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Ingalls Iron Works, Decatur AL

Most recent update: September 28, 2013.


Ingalls Iron Works was started in 1910, by Robert Ingalls, in Birmingham AL.  In 1930, they started building barges and a few other small vessels, using their Birmingham plant for fabrication, the former Gulf Shipbuilding facility in Chickasaw AL for assembly and an unidentified facility in Mobile AL for outfitting and completion of the more complex hulls.  Hull #s were assigned sequentially, regardless of facility. 

In 1936, Ingalls built a new shipyard in Decatur AL which was capable of building all types of small vessels, and in 1938, they built a new shipyard in Pascagoula MS which was capable of building all types of large vessels.  At this time, the Chickasaw yard was returned to its owners and the name of the company was changed to Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation.  In 1943, the hull numbering system was changed, with hull #s 400-499 assigned to Pascagoula for Maritime Commission contracts, hull #s 500-599 assigned to Pascagoula for other contracts and hull #s 600-999 assigned to Decatur.  In 1955, after the Decatur yard overshot hull #999, hull #s 1000 through 1499 were assigned to Pascagoula and hull #s 1500 through 1999 were assigned to Decatur. 

In 1957, Ingalls bought the Arnold V. Walker Shipyard, which was immediately north of their Pascagoula yard: this yard continued to operate under its own name until 1961, when it was merged into the Ingalls yard.  In 1961, Ingalls sold the Pascagoula yard to Litton Industries and it became the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries, while the Decatur yard became the Marine Division of Ingalls Iron Works.  In 1975, the Decatur yard started farming out work to a facility called Seminole Steel, in Bainbridge GA and this continued until 1981, when Ingalls Iron Works was sold to Trinity Industries and Trinity almost immediately closed the Marine Division.  The area in Decatur where the shipyard was is now called Ingalls Harbor: see it from the air on Google here.

Altogether, Ingalls built over 2000 vessels.  This table lists those built in Decatur: the list for Pascagoula is here.  If anyone has any additions or corrections, please send them to me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # Yard O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type Gov't. Type Gov't. # GT (Com'l) LDT (Naval) Length (ft.) Price ($mm) Delivered Disposition
1 C   IWC 646 Inland Waterways Corp Freight Barge     1,800 230   1931  
2 C   IWC 647 Inland Waterways Corp Freight Barge     1,800 230   1931  
3 C   IWC 648 Inland Waterways Corp Freight Barge     1,800 230   1931  
4 C   IWC 649 Inland Waterways Corp Freight Barge     1,800 230   1931  
5 C   IWC 650 Inland Waterways Corp Freight Barge     1,800 230   1931  
6 C 174784 W.H.W. Co. Inc. No. 3 W. Horace Williams Co Piledriver     115 65   1932  
7     McBride   Derrick Barge           1932  
8         Freight Barge           1932  
9         Freight Barge           1932  
10         Freight Barge           1932  
11         Freight Barge           1932  
12         Freight Barge           1932  
13         Freight Barge           1932  
14 M 271733 Sam Houston USACE Galveston Dredge     863 160   Aug-32 Hull only
15   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
16   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
17   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
18   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
19   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
20   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
21   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
22   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
23   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
24   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
25   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
26   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
27   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
28   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
29   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
30   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
31   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
32   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
33   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
34   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
35   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
36   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
37   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
38   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
39   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
40   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
51   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
42   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
43   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
44   na   USACE Montgomery Pontoon           Jan-33  
45       Alexander Shipyard Freight Barge           Sep-33  
46       Alexander Shipyard Freight Barge           Sep-33  
47       Alexander Shipyard Freight Barge           Sep-33  
48       Alexander Shipyard Freight Barge           Sep-33  
49 C 174480 W.H.W. Co. Inc. # 201 W. Horace Williams Co. Freight Barge     195 105   1933  
50 C 174795 W.H.W. Co. Inc. # 202 W. Horace Williams Co. Freight Barge     197 105   1933  
51 C 174796 W.H.W. Co. Inc. # 203 W. Horace Williams Co. Freight Barge     198 105   1933  
52 C 250821 A-72 Jahncke Inc. Freight Barge     186 105   1933  
53 C 250822 A-78 Jahncke Inc. Freight Barge     186 105   1933  
54       Southern Sand & Gravel Freight Barge       100   Oct-33  
55       Southern Sand & Gravel Freight Barge       100   Oct-33  
56       Jefferson Lake Oil Co Drilling Barge       60   Oct-33  
57   176587     Derrick Barge     266     1933 Later Allsman Derrick Barge No. 3
58         Freight Barge           1933  
59         Freight Barge           1933  
60         Freight Barge           1933  
61         Freight Barge           1933  
62         Freight Barge           1933  
63         Freight Barge           1933  
64         Freight Barge           1933  
65         Freight Barge           1933  
66 C   McWilliams Barge No. 188 McWilliams Dredging Co Tank Barge       149   1933  
67         Freight Barge           1933  
68                        
69                        
70                        
71                        
72                        
73 C     City of Greenville Wharf Barge       230   Apr-34  
74                        
75                        
76                        
77   na   Tennessee Valley Auth. Freight Barge              
78   na   Tennessee Valley Auth. Freight Barge              
79   na   Tennessee Valley Auth. Freight Barge              
80   na   Tennessee Valley Auth. Freight Barge              
81       McWilliams Dredging Co Dredge     1,093     Feb-34  
82 C 176543 B. B. L.101 Barker Barge Line Freight Barge     611 200   1934  
83 C 176544 B. B. L 102 Barker Barge Line Freight Barge     611 200   1934  
84 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
85 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
86 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
87 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
88 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
89 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
90 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
91 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
92 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
93 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
94 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
95 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
96 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
97 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
98 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
99 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
100 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
101 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
102 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
103 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
104 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
105 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
106 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
107 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
108 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
109 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
110 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
111 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
112 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
113 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
114 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
115 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
116 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
117 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
118 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
119 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
120 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
121 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
122 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
123 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
124 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
125 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
126 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
127 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
128 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
129 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
130 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
131 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
132 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
133 B na   USACE Louisville Pontoon       40   1934  
134 C 174916 City of Columbia Petroleum Carrier Corp Tank Barge     190 110   1935  
135   na No. 130 USACE Kansas City Pontoon       46   1935  
136   na No. 131 USACE Kansas City Pontoon       46   1935  
137   na No. 132 USACE Kansas City Pontoon       46   1935  
138   na No. 133 USACE Kansas City Pontoon       46   1935  
139   na No. 134 USACE Kansas City Pontoon       46   1935  
140   na No. 145 USACE Kansas City Pontoon       46   1935  
141   na No. 146 USACE Kansas City Pontoon       46   1935  
142   na No. 147 USACE Kansas City Pontoon       46   1935  
143   na No. 148 USACE Kansas City Pontoon       46   1935  
144   na No. 149 USACE Kansas City Pontoon       46   1935  
145 C na CDA-3 USACE Jacksonville Freight Barge       75   Mar-35  
146 C na CDA-4 USACE Jacksonville Freight Barge       75   Mar-35  
147 C na CDA-5 USACE Jacksonville Freight Barge       75   Mar-35  
148 C na CDA-6 USACE Jacksonville Freight Barge       75   Mar-35  
149 C na CDA-7 USACE Jacksonville Freight Barge       75   Mar-35  
150 C na CDA-8 USACE Jacksonville Freight Barge       75   Mar-35  
151 B na No. 17 USACE Charleston Tank Barge       80   Jun-35  
152   na   Bureau of Bio Survey Houseboat       45   Aug-35  
153   na   Bureau of Bio Survey Houseboat       45   Aug-35  
154       J F Klein Company Freight Barge           1935  
155       J F Klein Company Freight Barge           1935  
156       J F Klein Company Freight Barge           1935  
157       J F Klein Company Freight Barge           1935  
158       J F Klein Company Freight Barge           1935  
159       J F Klein Company Freight Barge           1935  
160 B na Barge No. 35-1 USACE Wilmington NC Freight Barge       75   1935  
161 B na Barge No. 35-2 USACE Wilmington NC Freight Barge       75   1935  
162 C na No. 1 USACE Philadelphia Freight Barge       115   1935  
163 C na No. 2 USACE Philadelphia Freight Barge       115   1935  
164 C na No. 3 USACE Philadelphia Freight Barge       115   1935  
165 C na   Tennessee Valley Auth. Freight Barge           Sep-35  
166 D na No. 21 USACE Pittsburgh