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Groton Iron Works, Groton and Noank CT

Most recent update: September 15, 2010.


Groton Iron Works was started by C. W. Morse, of U.S. Steamship Co., who also started Virginia Shipbuilding in Alexandria VA.  It was formed ten days after the U.S. entered WWI and had two yards, one in Groton for steel ships and one in Noank for wooden ships.  It closed in 1928.  The Groton property is now part of the Electric Boat shipyard, while the Noank property, which had previously been Robert Palmer's shipyard, later became Noank Shipbuilding.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # USSB # O.N. Name Owner Type Tons Delivery Disposition

Built in Noank

    Asta   Schooner   1917  
    Julia Loft   Schooner   1917  
  215905 Francis J. McDonald   Schooner 1,059 1917  
  215498 Manuel Caragol   Schooner 880 1917  
125 216842 Balsto US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551 Oct-18 Scrapped 1925
126 217508 Berea US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551 Jun-19 Scrapped 1923
127 216803 Hokah US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551 Oct-19 Scrapped 1923
128     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551   Cancelled
129     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551   Cancelled
  220648 William B. Fancher US Gypsum Barge 2,625 1919  
  221605 Cohasset Eugene W. Fry Barge 2,226 1921  

Built in Groton

1 372 217818 Tollard US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,245 Apr-19 Scrapped 1930
2 373 218715 Nameaug US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,339 Aug-19 Scrapped 1929
3 374 218232 Worcester US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,239 Jun-19 Scrapped 1930
4 375 219309 Quinnipiac US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,202 Dec-19 Scrapped 1929
5 376 219074 Merry Mount US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,226 Oct-19 Scrapped 1929
6 377 219410 Hartford US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,202 Dec-19 Scrapped 1929
7 1542 220237 Honnedaga US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,216 Jul-20 Scrapped 1930
8 1543 220625 Provincetown US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,206 Sep-20 Scrapped 1938
9 1544 220804 Hopatcong US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,216 Dec-20 Later Harpoon 1931, Empire Tarpon 1940, foundered 1942
10 1545     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
11 1546     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
12 1547     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
  221356 Lieut. Flaherty City of Boston Ferry 727 1921 Later Beacon 1938, scrapped 1973