted to containership 1958, scrapped 1977
8   Azalea City Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 477 6,165 Jul-43 Converted to containership 1957, scrapped 1976
9   Bienville Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 478 6,165 Jun-43 Converted to containership 1958, scrapped 1976
10   Warrior Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 479 6,165 Jul-43 Converted to containership 1966, scrapped 1978
11   Jean Lafitte Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 480 6,165 Sep-43 Scrapped 1969
12   Iberville Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 481 6,165 Sep-43 To USN 1943 as Hyades (AF 28), scrapped 1984
13   Maritime Comm.     Not used
14   Afoundria Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 482 6,165 Nov-43 Converted to containership 1966, scrapped 1979
15   Antinous Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 483 6,165 Nov-43 To USN 1943 as Baxter (APA 94), sold private 1947, scrapped 1968
16   Maiden Creek Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 484 6,165 Jan-44 Torpedoed off North Africa 1944, CTL, scrapped 1953
17   Topa Topa Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 485 6,165 Feb-44 To USN 1943 as Graffias (AF 29), scrapped 1974
18   Fra Berlanga Maritime Comm. R2-ST-AU1 1648 6,165 Feb-45 Sold private 1970, scrapped 1971
19   San Jose Maritime Comm. R2-ST-AU1 1649 6,165 Jun-45 Sold private 1970, scrapped 1976
20   Limon Maritime Comm. R2-ST-AU1 1650 6,165 May-45 Sold private 1970, scrapped 1977
21   Esparta Maritime Comm. R2-ST-AU1 1651 6,165 Sep-45 Sold private 1970, scrapped 1977
22   Junior Maritime Comm. R2-ST-AU1 1652 6,165 Dec-45 Sold private 1969, scrapped 1975
23   Comayagua Maritime Comm. R2-ST-AU1 1653 6,165 Feb-46 Sold private 1969, scrapped 1975
24   Wacosta Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1602 6,165 Apr-44 Converted to containership 1966, scrapped 1978
25   De Soto Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1603 6,165 May-44 Scrapped 1973
26   Antinous Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1604 6,165 Jul-44 Scrapped 1970
27   Yaka Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1605 6,165 Sep-44 Scrapped 1972
28   Hastings Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1606 6,165 Nov-44 Scrapped 1973
29   Madaket Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1607 6,165 Jan-45 Scrapped 1973
30   Andrew Jackson Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1608 6,165 Mar-45 Scrapped 1973
31   City of Alma Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1609 6,165 May-45 Scrapped 1972
32   Topa Topa Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1610 6,165 Jul-45 Scrapped 1973
33   Iberville Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1611 6,165 Aug-45 Scrapped 1972
34   Kyska Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1612 6,165 Nov-45 Scrapped 1972
35   Maiden Creek Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1613 6,165 Jan-46 Scrapped 1972
36   Fairport Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 1614 6,165 Feb-46 Scrapped 1970
37   John B. Waterman Maritime Comm. C2-S-E1 2826 6,165 Mar-46 Scrapped 1972
38   Maritime Comm. R2-ST-AU1 2827 6,165 Cancelled 1945
39-53   Maritime Comm. T2-SE-A1 2828-2842   Cancelled
  Capps U.S. Navy DD 550   23-Jun-43 To Spain as Lepanto 1957, struck 1985
  David W. Taylor U.S. Navy DD 551   18-Sep-43 To Spain as Almirante Ferrandiz 1957, struck 1987
  Evans U.S. Navy DD 552   11-Dec-43 Scrapped 1947
  John D. Henley U.S. Navy DD 553   2-Feb-44 Scrapped 1970
  Bearss U.S. Navy DD 654   12-Apr-44 Scrapped 1976
  John Hood U.S. Navy DD 655   7-Jun-44 Scrapped 1976
  Van Valkenburgh U.S. Navy DD 656   2-Aug-44 To Turkey as Izmir 1967, struck 1987
  Fort Marion U.S. Navy LSD 22   29-Jan-46 To Taiwan as Chen Hai (L 618) 1974, struck 1999
  Fort Snelling U.S. Navy LSD 23     Cancelled 1945, sold private 1956 as Caribe Queen, to USN 1959 as Taurus (AK 273), later LSV 8, scrapped 1969
  Hilton Head U.S. Navy LSD 24     Cancelled 1945, sold private 1945, disposition unknown

Built by Gulf Shipbuilding in Madisonville

1 Token U.S. Navy AM 126 890d 31-Dec-42 Scrapped 1967
2 Tumult U.S. Navy AM 127 890d 27-Feb-43 Scrapped 1967
3 Velocity U.S. Navy AM 128 890d 4-Mar-43 To Mexico 1972 as Ignacio L. Vallarta (C 82), active
4 Vital U.S. Navy AM 129 890d May-43 To Britain 1943 as HMS Strenuous (J 338), sold private 1948 as Evening Star, later Pride of the West, scrapped 1956
5 Usage U.S. Navy AM 130 890d Jun-43 To Britain 1943 as HMS Tourmaline (J 339), to Turkey 1947 as Cardak (M 507), struck 1974
6 Zeal U.S. Navy AM 131 890d 9-Jul-43 Sunk as target 1967
7 HMS Sepoy U.S. Navy BAM 30 890d 8-Sep-43 Retained as USS Dextrous (AM 341), to Korea 1967 as Koje (PCE 713), struck 1984
8 HMS Steadfast (J 375) U.S. Navy BAM 31 890d 17-Jan-43 To Britain 1943, returned 1946, to Turkey 1947 as Eregli, struck 1973
9 HMS Tattoo (J 374) U.S. Navy BAM 32 890d 27-Jan-43 To Britain 1943, returned 1946, to Turkey 1947 as Carsamba, struck 1985
10 Notable U.S. Navy AM 267 890d 23-Dec-43 To China 1946, disposition unknown
11 Nucleus U.S. Navy AM 268 890d 19-Jan-44 To USSR 1945 as T 276, disposition unknown
12 Opponent U.S. Navy AM 269 890d 18-Feb-44 Scrapped 1961
13              
14 Palisade U.S. Navy AM 270 890d 9-Mar-44 To USSR 1945 as T 279, mined and lost off Korea 1945
15 Penetrate U.S. Navy AM 271 890d 31-Mar-44 To USSR 1945 as T 280, disposition unknown
16 Peril U.S. Navy AM 272 890d 22-May-44 To USSR 1945 as T 281, scrapped 1956
17 Phantom U.S. Navy AM 273 890d 17-May-44 To China 1948 as Yung Ming, to Taiwan 1949, scrapped
18 Pinnacle U.S. Navy AM 274 890d 24-May-44 To China 1948 as Yung Hsiu, to Taiwan 1949, struck
19 Pirate U.S. Navy AM 275 890d 16-Jun-44 Mined and lost off Korea 1950
20 Pivot U.S. Navy AM 276 890d 12-Jul-44 To China 1948 as Yung Shou, to Taiwan 1949, struck
21 Pledge U.S. Navy AM 277 890d 29-Jul-44 Mined and lost off Korea 1950
22 Project U.S. Navy AM 278 890d 22-Aug-44 To the Philippines 1948 as Samar (M 33), struck
23 Prime U.S. Navy AM 279 890d 12-Sep-44 To China 1948 as Yung Feng, to Taiwan 1949, struck
24 Prowess U.S. Navy AM 280 890d 27-Sep-44 To Vietnam 1970 as Ha Hoi (HQ 13), active
25 Quest U.S. Navy AM 281 890d 25-Oct-44 To the Philippines 1948 as Pagasa (APO 21), struck
26 Rampart U.S. Navy AM 282 890d 18-Nov-44 To USSR 1945, disposition unknown
27 Roselle U.S. Navy AM 379 890d 6-Feb-45 To Mexico 1972 as Melchior Ocampo, now Manuel Gitierrez Zamora (C 78), active
28 Ruddy U.S. Navy AM 380 890d 28-Apr-45 To Peru 1960 as Galvez (MSF 68), struck 1981
29 Scoter U.S. Navy AM 381 890d 13-Mar-45 To Mexico 1972 as Manuel Gutierrez Zamora, now  Melchior Ocampo (C 84), active
30 Shoveler U.S. Navy AM 382 890d 22-May-45 To Peru 1960 as Diez Canseco (MSF 69), struck 1981
    U.S. Navy YS 69   1945  
    U.S. Navy YS 70   1945  
    U.S. Navy YS 71   1945  
    U.S. Navy YS 72   1945 Later YF 182
    U.S. Navy YS 73   1945 Later YF 183
    U.S. Navy YS 74   1945  
    U.S. Navy YS 75   1945 Later YF 184
    U.S. Navy YS 76   1945  
    U.S. Navy YS 77   1945 To US Army 1920
    U.S. Navy YS 78   1945  

Built by Halter Marine

799 601973 Maya Cudd Pressure Cont OSV   90 1979 Active
800 604101 Toltec Cudd Pressure Cont OSV   90 1979 Active
805 613059 Autumn Leaf Don F. Levy, Inc. OSV   233 Oct-79 Later E. W. Lutz, Miss Rosie, now Mr. Harlan Jr.
806 612997 Winter Wind Don F. Levy, Inc. OSV   233 Dec-79 Later Joni Bruce, Ensco Sail, Sail Tide, now Caroline Morrison
822 631787 Jacksonville Sheridan Tptn ITB Tug   1,443 May-82 Scrapped 2008
823 647320 Groton Sheridan Tptn ITB Tug   1,443 Jun-82 Scrapped 2008
851 611003 Mister Briley Briley Marine OSV     1980 Later Gulf Fleet No. 301, now Lady Rosalind
874 622756 Point Au Fer Point Marine OSV   93 Jun-80 Later Red Finch, Willy 4003, now Demas Fortune (Nigeria)
875 626141 Point T Point Marine OSV   199 Aug-80 Later HOS Secretariat, now Secretariat
887   Mooring Service Zapata Marine OSV   122 Feb-80 Active (Venezuela)
892 623437 Phyllis Briley Briley Marine OSV   186 Jun-80 Later Force Five, James A. Miers, Gulf Terra I, now Enterprise I
893 635879 Al Breaux   Liftboat   92 1980 Later Superior Culture, now Pike
894 629195 D J Viator   Liftboat   92 1980 Later Superior Performance, now Seabream
918 629254 Rae Lemoine Briley Marine OSV   233 Nov-80 Now Gulf Fleet No. 302
924 648935 New York Sheridan Tptn ITB Tug   1,443 Jan-83 Scrapped 2009
925 654191 Acadia    Sheridan Tptn ITB Tug   1,443 May-83 Later Baltimore, scrapped 2009
926 654192 Philadelphia Sheridan Tptn ITB Tug   1,443 Jun-84 Scrapped 2010
927 654193 Mobile Sheridan Tptn ITB Tug   1,443 Aug-84 Scrapped 2010
943 649569 Moku Pahu Matson Navigation ITB Tug   1,455 Oct-82 Active
948 638342 Petromar Bravo Petromar OSV   265 Jul-81 Later Quist Tide, noq Quist Teus (Panama)
949 639679 Petromar Dorado Petromar OSV   265 Aug-81 Now Maridive 55 (Egypt)
950 641454 Petromar Explorer Petromar OSV   265 Sep-81 Later Nico Rashidya, now Lourdes (Sharjah)
951 642161 Petromar Falcon Petromar OSV   265 Oct-81 Now fishing vessel Aleutian Falcon
1028 646693 Leam Mississippi Leam Marine OSV   288 Jan-82 Later Seabulk Mississippi, now GAC Pearl (Abu Dhabi)
1029 645258 Leam Texas Leam Marine OSV   288 Jan-82 Later Seabulk Texas, Maad Hunter II, now Beverly G
1030 645686 Leam Florida Leam Marine OSV   288 Jan-82 Later Seabulk Florida, now Imiloa
1031 645964 Leam Alabama Leam Marine OSV   288 Feb-82 Later Seabulk Alabama, Maad Hunter III, now Lola
1032 644987 Leam California Leam Marine OSV   288 Mar-82 Later Seabulk California, Maad Hunter IV, now Gertie C
1065 650478 Petromar Odyssey Petromar OSV   265 Aug-82 Now Odyssey Tide, scrapped 2006
1079 662081 Petromar ? Petromar OSV   265 Dec-82 Later Osco Service II, State Defender, GMMOS Defender, Seabulk Defender, now Interocean