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John H. Mathis Company, Camden NJ

Most recent update: July 10, 2014.


John H. Mathis Company was started at the turn of the 19th century.  Mathis Yacht Building Company, with which it is often confused, was started in 1909 and operated in an adjacent facility at Cooper Point in Camden, just upstream of the Ben Franklin Bridge.  The former built work boats and the latter yachts and, during WWI, sub chasers.  Mathis Yacht Building relocated to Gloucester City NJ in mid-1942, but this yard carried on at Cooper Point.  The yard closed in the mid-50s, although it was operated for a while by Camden Ship Repair.  Visit the shipyard here: this site seems to confuse the two Mathis yards but it includes some great pictures and a reproduction of a 16-page brochure.  See the site of the shipyard from the air on Google here: it is now used by Weeks Marine.  If anyone can fill any of the gaps in the table below, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com  

Hull # O.N. Name

Customer

Type

GT Delivery Disposition
219698 Whistler U.S. Shipping Board Wooden Tug 188 1920 Later Isabel A. McAllister 
219999 Wizard U.S. Shipping Board Wooden Tug 188 1920 Later Carrie T. Meseck 
220000 Talisman U.S. Shipping Board Wooden Tug 188 1920  
222595 NY Marine Co. No. 8     106 1919  
224144 Chowan U.S. Coast Guard Tug 103 1919 Sold as Mary F. Kelly
223540 Arthur N. Herron American Dredging Tug 175 1924  
224177 Helen B. H. Helen Hauserman Fishboat 12 1924  
224205 Eugenie Spofford John L. Goss Tug 101 1924  
93 E. E. Walling Oliver Tptn. Coal Barge   1927 Scrapped 2011
228002 Harold J. Taggert Reading Co. Tug 110 1928  
229003 Reliance Providence Steamboat Tug 124 1929 Later Norshipco Three, Chelsea
515874 Arthur Polovic Construction Tug 31 1930 Active
230477 Nathan Hayward American Dredging Tug 124 1931  
99 Bridgeport Red Star Towing Tug 147 1932  
102 933247 Electric 18 Oliver Tptn. Coal Barge 916 1932 Later EMI-3218
103? 280591 Argo (WPC 100) U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Boat 337 6-Jan-33 Sold 1955 as Sightseer XII, later Circle Line XII
104? Galatea (WPC 108) U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Boat 337 3-Feb-33 Sold 1948, sank 1992
105 171632 Interstate No. 4 Interstate Oil Tank Barge 792 1935  
106 171665 Texaco 325 Texaco Tank Barge 792 1934  
107 171666 Texaco 326 Texaco Tank Barge 792 1934  
108 233333 Poling Bros. No. 9 Chester A. Poling, Inc. Tanker 792 Jun-34 To USN 1941 as YO 155, sold 1947
109 171897 Hygrade No. 12 Hygrade Oil Tank Barge 906 Oct-34  
110 171987 Lloyd I. Seaman St. John's Guild Hospital Ship 799 May-35  
111 250807 Hygrade No. 14 Hygrade Oil Tanker 806 1935  
112 172290 Hygrade No. 16 Hygrade Oil Tank Barge 1,342 Apr-36  
113 172323 Poling Bros. No. 12 Chester A. Poling, Inc. Tank Barge 1,014 Apr-36 Later Helen A, now Allegheny
114 172436 Hygrade No. 18 Hygrade Oil Tank Barge 1,012 Aug-36  
115 172469 Russell Newtown Creek Towing Tank Barge 828 Sep-36 Later Poling 28, Cities Service No. 6
116 235755 Poling Bros. No. 14 Chester A. Poling, Inc. Tanker 295 1936 Scrapped
117 172876 Poling Bros. No. 15 Chester A. Poling, Inc. Tank Barge 1,014 Mar-37  
118 173434 Hygrade No. 20 Hygrade Oil Tank Barge 986 1937  
119 173513 Coast Transit No. 2 Coast Transit Co. Tank Barge 548 1937 Later Barrett No. 5
120 236911 Poling Bros. No. 16 Chester A. Poling, Inc. Tanker 395 1937 To USN 1942 as YO 137, sold 1946
121 173641 Tuscarora Gulf Oil Tank Barge 1,032 1937 Later HT-17, now B A 17
122 173721 Oil Transfer No. 30 Oil Transfer Co. Tank Barge 1,160 Oct-37  
123 173829 Interstate No. 10 Interstate Oil Tank Barge 899 Jan-38  
124 237782 S. T. Kiddoo Ira S. Bushey & Sons Tanker 613 1938 Later Mary A. Whalen, now museum in Brooklyn
125 237903 F. A. Verdon F. A. Verdon, Inc. Tanker 768 1938 Scrapped 1976
126 na Narcissus (WLI 238) U.S. Coast Guard Tender 300 1939 To Guyana 1971
127 na Zinnia (WLI 255) U.S. Coast Guard Tender 300 1939 To USAF 1972
128 238946 Poling Bros. No. 17 Chester A. Poling, Inc. Tanker 328 1939 Scuttled 1989
129 239224 A. H. Dumont A.H. Dumont, Inc. Tanker 981 1940 To USN 1941 as Bailer (YO 54), reefed NJ 1986
130 Juniper (WLM 224) U.S. Coast Guard Tender 700 1940 Sold 1975
131 Arthur Hoyt Scott Scott Paper Cargo Ship 2,323 1941 Scrapped 1955
132 na Teaberry (YN 29) US Navy Net Layer 560 16-Mar-42 Later AN 34, scrapped 1962
133 na Teak (YN 30) US Navy Net Layer 560 7-May-42 Later AN 35, scrapped 1976
134 na Pepperwood (YN 31) US Navy Net Layer 560 8-Jun-42 Later AN 36, to France 1944 as Tarentule (A 729)
135 na Yew (YN 32) US Navy Net Layer 560 1-Jul-42 Later AN 37, to France 1944 as Scorpion (A 728), wrecked in Fiji 1978
586179 Alaska Mist Gulf Mist, Inc. Fishing Vessel 916 1942 Active
1159689 C-6974 US Navy Patrol Boat   1941 Now Retriever
C-6975 US Navy Patrol Boat   1941  
C-6976 US Navy Patrol Boat   1941  
1125468 C-6977 US Navy Patrol Boat   1941 Now Reliance
YOG 5 US Navy Gas Tanker 440 1943  
YOG 6 US Navy Gas Tanker 440 1943  
na YOG 32 US Navy Gas Tanker 440 1943 Later YWN 59, scrapped 1975
YOG 33 US Navy Gas Tanker 440 1943  
YOG 34 US Navy Gas Tanker 440 1943  
na YWN 83 US Navy Water Barge 440 1944 Sunk as target 1989
na YWN 84 US Navy Water Barge 440 1944 Scrapped 1976
na Sway (AM 120) US Navy Minesweeper 1,250 20-Jul-43 To Mexico 1973 as Ignacio Miguel Altamirano (C 80)
na Swerve (AM 121) US Navy Minesweeper 1,250 23-Jan-44 Mined off Anzio and lost 1944
na Swift (AM 122) US Navy Minesweeper 1,250 29-Dec-43 Scrapped 1972
na YN 123-126 US Navy Net Layer 775   Cancelled
147 FS 309 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 3/44-10/44 To USN 1950 as AKL 24, struck 1959
148 FS 310 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 3/44-10/44 Disposition unknown
149 na FS 311 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 3/44-10/44 To the Philippines as Elizabeth
150 na FS 312 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 3/44-10/44 To Korea as City of Chechon
151 FS 313 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 3/44-10/44 Disposition unknown
152 na FS 314 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 3/44-10/44 To the Philippines as Governor Smith
153 na FS 315 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 3/44-10/44 To China as Iris
154 na FS 316 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 3/44-10/44 To USN 1947 as Metomkin (AG 136), later AKL 7, to DoI 1951
155 na FS 317 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 3/44-10/44 To Korea as City of Pyontaek
156 na FS 318 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 3/44-10/44 To the Philippines as Oriental
157 na FS 319 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 3/44-10/44 To the Philippines as Elcano
158 na Y 52 US Army Coastal Tanker 633 10/44-3/45 To Panama Canal Co. as Y 52
159 Y 53 US Army Coastal Tanker 633 10/44-3/45 Disposition unknown
160 na Y 54 US Army Coastal Tanker 633 10/44-3/45 To Russia 1946
161 Y 56 US Army Coastal Tanker 633 10/44-3/45 Retired in the 1960s
162 na Y 59 US Army Coastal Tanker 633 10/44-3/45 To the Philippines 1945
163 Y 60 US Army Coastal Tanker 633 10/44-3/45 Retired in the 1960s
164 Y 61 US Army Coastal Tanker 633 10/44-3/45 Retired in the 1960s
165 na Y 62 US Army Coastal Tanker 633 10/44-3/45 To Paraguay 1946 as Paraguari
166 249076 Esther M.   Fishing Vessel 251 Dec-45 Later Rosa B
167 248981 Bay O'Hara Bros. Fishing Vessel 250 Nov-45 Later Grand Bay
168 249100 Rush O'Hara Bros. Fishing Vessel 250 Dec-45  
169 250800 Bonnie O'Hara Bros. Fishing Vessel 264 Oct-46  
170 254464 Pan Trades Andros Star Offshore Fishing Vessel 187 1946 Later Blue Star, now Saook Bay
171 Fearless Atlantic Co. Fisheries Fishing Vessel 399 1946 Later Blue Foam
172 Challenger Atlantic Co. Fisheries Fishing Vessel 399 1946 Later Blue Spray
252977 Hygrade No. 26 Hygrade Oil Tank Barge 1,054 1947  
253996 Hygrade No. 28 Hygrade Oil Tank Barge 1,054 1947  
176 255020 Atlantic 25 Atlantic Refining Tank Barge 624 Apr-48  
177 255167 Atlantic 26 Atlantic Refining Tank Barge 624 Apr-48  
178 255482 Atlantic 27 Atlantic Refining Tank Barge 624 Jun-48  
179 256012 Atlantic 28 Atlantic Refining Tank Barge 624 Jul-48  
180 257512 City of Portsmouth Norfolk Co. Ferries Ferry 500 Apr-49 Later Delaware Valley, to USN as Wa'a Hele Honua (YFB 83), sold 2003
181 258479 Norfolk County Norfolk Co. Ferries Ferry 773 Aug-49 Now Buccaneer
182 258507 Barrett No. 1 Barrett Co. Tank Barge 1,262 Aug-49 Later Allied Chemical No. 11
1185126 J-Way SB107 J-Way Leasing Barge 345 1949 Active
185 982366 Elizabeth Monroe Smith San. Assoc. of Phila. Passenger Barge 1,169 Jun-50 Now Majestic
186 na Cestos Farrell Lines (Liberia) Cargo Vessel 238 Oct-50
  na Kpo Farrell Lines (Liberia) Cargo Vessel 238 Jan-51
189 264047 Owls Head New York City Sludge Carrier 1,643 1952 Active
190 na Farmington Farrell Lines (Liberia) Cargo Vessel 238 Apr-51
533178 H & W S Explorer Colleges of the Seneca Research Vessel 58 1954 Now William Scandling
538487 Jennifer Miller Tug 57 1954 Later Dawn Marie, now Mighty Jessie
  268629 John D. McKean New York City Firefighting Tug 330 1954 Active
207 PVT Nicholas Minue Governors Island Ferry 761 1956 Retired 1998, derelict in Staten Island
208 1138191 LT Samuel S. Coursen Governors Island Ferry 761 1956 Active
210 273756 Nantucket Nantucket SS Auth. Excursion Ferry 2,652 1957 Now Bayou Caddy's Jubilation Casino
211 276460 Sylvia A. H. G. Wilks New York City Firefighting Tug 156 1958 Now Ervin S. Cooper
212 276928 Harry M. Archer New York City Firefighting Tug 213 1958 Now Miriam Walmsley Cooper
214 279514 Bowery Bay New York City Sludge Carrier 1,578 Aug-59
215 279951 Sen Robert F. Wagner New York City Firefighting Tug 163 1959 Now Georgia
216 286653 Gov Alfred E. Smith New York City Firefighting Tug 213 1961 Active