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Long Beach Shipbuilding, Long Beach CA

(formerly Craig Shipbuilding [1907-1914] and California Shipbuilding [1914-1918])

Most recent update: August 4, 2010.


Long Beach Shipbuilding was established as Craig Shipbuilding in 1907, when John F. Craig moved to Long Beach from Toledo OH, where he and his father before him had been building ships for many years, bringing his 26 foremen and their families with him.  The hull numbers used in Long Beach were, amazingly, a continuation of the hull numbers Craig had used back in Toledo, running from 107 to 155.  The yard, which was the first tenant of the Port of Long Beach, was located on 43 acres between Channel 3 and Water Street.  It survived after the war, primarily as a ship repair yard, but closed in the 1930s.  It was leased by Consolidated Steel at the outset of WWII and built many C1 cargo ships for the U.S. Maritime Commission.  The hull numbers are a continuation of the series started in Toledo, which also continued in Toledo.

Hull # Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Delivery Disposition
Built by Craig Shipbuilding
107            
108            
  Virgil G. Bogue     170 1909  
109     Dredge   1909  
110     Dredge   1909  
111 General Hubbard Hammond Lumber Psgr. Steamer 2,183 Jan-11 Later Sagatind 1916, wrecked 1931
112 Navajo Swayne & Hoyt Psgr. Cargo 2,755 Nov-11 Burnt 1917
113 Camino Swayne & Hoyt Cargo Ship 3,308 Aug-12 Later City of Wilmington 1916, burnt 1918
114     Floating Dock   1911  
115 Paraiso Swayne & Hoyt Psgr. Cargo 1,383 Dec-12 Later Florence Olson (AG 44) 1923, Malanao 1942, scrapped 1946
116 Grace Dollar Grace Dollar SS Co. Cargo Ship 1,327 Feb-13 Later Admiral Wainwright 1918, Agnes Dollar 1921, Mary E. Moore 1923, foundered 1927
117 Edgar H. Vance Nehalem SS Co. Cargo Ship 2,521 Jul-13 Later Liff 1916, sunk by gunfire 1917
118 Alvarado Long Beach SS Co. Cargo Ship 1,522 Mar-14 Wrecked 1945
Built by California Shipbuilding
  Cedar (WAGL 207) US Coast Guard Tender 1,800 30-Jun-17 Sold 1955
  L-6 (SS 45) US Navy Submarine 456 7-Dec-17 Scrapped 1925
  L-7 (SS 46) US Navy Submarine 456 7-Dec-17 Scrapped 1925
  O-14 (SS 75) US Navy Submarine 491 1-Oct-18 Scrapped 1930
  O-15 (SS 76) US Navy Submarine 491 27-Aug-18 Scrapped 1930
  O-16 (SS 76) US Navy Submarine 491 1-Aug-18 Scrapped 1930
Built by Long Beach Shipbuilding
124 Silverado US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 3,280 May-18 To USA as cable ship, scrapped 1948
125 Eldorado US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 3,280 Jul-18 Later Gyoryu Maru 1942, mined and sunk 1945
126 Wallingford US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 3,390 Mar-19 Later Limoges 1940, Prado 1948, scrapped 1960
127 Ozaukee US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,940 Nov-18 Scrapped 1929
128 Oshkosh US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,940 Nov-18 Scrapped 1929
129 Magunkook US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,940 Jan-19 Later Carriso 1923, Nikolina Matkovic 1937, torpedoed and lost 1942
130 West Kasson US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,570 Jun-19 Later Cuzco 1926, Camoria 1940, torpedoed and lost 1942
131 West Keene US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,541 Aug-19 Scrapped 1947
132 West Katan US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,541 Sep-19 Later San Simeon 1930, Tai An 1947, scrapped 1958
133 Vinita US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,539 Mar-20 Later Eleanor Christenson 1926, De Soto 1938, Pan-Atlantic 1938, bombed and sunk 1942
134 Haleakala US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,538 Dec-19 Missing 1926
135 West Keats US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,538 Apr-20 Later San Vicente 1929, scrapped 1960
136 West Kebar US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,538 Dec-20 Torpedoed and lost 1942
137 West Kedron US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,538 Aug-20 Later Empire Eland 1940, torpedoed and lost 1941
138   US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,538   Cancelled
139   US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,538   Cancelled
140   US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,538   Cancelled
141   US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 8,538   Cancelled
142? Edythe   Yacht 186 1920  
143 Mazatlan Swayne & Hoyt Cargo Ship 987 Feb-21 Later San Diegan 1937, scrapped 1952
144 Domingo Nazabal I   Psgr. Cargo 1,088 Apr-20 Later Mauna Loa 1924, to USN 1942 as YHB 10, scrapped 1949
145 Casco   Cargo Ship 328 Feb-21 Later Kailua 1923, Western Trader 1941, Baranof 1942, Western Trader 1948, scrapped 1970
146-155            
  Infanta   Yacht 253 1921 Later Thea Foss
  Curtiscor   Cargo Ship 126 1923  
  John F. Craig   Tug 130 Jan-23 Later H. T. Haviside, Ellen Murphy, Magic 1977, Active 2005, Active Pass 2006
  Gloria Dalton   Yacht   1925 To USN 1942 as IX 70, returned to owner 1946
  Infanta   Yacht 260 1930 Later Polaris, to USN 1940 as Amber (PYc 6), sold 1945, later Thea Foss, still active
  Samona II   Yacht 525 1931 To USN 1940 as Amethyst (PYc 3), sold 1946 as Samona II, later Pudlo and Explorer, may still be active
  Velero III Capt. Alan Hancock Yacht 500 1931 To USN 1941 as Chalcedony (PYc 16), scrapped 1946