Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia PA

Most recent update: May 19, 2016.


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 a tremendous number of vessels without much in the way of detail.  If anyone can provide any information about this yard and the ships it built, please e-mail it to me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Built Disposition
  Conestoga Balt 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 228 1855 Abandoned 1910
  13881 Jacob G. Neafie   Tug 103 1856 Abandoned 1876
  7902 Elizabeth   Steamboat 245 1857 Abandoned 1897
  9195 Fanny Cadwalader   Steamboat 218 1857 Abandoned 1907
  James Gray   Tug 161 1857 To CSN 1861 as Lady Davis, captured 1865, sold 1868
  13435 John P. Levy   Tug 59 1857 Abandoned 1898
  Octorara   Steamboat 237 1859 Abandoned 1899
  Sagua   Steamboat 187 1859 Sold foreign 1859
  Amcor       1860  
  1639 Arasapha   Ferry 232 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 65 1860 Abandoned 1922
  150344 Philadelphia   Passenger 504 1860 Sunk 1874
  Russia       1860  
  Siberia       1860  
  Union   Steamship 1,124 1860 Sunk 1861
  36851 William Woodward   Steamboat 275 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 Stewart Van Vliet   Steamship 63 1862 Abandoned 1891
  13428 Josephine Thompson   Steamship 268 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 Underwriter 1886, to USAQMD 1918, sold 1925, abandoned 1929
  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
  Henry Wellman   Tug 38 1871 Later Julia C. Moran, scrapped 1936
  23979 Seminole   Passenger 78 1871  
  90378 Mary Louisa   Passenger 87 1872  
  5979 Cynthia   Passenger 99 1872  
  Sallie     27 1872  
  95168 H. G. Tisdale   Tug 81 1872  
  105147 Alfred and Edwin   Ferry 102 1872  
  Ethel     34 1872  
564 75382 J. G. Witherbee     114 1872  
  80361 W. E. Gladwish     121 1873  
  14292 Knickerbocker Cornell SB Co. Tug 78 1873 Later SP-479
  Young America   Tug 78 1873 Later James A. Dumont
  125182 Convoy   Tug 78 1873  
  na Dahlia U.S. Lighthouse Service LH Tender 426 1874 Sold 1909 as Flora M. Hill, sank 1912
  100340 Ivanhoe     35 1875  
  80501 William S. Stokley   Police 83 1875  
  95471 Hunter                    Passenger 224 1877  
  145167 Transfer No. 1   Tug 136 1878  
  145218 Transfer No. 2   Tug 101 1880  
  115599 Startle     33 1878  
  135480 Ella Andrews     64 1879  
  76075 John E. Tygert     288 1879  
  130155 Neptune   Tug 145 1879  
  Rattler     139 1879  
666 Cuba Cuba Davila y Cia Psgr/Cargo 938 1879 Argonauta 1886, Cocoa 1899, M. F. Plant 1903, Yukon 1912, wrecked 1913
  85637 George H. Watrous   Tug 102 1880 Later Transfer No. 4
  80796 W. M. Wood     58 1880  
  91573 Maracaibo Atlantic & Caribbean SN Psgr/Cargo 517 1880 Merida 1889, hulked 1911
  105883 Atlantic Coopers Point & Phila Ferry Ferry 451 1880 Lawrence 1906, abandoned 1930
  William A. Marburg     126 1881  
692 125882 Conoho Roanoke, Norfolk & Balt SB Ferry 367 1881 Alpha 1910, sold 1916 in Venezuela
702 80866 William T. Hart New York & New Eng. RR Ferry 971 1881 Scrapped 1908
703 3141 Battler     138 1880  
  Nat Wales     79 1881  
  115622 Storm King Boston Towboat Co. Tug 182 1882  
715 125994 Cynthia No. 2   Tug 108 1882  
  140520 Leo     89 1882  
  City of Alma     96 1882  
  80946 William J. Keyser     97 1882  
730 110549 R. G. Townsend Cornell Steamboat Co. Tug 83 1882  
  110588 Riverside   Tug 72 1883  
  W. H. Jackson   Tug 87 1883  
  145349 Thomas A. Bain   Tug 87 1883 Later Louisville, M. B. Coppedge
  81021 William Schaubel, Jr.   Yacht 45 1883  
734 91527 Meteor   Passenger 424 1883 Brazoria 1910, wrecked Absecon Bar, NJ 1910
745 76417 J. C. Hartt Cornell Steamboat Co. Tug 223 1883  
768 3286 Bells   Barge 818 1884 Scrapped 1902
  Governor Robert M. McLane     144 1884  
  155105 Ocean King     201 1884  
  Mary W. Potter     148 1884  
  E. A. Burke     228 1885  
  3314 Bolivar     234 1885  
  95852 Haven Belle Rancocas Steamboat Co. Passenger 119 1885  
  116066 S. A. McCaulley   Tug 92 1885  
  91822 Minerva   Tug 38 1886  
  95873 Harry Schaubel, Jr.   Tug 34 1886  
  145426 Transfer No. 3   Tug 130 1886  
  106453 Albert N. Hughes   Tug 92 1887  
  6362 Don Juan     48 1887  
  Bay King 1   Tug 52 1887 Later Cavalier 1, Sommers N. Smith, Chee Chee
  161574 Volunteer     97 1887  
784 130350 Newburgh Ramsdell & Co Passenger 1,034 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   Tug 150 1888  
  135980 E. L. Levy   Tug 142 1888  
  135990 Elizabeth Monroe Smith   Ferry 204 1888  
804 126522 Corona Oregon Improvement Cargo Ship 1,492 1888 Wrecked Humboldt Bay entrance 1907
  9398 Bismarck Cahell Towing Tug 124 1888  
  136052 E. C. Baker   Tug 153 1889  
  3447 Brinton   Tug 103 1889  
  92145 Media   Tug 103 1889  
  3427 Britannia   Tug 135 1889 To USN as Reno
819 106629 Asa W. Hughes   Tug 106 1889 Later Triton, now Navajo
823 126597 Charlotte Balt, Ches & Richmond SB Passenger 1,747 1889 Dorothy Bradford 1911, scrapped 1937
827 100462 International F. L. Neall Tug 400 1890 Abandoned 1931
  120808 Frank K. Esherick   Tug 69 1890  
829 126635 City of Seattle Puget Sound & Alaska SS Passenger 1,411 1890 Scrapped 1937
830 106731 Atkins Hughes   Tug 115 1890  
  76924 Jacob Paulsen   Passenger 97 1890  
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
  76922 John G. McCulloch NY, Lake Erie & Western RR Ferry 1,372 1891 Chautauqua 1905, Rutherford 1936, to USN 1943 as YFB 48, scrapped 1946
  25281 Utowana W. W. Durant Yacht 392 1891 Deleted 1936
  Primers Point     63 1891  
849 150575 P. H. Wise   Tug 155 1892 To USN 1898 as Sioux (YT 19), Nyack 1918, sold 1921
  96163 Harry M. Wall   Tug 60 1892  
  2937 B. D. Wood   Tug 304 1892  
  116500 Scranton   Tug 300 1892  
  136345 Eva M. Wall   Tug 62 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 1892 Terry 1898, Charles H. Hackley 1901, Carolina 1907, scrapped 1937
857 3556 C. G. Coyle   Tug 152 1892 To USN 1898 as Choctaw (YT 26), Wicomico 1918, scrapped 1940
860 150604 Plymouth Central RR Tug 373 1892 In collision off entrance to Cape Cod Canal 1938
  100552 Intrepid   Yacht 340 1893  
  3581 Brigantine   Ferry 67 1893  
  126983 Colonel John F. Gaynor   Tug 153 1893  
867 141270 Long Island Shelter Island SB Passenger 409 1893 Pemaquid 1902, to USAT as FS 98, scrapped 1972
  96860 Honeybrook Central RR Tug 373 1893 Wrecked Salem harbor 1902
  3634 Baltic   Tug 72 1894  
  120979 Frederica   Passenger 240 1894  
  145686 Trenton   Passenger 85 1894  
870 150672 Potomac Maryland & Virginia SB Passenger 763 1894 Barge 1937, scrapped 1954
  Cuba Purisima Concepcion Menendez y Cia Passenger 1,349 1894 Cienfuegos 1923, Purisima Concepcion 1924, wrecked Havana 1926
  136489 Eugene Hughes   Tug 111 1895  
882 127074 Cape Ann Boston & Gloucester SB Passenger 719 1895 Seminole 1918, last trace at Dakar 1940
885 157491 DeWitt C. Ivins Moran Company Tug 117 1895 To USN 1898 as Nezinscot, sank 1909
886 145704 Thomas Cunningham, Sr.   Tug 70 1895 Now Tuff-E-Nuff, converted to yacht in Deland FL
887 107200 Ashbourne   Tug 115 1895  
888 92699 Middletown Hartford & New York Tptn Passenger 1,554 1896 Scrapped 1937
  127146 Columbia   Tug 84 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
893 86365 Gwynedd     115 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     72 1897  
  107304 Annie L. Vansciver   Passenger 146 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 1897 Deleted 1946
  127232 Clio   Passenger 217 1898  
909 107350 Alfred W. Booth Moran Towing Tug 117 1898 To USN 1898 as Massasoit (YT 15), sold 1937
910   Philadelphia Delaware Pilots Assn Pilot Boat 359 1898  
911 107408 Albert H. Ellis Moran Towing Tug 117 1898 Bohemia 1905, O'Brien Girls 1923, Harry A. Collier 1943, scrapped 1955
912 155330 O. L. Holenbeck   Tug 198 1898 Later Maryland
913 116875 Swatara Reading Co Tug 625 1899 Scrapped 1936
914 81642 Walter A. Luckenbach Luckenbach SS Co Tug 434 1899 Luckenbach No. 3 1916, Montauk 1917, A. L. Bisso 1920, foundered New Orleans 1947
916 81638 Waban   Tug 163 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   Tug 176 1899  
922 127346 Cheltenham   Tug 113 1899  
923 141606 Lykens Reading Co Tug 625 1899 To USN 1917 as AT 56, scrapped 1934
924 107520 Augusta Balte, Ches & Richmond SB Passenger 2,372 1900 Transmotor 1926, scrapped
926 136776 Edward Luckenbach Luckenbach SS Co Tug 401 1899 Wrecked off False Cape NC 1915
927 155368 Ogontz   Tug 113 1899  
  77365 Josephine   Yacht 974 1899  
928 111261 Richmond Coastwise S.S. Co Tug 401 1900 Sunshine 1936, foundered Alameda 1938
929 127397 Covington Coastwise S.S. Co Tug 401 1900 John T. Donahue 1924, scrapped 1934
930 130855 Northumberland Weems S.S.Co Passenger 993 1900 Norfolk 1937, burnt Claremont VA 1945
  157564 DeWitt C. Ivins   Tug 121 1900  
933 93023 Michael Moran Moran Towing Tug 121 1900  
934 C 14 Denver U.S. Navy Cruiser 3200 1904 Later PG 28, then CL 16, sold 1933
937 117005 Spartan F. W. Munn & Co Tug 358 1900 Wrecked 6nm NW Delaware breakwater 1903
938 121152 Fred E. Richards Rockport & Rockland Lime Tug 357 1900 John A. McCormick 1936, trawler East Coast 1960, deleted 1972
940 150900 Penllyn     137 1901  
941 28146 Zulia Atlantic & Carib. SN Co Psgr/Cargo 1713 1901 Wrecked E Los Roques 29.5.25 (or BU 1931)
945 145897 Texas   Cargo Ship 220 1901  
  20633 Quaker City Wilmington Steamboat Co Passenger 469 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 1901 Sagamore 1902, Princeton 1916, Pinero 1927, deleted 1987
  107676 Anna W   Tug 204 1901  
  161800 Vigilant Atlantic Refining Tug 226 1901  
950 127578 Carlisle Reading Co Tug 644 1901 Scrapped 1940
951 C 20 St. Louis U.S. Navy Cruiser 9700 1906 Later CA 18, scrapped 1930
952 127606 Calvert Weems Steamboat Passenger 889 1902 Scrapped 1957
955 93331 Middlesex Weems Steamboat Passenger 1197 1902 Plymouth 1930, Manhattan 1937, burnt Staten Island 1939
957 96646 Harry G. Runkle   Tug 164 1902 Later Julia C. Moran
  96649 H. B. Chamberlain   Tug 164 1902  
959 96660 Honeybrook Central RR Tug 373 1902 Hulked 1943, scrapped 1964
961 117219 S. O. Company No. 14 Standard Oil Co. Tug 164 1902 Now Jupiter, active
962 117220 S. O. Company No. 15 Standard Oil Co. Tug 164 1903  
963 86656 Gulfport   Tug 224 1902  
  127682 Charles E. Matthews   Tug 164 1902 Later Eugene F. Moran
  3955 Brilliant Atlantic Refining Tug 81 1903  
  111443 Radiant Atlantic Refining Tug 81 1903  
967 111453 Roselle   Tug 220 1903  
  na J. M. Woodworth U.S.P.H.S. Tug 135 1903 To USN 1937 as YT 137, sold 1939
  200440 Governor Pennypacker   Yacht 132 1903  
    Maurice Tracy   Tug 164 1903  
  155463 Ocean City Reading Co Ferry 493 1903 Nyack 1923, scrapped 1936
971 200156 Flemington   Tug 220 1903  
972 200168 Freehold Central RR of NJ Tug 220 1903  
973 200439 Astral Standard Oil Co Tug 616 1903 Standard II 1916, P. F. Martin 1930, deleted 1951
975 200586 Wyomissing Phila. & Reading Co. Tug 222 1904  
976 na COL George Armistead U.S. Army Mineplanter 443 1904 Mary Foss 1935, to USN 1942 as Dekanawida (YT 334), Agnes Foss 1947, Celtic 1972, NLD 1987
  na MAJ Samuel Ringgold U.S. Army Mineplanter 423 1904 Sea Salvor 1924, scrapped 1948
  na GEN Henry Knox U.S. Army Mineplanter 529 1904 Chan Hing 1926, Vincent Davin 1931, wrecked Song Ca River 1937
980 201177 P. R. R. No. 4 Pennsylvania RR Tug 121 1904  
    Colima   Tug 200 1904 Qualicum 1911, scuttled as breakwater 1946
983 201217 Eugene F. Moran Moran Towing Tug 200 1904  
985 201268 Catherine Moran Moran Towing Tug 213 1904  
986 201335 John P. Wilson Lebanon Tptn Co Passenger 350 1904 Merchant 1917, Westchester 1929, scrapped 1938
987 201593 S. O. Company No. 11 Standard Oil Co. Tug 129 1904  
988 201594 Atlantic Atlantic Refining Tug 129 1904  
  na GEN Thomas S. Jessup U.S. Army Tptn. Corps Passenger 340d 1904  
  na GEN Robert Swartout U.S. Army Tptn. Corps Passenger 280d 1905  
  na GEN R. N. Batchelder U.S. Army Tptn. Corps Passenger 280d 1905  
  232146 GEN Timothy Pickering U.S. Army Tptn. Corps Passenger 280d 1905 Sold 1932 and converted to tanker RTC No. 7, later RTC No. 10, to USN 1942, returned 1945, later Gladys Ann
992 202008 Protector     176 1905  
  202812 Onrust   Tug 95 1906  
  202845 Manhattan   Trawler 291 1905  
  223506 Trojan     197 1905  
  203547 Edmund Moran Moran Towing Tug 102 1906  
  203626 Victory   Tug 96 1906 Later Agnes Moran, Rose, scrapped 2012
  203794 Norfolk   Passenger 99 1907  
1004 203969 Machigonne Harpswell Steamboat Co Passenger 425 1907 Hook Mountain 1929, Block Island 1940, to USN 1941 as League Island (YFB 20), sold 1948 as Yankee
1005 204233 Boothbay Eastern S.S. Co Cargo Ship 334 1907 Grampus 1920, Deepwater 1931, Liberty (YFB 53) 1941, Island Queen II 1965, Provincetown 1966, St. Thomas 1967
1006 204193 General Hubbard Hammond Lumber Tug 412 1907 To USN 1908 as  Navajo, AT 52, IX 56, sold 1937, scrapped 1948
1007 204294 Gwalia Balt & Boston Barge Co Tug 415 1907 Foundered Gulf of Mexico 1925
1009 204360 Lizzie D   Tug 122 1907  
1011 204605 Bern Reading Railroad Tug 224 1907 Later Saturn, being restored in Maine
  204735 Belhaven   Tug 96 1907  
  205816 Adriatic   Tug 113 1907