Jeremiah Simonson, Greenpoint NY

(formerly Bishop & Simonson, New York NY)

Most recent update: August 4, 2015.


Joseph Bishop & Jeremiah Simonson started this shipyard in 1834, at the foot of Walnut Street, in Manhattan.  The partnership broke up in 1849 and Jeremiah Simonson, who was fortunate enough to be Cornelius Vanderbilt's nephew, moved the yard to Greenpoint in 1855, to a site at the foot of Calyer Street.  The table below is clearly incomplete: if anyone has any data to add to it, please send it to me at timcolton@aol.com.

Original Name O.N. Original Owner Ship Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
Built by Bishop & Simonson in Manhattan
Lexington   C. Vanderbilt Psgr/Cargo 488 207 1835 Burnt 1840
Cleopatra   C. Vanderbilt Psgr/Cargo 402 193 1836 Sold foreign 1852
Governor Dudley     Psgr/Cargo 408   1838 Sold 1857 as Catawba, sold foreign 1860
Osiris     Psgr/Cargo 145   1838 Captured 1861
Worcester     Psgr/Cargo 605 219 1841 To USA 1861
Iolas     Psgr/Cargo 180 135 1842 To USA 1865, sold 1866 as Gipsey
Traveller 24269   Psgr/Cargo 584 225 1845 Deleted 1873
Atlantic     Psgr/Cargo 1,112 320 1846 Wrecked 1846
Antelope 1212   Psgr/Cargo 425   1847 Deleted 1888
Commodore   C. Vanderbilt Psgr/Cargo 984 275 1848 Lost 1866
State of Maine 22877   Psgr/Cargo 806   1848 Sold foreign 1871
Ohio   U.S. Mail SS Co Psgr/Cargo 2,432 248 1849 Scrapped 1860
Built by Jeremiah Simonson in Manhattan
Prometheus   C. Vanderbilt Psgr/Cargo 1,207   1850 Sold foreign 1857
Northern Light 18204 C. Vanderbilt Psgr/Cargo 1,768   1851 Scrapped 1875
Hunchback 10135 Staten Island R. T. Ferry 517   1852 To USN 1861, sold 1866 as General Grant, deleted 1880
Star of the West   C. Vanderbilt Psgr/Cargo 1,172   1852 Captured 1861, renamed CSS St. Philip, scuttled 1863
North Star 18302 U.S. Mail SS Co Psgr/Cargo 1,867 270 1853 Scrapped 1865
Plymouth Rock 20151   Psgr/Cargo 1,752 330 1854 Deleted 1887
Ariel 797   Psgr/Cargo 1,295 250 1855 Lost 1873
Granada     Psgr/Cargo 1,059   1855 Lost 1860
Clifton   Staten Island R. T. Ferry 117   1856 Deleted 1858
Built by Jeremiah Simonson in Greenpoint
Vanderbilt 24964 N. Atlantic Mail SS Co Psgr/Cargo 3,360 331 1856 To USN 1862, sold 1873 as Three Brothers, scrapped 1899
Magnolia 16989   Psgr./Cargo 843   1857 Captured 1862, recaptured 1862, sold 1865, deleted 1866
Galveston     Psgr/Cargo 945    1857 Captured 1862 as General Quitman, burnt 1862
Orizaba     Psgr/Cargo  595   1858 Captured 1862, stranded in Texas 1865
Long Island 22097 C. Vanderbilt Psgr/Cargo 474 300 1859 Deleted 1906
Santiago de Cuba 22825 Valienti & Co. Psgr/Cargo 1,567   1861 Sold 1886 as barge Marion
Seneca   US Navy Gunboat 507   1861 Sold 1868
Connecticut 18307 US Navy Psgr/Cargo 2,150   1861 Sold 1865 as South America, deleted 1875
Westfield   Staten Island R. T. Ferry 891   1861 To USN 1861, scuttled in Texas 1863
Northfield 18276 Staten Island R. T. Ferry 855   1862 Lost 1902
Clifton 15434 Staten Island R. T. Ferry 700   1862 To USN 1863 as Shokokon, sold 1865 as Lone Star, sunk in Texas 1868
Westfield 26504 Staten Island R. T. Ferry 807   1862 To City of New York 1906, deleted 1912
Union 18303   Psgr/Cargo 2,085   1862 To USN 1863 as Fort Jackson, sold 1865 as North America, deleted 1879
Costa Rica 4882 C. Vanderbilt Psgr/Cargo 984   1863 Sold 1875 as Genaki Maru
Yesso   Dearborn & Co. Psgr/Cargo 973   1864 To China 1864
Chenango   US Navy Gunboat 1,173   1864 Sold 1868
New York 18301 N. Atlantic Mail SS Co Psgr/Cargo 2,217   1865 Sold 1874 as Tokio Maru, scrapped 1880s
Paou Shun 18305 Dearborn & Co. Psgr/Cargo 1,691   1865 Sold 1867 as Nevada, sold foreign 1877, scrapped 1885
Susquehanna 22797 Erie RR Ferry 921   1865 Sold 1912 as Arden, deleted 1924
Walrus 26521 NY & Phila. SB Co. Psgr/Cargo 1,633 253 1866 To China 1869, later Chusan 1872
Nautilus 18299 NY & Phila. SB Co. Psgr/Cargo 1,633 253 1866 To China 1869, later Fychow 1872
Grampus 10500 NY & Phila. SB Co. Psgr/Cargo 1,633 253 1866 Sold 1868 as Stonington, barge 1894
Manatus 18475 NY & Phila. SB Co. Psgr/Cargo 1,633 253 1866 Sold 1868 as Narragansett, schooner 1901