Nilson & Kelez, Seattle WA

Created: August 25, 2016.


Andrew S. Nilson, an immigrant from Norway, started building ships in Seattle in 1882.  In 1911, he teamed up with N. M. Kelez, a naval architect, and opened the Nilson & Kelez yard at the foot of Atlantic Street, where the U.S. Coast Guard station is today.  The table below lists those vessels that I have been able to identify, although it is clearly incomplete.  If anyone can add to it, please send your input to me at timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Delivery

Disposition

  207529 Comet   Cargo 107 94 1910  
  210842 Idaho   Research 76   1913 To BuFish 1930, sold 1949, sank 1955
  165171 Alaska   Passenger 642 165 1913 To Canada 1927 (ON 116621), laid up 1951, scrapped 1964
  165172 Yukon   Passenger 642 165 1913 Burnt 1948
  211956 Warrior Pacific American Fisheries Cannery Tender 82 59 1914  
  212012 Tyee   Fishing 130 93 1914 Later Chukotsk, Dorothy, to Canada 1956
  212209 Alma Juneau Ferry Co. Passenger 95 83 1914  
  213069 Chickamauga Pacific Towboat Co. Tug 51 59 1914  
      Knik-Susitna Co. Towboat        
      Knik-Susitna Co. Barge        
      Knik-Susitna Co. Barge        
      Pioneer Sand & Gravel Barge        
      Pioneer Sand & Gravel Barge        
  213935 Breaker Nelson Lagoon Packing Cargo 257 89 1916  
    State of Oregon Alaska Pacific Nav. Co. Cargo   216 1916  
    State of Alaska Alaska Pacific Nav. Co. Cargo   216 1916  
  216847 Bonnafone U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#465) 2,542 268 1918  
  216919 Forster U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#466) 2,552 268 1918  
  217231 Octorara U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#467) 2,531 268 1918  
  217721 Adway U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#468) 2,537 268 1918  
    Cineas U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#2139) 2,537 268   Cancelled
    Cinyras U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#2140) 2,537 268   Cancelled
    Circe U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#2723) 2,537 268   Cancelled
    Clilas U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#2724) 2,537 268   Cancelled