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Texas Steamship, Bath ME

(Previously Goss & Sawyer, Goss, Sawyer & Packard, and Kelley, Spear & Co.)

Most recent update: December 4, 2012.


Some sources say that the yard at Town Landing in North Bath was established in 1820 but the first record of its use that I can find is by Goss & Sawyer, which was formed in 1865 and became Goss, Sawyer & Packard in 1872.  This company failed in 1886 and was taken over by Kelley, Spear & Company, which had been organized by John Kelley and Howard Spear in 1886.  It was then sold to the Texas Steamship Company, a subsidiary of Texaco, although exactly when is unclear, because the two companies' sequences of hull numbers overlap.  In addition, Texas Steamship was a steel shipbuilder and the predecessor companies were wooden shipbuilders.  The yard appears to have closed in 1923.  Note that No. 3 in Texaco's nifty series of collectible models used to be the American, which was Texas Steamship's Hull # 20.    See the site from the air on Google here: it's a derelict mess, very unlike Bath.   If anyone can provide any information about this yard or can fill any of the gaps in the table below, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Delivery Disposition
Built by Goss, Sawyer & Packard
  City of Philadelphia W. F. Hagar & Co. Fully-Rigged Ship 1,457 1875 Wrecked in the Falklands 1896
  John & Winthrop Union Steamship Co. Bark   1876 Scuttled
  Charles B. Kenney   Bark   1878 Missing 1886
  Gerard C. Tobey Welch & Co. Bark   1878 Wrecked 1914
  Mount Desert Boston & Bangor SS Cargo Ship 457 1879 Later Arion 1911, scrapped 1914
  Belvedere W. Lewis Cargo Ship 440 1880 Wrecked Cape Serdge 1919
  State of Maine W. N. Kilby Passenger 1,410 1881 Later Edgemont 1904, Capw May 1915, burnt 1925
  Walker Armington   Cargo Ship 913 1882 Wrecked Chesapeake Bay 1897
  Mary & Helen   Whalecatcher 508 1882 Later Beluga 1886, sunk by gunfire 1917
  Jeanie   Cargo Ship 1,072 1883 Wrecked Calvert Islands 1913
  Thrasher   Whalecatcher 512 1883 Later cargo ship Kamchatka 1920, burnt 1921
  Jesse H. Freeman   Whalecatcher 516 1883 Crushed in ice, Arctic Sea 1897
  Benjamin F. Packard J. Kelly Fully-Rigged Ship   1883 Scuttled 1939
  John R. Kelly   Fully-Rigged Ship   1883 Wrecked 1899
  Lorenzo D. Baker   Schooner 966 1884 Burnt 1889
  Al-Ki   Psgr/Cargo 1,259 1884 Wrecked Point Augusta, 1917
Built by Kelley, Spear & Co.
  William Lewis W. Lewis Cargo Ship 462 1888 Wrecked Point Barrow 1991
  General Knox Maine Central RR Ferry 427 1898 Later Rye Cliffe 1910, burnt 1918
  Norumbega Maine Central RR Ferry 304 1902 Burnt 1934
  John G. Chandler   Tug 110 1902  
  Annie   Barge 1,098 1903  
  Frank Huckins   Schooner 545 1903  
  J. Carlton Hudson   Barge 880 1903  
  Reliance   Steamer 251 1903  
  Salisbury   Schooner 597 1903  
  Anthony D. Nichols   Schooner 680 1904  
  Beattie   Barge 1,117 1904  
  Berkley   Schooner 650 1904  
  Bristol   Barge 653 1904  
  Charles F. Prichard   Barge 861 1904  
  Frontenac   Schooner 1,704 1904  
  George R. Stetson   Barge 675 1904  
  George W. Truitt, Jr.   Schooner 779 1904  
  Horace A. Allyn   Schooner 859 1904  
  John Bossert   Schooner 601 1904  
  Louis Bossert   Schooner 605 1904  
  Frances Hyde Benvenue Granite Schooner 739 1905 Later Mary Tamplin 1919, Joyce French 1924, Ena 1925, Merituuli 1947, foundered 1947
  Orleans   Schooner 751 1905  
  Cadosia   Barge 756 1907  
  S. T. Co. No. 2   Schooner 526 1907  
  Sidney   Schooner 745 1907  
  Smyrna   Schooner 741 1907  
  Henry Endicott   Barge 866 1908  
  S. T. Co. No. 4   Barge 526 1907  
  Charles W Parker Jr   Tug 277 1909  
  Fall River   Barge 1,759 1911  
  Helen   Barge 1,285 1911  
  Merida Atlantic & Carib. SN Steamer 628 1911 Deleted 1937
  Chatham   Barge 1,812 1912  
  Eureka Rowe Bros Steamer 471 1912 Barge 1946, deleted 1956
  John H. Winstead   Schooner 841 1912  
  Maine   Barge 1,110 1912  
  Mount Hope   Schooner 1,801 1912  
  Rahn   Schooner 932 1912  
  William C. May   Schooner 710 1912  
  Irene   Schooner 1,206 1913  
  Irwin   Schooner 1,304 1913  
  Penn   Schooner 1,849 1913  
  Atlantic   Schooner 1,900 1915  
  Larimer   Schooner 1,584 1915  
  Wellaston   Schooner 1,378 1915  
  Northern No. 6   Schooner 1,602 1916  
  Westmoreland   Schooner 1,593 1916  
  Manor   Schooner 1,603 1917  
  Northern No. 7   Schooner 1,631 1917  
  Samuel W. Fancher   Schooner 1,972 1917  
  Columbine U. S. S. B. Steamer 2,551 1918 Scrapped 1925
  Osceola   Barge 1,621 1918  
  Falmouth   Schooner 2,236 1919  
  New Meadows   Schooner 1,327 1919  
  Winnegance   Schooner 1,327 1919  
Built by Texas Steamship
1 Maine U. S. S. B. Cargo Ship 6,500 17-Oct Later Empire Lynx 1940, torpedoed and lost 1942
2 Rhode Island U. S. S. B. Cargo Ship 6,500 17-Jan Later Woonsocket 1918, Makiki 1923, Rio Chagres 1932, scrapped 1953
3 Massachusetts/Bath U. S. S. B. Cargo Ship 6,500 18-Jul Later Sagadahoc, to USN as SP 3311, torpedoed and lost 1941
4 New Jersey/Canibas U. S. S. B. Cargo Ship 6,500 18-Sep To USN as SP 3401, later Mauna Ala 1923, wrecked off the Columbia River 1941
5 Thuban/Texaco No. 125 Texaco Tanker 226 1919 Later El Caribe 1936, Elizabeth City 1941, Rosalyn B. Hudgins 1951
6 Ursa/Texaco No. 124 Texaco Tanker 226 1919  
7 Texaco No. 5 Texaco Tanker 226 1919  
8 South American Texaco Tug   1918  
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10 Dirigo U. S. S. B. Tanker 6,800 19-Feb Later Idaho 1940, scrapped 1947
11 Shenandoah U. S. S. B. Tanker 6,800 19-Jun Scrapped 1947
12 Lightburne U. S. S. B. Tanker 6,800 19-Aug Wrecked off Block Island 1939
13 Aryan U. S. S. B. Tanker 6,800 19-Nov Later Arkansas 1940, scrapped 1953
14 Solitaire Texaco Tanker 3,350 20-Apr Scrapped 1950
15 Latin American    Texaco Tug 168 1918  
16 Central American  Texaco Tug 168 1918 Later Mustang 1928
17 Texaco No. 145  Texaco Tanker 484 19-May Later Chelsea 1935, wrecked off Rockport ME 1957
18 Texaco No. 146  Texaco Tanker 484 1919 Later Panama City 1935, scrapped 1949
19 Texaco No. 147  Texaco Tanker 484 1919 Later Richmond 1935, Dispatch 1948, scrapped 1935
20 American Texaco Tug   1920  
21 Roanoke Texaco Tanker 6,800 20-Feb Scrapped 1950
22 Occidental Texaco Tanker 6,800 20-May Later Tennessee 1940, Certenago 1947, Oregon 1951, scrapped 1954
23 Harvester Texaco Tanker 6,800 20-Oct Later Mississippi 1940, Naphtol 1947, Cyprus 1954, Kypros 1956, scrapped 1960
24 Reaper Texaco Tanker 6,800 20-Nov Scrapped 1955
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27 Texaco 155 Texaco Tanker      
28 Texaco 156 Texaco Tanker      
29 Texaco 157 Texaco Tanker      
30 Texaco 158 Texaco Tanker      
31 Illinois Texaco Tanker 6,800 21-Jul Later Burcross 1937, Rodestar 1950, scrapped 1955
32 New Jersey Texaco Tanker 6,800 21-Dec Torpedoed and lost 1942
33 Texaco 171 Texaco Tank Barge      
34 Texaco 172 Texaco Tank Barge      
35 Texaco 173 Texaco Tank Barge 658 21-Jan Later Caltex II 1940, scrapped 1960