King Iron Works/Samuel Gibson, Buffalo NY

Most recent update: June 6, 2018.


Samuel Gibson was a builder of wooden ships who made the transition to iron and steam with the assistance of King Iron Works.  His shipyard appears to have changed hands several times, having previously been Woodward & Warner (1857-1859), O. B. Woodward (1860-1861), Hitchcock & Gibson (1861-1870) and finally Gibson & Craig (1870-1876).  It was said to have been on the west side of the Evans Ship Canal and this may have been where he built wooden ships, but when he transitioned to iron ships, he apparently built them in the facility operated by King Iron Works, which occupied a whole block on the west side of Chicago Street, between Miami and the waterfront.  Confusingly, some of the ships Gibson built are listed as having been built by King Iron Works: presumably, some customers felt more secure doing business with King as the prime contractor.  Exactly who built what in the table below is far from clear: if anyone can help straighten it out or otherwise add to it, please send your info to me at timcolton@aol.com
Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Built
Disposition
Built by Hitchcock & Gibson
  120172 Fanny White   Yacht 31   1862
Burned off Saginaw 1877
  11860 H. P. Smith   Tug 37   1864 Burned & sunk 1872
  17032 Maria Melvin   Tug 24   1865 Wrecked 1870, recovered, abandoned 1883
  2109 Bridgewater   Bark 706   1865 Wrecked and burned 1875, rebuilt 1880 as US 14452
  1496 A. C. Van Raalte   Tug 177 96 1867 Later Ashland, abandoned 1937
2145 Benton Freighter 418 146 1867 Burned 1909
23354 St. Joseph Freighter 473 151 1867 Later Frank B. Stevens (Canada ON 134517), sunk off Ashtabula 1919
13874 J. V. Taylor Schooner 473 151 1867 Built in Winneconne WI, abandoned 1928
  10998 George Hand   Tug 24   1868 Burned off Oscoda 1888
  24785 Thomas A. Scott   Steamer 1,159   1869 In collision and sunk 1880
  85194 Gibson   Schooner 327   1870 Wrecked 1875
Built by Gibson & Craig
  105135 Alaska Erie & Western Tptn. Pass. Cargo 1,288 212 1871 Built by Shepard IW, later barge (Canada) 1936, scrapped 1947
  100008 India Erie & Western Tptn. Pass. Cargo 1,239 210 1871 Later City of Ottawa 1907 (Canada ON 122018), India 1927, Sault Ste. Marie 1929, India 1930, scrapped 1945?
  5792 China Erie & Western Tptn. Pass. Cargo 1,239 210 1871 Built by King IW, later City of Montreal 1905 (Canada ON 117073), Westerian 1913, Sula 1921, Westerian 1923, hulked 1925, scuttled 1935
9 75323 Japan Erie & Western Tptn. Pass. Cargo 1,239 210 1871 Later City of Hamilton 1910 (Canada ON 126526), City of Walkerville 1927, Roy K. Russell 1929, Japan 1930, Roy K. Russell 1932, scrapped 1936
    Eureka   Canal Boat 122   1871  
  125028 Cuba Holt & Ensign Pass. Cargo 1,526 232 1872 Built by King IW, later Ionic 1906 (Canada ON 116954), Maple Branch 1920, scrapped 1947
  75388 Java Holt & Ensign Pass. Cargo 1,525 232 1872 Sank 1878
  110063 Russia Holt & Ensign Pass. Cargo 1,501 232 1872 Foundered 1909
  105254 Arabia Erie & Western Tptn. Pass. Cargo 1,395 222 1873 Later Bickerdike (Canada ON 121784) 1906, Maplebrook 1920, City of Windsor 1926, Belleville 1930, scrapped 1938?
  115271 Scotia Holt & Ensign Pass. Cargo 1,502 232 1873 Grounded 1884
  115145 Schuylkill   Schooner 472 151 1873
Wrecked 1889
  8882 Eliza Williams   Tug 37 63 1872  
    Oliver Gordon   Tug 60   1873  
    Calumet   Tug 37 58 1873  
    Richard J. Karney   Barge 397   1873  
  72720 Thomas H. Nasmith   Tug 49   1873 Scrapped
    Salty Jack   Tug 28   1874  
  80531 William R. Crowell   Tug 56 74 1875 Built by Gibson & Osman, foundered 1893
  85501 George B. Dickson   Tug 33 60 1876 Later Henry 1892, laid up 1915
  115479 Siskiwit   Tug 37 58 1876 Sunk 1879, raised 1880, to Canada (ON 92287) 1883
  14452 Keystone   Freighter 722 164 1880
Wrecked and burned 1898
  145193 T. H. Fulton   Tug 14 41 1880  
  110578 Red Cloud   Tug 40 62 1883 Foundered 1899
  140649 Lorenzo Dimick   Tug 42 66 1883 Abandoned at Grand Haven 1920
  85976 George Nester   Schooner 751 206 1887 Built in Baraga MI, lost off Huron Is. 1909
  141020 Leona   Tug 14 39 1889 Built in Tonawanda NY, later Mohawk, abandoned at Chicago 1914