Bayles Shipyard, Port Jefferson NY

(later New York Harbor Dry Dock Co.)

Most recent update: May 25, 2017.


In the 19th century there were several shipyards in Port Jefferson, of which the most significant was operated by the Bayles family, starting with Elisha Bayles, who established the yard in 1830, or possibly earlier.  His sons Charles and James got involved later in the 1830s and operated the yard as two separate facilities until about 1874, when James took over the whole thing.  In 1917, the ownership was restructured as Bayles Shipyard, Inc., and the facilities were converted for steel shipbuilding, with $2,225,000 from the U.S. Shipping Board.  Bayles Shipyard was not a success, however, and a new company, called New York Harbor Dry Dock Co., took over and completed the wartime contracts, continuing after that as a repair yard.  The yard was located where Harborfront Park is today: see the site from the air on Google here.  The table below is clearly a long way from being complete: if anyone can provide any additional data, please e-mail it to me at timcolton@aol.com 
Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Delivery Disposition
Built by Elisha Bayles
Alonzo Sloop 1830
James Gorham Sloop 1834
Built by Charles L. and James M. Bayles
Miami Sloop 68 1836
Native Sloop 611 1838
Belle Del Mer Brigantine 125 1839
Denmark Schooner 135 1841
Adelia Sloop 48 1843
Belle Schooner 126 1845
Telegraph Schooner 143 1846
Rio Grande Schooner 84 1846
Mary R. Kirby Sloop 65 1846
Edward L. Frost Schooner 150 1847
William E. Collis Schooner 148 1847
Willett S. Robbins Schooner 180 1847
Breeze Yacht 100 1848
Rainbow Schooner 145 1848
Francis A. Baker Schooner 80 1849
Stephen H. Townsend Schooner 260 1849
Phoebe Ann Sloop 42 1849
Eliza A. Jayne Sloop 76 1849
Senator Sloop 70 1850
C. L. Bayles Schooner 154 1850
James M. Bayles Schooner 170 1851
Mary L. Davis Schooner 176 1851
Stephen Taber Schooner 304 1852
Elliptic Yacht 112 1853
Breeze Schooner 254 1853
Flying Arrow Sloop 60 1853
Henry Janes Schooner 261 1854
Thomas W. Olcott Schooner 203 1854
Built by Charles L. Bayles in the North End of the Yard
Edward Slade Schooner 285 1855
Susan E. Jayne Schooner 204 1855
Anna M. Edwards Schooner 119 1856
Reindeer Schooner 197 1856
Yankee Blade Half Brig 275 1857
Ida A. Jayne Schooner 211 1863
Lavinia Bell Schooner 154 1864
S. T. Wines Schooner 224 1864
Madison Holmes Schooner 189 1864
John Swan Yacht 30 1865
11745 Henry N. Squire Schooner 308 116 1867
11822 Helen M. Rowley Half Brig 390 123 1867
Lewis L. Squire Half Brig 425 1868
M. M. Francis Half Brig 439 1869
Nymph Schooner 140 1870
1978 Anna M. Dickinson Schooner 214 96 1871
Wm. H. Phare Schooner 154 1871
24991 T. Harris Kirk Schooner 350 121 1873
Emma Avery Schooner 330 1874
105437 Addie Schlaefer Schooner 178 106 1874
Built by James M. Bayles in the South End of the Yard
M. H. Reed Schooner 221 1854
A. Hammond Schooner 219 1854
Moonlight Schooner 263 1855
Mary E. Jones Half Brig 265 1856
E. A. Conkling Schooner 260 1856
Yankee Sloop 85 1857
999 Anna Shepard Schooner 185 94 1858
Ann Amelia Schooner 89 1859
Lucinda A. Bayles Schooner   1860 Sank 1870
Glenwood Schooner 148 1861
Built by James M. Bayles & Son
498 Annie Lewis Schooner 313   1863
Anna W. Collins Schooner 209   1864
Julia E. Willetts Schooner 243   1864
Julia A. Rider Schooner 273 1864
14071 Katie J. Hoyt Schooner 220 112 1865
1473 Annie V. Bergen Schooner 184 108 1865
1209 Ann E. Valentine Schooner 257 125 1866
17588 Matilda Brooks Schooner 333 120 1867
23504 Susan Bergen Brigantine 247 105 1868
5515 Circle Schooner 42 58 1867
10834 George H. Mills Schooner 296 118 1867
Carib Bark 294 117 1868
75228 Jennie Rosaline Schooner 342 126 1869
Henry Taber Schooner 129   1869
90202 Millie Frank Schooner 60 68 1870
1904 Alert Schooner 43 59 1870
95103 Henrietta Schooner 30 59 1871
24872 Thomas P. Ball Schooner 430 133 1871
Thyra Steamer 205   1871
18710 Nomad Bark 476 134 1872
105138 Ada Rhame Sloop 15 42 1872
90615 Mary Emmor Schooner 52 76 1873
  8822 Eliza Rhodes   Sloop 14 42 1872 Later F. J. Baker
80362 William H. Keeney Schooner 314 126 1873
Rosa Eppinger Schooner 293 1874
25287 Clara E. Bergen Schooner 481 142 1874
6816 De Morey Gray Schooner 402 131 1874
75627 James Slater Schooner 311 118 1874
105357 Annie A. Booth Schooner 202 114 1874
75686 James E. Bayles Schooner 413 140 1874
90815 Manuel R. Cuza Schooner 298 119 1875
  140140 Lottie B Walter T. Henderson Sloop 11 40 1875  
80549 William E. Clowes Schooner 571 140 1875
Eleanor Schooner 350   1876
125628 Comet Schooner 301 118 1877
Fleetwing Bark 328   1877
  95481 Horatio   Whaler 348 116 1877 Wrecked 1898
76007 Jimmie Schooner 18 44 1878
  140372 L. J. Dayton Arthur Lindland Sloop 12 36 1879  
130144 Nellie Floyd Schooner 457 136 1879
95579 H. & J. Blendermann Schooner 419 146 1879
Gracie N. Schooner 415 1880
24615 Transit Sloop 12 32 1880
Chatham Schooner 113   1880
80834 Waccamaw Schooner 458 138 1881
106037 Atalanta Brigantine 371 123 1881
Ocean Child Schooner 37 1882
Lillie Holmes Schooner 428   1882
130270 Nellie W. Craig Schooner 493 146 1883
130274 Nonowantuc Passenger 220 121 1883 Later Henry C. Rowe
135733 Elsie A. Bayles Schooner 296 115 1883
  80898 Whitby Frank Hammer Steam Yacht 30 59 1882  
130317 Nettie Shipman Schooner 338 118 1884
  126376 City of Bridgeport   Psgr./Cargo 500 145 1886 Later Rosalie 1899, H. C. Rowe & Co. 1906, burnt 1922
155143 Ostrea Steamship 97 68 1887
Arvesta Schooner 504 1888
  106586 Active Loveland Towing Tug 44   1888  
  100455 Ithiel Ollie Hackney Fishing 17   1889  
  76869 Jessie   Steam Yacht 43 85 1890  
150490 Percy and Lillie Schooner 503 141 1890
141150 Laguna Schooner 385 125 1891
  161726 Vigil Andrew Radel Oyster Boat 12 44 1893  
  86345 Giralda David Martin Steam Yacht 144   1896  
      E. N. Renwick Steam Yacht     1897  
Lavrock Steamer   1898
  28145 Zoraya Frank McAvoy Steam Yacht 124   1901  
86651 Gerhilde Passenger 35 58 1902
137078 Elsa II Steamer 99 100 1903
200903 Palestine Schooner 68 82 1904
Continental Steamer   1904
  203597 Jennie L. Smith Vincenzo Lucibello Fishing 30   1906  
204120 Jessamine Power Boat 57 81 1907
204428 Elara Schooner 68 84 1907 Later Kestrel
  204819 Frank T. Lane   Cargo Ship 169   1907 Later Peter Rinelli
  207379 Laura R Andrew Radel Oyster Boat 30 49 1910  
Osiris Gas Yacht 137 1911
  212231 O.E.S. Alex H. Lundin Unknown 14   1914  
  213497 Maraval   Cargo Ship 60 81 1915 Later Normad
  213877 Cable F. L. Johanns Cargo Ship 25 47 1916  
  226235 Florence E Melford Elderd Passenger 14   1915  
Built by Bayles Shipyard Co.
1   Osiris USSB (EFC #773) Cargo Ship 3,165   Not completed
2   Cloverock USSB (EFC #774) Cargo Ship 3,162   Not completed
3 Conimicut USSB (EFC #775) Cargo Ship 3,286 Not completed
4 Beezelake USSB (EFC #776) Cargo Ship 3,286 Not completed
  Basswood USSB (EFC #1390) Ocean Tug 426 Not completed
  Bastrop USSB (EFC # 1391) Ocean Tug 426 Not completed
USSB (EFC # 2487-92) Ocean Tugs 426 Cancelled
  Nyack Shipbuilding Tanker 863 Not completed
Built by New York Harbor Dry Dock Co.
1   Canonnier (ex-Osiris) Lloyd Royale Belge Cargo Ship 3,165 324 Jul-20 Later Essex Friar, scrapped 1932
2   Bombardier (ex-Cloverock) Lloyd Royale Belge Cargo Ship 3,162 324 Feb-20 Foundered 1921
3 221062 Redbird (ex-Conimicut) Redbird Steamship Cargo Ship 3,286 324 Nov-21 Sold 1930 as Mundolphin, scrapped 1937
4 221063 Redman (ex-Beezelake) Redbird Steamship Cargo Ship 3,286 324 Jun-21 Sold 1930 as Mundixie, Mount Taygetus 1940, torpedoed and lost 1942
  219294 George C. Greer (ex-Basswood) Magnolia Petroleum Ocean Tug 426 142 Dec-19 Wrecked 1942
  219295 Standtug No. 1 (ex-Bastrop) Standard Oil of NJ Ocean Tug 426 142 Feb-20 Later Satoco, scrapped 1953
  220249 Anahuac U.S. Shipping Board Tanker 863 180 Aug-20 Later Brilliant 1923, John and Frederick 1930, hulked 1930