American Shipbuilding, Philadelphia PA

Most recent update: May 18, 2016.


American Shipbuilding Company - no connection with the AmShip yards on the Great Lakes - was organized by Henry Honeychurch Gorringe in 1883, failed in 1884 and was liquidated in 1885.  In its short life, it nevertheless turned out 16 vessels.  If anyone has any data to add to the table below, please send it to timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type GT Delivery Disposition
1 145351  T. F. Oakes William H. Starbuck Ship 1,996 Oct-83 New York 1897, wrecked 1898 in Half Moon Bay CA
2     New York owner Tug   188?  
3 126195  Clarence S. Bement Jacob E. Ridgway  Ship 1,998 Jan-84 Burned 1903 off Port Edgar
4     New York owner Tug   188?  
 5 ? 145381  Transit Philadelphia owner  Tug 148 1884 Abandoned 1942
6 110624 Red Wing David W. Johnson  Schooner 437 Apr-84  
7 Spain Antonio Lopez F. Latasa & Co (Cuba) Tug 68 Dec-83 To Spanish Navy 1895
8   Jonathan Knight Capitain Malloy  Schooner 1,200 1884 Wrecked 1884
9 76485  J. H. Rutter N.Y.Central & H.R. RR  Tug 103 1884 New York Central No. 9 1901, G. C. Cleveland 1915, William J. Tracy 1920, dismantled 1951 
10 120591  Frostburg Consolidation Coal Co Freighter 926 Jul-84 Theodore Weems 1907, in collision and sank 1915
11     Bowery Dumping Co Dump barge   188?  
12     Smith & Ziegler Freighter   188?  
13     South American owner  Stern-wheeler   188?  
14   Heroe South American owner Side-wheeler   Jun-84  
15 95800 Hygeia Galveston Health Auth. Passenger 47 1884  
16 126269  Chatham Merchants & MinersCo  Passenger 2,728 Sep-84 To USN 1898 as Vulcan, later Chatham 1899, wrecked 1910 off Jacksonville