Robert Palmer & Son, Noank CT

(later Groton Iron Works and Noank Shipbuilding)

Most recent update: May 20, 2016.


Robert Palmer & Son started in the 1860s and closed in 1914.  The yard was reactivated for WWI by C. W. Morse, of U.S. Steamship Co., as part of Groton Iron Works.  It closed again in 1928 and was reactivated again for WWII by Noank Shipbuilding.  It is still a boatyard: see it from the air on Google here.  If anyone has any corrections or additions to this table, please send them to timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # U.S.S.B. O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Built Disposition
Built by Robert Palmer & Son
      Aquopimoquk   Schooner   1862  
    1399 Althea Franklin   Schooner 36 1867  
    75287 James Potter   Schooner 40 1871  
      Angie and Emma   Schooner   1872  
    105601 Ada Bell   Fishing Vsl. 17 1876  
    105675 Annie Godfrey   Fishing Vsl. 21 1877  
    95530 Herman S. Caswell   Passenger 114 1878  
    3198 Bayonne   Tug 122 1882 Later Interboro
    3201 Block Island   Passenger 757 1882  
    145313 T. A. Scott, Jr.   Tug 36 1882  
    150290 Pearl   Sloop 10 1883  
    155098 Ocean View   Tug 73 1884  
    157186 Diver   Sloop 144 1886  
    106476 Atlantis   Sloop 6 1887  
    31580 Binghampton Neptune Line Freight Barge 588 1889  
      Troy Neptune Line Freight Barge 588 1889  
    136152 E. S. Atwood   Tug 94 1890  
    86086 Grace Morgan   Fishing Vsl. 21 1890  
    92419 Musconetcong Morecraft Transp. Schooner Barge 843 1890  
    96168 Hopatcong   Schooner Barge 843 1890  
    130586 Nay Aug Morecraft Transp. Schooner Barge 843 1890  
    150578 Pohatcong   Schooner Barge 843 1890  
    86138 Golden Rod   Tug 35 1891  
    86184 Golden Rule   Tug 39 1891  
    106844 Atalanta   Oyster Boat 6 1891  
    116464 Shickshinny Morecraft Transp. Schooner Barge 836 1891  
    126853 Canisteo   Schooner Barge 671 1891  
    126854 Chemung   Schooner Barge 671 1891  
    126855 Chenango Atlantic Coast Nav. Schooner Barge 671 1891  
    126856 Cohocton Packard Dredging Schooner Barge 671 1891  
    145612 Tobyhanna   Schooner Barge 836 1891  
    145622 Tunkhannock   Schooner Barge 843 1891  
    150580 Pequest Morecraft Transp. Schooner Barge 836 1891  
    126862 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 1 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 852 1892  
    126873 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 3 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 852 1892  
    126890 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 4 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 685 1892  
    126891 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 5 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 685 1892  
    126906 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 6 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 685 1892  
    126907 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 7 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 685 1892  
    126920 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 9 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 685 1892  
    126987 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 10 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 862 1893  
    126997 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 11 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 862 1893  
    127002 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 12 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 862 1893  
    92526 Menantic   Ferry 203 1893  
    116579 Summer Girl   Tug 53 1893  
      Alaska   Barge   1894  
    3629 Burnside Reading Co. Schooner Barge 855 1894  
    27016 Xiphias   Tug 24 1894  
    86303 Glendower Thomas J. Howard Schooner Barge 855 1894  
    92585 Merriam Thomas J. Howard Schooner Barge 855 1894  
    92611 Mahanoy Thomas J. Howard Schooner Barge 855 1894  
    116632 Suffolk   Schooner Barge 855 1894  
    141359 Lincoln Reading Co. Schooner Barge 855 1894  
    150679 Preston Reading Co. Schooner Barge 855 1894  
    157407 Draper Thomas J. Howard Schooner Barge 855 1894  
    3657 Braddock Reading Co. Schooner Barge 678 1895  
    86333 George M. Long   Oyster Boat 98 1895  
    96314 Haverford Morecraft Transp. Schooner Barge 678 1895  
    96319 Hammond Reading Co. Schooner Barge 693 1895  
    111090 Radnor Reading Co. Schooner Barge 678 1895  
    111094 Richardson Reading Co. Schooner Barge 693 1895  
    116690 Strafford   Schooner Barge 678 1895  
    121007 Fulton Market   Passenger 158 1895  
      Otto   Barge   1896  
      Paterson   Barge   1896  
    3670 Bast Reading Co. Schooner Barge 693 1896  
    77224 John A. Bouker   Tug 119 1896  
    96328 Hackensack Atlantic Coast T & T Schooner Barge 875 1896  
    145705 Thomaston Reading Co. Schooner Barge 693 1896  
    155281 Stroudsburg Reading Co. Schooner Barge 693 1896  
    92828 Maple Hill Reading Co. Schooner Barge 911 1897  
    100648 Indian Ridge Reading Co. Schooner Barge 910 1897  
    150767 Pine Forest Phila. Packet Line Schooner Barge 910 1897  
    155308 Oak Hill Phila. Packet Line Schooner Barge 910 1897  
    3745 Bear Ridge Reading Co. Schooner Barge 910 1898  
    3747 Buck Ridge Reading Co. Schooner Barge 915 1898  
    39713 Gordon   Freight Barge 2,172  1898 To USN as YF 117, later YR 12, sold 1929
    107400 Ashland   Schooner Barge 901 1898  
    116834 Silver Brook Thomas J. Howard Schooner Barge 904 1898  
    116849 S. L'Hommedieu   Tug 100 1898  
    121075 Franklin Reading Co. Schooner Barge 910 1898  
    136680 Eagle Hill Reading Co. Schooner Barge 911 1898  
    136691 Enterprise Reading Co. Schooner Barge 901 1898  
    145766 Tunnel Ridge Reading Co. Schooner Barge 911 1898  
    150795 Phoenix Reading Co. Schooner Barge 901 1898  
      Woodbury   Barge   1899  
    3796 Brockton Staples Tptn Co. Schooner Barge 567 1899  
    86490 Guiding Star   Tug 105 1899  
    92048 Marion Reading Co. Schooner Barge 954 1899  
    92930 Monitor Thomas J. Howard Schooner Barge 954 1899  
    111210 Randolph Staples Tptn Co. Schooner Barge 567 1899  
    127316 Canton   Schooner Barge 531 1899  
    127344 Corbin   Schooner Barge 954 1899  
    127357 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 8 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 953 1899  
    127366 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 14 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge   1899  
    136727 Easton Staples Tptn Schooner Barge 531 1899  
    136737 Edith Thames Towboat Schooner Barge 516 1899  
    136767 Ephrata   Schooner Barge 954 1899  
    150832 Paxinos   Schooner Barge 954 1899  
    150845 Paxtang Reading Co. Schooner Barge 954 1899  
    161126 Knickerbocker   Schooner Barge 954 1899  
    111266 Remus Staples Tptn Co. Schooner Barge 531 1900  
    127341 Coleraine   Schooner Barge 954 1900  
    127433 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 15 Central RR of NJ Schooner Barge 953 1900  
    145859 Theodore Palmer Thames Towboat Schooner Barge 1,042 1900  
    161181 Kimberton Reading Co. Schooner Barge 955 1900  
    161867 Virginia Palmer Thames Towboat Schooner Barge 840 1900  
    203402 Cornelia   Freighter 285 1900  
      Charles H. Klinck   Schooner   1901  
    93165 Manheim Reading Co. Schooner Barge 955 1901  
    111341 Rutherford Reading Co. Schooner Barge 955 1901  
    111347 Robesonia Reading Co. Schooner Barge 955 1901  
    117087 Saucon Reading Co. Schooner Barge 955 1901  
    136863 Edna V. Crew   Passenger 161 1901  
    141748 Logan Reading Co. Schooner Barge 955 1901  
    141765 Langhorne Reading Co. Schooner Barge 955 1901  
    3917 Bethayres Reading Co. Schooner Barge 955 1902  
    96609 Herndon   Schooner Barge 1,763 1902  
    111404 Richmond   Passenger 688 1902  
    111422 Robert Palmer   Fishing Vsl. 9 1902  
    111434 Robert Palmer   Tug 112 1902  
    117153 Samuel E. Bouker   Tug 135 1902 Later Dalzelline
    145904 Trevorton   Schooner Barge 1,763 1902  
    157678 David B. Dearborn   Tug 135 1902  
    96684 Huntington H, N & B Ferry Co. Passenger 345 1903 Later Stony Creek 1920, Fairview 1929, Col. Norris Staynton 1941, scrapped 1946
    111448 Rosalie   Passenger 372 1903  
    141863 Leander Wilcox   Fishing Vsl. 205 1903  
    200289 Manager   Freighter  325 1903  
    200291 C. R. R. Of N. J. No. 2 Central RR of NJ Barge 958 1903  
    200348 New York Dock Co   Tug 147 1903  
    200437 Aunt Edie   Fishing Vsl. 14 1903  
    200536 William H. Taylor   Tug 226 1903  
    200543 J. T. Sherman   Tug 89 1903  
    200786 Oley Reading Co. Schooner Barge 1,780 1904  
    200963 Restless   Passenger 475 1904  
    201167 Spring Reading Co. Schooner Barge 1,780 1904  
    201200 Mingo Reading Co. Schooner Barge 954 1904  
    201284 Andrew G. Pierce, Jr.   Schooner 281 1904  
    201365 Barry Reading Co. Schooner Barge 954 1904  
    201557 Nonpareil   Tug 167 1904 To USN 1917 as YT 40, sold 1921
    201603 Molino Reading Co. Schooner Barge 954 1904  
    201673 Cumru Reading Co. Schooner Barge 1,780 1905  
    202143 Gov. Winthrop   Ferry 485 1905  
    202430 Robert W. Johnson   Freighter 204 1905  
    202576 Manatawny Reading Co. Schooner Barge 721 1905  
    202662 Tulpehocken Reading Co. Schooner Barge 721 1905  
    202701 Tamanend Reading Co. Schooner Barge 721 1905  
    202736 John Arbuckle Jay Street Terminal Tug 207 1905  
    202764 Beatrice Bush Bush Terminal Co. Tug 212 1905  
    202810 Pocopson Reading Co. Schooner Barge 721 1906  
    202811 William V. R. Smith   Tug 207 1905  
    202895 Eleanor Bush Bush Terminal Co. Tug 212 1905  
    203183 Gosnold   Passenger 181 1906  
    203304 Neshaminy Reading Co. Schooner Barge 721 1906  
    203387 P. J. T. Co. No. 7   Tug 197 1906  
    203447 Cacoosing Reading Co. Schooner Barge 721 1906  
    203550 Superior   Tug 168 1906  
    204105 McAllister Bros. McAllister Bros. Tug 119 1907  
    204365 Macungie Reading Co. Schooner Barge 956 1907  
    204692 Conewago Reading Co. Schooner Barge 956 1907  
    204763 Wiconisco Reading Co. Schooner Barge 956 1907  
    204779 Perth Amboy Staten Island RR Co. Ferry 618 1907 Scrapped 1948
    204844 Cocalico Reading Co. Schooner Barge 956 1907  
      Knickerbocker NY & Hastings SB Co Freight Barge 310 1907 Later YF 569 1943 
    204990 Perkasie Lehigh Coal & Nav. Schooner Barge 956 1908  
    205045 Cleona Reading Co. Schooner Barge 956 1908  
    205074 Lansford Lehigh Coal & Nav. Schooner Barge 830 1908  
    205150 Hauto Lehigh Coal & Nav. Schooner Barge 830 1908  
    205212 Tamaqua Lehigh Coal & Nav. Schooner Barge 830 1908  
    205241 John J. Timmins   Tug 145 1908  
    205366 Easton Lehigh Coal & Nav. Schooner Barge 830 1908  
    205480 Nesquehoning Lehigh Coal & Nav. Schooner Barge 957 1908  
    205508 Allentown   Schooner Barge 842 1908  
    205552 Greenwood   Schooner Barge 967 1908  
    205668 Henry G. Crew   Tug 94 1908  
    206272 Edward J. McKeever   Fishing Vsl 223 1910  
    207355 Coaldale Lehigh Coal & Nav. Schooner Barge 831 1910  
    207468 William A. Jamison   Tug 229 1910  
    207913 Herbert   Freighter 327 1910  
    208175 Correction   Passenger 778 1910  
      President     730 1910  
    208410 Rowland H. Wilcox   Fishing Vsl 247 1911  
    208447 Stephen W. McKeever   Freighter 223 1911  
    208613 McKeever Brothers   Freighter 223 1911  
      Raymond J. Anderton   Fishing Vsl 290 1911  
      Vitric General Chemical Barge 765 1911  
    209870 Yantic   Passenger   1912  
    210273 Yardley Reading Co. Schooner Barge 963 1912  
    210389 Leesport Reading Co. Schooner Barge 963 1912  
    210613 Temple Reading Co. Schooner Barge 963 1912  
    210791 Pickering Reading Co. Schooner Barge 739 1912  
      Tabor Reading Co. Schooner Barge 963 1912  
      Shetucket   Passenger   1912  
    210959 Tohickon Reading Co. Schooner Barge 739 1913  
    211123 Pennypack Reading Co. Schooner Barge 739 1913  
    211175 B. F. Macomber   Fishing Vsl 180 1913  
    211233 Skippack Reading Co. Schooner Barge 739 1913  
    211387 Ontelaunee Reading Co. Schooner Barge 739 1913  
    211492 Moselem Reading Co. Schooner Barge 963 1913  
    212127 Exeter   Schooner Barge 1,780 1914  
    212557 David Bosman   Tug 130 1914  
      Britannia   Tug 146 1914  
Built by Groton Iron Works in Noank
    215430 Asta Astral Shipping Schooner 1,966 1917  
      Julia Loft   Schooner 886 1917  
    215498 Manuel Caragol   Schooner 880 1917  
    215905 Francis J. Mcdonald   Schooner 1,059 1917  
  125 216842 Balsto  US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551 Oct-18 Scrapped 1925
  126 217508 Berea US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551 Jun-19 Scrapped 1925
  127 216803 Hokah US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551 Oct-19 Scrapped 1925
  128     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551   Cancelled
  129     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,551   Cancelled
    220648 William H. Fancher U. S. Gypsum Barge 2,625 1919  
  221356 Lieut. Flaherty City of Boston Ferry 727 1921 Later Beacon 1938, scrapped 1973
    221605 Cohasset Eugene W. Fry Barge 2,226 1921  

Built by Groton Iron Works in Groton

1 372 217818 Tollard US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,245 Apr-19 Scrapped 1930
2 373 218715 Nameaug US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,339 Aug-19 Scrapped 1929
3 374 218232 Worcester US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,239 Jun-19 Scrapped 1930
4 375 219309 Quinnipiac US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,202 Dec-19 Scrapped 1929
5 376 219074 Merry Mount US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,226 Oct-19 Scrapped 1929
6 377 219410 Hartford US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,202 Dec-19 Scrapped 1929
7 1542 220237 Honnedaga US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,216 Jul-20 Scrapped 1930
8 1543 220625 Provincetown US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,206 Sep-20 Scrapped 1938
9 1544 220804 Hopatcong US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,216 Dec-20 Later Harpoon 1931, Empire Tarpon 1940, foundered 1942
10 1545     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
11 1546     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
12 1547     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
Built by Noank Shipbuilding in Noank
    AMc 94 Pluck U.S. Navy Minesweeper 205 6-Oct-42 Sold 1946
    AMc 95 Positive U.S. Navy Minesweeper 205 20-Aug-42 Sold 1946
    AMc 96 Power U.S. Navy Minesweeper 205 14-Nov-42 Sold 1946
    APc 97   U.S. Navy Coastal Tpt 100 1942  
    APc 98   U.S. Navy Coastal Tpt 100 1942