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Cramp Shipbuilding, Philadelphia PA

Most recent update: May 27, 2010.


William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company was a major shipbuilder with a very distinguished but also very uneven history going back to the 1820s.  It was bought by Averell Harriman's American Ship & Commerce Corporation in 1919 and closed in 1927.  The yard stretched from Norris Street to Lehigh Avenue, on nearly a quarter of a mile of water-front and over 30 acres.  It was revived for the WWII effort, with the encouragement of the Navy, which provided $22mm toward the cost, but with only limited success.  Cramp Shipbu    1ilding closed permanently after the war ended.  See the site from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type Navy Type # Tons Delivery Disposition
  Elizabeth   Sloop       1826  
  Sampson   Tug       1846  
  Aspinwall   Tug       1847  
  War Eagle   Pungy       1848  
  Lehigh   Tug     153 1849  
  Caroline   Passenger Ship       1849  
35 Albatross   Passenger Ship     661 1851  
  Stilwell S. Bishop   Clipper       1851  
56 Mount Savage   Collier     452 1853  
57 Locust Point   Cargo Ship     462 1853  
58 General Armero   Passenger Ship     335 1852  
59 Carolina   Passenger Ship     550 1853  
60 Polynesian   Passenger Ship     475 1853  
61 Underwriter   Tug     433 1854  
62 Liberatador   Gunboat     355 1859  
67 Morning Light   Clipper       1853  
68 Chamberlin   Clipper       1855  
71 Bridgewater   Clipper       1853  
72 Manitou Bishop, Simons Clipper     1,401 1855  
75 John Trucks   Clipper       1855  
85 Alphonso   Passenger Ship     575 1857  
86 Cardenas   Passenger Ship     575 1857  
87 Comanditaus   Passenger Ship     563 1858  
88 Maisi   Passenger Ship     895 1859  
92 Mobile   Passenger Ship     282 1860  
93 Carolina No.2   Passenger Ship     559 1861  
107 Bahia Honda   Cargo Ship     450 1862  
108 New Ironsides US Navy Battleship     4,120 21-Aug-62 Burned 1866
110 John Rice   Passenger Ship     782 1862  
111 Tonawanda   Passenger Ship     782 1863  
112 Thomas A.Scott   Passenger Ship     1,052 1863  
113 Wyalusing US Navy Gunboat     1,173 8-Feb-64 Scrapped 1867
  Havana   Gunboat     1,400 1863  
118 Charles Thomas   Passenger Ship     1,155 Jan-64  
119 Yazoo US Navy Gunboat     1,175 15-Dec-65 Later Tartar 1869, Yazoo 1869, scrapped 1874
121 Governor Chase   Passenger Ship     750 Feb-64  
126 Chattanooga U.S.Navy Cruiser     3,043 16-May-66 Foundered League Island 1871 and sold
128 Ibiapaba              
131 E.C.Knight   Passenger Ship     421 1864  
132 John Gibson   Passenger Ship     444 1864  
134 Tonawanda No.2   Passenger Ship     844 1863  
135 Emily/Stanton U.S.Army Cargo Ship     311 1864  
136 Welles U.S.Army Cargo Ship     335 1864  
137 Porter U.S.Army Cargo Ship     280 1864  
138 Foote U.S.Army Cargo Ship     319 1864  
142 Moneka   Passenger Ship     549 1865  
143 Agnes   Passenger Ship     448 1865  
  Shackamaxon   Ferry     393 1866 Completed by Neafie & Levy
  William H. Aspinwall   Tug     202 1866 Abandoned 1888
147 City Ice Boat No.1   Icebreaker     325 1866  
  Bruce   Tug     118 1867 Abandoned 1925
153 City Ice Boat No.2   Icebreaker     458 1867 Abandoned 1955
158 Ailanthus US Coast Guard Lighthouse Tender     295 1869  
159 Bessie Morris   Schooner       1869  
160 Clyde Clyde Line Cargo Ship     1,182 Jul-70  
161 Verbena US Coast Guard Lighthouse Tender     294 1870  
  Burlington         814 1869  
  Laura         24 1869  
  Minnie         20 1869  
  Georgia         1,643 1870  
  Bristol   Passenger Ship     152 1871  
  Edith         24 1871  
  Emily         25 1871  
  Mary   Cargo Ship     861 1873  
179 George W. Clyde NY San Dom. Line Cargo Ship     1,849 Jan-73  
180 Pennsylvania American Line Passenger/Cargo     3,104 May-73  
181 Ohio American Line Passenger/Cargo     3,392 Jul-73  
182 Indiana American Line Passenger/Cargo     3,335 Oct-73  
183 Illinois American Line Passenger/Cargo     3,126 Jan-74  
184 Columbus   Passenger/Cargo     1,583 Sep-73  
185 Crescent City   Passenger Ship       1873  
186 Reading Phila. & Reading RR Collier     1,283 Nov-73  
187 Harrisburg Phila. & Reading RR Collier     1,283 Mar-74 Barge 1906, scrapped 1924
188 Lancaster Phila. & Reading RR Collier     1,204 Jun-74 Barge 1907
189 Williamsport Phila. & Reading RR Collier     1,283 Sep-74 In collision and sank off Pollock Rip 1902
190 Allentown Phila. & Reading RR Collier     1,285 Oct-74 Foundered off Cohasset 1888
191 Pottsville Phila. & Reading RR Collier     1,204 Nov-74 Barge 1904
192 South Carolina           1874  
193 Transport   Ferry     318 1874  
194 Stephens   Tug       1874  
195 Terror U.S. Navy Monitor BM 4 3,990 15-Apr-96 Sold 1921
196 Colonel Thomas A. Scott   Passenger/Cargo     164 1874  
197 Saint Paul Alaskan Fur Co Cargo Ship     889 Aug-75 Wrecked near Point Punos LH 1895
198 William Cramp   Tug     56 1877  
199 Pioneer   Tug     161 1878  
200 State of California/Europe Russian Navy Cruiser     3,170 1878 Later Yaroslavl 1885, Jaroslaw 1890, Evropa 1895, Europa 1918, scuttled Helsinki 1918
201 Blanche   Tug     94 1878  
202 State of California Pacific Coast SS Co. Passenger Ship     2,266 Mar-79 Wrecked Gambier Bay AK 1913
203 Zabiaca Russian Navy Cruiser     668 1879  
204 Asia Russian Navy Corvette     2,490 1897  
205 Africa Russian Navy Corvette     2,852 1879  
206 Barcelona           1879  
207 Chalmette Morgan Line Passenger/Cargo     2,983 Oct-79 Scrapped 1924
208 Gratitude   River Steamer     214 Feb-80  
209 Confidence   Tug     85 1880  
210 Josephine N. B. Shoe Schooner     366 Jun-80 Barge 1911
211 Corsair C. J. Osborn Yacht     247 Jul-80  
212 Stranger George Osgood Yacht     247 Jul-80 To USN 1898, to Louisiana Naval Militia 1898, sank 1915
213               Cancelled
214               Cancelled
215 Arthur   Lighter       1880  
216 Wilmington   Passenger Ship     161 Mar-82 Later Pinellas, to USN 1942 as Seabrook (YFB 38), returned to owner 1946
217     Scow       1881  
218 Caracas Red D Line Passenger/Cargo     1,589 1881 Wrecked Yaquina Bay 1888
219 Cetus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger Ship     847 1881 Later Reliance 1933, scrapped 1936
220 Pegasus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger Ship     848 1881 Later America 1933, scrapped 1935
221 Perseus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger Ship     848 1881 Later Columbia 1933, scrapped 1935
222 Taurus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger Ship     917 1881 Later Commodore 1933, scrapped 1936
223 Alleghany Merchants & Miners Passenger/Cargo     2,014 1881 Later Copan 1916, scrapped 1937
224 Berkshire Merchants & Miners Passenger/Cargo     2,014 1881 Later Luxor 1925, scrapped 1926
225 City Of Puebla   Passenger/Cargo     2,624 1881 Scrapped 1923
226                
227 Queen Of The Pacific Oregon Ry. & Nav. Co. Passenger/Cargo     2,728 1882 Later Queen 1890, scrapped 1935
228 Valencia Red D Line Passenger/Cargo     1,598 1882 Wrecked off Cloose CA 1906
229     Caisson       1881  
230 Tacoma Central Pacific Rwy. Passenger/Cargo     3,119 1882 Wrecked near Umpqua River 1883
231 San Pedro Central Pacific Rwy. Cargo Ship     3,119 1882 Wrecked off Victoria BC 1891
232 George W. Pride, Jr.   Tug     177 1883 To USN 1898 as Vigilant (YT 25), sold 1928 
233 Mariposa Oceanic Steamship Co. Passenger/Cargo     3,158 Apr-83 Wrecked in Sumner Strait AK 1917
234 Alameda Oceanic Steamship Co. Passenger/Cargo     3,158 1883 Burnt 1931
235 Atalanta Jay Gould Yacht     509 Jun-83  
236 Kinau Wilder SS Co. Passenger/Cargo     993 1883 Wrecked in the Pasig River 1941
237 Hinton   Tug     90 1883  
238 Ivanhoe         94 1883  
239 San Pablo Central Pacific Rwy. Cargo Ship     3,119 1883 Wrecked between Yokohama and Hong Kong 1888
240 H.F.Dimock Metropolitan Line Cargo Ship     2,626 1884 Scrapped 1931
241 Eureka Morgan Line Cargo Ship     3,531 Aug-84 In collision and sank 1888
242 El Paso Morgan Line Passenger/Cargo     3,531 1884 Scrapped 1924
243 El Dorado Morgan Line Passenger/Cargo     3,531 1884 Missing between Cape Hatteras and Galveston 1913
244 Relief   Tug     204 1884  
245 Philadelphia Red D Line Passenger/Cargo     2,099 Feb-85 Scrapped 1925
246 Peerless Charles W. Harkness Yacht     228 1885  
247 Mascotte Plant Line Passenger/Cargo     884 1885 Abandoned 1929
248 John King Erie RR Ferry     1,057 1886 Later Patterson 1898, in collision and sank in North River NY 1906
249 El Monte Morgan Line Cargo Ship     3,531 Aug-86 Wrecked off Le Havre 1924
250 Cherokee Clyde Line Passenger/Cargo     2,557 Nov-86 Later Tampa 1923, Western Wave 1930, Texan 1932, scrapped 1939
251 Seminole Clyde Line Passenger/Cargo     2,557 1886 Wrecked Yuma Bay 1915
252 Herman Winter Metropolitan Line Cargo Ship     2,626 1886 Wrecked 1944
253 Olivette Plant Line Passenger/Cargo     1,678 1887 Wrecked off Havana 1918
254 Baltimore US Navy Cruiser C 3 4,413 7-Jan-90 Later CM 1, scuttled off Pearl Harbor 1944
255 Yorktown US Navy Gunboat PG 1 1,700 23-Apr-89 Scrapped 1921
256 Vesuvius US Navy Cruiser CD   930 7-Jun-90 Scrapped 1922
257 Philadelphia US Navy Cruiser C 4 4,324 28-Jul-90 Later IX 24, scrapped 1927
258 Newark US Navy Cruiser C 1 4,083 2-Feb-91 Scrapped 1926
259 Monmouth Central RR of New Jersey Passenger Ship     1,440 Jul-88 Scrapped 1944
260 Iroquois Clyde Line Passenger/Cargo     2,944 Dec-88 Scrapped 1926
261 El Mar Morgan Line Cargo Ship     3,531 Aug-89 Scrapped 1924
262 Caracas   Passenger/Cargo     2,584 Sep-89 Scrapped 1926
263 Venezuela Red D Line Passenger/Cargo     2,843 Dec-89 To USN 1898 as Panther, converted 1917 to AD 5, scrapped 1923
264 H.M.Whitney Metropolitan Line Cargo Ship     2,707 Jun-90 Sank while under tow off Horta 1928
265 Essex Merchants & Miners Passenger/Cargo     2,531 Aug-90 Wrecked Block Is 1941
266 Algonquin Clyde Line Passenger Ship     2,833 Sep-90 Scrapped 1924
267 El Sol Morgan Line Cargo Ship     4,523 Oct-90 To USN 1898 as Prairie, converted 1917 to AD 6, scrapped 1923
268 New York US Navy Cruiser ACR 2 8,150 1-Aug-93 Later Saratoga (CA 2) 1911, Rochester 1917, scuttled in Subic Bay 1941
269 Columbia US Navy Cruiser C 12 7,375 23-Apr-94 Later CA 16, scrapped 1922
270 Indiana US Navy Battleship BB 1 10,288 20-Nov-95 Sunk as target 1920
271 Massachusetts US Navy Battleship BB 2 10,288 10-Jun-96 Sunk as target 1921
272 Atlas US Navy Derrick Barge YD 1   1892 Burnt 1937
273 Minneapolis US Navy Cruiser C 13 7,375 13-Dec-94 Later CA 17, scrapped 1921
274 Columbia J. H. Ladew Yacht     780 Feb-94 Later Wasp 1898, Columbia 1926, abandoned 1935
275 Brooklyn US Navy Cruiser ACR 3 9,215 1-Dec-96 Later CA 3, scrapped 1921
276 Iowa US Navy Battleship BB 4 11,410 15-Jun-97 Later IX 6, sunk as target 1923
277 St.Louis International Nav. Passenger Ship     11,629 May-95 To USN 1898 as SP 1644, later Louisville 1918, St. Louis 1919, Burnt Hoboken NJ 1920
278 St.Paul International Nav. Passenger Ship     11,629 Oct-95 To USN 1898 as SP 1643, later Knoxville, capsized New York 1918, scrapped 1923
279               Cancelled
280               Cancelled
281               Cancelled
282 Lebanon Phila. & Reading RR Collier     1,486 Oct-94 Later Taboga 1922, Homestead 1926, foundered in Humber Arm NL 1932
283 Comanche Clyde Line Passenger Ship     3,202 Nov-95 fire off Mayport 17.10.25 & beached 20.10.25
284 Thespia J. H. Ladew Yacht     311 Apr-96  
285 Curacao Atlantic & Carib. S.N. Passenger/Cargo     1,503 Dec-96 Later Hellenic Skipper 1940, burnt off Astoria OR 1940
286 Tamaqua Phila. & Reading RR Tug     564 Jan-96 Later Brooklyn 1942, to US Army 1942 as LT 232, deleted 1948
287 Atlanta Southern Rlwy Co Passenger Ship     2,094 May-96 Later Cambridge 1919, wrecked off Sao Luiz de Maranhao 1950
288 Hugh McCulloch US Coast Guard Cutter WPG 3 1,280 12-Dec-97 Sank 1917
289 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania RR Ferry     1,273 Oct-96 To Delaware River interests 1939, scrapped 1952
290 Alabama US Navy Battleship BB 8 11,565 16-Oct-00 Sunk as target 1921
291 Kasagi Imperial Japanese Navy Cruiser     4,900 Dec-98 Wrecked in Tsugaru Strait 1916
292 Miami Plant Line Passenger Ship     1,741 Dec-97 Later Steel Pier 1932, scrapped 1949
293 Dorothea Estate of T. McKean Yacht     420 Dec-98 Abandoned 1926
294 Havana New York & Cuba Mail Passenger Ship     5,667 Jan-99 Later Panama 1905, Aleutian 1926, wrecked Uyak Bay, Amook Is, 1929
295 Mexico New York & Cuba Mail Passenger/Cargo     5,667 Jun-99 Later Colon 1906, Yukon 1923, wrecked Johnstone Bay, Prince William Sound 1946
296 Admiral Dewey American Mail S.S.Co Passenger/Cargo     2,104 Oct-98 Scrapped 1935
297 Admiral Sampson American Mail S.S.Co Passenger/Cargo     2,104 Nov-98 In collision off Seattle and sank 1914
298 Admiral Schley American Mail S.S.Co Passenger/Cargo     2,104 Dec-98 Scrapped 1935
299 Admiral Farragut American Mail S.S.Co Passenger/Cargo     2,104 Dec-98 Scrapped 1935
300 Retvizan Russian Navy Battleship     12,700 Dec-01 Later Hizen 1905, sunk as target 1924
301 Varyag Russian Navy Cruiser     6,500 Jul-00 Later Soya 1905, Varyag 1916, wrecked under tow off Scotland 1920
302 Maine US Navy Battleship BB 10 12,500 29-Dec-02 Scrapped 1922
303 Morro Castle New York & Cuba Mail Passenger Ship     6,004 Oct-00 Scrapped 1926
304 Sierra Oceanic S.S.Co Passenger Ship     5,989 Oct-00 Later Gdansk 1821, Sierra 1824, scrapped 1934
305 Sonoma Oceanic S.S.Co Passenger Ship     6,253 Nov-00 Scrapped 1934
306 Ventura Oceanic S.S.Co Passenger Ship     6,253 Dec-00 Scrapped 1934
307     Pontoon       1901  
308     Caisson       1901  
309 Esperanza New York & Cuba Mail Passenger Ship     4,702 May-01 Wrecked Tampico 1925
310 Monterey New York & Cuba Mail Passenger Ship     4,702 Jun-01 Scrapped 1931
311 Kroonland Intl Mercantile Marine Passenger Ship     12,760 Jun-02 Scrapped 1927
312 Finland Intl Mercantile Marine Passenger Ship     12,760 Sep-02 Scrapped 1928
313 Apache Clyde Line Passenger Ship     3,378 Jun-01 Scrapped 1928
314 Arapahoe Clyde Line Passenger Ship     3,378 Jul-01 Scrapped 1928
315 Medjidiye Ottoman Navy Cruiser     3,300 Mar-04  
316 Colorado US Navy Cruiser ACR 7 13,680 19-Jan-05 Later Pueblo (CA 7) 1917, scrapped 1931
317 Nebraska/Pennsylvania US Navy Cruiser ACR 4 13,680 9-Mar-05 Later Pittsburgh (CA 4) 1912, scrapped 1931
318 Col.E.L.Drake Standard Oil of NY Tanker     4,205 Apr-03 Scrapped 1926
319 Huron Clyde Line Cargo Ship     2,949 Dec-02 Scrapped 1931
320 Asbury Park Central RR Ferry     2,128 May-03 Later City of Sacramento 1919, Kahloke 1953, Langdale Queen 1963, Lady Grace 1976, hulked 1988, sank 2008, salvaged 2009
321 Kiowa Clyde Line Cargo Ship     2,949 Jun-03 In collision off Boston Light and sank 1903
322 Tennessee US Navy Cruiser CA 10 14,500 17-Jul-06 Later Memphis (CA 10) 1915, wrecked off Santo Domingo 1916
323 M.S.Quay State of Pennsylvania Tug     133 Feb-04  
324 Transfer No.16 NY, NH & Hartford RR Tug     268 Apr-04  
325 Transfer No.17 NY, NH & Hartford RR Tug     268 Apr-04  
326 Transfer No.18 NY, NH & Hartford RR Tug     268 Apr-04  
327 Mississippi US Navy Battleship BB 23 13,000 1-Feb-08 To Greece 1914 as Kilkis, sunk by German aircraft 1941
328 Idaho US Navy Battleship BB 24 13,000 1-Apr-08 To Greece 1914 as Lemnos, sunk by German aircraft 1941
329 Mohican Clyde Line Cargo Ship     2,255 Sep-04 Burnt off NE Florida 1925
330 Chippewa Clyde Line Cargo Ship     2,696 May-05 Scrapped 1928
331 Onondaga Clyde Line Cargo Ship     2,696 Jun-05 Wrecked off Watch Hill RI 1918
332 Merida New York & Cuba Mail Passenger/Cargo     6,207 Apr-06 In collision off Cape Charles and sank 1911
333 John Weaver City of Philadelphia Icebreaker     1,769 Mar-06 Scrapped 1953
334               Cancelled
335 Mexico New York & Cuba Mail Passenger/Cargo     6,207 May-06 Later Aleutian 1930, Tradewind 1955, scrapped 1956