Lawrence & Foulks, Williamsburg and Greenpoint NY

Most recent update: May 24, 2016.


Herbert Lawrence and Thomas Foulks started this yard in 1852.  Lawrence was the son of the Lawrence of an earlier shipbuilder, Lawrence & Sneden, while Foulks was a shipbuilder from England, who had already built a few ships under his own name.  Initially, their yard was at the foot of Cherry Street, in Manhattan, but they moved it in 1854 to North Fifth Street, in Williamsburg, and again, in 1871, to the foot of Noble Street, in Greenpoint, where they remained until they closed in 1902.  The table below is incomplete: if anyone has any data to add to it, please send it to me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Built Disposition
Ships built by Lawrence & Sneden in Manhattan, 1825-1850
    Fanny   Steamer 126 1825 Abandoned 1844
    Napoleon   Steamer 136 1830 Abandoned 1856
    William Seabrook   Steamer 227 1831 Captured 1861
    Frank   Steamer 175 1835 Abandoned 1861
    New Haven   Steamer 342 1835 Abandoned 1877
  18557 New York Union Ferry Co. Ferry 304 1836 Abandoned 1867
    Neptune   Steamer 745 1838 To USAQMD, stranded 1846 off Tampico
  16109 Massachusetts   Steamer 308 1842 Abandoned 1881
  11476 Hero   Steamer 462 1845 Foundered 1870
  24369 Thomas Powell Thomas Powell et al Steamer 585 1846 Abandoned 1887
  4897 Connecticut Curtis Peck Steamer 1,129 1848 Abandoned 1894
  4433 Canonicus   Steamer 396 1849 To USAQMD 1863, burnt 1894 in Port Richmond NY
    North America Cornelius Vanderbilt Steamer 1,440 1851 Stranded 1852 off Las Ramidas, Mexico
Ships built by William Foulks in Manhattan, 185052
    Catharine   Steamboat 65 1850 Abandoned 1860
      Mexican Govt. Schooner 76 1851  
      Mexican Govt. Schooner 76 1851  
  19913 Peter Crary Reuben Coffin and others Tug 85 1852 Later Hazel Kirke, Naiad, abandoned 1919
Ships built by Lawrence & Foulks in Manhattan, 18521854
      Staten Island Ferry Ferry 500 1852  
      Greenpoint Ferry Ferry   1852  
      Houston Street Ferry Ferry   1852  
      Williamsburg Ferry Ferry   1852  
      Capt. Day Steamship   1852  
13167 Josephine Tompkinsville & Stapleton FC Ferry 552 1852 Henry E. Bishop 1886, lost 1898
  75214 Joseph Johnson Parks & Duvall Tug 240 1852 Abandoned 1872
        Steamer 1,300+ 1853  
        Steamer 1,300 1853  
        Steamer 1,300 1853  
      Peruvian Govt Riverboat 120 1853  
      Peruvian Govt Riverboat 80 1853  
  13157 J. S. Underhill   Tug 123 1853 Burnt 1878 in Wilmington NC
    William H. Brown   Steamboat 450 1853  
      U.S. Government Schooner 34 1853  
Ships built by Lawrence & Foulks in Williamsburg, 18541871
      Houston St. ferry Ferry   1854  
    Henry Munsi A. O. Jackson Tug 150 1854  
    Neptune Peter Crany Steamboat 160 1854 Sold foreign 1860
    Surprise Edgar Wakeman Steamer 456 1854 Burnt 1863 in the Yangtze River
    Commonwealth Norwich & New London SB Co Steamboat 1,732 1855 Destroyed by fire at Groton CT 1865
    E. H. White Fancher & McChesney Lighter 100 1855  
      Catherine Street-Williamsburg Ferry 550 1855  
      Catherine Street-Williamsburg Ferry 550 1855  
    H. Delafield Henry Delafield Brig 250 1855  
    Know Nothing NY & Williamsburgh SBC Tug 300 1856  
    Corilla Johnson & Lowden Bark 600 1856  
    John Faron   Steamship 251 1856 To USAQMD 1863
  12751 James A. Stevens Palmer & Crary Tug 150 1856 Abandoned 1891
      Peter Crary Tug 100 1857  
      Roy, Coffin & Co Tug 100 1857  
      Captain Porter Steamer 300 1857  
    General Concha Spanish Govt. Steamer 300 1857  
    General Serrano Spanish Govt. Steamer 300 1857?  
      Spanish Govt. Schooner 150 1858 For dredging Matanzas harbor
      Spanish Govt. Schooner 150 1858 For dredging Matanzas harbor
      Spanish Govt. Schooner 150 1858 For dredging Matanzas harbor
  6562 De Soto Livingston, Crocheron & Co Psgr/Cargo 1,675 1859 To USN 1861, sold 1868, burnt 1870 near New Orleans LA
    William Foulks Dallett & Bliss Steamer 293 1859 Sold to Venezuelan Navy, 1860
        Tender   1859 For the new fort at Sandy Hook
      Oatey, Squires & Co Tug   1859  
        Ferry 60 1859  
  2551 Bienville Livingston, Crocheron & Co Psgr/Cargo 1,558 1860 To USN 1861, sold 1867, burnt 1872 in the Bahamas
  20132 Thomas Freeborn Richard M. Squires Tug 306 1860 To USN 1861, sold 1865
    Flambeau Forbes & Co. Steamer 791 1861 To USN 1861, sold 1865, wrecked 1867 at New Inlet NC
    Isaac Smith Hamilton & Smith Psgr/Cargo 453 1861 To USN 1861, captured 1863 and renamed Stono, wrecked 1863 near Fort Moultrie SC
      Carey & Co. Propeller 160 1862  
      Carey & Co. Propeller 160 1862  
      Bronder & Borlis Propeller 160 1862  
    D. S. Miller Hamilton & Smith Propeller 593 1862  
    John S. Williams B. U. Crary Propeller 170 1862 Little Orphan 1863, sold foreign 1866
  86521 James F. Freeborn Richard Squires Psgr/Cargo 335 1862 To USN 1863 as Nansemond, to USCG 1863 as W. H. Crawford, sold 1900 as General J. A. Dumont, burnt 1914 at Severn Side MD
    Paquette de Maule G. K. Stevenson & Co Cargo Ship 400 1862 To USN, captured and scuttled by Spain 1866
  13180 John L. Hasbrouck Hamilton & Smith Propeller 710 1864 Marlboro 1900, scrapped 1917
  5664 Chauncey Vibbard A. Van Santvoord Steamboat 1,158 1864 Scrapped 1902
  4873 Clara Clarita Leonard Jerome Yacht 231 1864 Abandoned 1908
  19201 Oriflamme Forbes & Co. Schooner 1,225 1864 Scrapped 1879
  10496 Gen. J. K. Barnes Atlantic Coast Mail SS Co Steamer 1,365 1864 Foundered 1878 off Cape Hatteras
  11460 Herman Livingston Atlantic Coast Mail SS Co Steamer 1,314 1864 Scrapped 1883
  810 Albemarle Atlantic Coast Mail SS Co Steamer 871 1865 Barge 1882, schooner 1883, sank in squall 1885
  11477 Hatteras Atlantic Coast Mail SS Co Steamer 868 1865 Schooner barge 1882
  21459 Raleigh Atlantic Coast Mail SS Co Steamer 868 1865 Burnt 1867 off Charleston SC
  21460 Rapidan Atlantic Coast Mail SS Co Steamer 868 1865 Disappeared 1886 en route to West Indies
    Sze-Chuen Forbes & Co. Steamer 1,090 1865 Abandoned 1875
    Kiang-Tsze Forbes & Co. Steamer 1,100 1865 Sold foreign 1877
    Foong-Shuey Forbes & Co. Steamer 1,930 1865 Renamed Plymouth Rock, sold foreign 1877
    Shan-Se Forbes & Co. Steamer 1,095 1865 Sold foreign 1877
  17014 Manhattan American & Mexican SS Co Steamer 1,337 1865 Barge 1877, sank 1882
  25660 Vera Cruz American & Mexican SS Co Steamer 1,340 1865 Stranded 1866 on Body Island NC
  22811 Sleepy Hollow Lower Hudson SBC Steamboat 745 1865 Abandoned 1892
  17012 Maspeth Nassau Ferry Co. Ferry 431 1866 Fort Lee 1882, abandoned 1898
  19219 Oregonian Oregon SNC Steamship 2,200 1866 Scrapped 1866
  12343 Isaac Bell Old Dominion SSC Steamship 1,500 1868 Burnt 1880 in Norfolk VA
  23768 Sylvan Glen Harlem SBC Ferry 350 1869 Scrapped 1915
      Mr. Cheeseborough Yacht 100 1869  
  105094 Americus Norwalk Line Steamboat 600 1870 Later Myndert Starin, Newark
    James G. Bennett   Pilot Boat   1870  
Ships built by Lawrence & Foulks in Greenspoint, 18711901
  90288 Martha's Vineyard New Bedford & Nantucket SBC Steamboat 515 1871 Keyport 1913, in collision 1917 and abandoned
        Tug   1871  
  9982 Farragut  Fulton FC Ferry  648 1871 Iron hull by Continental Iron Works
  9981 Fulton Fulton FC Ferry  648 1871 Iron hull by Continental Iron Works
  95131 Harlem Morrisania SBC Ferry 466 1872  
  90264 Morrisania Morrisania SBC Ferry 420 1871  
  115840 Sylvan Dell Harlem & New York NC Ferry 440 1872 Sank 1919
  90729 Midland NY Central RR Ferry 402 1872 Deleted 1910
  6781 Day Star American SBC Steamboat 682 1873  
  105291 Amos C. Barstow   Steamboat  268 1873  
    Fidelity Commissioners of Charities Launch   1873 In collision and sank in East River 1879
  75537 Jane Mosely Long Island RRC Steamer 800 1873  
    Jennie Stout F. Alexander & Son Schooner 600 1873 Sank in storm off Cape Hatteras 1875
    Jessamine U.S. Revenue Service Cutter   1873  
  85328 Governor Andrew Boston & Hingham SBC Steamer 503 1874  
      City of Boston Steamboat   1875 Deer Island prisoner transport
      St. John's Guild Steamboat   1875 Floating Hospital
    Crystal Wave American SBC Steamboat 700 1875  
  120265 Fanwood New Jersey Central RR Ferry 1,300 1876  
  130176 Northampton Old Dominion SS Co Psgr/Cargo 483 1880 Burnt at Norfolk 1898
      Old Dominion SS Co Launch   1881  
  196063 Albertina Red Bank Line Steamboat 612 1882 Burnt 1932
  120586 F. P. James NY & Coll. Pt Ferry Co. Ferry 445 1884 Later Bronx 1902, scrapped 1917
  76574 Jacob H. Tremper   Passenger 571 1885 Scrapped 1929
  96029 Haarlaem NY & East River Ferry Co Ferry 382 1889 Harlem 1922, abandoned 1927
  3485 Bowery Bay Astoria Ferry Co. Ferry 382 1890 Bouwery Bay 1922, abandoned 1931
  126866 Clermont A. Van Santvoord Yacht 259 1892