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Groton Iron Works, Groton and Noank CT

Most recent update: September 15, 2010.


Groton Iron Works 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.  Little more is known about this company.  If anyone can provide any information or add to the table below, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # USSB # Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Delivery Disposition

Built in Noank

  Francis J. McDonald     1,059 1917  
  Manuel Caragol     880 1917  
  William B. Fancher     2,625 1919  
125 Balsto US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551 Oct-18 Scrapped 1925
126 Berea US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551 Jun-19 Scrapped 1923
127 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

Built in Groton

1 372 Tollard US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,245 Apr-19 Scrapped 1930
2 373 Nameaug US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,339 Aug-19 Scrapped 1929
3 374 Worcester US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,213 Jun-19 Scrapped 1930
4 375 Quinnipiac US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,202 Dec-19 Scrapped 1929
5 376 Merry Mount US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,724 Oct-19 Scrapped 1929
6 377 Hartford US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,703 Dec-19 Scrapped 1929
7 1542 Honnedaga US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,216 Jul-20 Scrapped 1930
8 1543 Provincetown US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,206 Sep-20 Scrapped 1938
9 1544 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
  Lieut. Flaherty   Ferry 727 1921 Later Beacon 1938, scrapped 1973