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RTC Shipbuilding, Camden NJ

Most recent update: November 26, 2011.


RTC Shipbuilding was formed in 1940 by L. M. Robinson, G. R. Taylor and J. P. Carson, whose initials are the basis for the company's name.  The yard was located at Delaware Avenue and State Street: there is a prison complex there now but I'm told this will shortly be demolished to make way for new development.  See the site from the air on Google here: it is just south of the old Mathis yard, which 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.comIn addition, please note that Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia has a collection of material from RTC including plans, specifications, photographs, and other related items from the 1930s to the 1960s: visit www.phillyseaport.org/library to find out more.

Hull # Original Name Original Owner Type GT Feet Delivery Disposition
131 Hygrade No. 4 Tanker Hygrade Inc. Tank Barge 1,044   30-Jul-40  
132 Hygrade No. 5 Tanker Hygrade Inc. Tank Barge 1,044   12-Sep-40  
133 Amboy Pennsylvania RR Tug  450 118 4-Nov-40  
134 Geo. Whitlock Geo. Whitlock Inc. Tanker  515 180 24-Feb-41 To USN 1941 as YO 57, sold 1947 as J. A. Cummings, later Nepco 10 1965, Karen Tibbetts 1970, Mary Gately 1984, barge Atco Mary Lee 1990, Fayou K. 1992, Nori 1993, deleted 2001
135 F. W. Lloyd Geo. Whitlock Inc. Tanker  515 151 21-May-41 To USN 1941 as YO 60, sunk as target 1975
136 T. W. Drennen Ira S. Bushey Tanker  1,650 253 3-Oct-41 Deleted 1951
137 John B. Caddell Chester A. Poling Inc. Tanker 712 184 13-Dec-41 To USN 1942 as YO 140, sold 1946 as John B. Caddell, wrecked 2012 in Hurrican Sandy
138 Geo. Whitlock II Geo. Whitlock Inc. Tanker  884 242 28-Feb-42 Later Reliable II 1990, scrapped 2005
139 A. C. Dodge A. C. Dodge Inc. Tanker  884 242 9-May-42 In collision off Reedy Point and blew up 25-May-52
140 YO 55 (Gauger) U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 235 28-Sep-42 Scrapped 1974
141 YO 56 (Pumper) U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 235 28-Nov-42 To France 1944 as Lac Tonle Sap (A 630/Q618), sunk as target 1989
142 YO 59 (Derrick) U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 235 24-Dec-42 To S Korea 1955 as Paek Yeon (AO 5)/Hwa Chon (YO 52), later sold as Hwa Chon  
143 YO 62 (Anticline) U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 235 19-Apr-43 To France 1944 as Lac Chambon (A 629/Q516), sunk as target 1974
144 YO 63 (Syncline) U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 235 25-Jun-43 To France 1945 as Lac Tchad (A 631/Q501), sank 1972
145 YO 69 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 8-Sep-43 Scrapped 1975
146 YO 70 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 19-Oct-43 Sold 1973 as Ocean Fighter, later Mini-One, Carib 1, lost 1991
147 YO 71 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 7-Dec-43  
148 YO 72 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 18-Jan-44 Sold 1974, later Olive Oyl, Caribbean Tanker, Laura del Mar, now Leticia del Mar (Ecuador)
149 YO 113 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 15-Feb-44 Scrapped 1974
150 YO 114 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 17-Mar-44 Scrapped 1974
151 YO 115 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 18-Apr-44 To the Philippines 1945
152 YO 116 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 26-May-44 To the Philippines 1945
153 YO 117 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 28-Jun-44 Later Timor Bharu
154 YO 118 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 8-Aug-44 To S Korea 1946 as Ku Kyong (YO 1)
155 YO 171 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 15-Nov-44 To Peru 1981 as Gauden (ACP 119), active
156 YO 172 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 14-Dec-44 Scrapped 1974
157 YO 173 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 22-Jan-45 To the Philippines 1945 as Lake Naujan (YO 43), struck 1990s
158 YOG 56 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 13-Feb-45 To Vietnam 1975 as HQ 475, active
159 YOG 57 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 20-Mar-45 Sunk as target 1977
160 YOG 58 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 20-Apr-45 Reefed off New Jersey 2000
161 YOG 86 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 3-Jul-45 Sold 1977 as Fishboat Polar Shell, Chief, St Matthew, lost 1994 
162 YOG 87 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 31-Jul-45 Sold 1981 as Petro Venture, deleted 2010
163 YOG 88 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 28-Aug-45 Sold 2001, now Apolo
164 YOG 89 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 20-Sep-45 Sunk as target 1976
165 YOG 90 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 31-Oct-45 Scrapped 1974
166 YOG 91 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 29-Nov-45 Later YO 248, sold as Fishboat Dolphin, now freight barge
167 YOG 92 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 Feb-46 Cancelled but completed and sold, later Petrostar VII
168 YOG 93 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 Feb-46 Cancelled but completed, later IX 523, reefed off Delaware 2007
169 YOG 94 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174   Cancelled
170 YOG 95 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174   Cancelled
  [one of above]     608 166 1945 Later Fishboat Polar Enterprise, Polar Wind, now Blue North
171 W. A. Weber W. A. Weber, Inc. Tanker 616 170 21-Jan-47 Scrapped 1975 
172 Hygrade No. 8 Hygrade Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,054   28-Jul-46  
173 Hygrade No. 14 Hygrade Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,054   23-Oct-46 Later Ocean Burning No. 34
174 Hygrade No. 26 Hygrade Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,054 293 3-Jul-47 Now MPE 275
175 Crab Island Fish Products Co. Barge 171 98 22-Jul-47 Active
176 Unnamed Fish Products Co. Barge 981   24-Jul-47 Now Simec Basques
177 Hygrade No. 28 Hygrade Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,054   24-Oct-47 Later Ocean Burning No. 28
178 Socony No. 125 Socony Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,947   31-Dec-47  
179 Socony No. 126 Socony Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,947   14-Feb-48  
180 Socony No. 127 Socony Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,947   16-Apr-48  
181 Socony No. 128 Socony Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,947   2-Jul-48  
182 Little George Fish Products Co. Work Boat 11   1948  
183 Barnegat Fish Products Co. Fishboat 179 126 23-May-48 Scrapped 1995 
184 Brigantine Fish Products Co. Fishboat 178 120 21-Aug-48 Later Nils S, scuttled 1989
185 Bernard Samuel City of Philadelphia Fire Boat 77 75 10-Nov-48 Auctioned March 2009
186 Manasquan Fish Products Co. Fishboat 178 120 16-Feb-49 Later Abraham, ABD Express, lost 1994 
187 Little Egg Fish Products Co. Barge 171   27-Jun-48  
188 Newark Pennsylvania RR Co. Tug 147 98 19-Dec-49 Later Lewis G. Seabrook, Captain Frank, now Lewis G Seabrook
189 Beach Haven Fish Products Co. Fishboat 177 120 15-Apr-49 Scuttled 1992 
190 Sea Girt Fish Products Co. Fishboat 177 120 23-May-49 Lost 1995 
191 Shinnecock Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 306 146 10-Jun-49 Active
192 Montauk Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 306 146 13-Jun-49 Later cargo vessel Son of David, existence in doubt 2002
193 Little Gull Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 30-Jun-49  
194 Absecon Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 4-Aug-49 Now Carters Creek
195 Brandywine Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 27-Apr-50 Scuttled 2001
196 Shrewsbury Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 26-May-50 Now cargo vessel Arelis
197 Resolute Baker-Whiteley Towing Tug 199 95 16-Mar-50 Later David McAllister, now Ocean King
198 Franklin City of Philadelphia Fire Boat 81 79 18-May-50 In reserve 2007
199 Delaware City of Philadelphia Fire Boat 81 79 23-Jun-50 Active
200 Capt. Crotty Port of Houston Fire Boat  81 79 4-Jul-50 Retired 1983 
201 Kabait Govt. of Israel Fire Boat  81 79 13-Jul-50  
202 East Hampton Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 8-Jun-50 Later Leisnit, existence in doubt 2001
203 Indian River Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 8-May-51 Later Amelie I, lost 1995 
204 Rehoboth Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 22-May-51 Lost 1994
205 Nantucket Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 227 140 10-Jun-51 Later Florida Sun, Wilny Express, Ocean Bay, Intra Pride, existence in doubt 2002
206 Maidstone Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 227 140 1951 Later  John Marvin, lost 1992
207 Tamaqua Reading Railroad Tug 245 104 1951 Later J Barton Greer, Nonie, J K McLean, Signet Defender, Edith Thornton, now Chassidy
208 Shamokin Reading Railroad Tug 188 104 1952 Now Russell B. Murray
209 Pottsville Reading Railroad Tug 147 104 1952 Later Michael J McAllister, William A Weber, American Endeavor, Beverly B, now Valviria
210 Ellis A. Gimbel City of Philadelphia Tug 78 62 1951 Later E Homan Stroud, now Gar-Den S
211 Alec M Fish Products Co. Passenger 12   1951  
212 Liberty Central RR of NJ Tug 233 104 8-Sep-52 Later J W Phipps Jr, Walter J Tuohy, M I Dunn, James M Witte, now Theresa S. Krause
213 Sandy Hook Central RR of NJ Tug 233 104 8-Nov-52 Later Fall River, Elizabeth Krause, now Elizabeth
214 Sound Shore Central RR of NJ Tug 233 104 9-Jan-53 Later Wm. H. McAllister, scrapped 2003
215 Communipaw Central RR of NJ Tug 233 104 6-Mar-53 Later James E Kusik, J Speed Gray, Brian F, Mack Point
216 Roy B. White B. & O. Railroad Tug 238  104 27-Mar-53 Later Hercules
217 Howard E. Simpson B. & O. Railroad Tug 234 104 6-May-53 Later Douglas F, Leonard J, scrapped 2006
218 William C. Baker B. & O. Railroad Tug 238 103 25-Jun-53 Later Jeanne C, J L Krause, now Espirito
219 Walter L. Price B. & O. Railroad Tug 238 104 28-Aug-53 LaterWalter J Tuohy, Carol Wales, Scooby Doo, lost 2008
220 Moriches Fish Products Co. Fishboat 199 130 20-May-53 Reefed Gulf of Mexico, ca. 1976
221 Winter Quarter Fish Products Co. Fishboat 199 87 20-May-54  
222 Lehigh Reading Railroad Tug 169 87 2-Dec-53 Later Craig Smith, now Leo
223 Schuylkill Reading Railroad Tug 147 87 22-Jan-54 Later Blue B
224 Delaware Reading Railroad Tug 169 87 26-Feb-54 Now Big Daddy
225 Brandywine Reading Railroad Tug 169 87 2-Apr-54 Active
226 Amagansett Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 226   28-May-54 Sank 1964
227 Philadelphia Pennsylvania RR Co. Tug 292 105 16-Dec-54 Later Northampton, now yacht Yemitzis.
228 Chicago Pennsylvania RR Co. Tug 292 103 14-Mar-55 Later Staten Island, Accomack, Cape Rosier, scrapped 2012
229 Seven Islands Fish Products Co. Tank Barge 265   28-Oct-54  
230 Parramore Banks Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 14-May-55 Later freight, active
231 Napeague Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 231 162 27-May-55 Later cargo Miss Shandeline, Miss Shandy Express, St. Andre, now Miss Shandy Express
232 Holland Baker-Whiteley Towing Tug 187 95 17-Nov-55 Later Barbara McAllister, scuttled 2004
233 Mary J. Sheridan Sheridan Towing Co. Barge 2,168 262 11-Nov-55 Now Montis
234 Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr. City of Baltimore Fire Boat 149 100 12-Sep-56 In reserve 2007
235 Morania Marlin Morania Corp. Tanker 1,068 217 17-Nov-56 Later Bonnie B, now Alisa A
236 Dalzell 1 New Haven Transport Tug 214 96 15-May-57 Later Lacey 1, David McAllister, existence in doubt 2010
237 Dalzell 2 New Haven Transport Tug 214 96 2-Jul-57 Later Lacey 2, Michael J McAllister, Rachel Rae, now Blacksmith III
238 Dalzell 3 New Haven Transport Tug 214 96 4-Sep-57 Later Lacey 3, Timothy McAllister, scuttled 2007
?   Mr Carson Ketch   62 1957 ?
239 Morania Abaco Morania Corp. Tanker 1,173 260 21-Apr-58 Reefed off New Jersey 1985
240 Wilfred M. Sheridan Sheridan Transport Barge 3,216  305  10-Nov-58 Later General 6000, American Gulf VI, COV Thor 
?     Yawl   57 1958 ?
? Tiny   Tug 10 32 1958 ?
241 Commodore   Dredge     10-Apr-59  
242 Derrick Boat #12   Derrick Boat     21-Nov-58  
243 Port  Welcome Maryland Port Auth. Passenger 91 122 24-Nov-59 Now MV Ocean Club
244 Virginia C State of Delaware Ferry 35 64 27-Feb-61 Sold 2008