William R. Trigg Co., Richmond VA

Most recent update: November 27, 2017.


William R. Trigg founded the Richmond Locomotive Works and is said to have done "more to build up the manufacturing interests of Richmond than perhaps any other man".  He created this shipyard in October 1898 after having won his first contract to build three torpedo boats and two torpedo boat destroyers for the US Navy.  The company won other contracts between 1899 and 1901 but became insolvent, was placed in receivership in December 1902, and declared bankrupt in May 1903.  William Trigg died in February 1903.  The vessels under construction when the company was declared bankrupt were eventually completed by others or sold for their material value and the shipyard itself was sold at auction in July 1905.  The shipyard was located on Chappell Island, at the mouth of the James-Kanawa Canal: most of the land today is Richmond's Great Shiplock Park.  If anyone can add to the table below, please your input to me at timcolton@aol.com 

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Delivery Disposition
1 DD 4 Dale U.S. Navy Destroyer 420d Oct-02 Sold 1920
2 DD 5 Decatur U.S. Navy Destroyer 420d May-02 Sold 1920
3 TB 31 Shubrick U.S. Navy Torpedo Boat 200d Nov-01 Sold 1920
4 TB 32 Stockton U.S. Navy Torpedo Boat 200d Nov-01 Sunk as target 1916
5 TB 33 Thornton U.S. Navy Torpedo Boat 200d Jun-02 Sold 1920
6 116980 Samuel N. Lapsley Southern Presbyterian Church Missionary Ship 24 May-01 KD package, sank in Congo May-03
7 C 17 Galveston U.S. Navy Cruiser 3,200d Feb-05 Completed by Norfolk NSY, sold 1933
8   Bull William R. Trigg Co. Derrick Scow   1900 For work on naval vessels
9 No. 7 Tuscarora Revenue Cutter Service Revenue Cutter 740d Sep-02 Decommissioned 1936
10 No. 8 Mohawk Revenue Cutter Service Revenue Cutter 1,150d May-04 Sank 1917
11 141802 Lancaster Pennsylvania R.R. Co. Tug 223 Jul-02 Scrapped 1963
12 161909 Virginia Chesapeake & Ohio RR Co. Steamer 635 Feb-02 Scrapped 1951
13             Not used
14 3930 Berkeley Old Dominion S.S. Co. Steamer 1,075 Jun-02 Later Virginia 1923, scrapped 1947
15     Pennsylvania R.R. Co. Car Float (Ferry?)   1902  
16     Pennsylvania R.R. Co. Car Float (Ferry?)   1902  
17 na Benyuard U.S. Army Engineers Dredge 2,566 1904 Completed by Norfolk NSY, Sandchief 1948, scrapped 1957
18     City of Richmond Lock Gate(s)      
19 201645 Captain A. F. Lucas Standard Oil of California Tanker 4,188 Dec-04 Completed by Roach, scrapped 1948
20 200836 Bristol/P.R.R. No. 7 Pennsylvania R.R. Co. Tug 223 1904 Completed by PRR, to USN 1917 as SP 1245, later Princeton, NLD 1964
21 200837 Chester/P.R.R. No. 9 Pennsylvania R.R. Co. Tug 223 1904 Completed by PRR, to USN 1917 as SP 679, later York, abandoned 1946
22 na Cape Charles New York, Phila & Norfolk RR Tug 350   Not completed