Nilson & Kelez, Seattle WA

Created: October 13, 2020.


Andrew S. Nilson, an immigrant from Norway, started building ships in Seattle in 1882.  In 1909, he teamed up with Nicholas M. Kelez, a naval architect from Dubrovnik, and together they operated Nilson & Kelez Shipbuilding Corp., until it closed in 1922,  The yard was at the west end 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 To USN 1918 as SP 772, post-war Dorothea, to USN 1942 as YAG 31, post-war Delpen, NLD
  164545 Pioneer S. & G. No. 10 Pioneer Sand & Gravel Hopper Barge 647 140 1911  
  164671 Pioneer S. & G. No. 11 Pioneer Sand & Gravel Hopper Barge 647 140 1911  
      Pioneer Sand & Gravel Hopper Barge        
      Pioneer Sand & Gravel Hopper Barge        
  165171 Alaska White Pass & Yukon RW Passenger 642 165 1913 To Canada 1927 (ON 116621), laid up 1951, scrapped 1964
  165172 Yukon White Pass & Yukon RW Passenger 642 165 1913 Burnt 1948
  209542 Sumner   Halibut Schooner 50 61 1913 Abandoned 1936
  209707 Union Jack Union Cod Fishing Co. Halibut Schooner 57 85 1913 Sold 1914 as Delphia (Germany), captured by France 1915, sold to Australian owners
  210842 Idaho   Halibut Schooner 76 78 1913 To BuFish 1919 as Eider, to USN 1942 as YP 198, returned 1945, to USGS 1949, to Marshall I. 1955, sank 19??
  210970 Oregon Columbia River Packers Assn. Halibut Schooner 107 80 1913 Later St. Mary, Port Hueneme, to Mexico 1948
  211859 Yakutat Pete Bjerke and John Selleret Halibut Schooner 60 68 1913 Active
  211956 Warrior Pacific American Fisheries Cannery Tender 82 59 1914 Grounded and lost 1967
  212012 Tyee Scott Daniel & Moe Bros. Fishing Vessel 130 93 1914 Later Chukotsk, Dorothy, to USA 1942 as FS 101, to Canada 1956, Shirley Rose, Tyee No. 1
  212209 Alma Juneau Ferry & Nav. Co. Passenger 95 83 1914 To USA 1943 as Q-113, burnt 1964
  213069 Chickamauga Pacific Towboat Co. Tug 51 59 1914 Later Sea Chicken, Chickamauga, scrapped 2014
        Dredge     1914 Assembled in Mimnk Creek AK
  165879 Susitna Knik-Susitna Co. Barge 30 65 1915 NLD 1915
  165880 Knik Knik-Susitna Co. Barge 30 65 1915 Abandoned 1945
  213053 Jane Knik-Susitna Co. Towboat     1915 Lost 1915
  213935 Breaker Nelson Lagoon Packing Cargo 257 89 1916 Abandoned 1940
  215742 State of Oregon Alaska Pacific Nav. Co. Cargo 1,616 215 1917 Completed as Oregon, NLD 1945
  216577 State of Alabama Alaska Pacific Nav. Co. Cargo 2,088 254 1918 Completed as Alabama, sold foreign 1919
  216847 Bonnafone U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#465) 2,542 268 1918 Scrapped 1924
  216919 Forster U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#466) 2,552 268 1918 Scrapped 1924
  217231 Octorara U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#467) 2,531 268 1918 Scrapped 1924
  217721 Snoqualmie/Adway U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#468) 2,537 268 1918 Scrapped 1924
    Cineas U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#2139) 2,537 268   Cancelled
  220731 Cinyras U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#2140) 2,537 268 1920 Cancelled but completed as barge Griffson
    Circe U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#2723) 2,537 268   Cancelled
    Clilas U.S. Shipping Board Cargo (#2724) 2,537 268   Cancelled
  225156 We Go Snow Creek Logging Tug 34 57 1922 Later Barbara Foss