Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia PA

Most recent update: March 22, 2020.


Neafie & Levy Ship & Engine Building Company was one of the earliest iron shipbuilders and the chief rival to William Cramp in 19th-century Philadelphia.  It was started in 1844 by Thomas Reaney, Jacob Neafie and William Smith; Smith died in 1845 and John Levy took his place; Reaney left in 1859 to start his own shipyard in Chester and from then on it was Neafie & Levy, until it closed in 1907.  The shipyard was located in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, on land now occupied by a Philadelphia Electric power plant: the plant's pier is believed to date from the site's days as a shipyard.  See it from the air on Google here.  The table below lists about 250 vessels but their hull numbers reached 1000:  If anyone can add more data, please e-mail your info to me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
  Conestoga Balto and Phila SB Co. Canal Boat 65   1844 Abandoned 1856
  Tecumseh     198   1844  
  San Juan         1844  
  Apure Orinoco SS Co. Steamboat 269   1844 Sold foreign 1850
  Barclay Rancocas SB Co. Steamboat 99   1845 Abandoned 1882
  Governor Moorhead         1852  
  Montezuma         1852  
  Orinoco   Steamboat 171   1852 Sold foreign 1856
  Rancocas Rancocas SB Co. Steamboat 133   1852 Abandoned 1866
  Boardman No. 1         1855  
  Boardman No. 2         1855  
  Decatur   Tug 45   1855 Abandoned 1860
  11547 Henry L. Gaw   Steamboat 381 165 1855 Abandoned 1910
  13881 Jacob G. Neafie   Tug 103 55 1856 Abandoned 1876
  7902 Elizabeth   Steamboat 404 176 1857 Abandoned 1897
  9195 Fanny Cadwalader   Steamboat 836 159 1857 Abandoned 1907
  James Gray   Tug 161   1857 To CSN 1861 as Lady Davis, captured 1865, sold 1868
  13435 John P. Levy   Tug 59 77 1857 Abandoned 1898
    Major Henry Brewerton B. & O. RR Co. Tug     1857  
  19084 Octorara   Steamboat 356 154 1859 Abandoned 1899
  Sagua   Steamboat 187   1859 Sold foreign 1859
  Amcor         1860  
  1639 Arasapha   Steamboat 374 130 1860 Lighter 1893
  5041 Cotton Plant   Steamboat 85   1860 Surrendered by CSN 1865, barge 1881
  General Winfield Scott   Steamboat 1,162   1860 Sunk 1861
  Ounalaska         1860  
  19539 Pacific   Tug 49 73 1860 Abandoned 1922
  150344 Philadelphia   Passenger 504   1860 Sunk 1874
  Russia   Steamship     1860  
  Siberia   Steamship     1860  
  Union   Steamship 1,124   1860 Sunk 1861
  36851 William Woodward   Steamboat 342 154 1860 Abandoned 1899
  Oriental   Steamship 1,202   1860 Stranded 1862 off Body Island
  15076 General Meigs   Steamship 329   1862 To USAQMD 1863, Lavaca 1865, sold foreign 1877
  10602 General S. Van Vliet   Steamship 44 66 1862 Abandoned 1891
  13428 Josephine Thompson   Steamship 376 155 1862 Abandoned 1900
  Pocahontas   Steamship 716   1862 Sold to govt. 1863
  na Alligator U.S. Navy Submarine 350   1862 Lost in a storm 1863
344 4250 Charles Pearson Boston Towboat Tug 392   1863 To USN 1918 as Adirondack (YT 44), Underwriter 1925
    Dashing Wave   Tug 38   1863 Abandoned 1866
  11483 Havana   Steamship 1,347   1863 Sold foreign 1868
  2423 Bandy Moore   Steamship 175   1866 Abandoned 1878
  13486 Julia Saint Clair   Steamship 174   1866 Abandoned 1882
  12493 Ida   Tug 39 64 1870  
  95126 Henry Wellman   Tug 38 67 1871 Julia C. Moran 1918, scrapped 1936
  23979 Seminole   Passenger 78 77 1871  
  90378 Mary Louisa   Passenger 87 86 1872  
  5979 Cynthia   Passenger 99 96 1872  
  115017 Sallie   Tug 27 58 1872  
  95168 H. G. Tisdale   Tug 81 94 1872  
  105147 Alfred and Edwin   Ferry 102 99 1872  
  Ethel     34   1872  
564 75382 J. G. Witherbee     114 109 1872  
  80361 W. E. Gladwish James McWilliams Tug 121 115 1873  
  14292 Knickerbocker Cornell SB Co. Tug 124 103 1873 Later SP-479
  Young America   Tug 78   1873 Later James A. Dumont
  20566 Quaker City Schuyler Towing Tug 72 72 1873 William E. Ferguson 1891
  125182 Convoy B. & O. RR Co. Tug 78 89 1873  
  na Dahlia U.S. Lighthouse Service LH Tender 426   1874 Sold 1909 as Flora M. Hill, sank 1912
  100340 Ivanhoe   Tug 95 85 1875  
  80501 William S. Stokley   Police 83 96 1875  
  95471 Hunter                    Passenger 155 109 1877 Burned 1904
  145167 Transfer No. 1 NY, NH & Hartford RR Tug 136 94 1878  
  145218 Transfer No. 2 NY, NH & Hartford RR Tug 101 92 1880  
  145426 Transfer No. 3 NY, NH & Hartford RR Tug 130 93 1880  
  85637 Transfer No. 4 NY, NH & Hartford RR Tug 102 92 1880 Later George H. Watrous
  115599 Startle     83 54 1878  
  135480 Ella Andrews     64 73 1879  
  76075 John E. Tygert     207 109 1879  
  130155 Neptune   Tug 145 106 1879  
  110407 Rattler   Tug 139 102 1879  
666 Cuba Cuba Davila y Cia Psgr/Cargo 938   1879 Argonauta 1886, Cocoa 1899, M. F. Plant 1903, Yukon 1912, wrecked 1913
  80796 W. M. Wood   Tug 58 74 1880  
  91573 Maracaibo Atlantic & Caribbean SN Psgr/Cargo 517 179 1880 Merida 1889, hulked 1911
  105883 Atlantic Coopers Point & Phila Ferry Ferry 451 146 1880 Lawrence 1906, abandoned 1930
  William A. Marburg     126   1881  
    Wm. E. Street Cornell Steamboat Co. Tug     1881  
692 125882 Conoho Roanoke, Norfolk & Balt SB Ferry 367 162 1881 Alpha 1910, sold 1916 in Venezuela
702 80866 William T. Hart New York & New Eng. RR Ferry 971 281 1881 Scrapped 1908
703 3141 Battler   Tug 138 108 1880  
  Nat Wales   Tug 79   1881  
  115622 Storm King Boston Towboat Co. Tug 182 110 1882  
715 125994 Cynthia No. 2 Atlantic Towing Co. Tug 108 92 1882 Cynthia 1959
  140520 Leo     89 83 1882  
  126034 City of Alma     96 110 1882  
  80946 William J. Keyser     97 92 1882  
730 110549 R. G. Townsend Cornell Steamboat Co. Tug 183 82 1882  
  110588 Riverside   Tug 72 83 1883  
  145349 Louisville   Tug 87 83 1883 Thomas A. Bain, M. B. Coppedge 1956
  81021 William Schaubel, Jr.   Yacht 45   1883  
734 91527 Meteor   Passenger 424 162 1883 Brazoria 1910, wrecked Absecon Bar, NJ 1910
745 76417 J. C. Hartt Cornell Steamboat Co. Tug 223 116 1883  
768 3286 Bells   Barge 818   1884 Scrapped 1902
  Gov. Robert M. McLane     144   1884  
  155105 Ocean King Luckenbach Towing Tug 201 109 1884  
  Mary W. Potter     148   1884  
  E. A. Burke     228   1885  
  3314 Bolivar Panama Canal Co. Tug 234 127 1885 Later Bayou Orleans, Port Comfort, Cappy Bisso, Capt Billy Slatten, Bolivar, Ann Marie, San Juan
  95852 Haven Belle Rancocas Steamboat Co. Passenger 119 85 1885  
  116066 S. A. McCauley   Tug 92 85 1885  
  91822 Minerva   Tug 38 57 1886  
  95873 Harry Schaubel, Jr.   Tug 34 57 1886  
275  154377 Peerless Whitehall Transportation Tug 90   1886 Edmund J. Moran 1916, A, B. Hall 1939, scrapped 1954
  106453 Albert N. Hughes   Tug 92 83 1887  
  6362 Don Juan     48 72 1887  
  116141 Bay King 1   Tug 52 67 1887 Later Cavalier 1, Sommers N. Smith, Chee Chee
  161574 Volunteer     97 83 1887  
784 130350 Newburgh Ramsdell & Co Passenger 1,034 200 1887 Nankasket 1930, scrapped 1952
795 Cuba Josefita Menendez & Cia Psgr/Cargo 1,114   1887 Dade 1915, Marina 1917, scrapped 1935
  106518 A. C. Rose B. & O. RR Co. Tug 150 100 1888  
  135980 E. L. Levy Cornell Steamboat Tug 142   1888 Mary F. Scully 1920, Chelsea 1921, Marion Moran 1925, Marion Kehoe 1948, scrapped
  135990 Elizabeth Monroe Smith   Ferry 204 125 1888  
804 126522 Corona Oregon Improvement Cargo Ship 1,492 221 1888 Wrecked Humboldt Bay entrance 1907
  9398 Bismarck Cahell Towing Tug 124 95 1888  
  136052 E. C. Baker Lake Champlain Tptn. Tug 153 102 1889  
  3447 Brinton   Tug 103 83 1889  
  92145 Media   Tug 103 83 1889  
818 3427 Britannia   Tug 135 96 1889 To USN as Reno, Ticeline 1950
819 106629 Asa W. Hughes James E. Hughes Tug 106 85 1889 Later Triton, Navajo 1982
823 126597 Charlotte Balt, Ches & Richmond SB Passenger 1,747 229 1889 Dorothy Bradford 1911, scrapped 1937
827 100462 International F. L. Neall Tug 400 130 1890 Abandoned 1931
  120808 Frank K. Esherick   Tug 69 68 1890  
829 126635 City of Seattle Puget Sound & Alaska SS Passenger 1,411 245 1890 Scrapped 1937
830 106731 Atkins Hughes Atkins Hughes & Co. Tug 115 89 1890 Phyllis 1942
  76921 Jacob Paulsen Savannah Towing Passenger 97 82 1890  
  76922 John G. McCulloch NY, Lake Erie & Western RR Ferry 1,372 200 1891 Chautauqua 1905, Rutherford 1936, to USN 1943 as YFB 48, scrapped 1946
835 110655 Relief   Cargo Ship 219   1891  
837 Mexico Juan J. Vina   Tug     1890 Later Panuco II
838 126777 Corsair J. P. Morgan Yacht 560   1891 To USN 1898 as Gloucester, sold 1919
  25281 Utowana W. W. Durant Yacht 392 155 1891 Deleted 1936
  Primers Point     63   1891  
849 150575 P. H. Wise Moran Towing Tug 155   1892 To USN 1898 as Sioux (YT 19), Nyack 1918, J. Vincent O'Brien 1921, J. M. Taylor 1934
  96163 Harry M. Wall Independent Pier Co. Tug 60 65 1892  
  136345 Eva M. Wall Independent Pier Co. Tug 62 65 1892  
  2937 B. D. Wood B. D. Wood & Bros. Tug 304   1892  
  116500 Scranton   Tug 300   1892  
854 Cuba Antinojenes Menendez Menendez & Co Passenger 1,277   1892 St. Michael 1924, scrapped 1927
855 96172 Hartford Hartford & New York Tptn Passenger 1,338 220 1892 Terry 1898, Charles H. Hackley 1901, Carolina 1907, scrapped 1937
857 3556 C. G. Coyle W. G. Coyle Co. Tug 152   1892 To USN 1898 as Choctaw (YT 26), Wicomico 1918, scrapped 1940
860 150604 Plymouth Central RR of NJ Tug 373   1892 In collision off entrance to Cape Cod Canal 1938
  100552 Invincible Charles T. Barney Yacht 340 143 1893  
  3581 Brigantine   Ferry 67 86 1893  
  126983 Colonel John F. Gaynor Robert R. Velie Tug 153 91 1893 Later Sparrows Point
867 141270 Long Island Shelter Island SB Passenger 409 132 1893 Pemaquid 1902, to USAT as FS 98, scrapped 1972
  96860 Honeybrook Central RR of NJ Tug 373   1893 Wrecked Salem harbor 1902
  3634 Baltic   Tug 72 72 1894  
  120979 Frederica Frederica & Phila. Nav. Co. Passenger 294 118 1894 Sold 1930 as Erie Isle, dismantled 1946
  145686 Trenton   Passenger 85 93 1894  
870 150672 Potomac Maryland & Virginia SB Passenger 763 177 1894 Barge 1937, scrapped 1954
  Cuba Purisima Concepcion Menendez y Cia Passenger 1,349   1894 Cienfuegos 1923, Purisima Concepcion 1924, wrecked Havana 1926
872 136489 Eugene Hughes Hughes Bros. & Bangs Tug 111 84 1895 Later Fort McHenry
882 127074 Cape Ann Boston & Gloucester SB Passenger 719 172 1895 Seminole 1918, last trace at Dakar 1940
885 157491 DeWitt C. Ivins Moran Towing Tug 117   1895 To USN 1898 as Nezinscot, sank 1909
886 145704 Thomas Cunningham, Sr.   Tug 70 69 1895 Later Tuff-E-Nuff, converted to yacht in Deland FL, reefed 2011
887 107200 Ashbourne Reading RR Tug 115 88 1895  
888 92699 Middletown Hartford & New York Tptn Passenger 1,483 243 1896 Scrapped 1937
  127146 Columbia   Tug 84 77 1896  
890 Cuba Reina de Los Angeles Menendez & Cia Passenger 1,334   1896 Manzanillo 1924, Reina de los Angeles 1925, in collision and beached 1926
  150768 Pencoyd Reading Co Tug 115 88 1896  
893 86365 Gwynedd Reading Co Tug 115 88 1896  
894 Mexico Donato Guerra Lighthouse Service Buoy Tender 400   1896 Deleted 1910
896   Philadelphia Delaware Pilots Assn Pilot Boat 302   1896 To USN 1898 as Peoria (AT 48), YT 109, sold 1922, abandoned 1937
  77268 John I. Brady   Tug 72 72 1897 Atlas 1927, J. J. McCarty 1949
  107304 Annie L. Vansciver   Passenger 104 127 1897  
    Plymouth Boston & Plymouth SB Cargo Ship 428   1897 To USCG 1899 as Iris, Plymouth 1934, Big Chief 1938, B. O. Colonna 1956, scrapped 1973
  136824 Ericsson Baltimore & Philadelphia SB Passenger 897 108 1897 Deleted 1946
  127232 Clio   Passenger 217 108 1898  
909 107350 Alfred W. Booth Moran Towing Tug 117 85 1898 To USN 1898 as Massasoit (YT 15), W. H. Hoodless 1937, Gen Gillespie 1902, Morganza 1941
910   Philadelphia Delaware Pilots Assn Pilot Boat 359   1898  
911 107408 Albert H. Ellis Moran Towing Tug 117 85 1898 Bohemia 1905, O'Brien Girls 1923, Harry A. Collier 1943, scrapped 1955
912 155330 O. L. Halenbeck Peter Cahill Tug 198 103 1898 Maryland 1947
913 116875 Swatara Reading Co Tug 625 157 1899 Scrapped 1936
914 81642 Walter A. Luckenbach Luckenbach Towing Tug 434   1899 Luckenbach No. 3 1916, Montauk 1917, A. L. Bisso 1920, foundered New Orleans 1947
916 81638 Waban W. G. Revel Tug 163 91 1899  
918 DD 1 Bainbridge U.S. Navy Destroyer 420d   1902 Sold 1920
919 DD 2 Barry U.S. Navy Destroyer 420d   1902 Sold 1920
920 DD 3 Chauncey U.S. Navy Destroyer 420d   1902 In collision and sank off Gibraltar 1917
921 116895 Syosset Long Island RR Co. Tug 176 103 1899  
922 127346 Cheltenham Reading Co Tug 113 84 1899  
923 141606 Lykens Reading Co Tug 625 157 1899 To USN 1917 as AT 56, scrapped 1934
924 107520 Augusta Balt, Ches & Richmond SB Passenger 2,372 245 1900 Transmotor 1926, scrapped
  77365 Josephine P. A. B. Widener Yacht 974 215 1899  
926 136776 Edward Luckenbach Luckenbach Towing Tug 401 135 1896 To USN as Tecumseh (YT 24) 1898, wrecked off False Cape NC 1915
927 155368 Ogontz Reading Co Tug 113 84 1899  
928 111261 Richmond Coastwise S.S. Co Tug 401 135 1900 Sunshine 1936, foundered Alameda 1938
929 127397 Covington Coastwise S.S. Co Tug 401 135 1900 John T. Donahue 1924, scrapped 1934
930 130855 Northumberland Weems S.S.Co Passenger 993 190 1900 Norfolk 1937, burnt Claremont VA 1945
  157564 DeWitt C. Ivins Moran Towing Tug 121 85 1900 S. O. Co. No. 7 1900, S. T. Co. No. 7 1915, Socony 7 1917, Mercury 1943
933 93023 Michael Moran Moran Towing Tug 121 85 1900 Tickfaw 1911
934 C 14 Denver U.S. Navy Cruiser 3,200d   1904 Later PG 28, then CL 16, sold 1933
937 117005 Spartan F. W. Munn & Co Tug 358 121 1900 Wrecked 6nm NW Delaware breakwater 1903
938 121152 Fred E. Richards Rockport & Rockland Lime Tug 357 121 1900 John A. McCormick 1936, trawler East Coast 1960, deleted 1972
940 150900 Penllyn Reading Co Tug 137 86 1901  
941 28146 Zulia Atlantic & Carib. SN Co Psgr/Cargo 1,713 266 1901 Wrecked E Los Roques 1925 (or BU 1931)
945 145897 Texas Sinclair Refining Tug 220 103 1901 Roy Hoober 1947
  20633 Quaker City Wilmington Steamboat Co Passenger 469 156 1901 Sieur de Monts 1905, MAJ L'Enfant 1918, Sieur de Monts 1922, GEN Mathews 1923, NLD 1949
  127534 City of Trenton Wilmington Steamboat Co Passenger 458 156 1901 Sagamore 1902, Princeton 1916, Pinero 1927, deleted 1987
  107676 Anna W National Dredging Tug 204 103 1901  
  161800 Vigilant Atlantic Refining Tug 226 110 1901  
950 127578 Carlisle Reading Co Tug 644 157 1901 Scrapped 1940
951 C 20 St. Louis U.S. Navy Cruiser 9,700d   1906 Later CA 18, scrapped 1930
952 127606 Calvert Weems Steamboat Passenger 889 180 1902 Scrapped 1957
955 93331 Middlesex Weems Steamboat Passenger 1,197 200 1902 Plymouth 1930, Manhattan 1937, burnt Staten Island 1939
957 96646 Harry G. Runkle Booth, Dailey & Ivins Tug 164 91 1902 Julia C. Moran 1906, Hilton 1916, Sampson 1933, deleted 1941
  96649 H. B. Chamberlain Booth, Dailey & Ivins Tug 164 91 1902 Gatun 1907, Point Breeze, Chester 1934
959 96660 Honeybrook Central RR of New Jersey Tug 373 126 1902 Hulked 1943, scrapped 1964
961 117219 S. O. Company No. 14 Standard Oil Co. Tug 164 91 1902 Jupiter 1939
962 117220 S. O. Company No. 15 Standard Oil Co. Tug 164 91 1903 S. T. Co. No. 15 1915, Socony 15 1918, Maurice Tracey 1932, Pocahontas 1932
963 86656 Gulfport Texas & Gulf Island Towing Tug 224 102 1902  
  127682 Charles E. Matthews Booth, Dailey & Ivins Tug 164 91 1903 Eugene F. Moran 1906, H. S. 46 1916
  3955 Brilliant Atlantic Refining Tug 81 74 1903  
  111443 Radiant Atlantic Refining Tug 81 74 1903  
967 111453 Roselle Central RR of New Jersey Tug 220 98 1903 Fearless 1936, Nonpareil 1956
  na J. M. Woodworth U.S.P.H.S. Tug 135   1903 To USN 1937 as YT 137, sold 1939
  155463 Ocean City Reading Co Ferry 665 157 1903 Nyack 1923, scrapped 1936
971 200156 Flemington Central RR of NJ  Tug 220 98 1903  
972 200168 Freehold Central RR of NJ Tug 220 98 1903  
973 200439 Astral Standard Oil Co Tug 616 157 1903 Standard II 1916, P. F. Martin 1930, deleted 1951
  200440 Governor Pennypacker   Yacht 132   1903  
975 200586 Wyomissing Phila. & Reading Co. Tug 222 105 1904  
976 na COL George Armistead U.S. Army Mineplanter 447 150 1904 Mary Foss 1935, to USN 1942 as Dekanawida (YT 334), Agnes Foss 1947, Celtic 1972, NLD 1987
977 na MAJ Samuel Ringgold U.S. Army Mineplanter 447 150 1904 Sea Salvor 1924, scrapped 1948
 978 na GEN Henry Knox U.S. Army Mineplanter 447 150 1904 Chan Hing 1926, Vincent Davin 1931, wrecked Song Ca River 1937
 979 na COL Henry J. Hunt U.S. Army Mineplanter 447 150 1904  
980 201177 P. R. R. No. 4 Pennsylvania RR Tug 121 75 1904  
983 201217 Eugene F. Moran Moran Towing Tug 200 96 1904 Colima 1906, Qualicum 1911, scuttled as breakwater 1946
985 201268 Catherine Moran Moran Towing Tug 213 96 1904 Cocoli 1907, scrapped 1937
986 201335 John P. Wilson Lebanon Tptn Co Passenger 350 131 1904 Merchant 1917, Westchester 1929, scrapped 1938
987 201593 S. O. Company No. 11 Standard Oil Co. Tug 129 82 1904 S. T. Co. No. 11 1916, Socony 11 1918, Carroll 1945, Marianne 1951
988 201594