Empire Shipbuilding, Buffalo NY

Most recent update: October 15, 2016.


In the late 19th century, Bateman, McDougall & Palmer operated a repair yard in Buffalo's Erie Basin.  In about 1900, they acquired the assets of Dunbar & Sullivan and relocated the shipbuilding equipment to Buffalo, incorporating the new business as Empire Shipbuilding Company.  Unfortunately, they went bankrupt in 1911.  The yard stretched from Carolina Street to West Genesee Street: see the site from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your input to me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Built Disposition
  205008 John A. Baker   Tanker 11 1902  
  201164 Batavia Lehigh Valley Coal Sales Bulker 202 1904 To Canada 1938 as Handy Boy (ON 138143), active
  162183 Kathryn   Barge 629 1904  
  163007 Drill No. 2   Scow 325 1904  
    Pennsylvania     532 1904  
  162434 Mutual   Scow 441 1905  
  202323 C. H. Conover Merchants Lighterage Lighter 203 1905 Later Industry 1924, foundered 1953 off Lansing Shoal
  203110 Protector City of Chicago Fire Tug 144 1906 Later Michael W. Conway 1907, abandoned 1924
  203503 Erie George Berriman Bulker 290 1906 Scrapped 1981
  163078 No. 9 Starke Dredge & Dock Dredge 959 1906 Abandoned 1980
  164147 Faith Western Transit Barge 705 1906 Retired 2012
    B. 1     433 1906  
    B. 2     483 1906  
  204352 Myron L. Hyman D. Hyman Co Dredge 404 1907 Foundered in Long Island Sound 1962
  205673 America   Dredge 297 1908  
  164933 B. 3   Scow 315 1908  
  164934 B. 4   Scow 315 1908  
  164002 Drill No. 5   Scow 526 1908  
  207020 Eureka Eureka Tug Co. Tug 44 1909 To Canada 1921 as T. J. Scott, scrapped 1958
    No. 1     269 1909  
  208863 United Shores Buffalo & Fort Erie Ferry Ferry 336 1911 To French Navy 1917 as Sioux, active