Samuel Gibson, Buffalo NY

(including King Iron Works, Buffalo NY)

Most recent update: October 16, 2016.


Samuel Gibson's shipyard changed hands several times, having previously been Woodward & Warner (1857-1859), O. B. Woodward (1860-1861), Hitchcock & Gibson (1861-1870) and Gibson & Craig (1870-1876).  The shipyard was at 105 Atlantic, on the west side of the Evans Ship Canal.  They built both wooden and iron-hulled ships, buying fabricated structure and machinery from King Iron Works, who occupied a whole block on the west side of Chicago Street, between Mackinaw and Miami.  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.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com
Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT 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 1867 Later Ashland, abandoned 1937
2145 Benton Freighter 304 1867 Burned 1909
23354 St. Joseph Freighter 473 1867 Later Frank B. Stevens (Canada O.N. 134517), sunk off Ashtabula 1919
  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 Anchor Line Pass. Cargo 1,288 1871 Later barge (Canada) 1936, scrapped 1947
  100008 India Anchor Line Pass. Cargo 1,239 1871 Later City of Ottawa 1907 (Canada O.N. 122018), India 1927, Sault Ste. Marie 1929, India 1930, scrapped 1945?
  5972 China Anchor Line Pass. Cargo 1,239 1871 Later City of Montreal 1905 (Canada O.N. 117073), Westerian 1913, Sula 1921, Westerian 1923, damaged 1925 and hulked, scuttled 1935
9 75323 Japan Anchor Line Pass. Cargo 1,239 1871 Later City of Hamilton 1910 (Canada O.N. 126526), City of Walkerville 1927, Roy K. Russell 1929, Japan 1930, Roy K. Russell 1932, scrapped 1936
    Eureka   Canal Boat 122 1871  
  125028 Cuba Anchor Line Pass. Cargo 1,526 1872 Later Ionic 1906 (Canada O.N. 116954), Maple Branch 1920, scrapped 1947
  75388 Java Anchor Line Pass. Cargo 1,525 1872 Sank 1878
  110063 Russia Anchor Line Pass. Cargo 1,501 1872 Sank 1909
  105254 Arabia Anchor Line Pass. Cargo 1,395 1873 Later Bickerdike (Canada O.N. 121784) 1906, Maplebrook 1920, City of Windsor 1926, Belleville 1930, scrapped 1938?
  115271 Scotia Anchor Line Pass. Cargo 1,502 1873 Grounded 1884
  115145 Schuylkill   Schooner 472 1873
Wrecked 1889
  8882 Eliza Williams   Tug 37 1872  
    Oliver Gordon   Tug 60 1873  
    Calumet   Tug 37 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 1875 Foundered 1893
  85501 George B. Dickson   Tug 32 1876 Later Henry 1892, laid up 1915 - 
  115479 Siskiwit   Tug 37 1876 Sunk 1879, raised 1880, to Canada (O.N. 92287) 1883
Built by Samuel Gibson
  14452 Keystone   Freighter 722 1880
Wrecked and burned 1898
    T. H. Fulton   Tug 18 1880  
  110578 Red Cloud   Tug 40 1883 Foundered 1899
  140649 Lorenzo Dimick   Tug 42 1883 Abandoned at Grand Haven 1920