Charles Ward Engineering, Charleston WV

Most recent update: May 11, 2016.


Charles Ward Engineering Works was founded by Charles Ward in 1872, incorporated in 1907 and remained in operation until 1932.  The yard pioneered the development of the tunnel stern propeller-driven towboat and was among the first companies to install diesel power in towboats.   It was located on the south bank of the Kanawha River, on McCorkle Avenue, directly opposite the Haddad Riverfront Park, but there's no sign of a shipyard there any more.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type Tons Delivery Disposition
    Mascot US Army Corps of Engineers Launch 8 1894 Sold 1911 as Mascot, abandoned 1921
  92850 Madge Charles Ward Yacht 9 1897 Named for Mrs. Ward, to CoE 1903 as Ouachita
  25342 Unique   Passenger 33 1901 To CoE 1904 as Unique, later a yacht
  233621 James Rumsey US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 125 1903 Steve Click Jr. 1934
  203714 A. M. Scott   Towboat 168 1906 Abandoned 1933
    Inspector US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 158 1915  
  216817 Clairton   Towboat 245 1918 Later Kanawha, Alicia, Henry A. Roemer, J. M. Leithead
  220773 Natchez   Towboat 757 1920  
  221271 Vicksburg   Towboat 757 1921  
17 221980 General Frank M. Coxe

US Army

Ferry 539 1-Dec-22

Sold 1947 as General Frank  M. Coxe (ON 252866), later Showboat, Pattaya Princess, The Sherman, General Frank  M. Coxe, active

18 222147 General John McE. Hyde

US Army

Ferry 539 5-Dec-22

Sunk by gunfire at Corregidor 1942

19 222391 Destrehan Pan American Petroleum Towboat 371 3-Aug-22 Charles R. Hook 1941, scrapped 1957
20 222668 Ste. Genevieve Missouri-Illinois RR Rail Ferry 1,667 1-Dec-22  
21 264233 Greenbrier (WAGL 214) US Coast Guard Tender 305 20-Jun-24 Sold 1948 as Mississippi
22     US Army Corps of Engineers Barge   Mar-23  
23     US Army Corps of Engineers Barge   Mar-23  
24 222941 W. C. Kelly Kelly Axe Mfg. Co. Towboat 111 31-May-23 Flavia 19??
25     Kelly Axe Mfg. Co. Derrick Boat   18-Jan-23  
26     Kelly Axe Mfg. Co. Covered Barge   31-May-23  
27     Kelly Axe Mfg. Co. Open Barge   31-May-23  
28   J. B. Battle US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 174 31-Dec-23  
29     Kelly Axe Mfg. Co. Open Barge   31-May-23  
30     Kelly Axe Mfg. Co. Open Barge   29-Jun-23  
31   C. B. Harris US Army Corps of Engineers Dredge 1,304 18-Aug-24  
32 224795 Tacoma C. P. & C. Packet Co. Passenger 482 17-May-24 Chris Green 1925, scrapped 1951
33 236325 Lookout US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 233 1925 George S. Nutt 1927, sold 1937 as Admiral
34     US Army Corps of Engineers Quarter Boat   20-Sep-24  
35     US Army Corps of Engineers Maneuver Boat   31-Dec-24  
36     US Army Corps of Engineers Maneuver Boat   31-Dec-24  
37 225161 Geo. T. Price Kelly Transportation Co. Towboat 236 9-Nov-25  
38 225803 E. D. Kenna Ohio River Co. Towboat 388 13-Jul-26  
39 175040   Kelly Axe & Tool Co. Freight Barge 464 13-Jan-26 A.B.L. 1 1927
40 175041   Kelly Axe & Tool Co. Freight Barge 464 13-Jan-26 A.B.L. 2 1927
41     Kelly Axe & Tool Co. Freight Barge 464 13-Jan-26 A.B.L. 3 1927
42 175042   Kelly Axe & Tool Co. Freight Barge 464 6-Mar-26 A.B.L. 4 1927
43     Kelly Axe & Tool Co. Freight Barge 464 17-Apr-26 A.B.L. 5 1927
44 175043   Kelly Axe & Tool Co. Freight Barge 464 Jul-26 A.B.L. 6 1927
45 175044   Kelly Axe & Tool Co. Freight Barge 464 31-Jul-26 A.B.L. 7 1927
46 175045   Kelly Axe & Tool Co. Freight Barge 464 25-Aug-26 A.B.L. 8 1927
47 175046   Kelly Axe & Tool Co. Freight Barge 464 25-Aug-26 A.B.L. 9 1927
48 175047     Freight Barge 464 1926 A.B.L. 10 1927
49 226042 Wild Goose Charles Ward Eng. Towboat 92 25-Sep-26  
50 175048     Freight Barge 464 Nov-26 A.B.L. 11 1927
51 175049   W. C. Kelly Barge Line Freight Barge 464 21-Oct-26 A.B.L. 12 1927
52 175050   W. C. Kelly Barge Line Freight Barge 464 29-Nov-26 A.B.L. 13 1927
53 175051   W. C. Kelly Barge Line Freight Barge 464 7-Feb-27 A.B.L. 14 1927
54 175052   W. C. Kelly Barge Line Freight Barge 464 11-Mar-27 A.B.L. 15 1927
55 175053   W. C. Kelly Barge Line Freight Barge 464 21-Apr-27 A.B.L. 16 1927
56 175054   W. C. Kelly Barge Line Freight Barge 464 1-Jun-27 A.B.L. 17 1927
57 175055   W. C. Kelly Barge Line Freight Barge 464 1-Jun-27 A.B.L. 18 1927
58     W. C. Kelly Barge Line Freight Barge 464 14-Jun-27 A.B.L. 19 1927
59 175056   W. C. Kelly Barge Line Freight Barge 464 30-Jul-27 A.B.L. 20 1927
60 226269 W. A. Shepherd W. C. Kelly Barge Line Towboat 267 15-Apr-27  
61 226725 Duncan Bruce W. C. Kelly Barge Line Towboat 357 15-Jul-27  
62 240086 F. H. Hilliard US Army Corps of Engineers Survey Boat 150 12-Nov-27 Sold 1940 as Hugh C. Blaske, later Mississippi
63 262468 Tecumseh US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 199 28-Apr-28 Sold 1950 as W. C. White, Robin D 1971, Cotton Blossom 1973, active
64 251239 General Humphreys US Army Corps of Engineers Inspection Boat 100 29-Mar-28 Sold 1946 as Sarah R
65 227558 Criterion Charles Ward Eng. Towboat 53 1-May-28 D. W. Wyatt 1963, Criterion 1985
66 227557 Alpha Alpha Sand Co. Towboat 75 7-Jul-28  
67 227830 Bull Dog Charles Ward Eng. Towboat 54 16-Jul-28 Pure Gyrol 19??, D. L. Gilland 1949, active
68 252842 Captain Eric Bergland US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 47 30-Jul-28 Sold 1947 as Sarah, Jeannette B 1987, active
69 228188 Dwight F. Davis Inland Waterways Corp. Towboat 311 25-Apr-29 Chickasaw 19??
70 227779 Incor International Cement Towboat 221 19-Aug-28  
71     US Army Corps of Engineers Maneuver Boat   27-Sep-28  
72     US Army Corps of Engineers Maneuver Boat   27-Sep-28  
73   Captain George US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 61   Exploded before delivery, see hull 79
74   Tom Stallings US Army Corps of Engineers Snag Boat 268 17-Apr-29  
75 228076 Major Kelley's Creek Barge Towboat 59 10-Dec-28 Active
76 229186 Leo Charles Ward Eng. Towboat 46 1929 Slade Brown 19??, Southern II 19??
77     US Army Corps of Engineers Mooring Barge   10-May-29  
78     US Army Corps of Engineers Mooring Barge   25-May-29  
79 515342 Captain George US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 61 30-Jun-29 Sold 1968 as Captain George, Kurt R. Luedtke 1973,  Captain George 1991, active
80   Beverly US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 79 20-Aug-29  
81 294724 Unique Harold M. Ward Yacht 31 20-Aug-29  
82 252861 Stanton US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 57 15-Feb-30 Sold 1947 as Wm. R. Farrell
83 230102 Indiana Mississippi Valley B.L. Towboat 913 21-Sep-30  
84 230103 Louisiana Mississippi Valley B.L. Towboat 913 19-Dec-30  
85 270212 Scott US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 121 7-Dec-30 Sold as Scott, later L.D. No. 419, Robin D Too 1973, P. A. Denny 1975
86 268891 Fort Armstrong US Army Corps of Engineers Towboat 107 20-Nov-30 Sold as  Kathryn, later Tina M. White
87             Not used
88 230635 Henry A. Laughlin Vesta Coal Co. Towboat 416 27-Apr-31 T. R. Workman 19??
89 230636 Vesta Vesta Coal Co. Towboat 416 May-31 James A. Rankin 1948, Mike Creditor 1952, Orco 1954, J. S. Lewis 1955, active