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Winslow Marine Railway, Winslow WA

Most recent update: July 1, 2011.


Winslow Marine Railway & Shipbuilding Company began in 1903 as an extension of the Hall Bros. Marine Railway & Shipbuilding Co. which had outgrown its Port Blakely site.  Shipyard owner Henry Hall secured 77 acres at Eagle Harbor, on Bainbridge Island, near the village of Madrone, which was later renamed Winslow, in honor of Mr. Hall's deceased brother, Winslow.  The company built five-masted schooners of a unique design that allowed loading both fore and aft.  Hall sold the business in 1916 to Captain James Griffiths, who renamed it Winslow Marine Railway & Shipbuilding Company, but leased it the following year to D. W. Hartzel, Inc., for USSB work involving the installation of machinery in hulls built by others.  Griffiths took the yard back after WWI and ran it primarily as a repair facility for the ferry operators.  During WWII, he built steel minesweepers, reaching a peak workforce of 2,300.  It was sold in 1948 and renamed Commercial Ship Repair of Winslow, but gradually shrank and finally closed in 1959.  The property was then split into a marina, an apartment complex and a Washington State Ferries maintenance facility.  See it from the air on Google here.  If anyone has any information to add to the table below, particularly relating to the 12 YTs, for which I can find no documentation at all, please send it to timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # Name Customer Type Type # Tons Delivery Disposition
Built by Hall Bros. Marine Railway in Port Blakely
  Iris T.R.Foster et al Cargo Ship     301 1879 Later James Makee 1879, burnt at Manila 1924
  Kelpie T.R.Foster et al Passenger/Cargo     389 1880 Later C. R. Bishop 1880, wrecked 3nm from Maniluirli, Kauai Is 1894
  James G.Blaine   Cargo Ship     505 1884 Later W. G. Hall 1884, scrapped 1917
  Rush U.S.Revenue Cutter Service Gunboat     550 1885 Deleted 1925
  Planter   Cargo Ship     444 1886 Later Mikahala 1887, scrapped 1926
  Kauai   Schooner     268 1886 Later Waialeale 1886, scrapped 1928
  James Spiers W.G.Hall Cargo Ship     851 1896 Later Mauna Loa 1897, scrapped 1924
  Eric   Schooner     544 1898 Later Four Winds 1925, Crusader, Quattro Venti, Saro Primo 1934
  Lottie Bennett G.E.Billings Schooner       1899 Later Normandie 1926, Lottie Bennett 1931, foundered off Mexico 1947
  Ludlow   Schooner     762 1900  
  Alpena   Schooner     970 1901  
  Gamble   Schooner     726 1901  
  Blakely   Schooner     751 1902  
  Camano   Schooner     730 1902  
  Caroline   Schooner     511 1902  
  H. K. Hall   Schooner     1,237 1902  
  Mabel Gale   Schooner     762 1902  
Built by Hall Bros. Marine Railway in Winslow
  Norwood Sudden & Christenson Steamer     760 1904 Scrapped 1933
  J. B. Stetson I. J. Harmon Steamer     837 1905 Wrecked near Monterey 1934
  Delhi Pacific Coast Co Steamer     986 1906 Wrecked Sumner Strait, Alaska 1915
  Shna-Yak G. E. Billings Schooner     839 1907 Later Charles Christenson 1918, Anne Christenson 1925, scrapped 1937
      Barge?     125cf 1909 Barge? LxBxD = 17'x5'8"x2'2"
  W. H. Bancroft   Steamer     179 1911  
  A. B. Carpenter   Steamer     141 1912  
  Arctic   Steamer     197 1913  
Built by Winslow Marine Railway
  Fern U.S. Coast Guard Tender       1915 Sold 1934
  Griffson   Yacht     2,259 1916  

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Anyox Capt. James Griffiths Steamer     1,287 1917 Later Salvage Queen 1941, Sheng-Li 1946, burnt Whangpoo River 1948
  Sueja III Capt. James Griffiths Yacht     179 1926 Now Mariner III
  Quillayute Sound Ferry Line Ferry     728 1927  
  Chahunta   Tug     101 1928  
  Brown Bear Fisheries & Wildlife Service Survey Vessel       1934 To USN 1942 as YP 197, returned 1946
    Puget Sound NSY Caisson       1939  
  Pursuit US Navy Minesweeper AM 108 1250 30-Apr-43 Reclassified as AGS 17 1952, scrapped 1964
  Requisite US Navy Minesweeper AM 109 1250 7-Jun-43 Reclassified as AGS 18 1952, scrapped 1964
  Revenge US Navy Minesweeper AM 110 1250 27-Jul-43 Scrapped 1967
  Sage US Navy Minesweeper AM 111 1250 23-Aug-43 To Mexico 1973 as Hermenegildo Galeana, now Matamoros (PO 117), active
  Salute US Navy Minesweeper AM 294 850 4-Dec-43 Mined off Labuan and lost 1945
  Saunter US Navy Minesweeper AM 295 850 22-Jan-44 Scrapped 1946
  Scout US Navy Minesweeper AM 296 850 3-Mar-44 To Mexico 1963 as DM 09, scrapped
  Scrimmage US Navy Minesweeper AM 297 850 4-Apr-44 Sold 1962
  Scuffle US Navy Minesweeper AM 298 850 2-May-44 To Mexico 1963 as General Felipe Xicotencatl (C 53), scrapped
  Sentry US Navy Minesweeper AM 299 850 30-May-44 To Vietnam 1962 as Ky Hoa (HQ 09), scrapped
  Serene US Navy Minesweeper AM 300 850 24-Jun-44 To Vietnam 1963 as Nhut Tao (HQ 10), scrapped
  Shelter US Navy Minesweeper AM 301 850 9-Jul-44 To Vietnam 1963 as Chi Linh (HQ 11), scrapped
  Garland US Navy Minesweeper AM 238 850 26-Aug-44 Scrapped 1960
  Gayety US Navy Minesweeper AM 239 850 23-Sep-44 To Vietnam 1962 as Chi Lang II (HQ 08), to the Philippines 1975 as Magat Salamat (PS 20), active
  Hazard US Navy Minesweeper AM 240 850 31-Oct-44 Sold 1968, to Omaha NB 1971 as museum
  Hilarity US Navy Minesweeper AM 241 850 27-Nov-44 To Mexico 1962 as D 2, scrapped
  Inaugural US Navy Minesweeper AM 242 850 30-Dec-44 To St. Louis MO 1968 as museum, swept from moorings and sank 1993
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 571 70 1945 Sold 1974
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 572 70 1945 To the Philippines 1948
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 573 70 1945 To France 1951
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 574 70 1945 Sold
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 575 70 1945 Cancelled 1945 
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 576 70 1945 Cancelled 1945 
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 577 70 1945 Cancelled 1945 
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 578 70 1945 Cancelled 1945 
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 579 70 1945 Cancelled 1945 
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 580 70 1945 Cancelled 1945 
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 581 70 1945 Cancelled 1945 
    US Navy Yard Tug YTL 582 70 1945 Cancelled 1945 
  Rustler   Tug     51 1945 A converted YTL ?