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William R. Trigg Co., Richmond VA

Most recent update: May 3, 2012.


William R. Trigg founded the Richmond Locomotive Works and is said to have done "more to build up the manufacturing interests of Richmond than perhaps any other man".  He obviously had all the right connections, judging by the short but impressive construction record, but his shipyard failed in 1903: two vessels were not completed and four had to be completed by their owners.  The shipyard was located on Chappell Island, at the mouth of the James-Kanawa Canal.  Most of the land today is Richmond's  Great Shiplock Park.  If anyone can provide any additional information about the ships Trigg built, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com 

Hull # Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Delivery Disposition
1 Dale (DD 4) U.S. Navy Destroyer 420 Oct-02 Sold 1920
2 Decatur (DD 5) U.S. Navy Destroyer 420 May-02 Sold 1920
3 Shubrick (TB 31) U.S. Navy Torpedo Boat 200 Nov-01 Sold 1920
4 Stockton (TB 32) U.S. Navy Torpedo Boat 200 Nov-01 Sunk as target 1916
5 Thornton (TB 33) U.S. Navy Torpedo Boat 200 Jun-02 Sold 1920
7 Galveston (C 17) U.S. Navy Cruiser 3,200   Completed by Norfolk NSY, sold 1933
  Samuel N. Lapsley   Missionary Ship 24 1902  
  Chester Pennsylvania R.R. Co. Tug 223 1902 Existence in doubt
  Lancaster Pennsylvania R.R. Co. Tug 223 1902  
12 Virginia Ches. & Ohio RR Co. Steamer 635 Feb-02 Scrapped 1951
14 Berkeley Old Dominion S.S. Co. Steamer 1,075 Jun-02 Later Virginia 1923, scrapped 1947
Cape Charles NY, Phila & Norfolk RR Tug     Not completed
Tuscarora U.S. Coast Guard Revenue Cutter 740 Sep-02 Decommissioned 1936
17 Benyuard U.S. Army Engineers Dredge 2,566 1904 Not completed, Sandchief 1948, scrapped 1957
  Mohawk U.S. Coast Guard Revenue Cutter 1,150 May-04 Sank 1917
19 Captain A. F. Lucas Standard Oil of Cal. Tanker 4,188 Dec-04 Scrapped 1948
20 P.R.R. No. 7 Pennsylvania R.R. Co. Tug 223 1904 To USN as SP 679 1917, later Princeton
21 P.R.R. No. 9 Pennsylvania R.R. Co. Tug 223 1904 To USN as YT 223, later York