Other Shipyards in Port Jefferson NY

Most recent update: August 22, 2017.


Apart from the Bayles shipyard, there were four other yards building ships in Port Jefferson when the Civil War ended in 1865: the output of these yards is summarized here.  All four were on the waterfront in downtown Port Jefferson: the Mather shipyard was in the center of the harbor, immediately west of the ferry terminal; the Jones shipyard was on the pond, on the west side of Jones Street (now Main Street); the Harris shipyard was on the west side of the harbor, where Miller Marine and the northern end of the public dock are today; and the Darling shipyard was in the northwest corner of the harbor.  The table below lists the ships that were built by these four yards during and after the Civil War.  In addition, a supplementary section lists ships from this period for which the builder is not known.  If anyone can provide any additional data, please e-mail it to me at timcolton@aol.com.  
THE DARLING SHIPYARD
The Darling shipyard was at the extreme north end of the west side of the harbor: it was started in about 1832 by Sylvester Smith and Matthew Darling.   
Shipbuilder Hull O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
Smith and Darling     Florida   Brig     1832  
Smith and Darling     Emeline   Sloop     1833  
Smith and Darling     Amelia Strong   Brig     1833  
Smith and Darling     Empire   Sloop     1834  
Smith and Darling     S. B. Packet   Sloop     1834  
Smith and Darling     Active   Sloop     1834  
Smith and Darling     Darien   Brig     1835  
Smith and Darling     Congress   Sloop     1835  
Smith and Darling     Volta   Schooner     1836  
Smith and Darling     Unity   Sloop     1836  
Smith and Darling     Sylph   Sloop     1837  
Smith and Darling     Report   Sloop     1837  
Smith and Darling     Gleam   Sloop     1837  
Smith and Darling     Senate   Sloop     1838  
Smith and Darling     Long Island   Brig     1839  
Smith and Darling     Smith & Darling   Schooner     1840  
Matthew Darling     Maria M. Klots   Schooner     1842  
Matthew Darling     Charles Hopkins   Schooner     1842  
Matthew Darling     Mary Eliza   Schooner     1842  
Matthew Darling     Iowa   Schooner     1844  
Matthew Darling     Martha Jane   Schooner     1845  
Matthew Darling     Gen. Marion   Schooner     1845  
Matthew Darling     Corbulo   Schooner     1846  
Matthew Darling     Charles Mills   Schooner     1846  
Matthew Darling     Mary J. Peck   Schooner     1846  
Matthew Darling     Jacob Smith   Schooner     1847  
Matthew Darling     Oregon   Schooner     1848  
John Darling     Pearl   Sloop 65   1849  
John Darling     Rachel Jane   Schooner 111   1850  
John Darling     I. N. Seymour   Schooner 71   1853  
John Darling     Copy   Schooner 95   1854  
John Darling     L. N. Godfrey   Schooner 140   1854  
John Darling     Transit   Schooner 297   1855  
John Darling     Alexander Blue   Schooner 131   1856  
John Darling   14886 Laura A. Burlingame   Schooner 199   1864  
Emmett Darling   90181 Mary Alice   Schooner 34 59 1870  
Emmett Darling   19337 Onward   Schooner 52 63 1871  
Emmett Darling   80215 West Side   Schooner 153   1871  
Emmett Darling   95158 Hiram S. Tuthill   Schooner 42   1872  
Emmett Darling   15837 Lillie Ernestine   Schooner 68 79 1872  
Emmett Darling   115249 Smith and Darling   Schooner 43 64 1873  
Emmett Darling   120128 Frances Smith   Schooner 48 68 1873  
Emmett Darling   125249 Charley Banks   Schooner 46 63 1873  
Emmett Darling   100113 Ilo   Schooner 35   1874  
Emmett Darling   135013 E. B. Darling   Schooner 183   1874  
Emmett Darling   90841 Mary C. Decker   Schooner 91 84 1875  
Emmett Darling   135300 Emma Southard   Schooner 72 77 1877  
Emmett Darling   75941 John Eastwood   Schooner 47 67 1877  
Emmett Darling   140372 L. J. Dayton   Sloop 12 36 1879  
Emmett Darling   3102 B. H. Hegeman   Sloop 12 36 1879  
THE HARRIS SHIPYARD
The Harris shipyard was on the west side of the harbor, where Miller Marine and the public dock are today.  It was originally developed in 1842, by Sylvester Smith, and later acquired by J. J. Harris, who operated it for at least 20 years, before selling it for conversion into the Yacht Basin.  
Shipbuilder Hull O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
Sylvester Smith     Martha Maria   Schooner     1843  
Sylvester Smith     Panama   Schooner     1844  
Sylvester Smith     Alert   Schooner     1845  
Sylvester Smith     J. E. Smith   Schooner     1845  
Sylvester Smith     Aratus   Schooner     1846  
Sylvester Smith     Orianna   Schooner     1846  
S. Smith and J. Darling     Athalia   Schooner     1846  
C. and J. Darling     New Republic   Schooner     1848  
C. and J. Darling     Home   Sloop     1848  
C. and J. Darling     Governor   Schooner     1848  
C. and J. Darling     Aurora Borealis   Schooner     1849  
C. and J. Darling     William Tyson   Schooner     1849  
C. and J. Darling     Galota   Schooner     1850  
C. Darling     Sea Flower   Schooner     1851  
C. Darling     Selah B. Strong   Schooner     1852  
Joseph J. Harris     James M. Holmes   Schooner 205   1858  
Joseph J. Harris   20548 Quickstep   Schooner 97 90 1863  
Joseph J. Harris   95172 Halcyon   Schooner Yacht 67 80 1866 Foundered 1905
Joseph J. Harris   23719 Silver Spray   Schooner 118   1869  
Joseph J. Harris   75199 J. J. Harris   Schooner 141   1870  
Joseph J. Harris   80195 Wm. Young   Schooner 71 72 1871  
Joseph J. Harris   75419 Jane C. Harris   Schooner 43 62 1872  
Joseph J. Harris   110131 Robert T. Clark   Schooner 189 118 1873  
Joseph J. Harris   85273 Game Cock   Schooner 72 74 1873  
Joseph J. Harris   140273 La Ninfa   Schooner 126 86 1877  
Joseph J. Harris     Mary C. Crowley   Schooner 70   1878  
THE JONES SHIPYARD
The Jones shipyard was on the pond just west of Main Street and south of Broadway.  It was developed by William Luther Jones in 1832, at the same time as he developed what would become the Mather & Wood yard, just to the north.  Jones was joined by John R. Mather in 1838 and Mather's sons took over after Jones and Mather retired.  
Shipbuilder Hull O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
William L. Jones     Pearl   Schooner     1832  
William L. Jones     Virginius   Schooner     1833  
William L. Jones     Amelia Strong   Brig     1833  
William L. Jones     Empire   Sloop     1834  
William L. Jones     S. B. Packet   Sloop     1834  
William L. Jones     Charles E. Thom   Schooner     1834  
William L. Jones     Active   Sloop     1834  
William L. Jones     Congress   Sloop     1835  
William L. Jones     Darien   Brig     1835  
William L. Jones     Radiant   Sloop 85   1836  
William L. Jones     Volta   Schooner     1836  
William L. Jones     Unity   Sloop     1836  
William L. Jones     Sylph   Sloop     1837  
William L. Jones     Gleam   Sloop     1837  
William L. Jones     Report   Sloop     1837  
William L. Jones     Senate   Sloop     1838  
William L. Jones     Long Island   Brig     1839  
William L. Jones     Smith & Darling   Schooner     1840  
John R. Mather     Caroline E. Thorn   Schooner     1838  
John R. Mather     Alfred F. Thorn   Schooner     1839  
John R. Mather     Excelsior   Schooner     1840  
John R. Mather     William L. Jones   Brig     1841  
John R. Mather     Lady Suffolk   Schooner 99   1846  
John R. Mather     Thomas B. Hawkins   Sloop     1849  
John R. Mather     William H. Sanford   Sloop 98   1850  
John R. Mather     John R. Mather   Schooner 156   1851  
John R. Mather     Magnolia   Schooner 139   1852  
John R. Mather     Neptune's Bride   Schooner 206   1853  
John R. Mather     War Steed   Schooner 120   1854  
John R. Mather     Millard Fillmore   Schooner 168   1856  
John R. Mather     Willow Harp   Schooner 172   1858  
John R. Mather   2552 B. H. Jones   Schooner 215   1865  
John R. Mather   80216 William M. Jones   Schooner 374   1871  
John R. Mather   2836 B. I. Hazard   Schooner 392 132 1872  
John R. Mather   75627 James Slater   Schooner 311 118 1874  
John R. Mather   76001 John McDermott   Brig 564 138 1878  
John R. Mather   85594 George R. Congdon   Schooner 458 133 1879  
John R. Mather   3187 Bessie Whiting   Schooner 559 150 1882  
John R. Mather   157102 D. K. Baker   Schooner 519 144 1883  
John R. Mather   76542 J. H. Parker   Schooner 548 144 1884  
THE MATHER SHIPYARD
The Mather Shipyard was in the center of the port, immediately to the west of the ferry terminal: it was developed by William Luther Jones in 1832.  Jones was later joined by John R. Mather, whose sons took over after Jones and Mather retired.  Then, in 1879, John T. Mather teamed up with Owen E. Wood, who had been working for Emmett B. Darling.  Wood left in 1903 and John T. Mather had sole control until 1909, when he sold the business to the Andrew Radel Oyster Company.
Shipbuilder Hull O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
Mather & Wood   3110 Bessie B   Schooner 15 56 1879  
Mather & Wood   91232 Minnie B   Steamer 56 56 1880  
Mather & Wood         Schooner     1881  
Mather & Wood   145295 The Hoyt Bros. Co.   Oyster Boat 74 69 1882 Later Amanda
Mather & Wood     Addie B   Steamer 35   1882  
Mather & Wood   130274 Nonowantuc   Passenger 220 120 1883 Later Henry C. Rowe
Mather & Wood   115961 S. S. Brewster   Passenger 50 77 1883  
Mather & Wood   91678 May Queen   Passenger 32 78 1884 Later Mascot
Mather & Wood   106578 Albert J. Hoyt   Oyster Boat 99 75 1888 Later Etta May
Mather & Wood   106586 Active   Oyster Boat 77 65 1888  
Mather & Wood   100455 Ithiel   Oyster Boat 31 50 1889 Abandoned 1940
Mather & Wood   106727 Adele   Yawl 42 55 1890  
Mather & Wood   126714 Comanche   Yacht 87 86 1891  
Mather & Wood   150774 Park City B. & P.J. SB Co. Passenger 391 143 1898 Foundered 1951
Mather & Wood   93227 Mary S. Lewis   Oyster Boat 138 88 1901  
Mather & Wood   93296 Martha E. Wallace   Schooner 1,108 201 1902 Stranded 1910
Mather & Wood   200144 Myra   Steam Yacht 33 50 1903  
John T. Mather   163407 A. B. King   Barge 271   1905  
John T. Mather   162829 Jerome   Lighter 168   1906  
John T. Mather   162756 Judge   Lighter 162   1906  
John T. Mather   203597 Jennie L. Smith   Oyster Dredge 30   1906 Abandoned 1840
John T. Mather   163290 Jaxon   Barge 175 90 1907 Later Newport
John T. Mather   205393 A. C. Frazer   Oyster Dredge 30 49 1908  
John T. Mather   183558 Jury   Lighter 106   1908  
OTHER SHIPBUILDERS WHO WERE ACTIVE IN PORT JEFFERSON POST-1865
S. R. Bird   140684 Luella Nickerson   Schooner 26 48 1884  
Henry Hallock     Narragansett   Schooner     1855  
Henry Hallock   22636 Sarah Mills   Schooner 153 98 1855  
Henry Hallock     Spencer D   Schooner 145   1856  
Henry Hallock     Estelle   Schooner 167   1857  
Henry Hallock     Gen. Gilmore   Schooner 33   1863  
Henry Hallock   9399 Florence V. Turner   Schooner 88   1865  
Henry Hallock   15392 Laurel   Schooner 71   1868  
Henry Hallock   125655 Coral   Schooner 34 55 1878  
John F. Hawkins   145712 Telka   Yacht 35 66 1896  
John Marvin   26012 Walter Smith   Schooner 30   1866  
Andrew Radel   213877 Cable F. L. Johans Freighter 25 47 1915  
L. M. Rowland   9873 Flora Temple   Schooner 22 58 1861  
L. M. Rowland   23479 Starlight   Schooner 32   1865  
Sylvester T. Wines   13939 J. C. Havens   Schooner 43 64 1866  
Sylvester T. Wines   15367 Louie A. Van Brunt   Schooner 344   1867  
Sylvester T. Wines   9732 Florence Shay   Schooner 405 127 1867 Stranded 1908
Sylvester T. Wines   11943 Henrietta Hill   Schooner 50   1868  
Sylvester T. Wines   95022 H. S. Marlor   Schooner 340   1869  
Sylvester T. Wines   24970 Thomas D. Harrison   Schooner 512   1873  
SHIPS BUILT BY UNIDENTIFIED BUILDERS IN PORT JEFFERSON POST-1865
    19891 Piano   Schooner 6 31 1865  
    8473 Emma L. Tracy   Sloop 6 33 1868  
    1905 Addie Watts   Sloop 16 42 1870  
    8635 Elizabeth Grafton   Sloop 8 32 1870  
    80131 Walter E. Gerard   Sloop 5 29 1870  
    105355 Alonzo E. Smith   Oyster Sloop 18 50 1873  
    6805 Dart   Sloop 8 41 1873  
    125387 Carrie   Sloop 7 32 1875  
    140140 Lottie B   Sloop 11 40 1875  
    120241 Fannie   Sloop 6 34 1876  
    75839 Josie Crowley   Schooner 122 98 1876 Later Ruth Decker
    125714 Clara Bell   Sloop 10 36 1879  
    120399 Fannie   Sloop 7 31 1880  
    157151 Dude   Sloop 5 25 1884  
    127019 Carrie   Sloop 8 33 1885 Later Abeona
    96024 Hungarian   Schooner 37 56 1889  
    145557 Trochilus   Yacht 15 39 1889 Later Capt. David Champion
    28118 Zanth   Yacht 8 26 1889  
    126735 Carrie O   Sloop 8 29 1891  
    126840 Clio   Sloop 6 30 1892  
    150573 Pirate   Yacht 7 33 1892  
    116481 Shrimp   Sloop 5 28 1892  
    116569 Star Fish   Steamer 12 38 1892  
    207379 Laura R   Oyster Sloop 30 49 1910  
    212231 O. E. S.   Freighter 14 38 1914 Foundered 1935
    226235 Florence E   Passenger 14 44 1915 Later Melford Ederd
    281677 Sou'Wester   Yacht 14 36 1923