Frank W. Wheeler & Co., West Bay City MI

(later West Bay City Shipbuilding and AmShip West Bay City)

Most recent update: April 29, 2016.


The Wheeler shipyard was started by Captain Frank W. Wheeler in 1876, as Wheeler & Crane, but became F. W. Wheeler Company in 1880 and Frank W. Wheeler & Co. in 1889.  It was located on the Saginaw River, close to Third Street.  See the site from the air on Google here.  In 1899, Captain Wheeler sold it to The American Ship Building Company, who renamed it West Bay City Shipbuilding, initially, and then AmShip West Bay City, but closed it in 1908.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Built

Disposition

Built by Frank W. Wheeler & Co. (and predecessors)
1 90978 Mary Martini   Cargo Ship 91 1877 Built in Winona MI
2 140257 Luther Westover B. Boutel Tug 125 1877  
3 125649 Christina A Forbes   Tug 51 1878  
4 42646 Hanna B   Barge 98 1879  
5 91130 Marian Teller   Tug 33 1879  
6 125812 Charles W. Liken   Tug 36 1879  
7 140416 Lycoming Erie & Western Tptn Cargo Ship 1,609 1880 Burnt 1910
8 125858 Conemaugh Erie & Western Tptn Cargo Ship 1,609 1880 Wrecked 1906
9 85638 Geo. W. Cuyler   Tug 46 1880  
10 91383 Maud S   Tug 45 1881  
11 115769 Saginaw Valley M. J. Galvin Cargo Ship 720 1881 Later Meriden 1898, Kongo 1904, Overland 1917, breakwater 1925
12 120452 Fred McBrier James McBrier Cargo Ship 442 1881 In collision and sank 1890
13 85709 Galatea Jennison & Miller Cargo Ship 606 1882 Wrecked 1905
14 95683 Handy Boy   Ferry 25 1882  
15 155063 Osceola T. R. Weight Cargo Ship 980 1882 Later Golspie 1905, wrecked 1906
16 14413 Kittie M. Forbes C. McLachlan Cargo Ship 958 1883 Burnt 1902
17 115920 Sarah M. Smith   Tug 45 1883  
18 120577 Frank W. Wheeler Frank W. Wheeler Cargo Ship 797 1884  
19 106266 Alta J. B. Zerbe Cargo Ship 235 1884 Wrecked 1905
20 145372 Tempest   Tug 14 1884  
21 81048 Waldo A. Avery Hawgood & Avery Cargo Ship 1,294 1884 Later Phenix 1895, Liberty 1918, scrapped 1924
22 145402 T. S. Christie A. Peterson Cargo Ship 769 1885 Wrecked 1933
23 106368 A. Folsom Mitchell Tptn. Cargo Ship 672 1885 Later Trude R. Wiehe 1903, burnt 1910
24 3333 B. W. Arnold Mills Tptn. Cargo Ship 944 1885 Burnt 1896
25 95877 H. A. Hawgood Hawgood & Avery Cargo Ship 1,276 1886  
26 155124 Ossifrage Smith, Fee & Co. Psgr. Ship 432 1886 Wrecked 1919
27 81120 William H. Stevens Wards Line Cargo Ship 1,332 1886 Burnt 1902
28 81126 W. R. Stafford Hopkins Tptn. Cargo Ship 744 1886 Scrapped 1931
29 91872 Mabel Wilson C. D. Waterman Cargo Ship 1,224 1886 Foundered 1906
30 81145 Wm. H. Gratwick W. H. Gratwick Cargo Ship 1,688 1887 Later Fleetwood 1900, scrapped 1926
31 120676 Frank W. Wheeler D. C. Whitney Jr Cargo Ship 1,688 1887 Wrecked 1893
32 116174 Sitka Thos. Wilson Cargo Ship 1,790 1887 Wrecked 1904
33 85977 Gogebic Mills Tptn. Cargo Ship 1,620 1887 Later Green River 1921, scuttled 1932
34 91983 Mecosta D. Whitney Jr. Cargo Ship 1,776 1888 Scuttled 1922
35 135940 Elfin-Mere J. Gordon Cargo Ship 1,054 1888 Later Charles B. Packard 1902, sank 1906
36 145481 Tom Adams Adams & Farwell Cargo Ship 1,810 1888 Later Langham 1902, burnt 1910
37 85990 Geo. W. Morley Hawgood & Avery Cargo Ship 1,054 1888 Burnt 1897
38 91986 Moravia Hawgood & Avery Cargo Ship 1,067 1888 Later Brookdale, scrapped 1923
39 110766 Robert L. Freyer W. H. Gratwick Psgr. Ship 1,810 1888 Scuttled 1930
40 116217 Soo City Delta Tptn. Psgr. Ship 670 1888 Foundered 1908
41 116221 Servia Hawgood & Avery Cargo Ship 1,425 1888 Burnt 1898
42 120710 Frank D. Ewen Hawgood & Avery Cargo Ship 882 1888 Abandoned 1928
43 136001 Eber Ward Ward SS Line Cargo Ship 1,843 1888 Foundered 1909
44 76748 John V. Moran Ward SS Line Cargo Ship 1,350 1888 Sank 1899
45 86031 George W. Roby Roby Tptn. Cargo Ship 1,843 1889 Burnt 1906
46 76786 John M. Nicol Crescent Tptn. Cargo Ship 2,126 1889 Wrecked 1906
47 76792 John Mitchell Gratwick, Smith & Fryer Cargo Ship 1,865 1889 Later Major 1902, converted to dry-dock 1920, burnt 1941
48 120746 Fedora Jas. McBrier Cargo Ship 1,848 1889 Burnt 1901
49 130432 News Boy King & Voight Psgr. Ship 199 1889 Scrapped 1919
50 92078 Monarch   Tug 95 1889  
51 110815 Romeo   Cargo Ship 61 1889  
52 76795 Juliet   Cargo Ship 61 1889  
53 76798 John Plankington R. P. Fitzgerald Cargo Ship 1,821 1889 Sank 1917
54 150391 Plow Boy T. A. Bishop Psgr. Ship 114 1889  
55 150428 Post Boy R. Armstrong Psgr. Ship 123 1889  
56 140922 Lulu Eddy   Tug 19 1889  
57 120748 Fred B.   Tug 16 1889  
58 86060 George F. Williams Hawgood & Avery Cargo Ship 1,888 1889 Scrapped 1913
59 96006 H. Houghton H. Houghton Cargo Ship 332 1889 Burnt 1926
60 126550 Clarence J. Fillmore Mitchell & Co. Cargo Ship 410 1889 Abandoned 1929
61 76815 John A. Francomb Wayne Tptn. Cargo Ship 658 1889  
62 none Dredge No. 2 Bay City Dredging Dredge   1889  
63 130462 Nyanza Jas. McBrier Cargo Ship 1,888 1890 Later Landbo 1917, sank 1920
64 106706 A. C. Tuxbury W. H. Sawyer Cargo Ship 680 1890 Abandoned 1927
65 126609 C. E. Redfern W. H. Sawyer Cargo Ship 680 1890 Sank 1937
66 81253 W. H. Sawyer W. H. Sawyer Cargo Ship 747 1890 Sank 1928
67 136106 Edward Smith Wm. H. Gratwick Cargo Ship 748 1890 Later Zillah 1899, foundered 1926
68 126627 City of Chicago Graham & Morton Psgr. Ship 1,164 1890 Later City of St. Joseph 1916, sank 1942
69 136129 Emily P. Weed Hollister & Woodruff Cargo Ship 2,362 Aug-90 Later Savona 1897, wrecked 1905
70 92226 Mackinaw Saginaw Steel Cargo Ship 2,578 Oct-90 Later Sawa Maru 1916, torpedoed and lost 1917
71 130647 Newell A. Eddy   Cargo Ship 1,271 1890 Lost 1893
72 155181 Olive Jeanette W. A. Hawgood Cargo Ship 1,272 1890 Sank 1905
73 161010 Keweenaw Saginaw Steel Cargo Ship 2,511 May-91 Missing 1894
74 145555 Tampa D. C. Whitney Jr. Cargo Ship 1,972 1891 In collision and sank 1923
75 126653 Charles H. Bradley Bradley Lumber Cargo Ship 894 1890 Burnt 1931
76 98904 Michigan Canadian Pacific RR Ferry 1730 1891 Wrecked 1943
77 120812 F. & P. M. No. 5 Flint & Pere Marquette RR Psgr. Ship 1,722 1891 Later Pere Marquette 5 1902, foundered 1917
78 81317 William F. Sauber Mitchell & Co. Cargo Ship 2,053 1891 Sank 1903
79 116393 Sailor Boy R. Armstrong Psgr. Ship 162 1891  
80 100484 Iosco Mitchell & Co. Cargo Ship 2,051 May-91 Foundered 1905
81 none unknown Bay City Dredging 76' Scow   1891  
82 none unknown Bay City Dredging 76' Scow   1891  
83 27647 Yulu Geo. D. Emery Tug 340 Jul-91 Later Nicaragua 1917, Rotarian 1919, deleted 1931
84 na Lightship No. 51 U.S. Lightship Service Lightship 375 1892 Rammed and sunk 1924
85 na Lightship No. 52 U.S. Lightship Service Lightship 375 1892 Sold 1932
86 na Lightship No. 53 U.S. Lightship Service Lightship 375 1892 Sold 1953
87 na Lightship No. 54 U.S. Lightship Service Lightship 375 1892 Sold 1947
88 25289 Uganda Jas. McBrier Cargo Ship 2,054 Jul-92 Foundered 1913
89 81382 W. H. Gilbert Empire Tptn. Cargo Ship 2,856 1892 Sank in collision 1914
90 77028 John C. Fitzpatrick John C. Fitzpatrick Cargo Ship 1,270 1892  
91 126887 C. F. Biehlman Stewart Transport Cargo Ship 2,056 Aug-92 Scuttled 1926
92 81403 W. G. Wilmot W. G. Wilmot Tug 150 1892  
93 81427 William H. Gratwick Mitchell S.S. Co Cargo Ship 2,878 Apr-93 Later Minnekahta 1911, Glenyon 1914, wrecked 1924
94 116558 S. S. Curry Hawgood & Avery Cargo Ship 3,260 Jun-93 Later Elmore 1920, P. W. Sherman 1922, , E. G. Mathiott 1927, scrapped 1936
95 92514 Merida D. Whitney Jr. Cargo Ship 3,261 Jun-93 Foundered 1916
96 92503 Mary E. McLachlan C. McLachlan Cargo Ship 1,394 1893 Sank 1921
97 141272 L. R. Doty W. A. Hawgood Cargo Ship 2056 Jun-93 Foundered 1898
98 86261 George Stone M. A. Bradley Cargo Ship 1,841 Jul-93 Wrecked 1909
99 136363 Ed McWilliams Hope Tptn. Cargo Ship 744 1893 Later Dan Proctor, scuttled 1937
100 126994 Centurion Hopkins Tptn. Cargo Ship 3,401 1893 Later Alex B. Uhrig 1920, scrapped 1946
101 27656 Yukon Forbes & Wilson Cargo Ship 1,602 1893 Sank 1905
102 120929 Fashion   Tug 29 1893  
103 150670 Pleasure Detroit BJ&W Ferry Ferry 489 1894 Scrapped 1940
104 92601 Minnie E. Kelton P. C. Smith Cargo Ship 632 1894 Later Rochelle 1913, wrecked 1914
105 77170 John J. McWilliams J. Mitchell Cargo Ship 3,400 May-95 Later Central West 1916, M. J. Barthelme 1928, wrecked 1928
106 81507 Wapiti   Yacht 83 1895  
107 100597 J. Watson Stephenson Stephenson Tptn. Cargo Ship 639 1895 Scuttled 1935
108 150705 Penobscot Eddy Bros. & Co. Cargo Ship 3,402 Aug-95 Scrapped 1963
109 116676 Silver Spray   Tug 38 1895  
110 116684 Simon J. Murphy Murphy Bros. Cargo Ship 1,381 Oct-95 Later Melville Dollar 1901, Tallac 1907, wrecked 1920
111 161078 Katahdin H. W. McCormick Cargo Ship 1,381 Oct-95 In collision and sank 1918
112 141481 L. C. Waldo Roby Tptn Co Cargo Ship 4244 Mar-96 Later Riverton 1916, Mohawk Deer 1944, wrecked 1967
113 127131 City of Bangor Eddy Bros. & Co. Cargo Ship 3,690 Mar-96 Wrecked 1926
114 136547 E. W. Oglebay D. C. Whitney Cargo Ship 3,666 May-96 Scuttled 1927
115 141432 Lagonda Etna SS Co. Cargo Ship 3,647 Jul-96 Scrapped 1958
116 86367 George Stephenson Bessemer S.S. Co Cargo Ship 4,584 Oct-96 Scrapped 1963
117 77231 James Nasmyth Bessemer S.S. Co Barge 3,422 Aug-96 Later Merle H 1937, Pic River 1949, scrapped 1978
118 116741 Sir Isaac Lothian Bell Bessemer S.S.Co Barge 3,418 Oct-96 Later Blanche H 1937, Black River 1949, Tuxpancliffe 1979, scrapped 1983
119 150740 Pere Marquette Flint & Pere Marquette RR Ferry 5,580 Feb-97 Later Pere Marquette 15 1902, scrapped 1935
120 81561 W. LeBaron Jenney   Barge 3,422 1897 Later Colindoc, scrapped 1973
121 130738 Niagara J. L. Crosthwaite Cargo Ship 1,951 1897  
122 11163 Robert W. Wilmot W. G. Wilmot Tug 407 1897 To USN 1898 as Potomac (AT 50), sold 1922, deleted 1981
123 81584 William H. Brown W. H. Brown & Co Tug 470 Nov-97 To USN 1898 as Piscataqua (AT 49), barge in Manila 1931
124 116841 Samuel F. B. Morse Bessemer S.S. Co Laker 4,936 Aug-98 Later Wychem 105 1954, scrapped 1974
125 77308 John Fritz Bessemer S.S. Co Barge 4,693 1898 Scuttled 1968
126 77310 John A. Roebling Bessemer S.S.Co Barge 4,693 1898 Scuttled 1968
127 77362 Jesse Spalding Spalding Lumber Co Cargo Ship 1,043 Jul-99 Later Mooremack 1916, Vindal 1918, Cordova 1923, J. C. Pearson 1925, Rockwood 1935, scrapped 1963
After the sale of his shipyard to American Ship Building  Wheeler ordered these next two hulls for himself from Craig Shipbuilding as their Hulls 85 & 86
128 3904 Buckman United Fruit SS Co. Psgr. Ship 1,820 Dec-01 Subcontracted to Craig SB, later Admiral Evans 1914, scrapped 1936
129 81788 Watson United Fruit SS Co. Psgr. Ship 1,820 Dec-01 Subcontracted to Craig SB, later Admiral Watson 1915, scrapped 1935
Built by West Bay City Shipbuilding/AmShip West Bay City
39 100707 Isaac L. Ellwood Pittsburgh S.S. Co. Laker 5,085 May-00 Subcontract from Cleveland SB, scrapped 1961
40 81702 William Edenborn Pittsburgh S.S. Co. Laker 5,085 Jun-00 Subcontract from Cleveland SB, scrapped 1962
600 117033 A. D. Werner Calumet Transportation Barge 2,279 Apr-01 Scrapped 1950
601 107635 A. W. Thompson Calumet Transportation Barge 2,279 Apr-01 Scrapped 1920
602 141717 Lake Shore J. C. Gilchrist Laker 3,871 Jun-01 Later Indys 1913, Altadoc 1926, wrecked 1927
603 86569 Gilchrist J. C. Gilchrist Laker 3,871 Jun-01 Later Lupus 1913, Prindoc 1926, sank 1943
604 136977 Etruria Robert B. Wallace Laker 4,744 Apr-02 In collision and sank 1905
605 3925 Bransford H. A. Hawgood Laker 4,744 Apr-02 Later John H. McLean 1916, Clifford F. Hood 1944, scrapped 1974
606 141793 L. C. Smith United States Tptn. Laker 4,744 May-02 Later Sweden 1916, scrapped 1961
607 107778 A. E. Stewart A. E. Stewart Laker 3,943 Jul-02 Later Glenorchy 1919, sank after collision 1924
608 86667 G. Watson French C. W. Elphicke Laker 3,883 Apr-03 Later Henry P. Werner 1923, John J. Boland Jr. 1937, Algoway 1940, scrapped 1964
609 117248 Sinaloa Superior S.S. Co Laker 4,539 May-03 Later William F. Rapprich 1924, Sinaloa 1928, Stonefax 1960, scrapped 1971
610 117266 Sonoma Duluth S.S. Co Laker 4,539 Jun-03 Later David S. Troxel 1924, Sonoma 1928, Fred L. Hewitt 1947, scrapped 1962
611 200378 Frank W. Gilchrist Gilchrist Tptn Co Laker 4,551 Oct-03 Later Cepheus 1913, Mantadoc 1926, R. G. Sanderson 1963, scrapped 1983
612 200479 J. L. Weeks Gilchrist Tptn Co Laker 4,551 Nov-03 Later Corvus 1913, scrapped 1950
613 201840 Sylvania Duluth S.S. Co Laker 6,272 Apr-05 Later D. M. Philbin 1915, Sylvania 1930, scrapped 1983
614 202088 Socapa Superior S.S. Co Laker 6,272 Jun-05 Later George G. Barnum 1915, Hennepin 1937, scrapped 1975
615 202443 Henry C. Frick Pittsburgh S.S. Co Laker 6,490 Sep-05 Later Michipicoten 1964, scrapped 1972
616 202867 James B. Wood Gilchrist Tptn Co Laker 7,159 Mar-06 Later Arcturus 1913, sank under tow 1962
617 202910 John Sherwin Gilchrist Tptn Co Laker 7,159 Mar-06 Later Saturn 1958, George M. Steinbrenner 1958, Kinsman Venture 1969, scuttled 1970
618 203184 Charles Weston Tonawanda Transit Laker 6,996 Jun-06 Later J. Leonard Replogle 1916, Saucon 1925, scrapped 1950
619 203507 Daniel J. Morrell Cambria S.S.Co Laker 7,239 Sep-06 Broke in two and sank 1966
620 203658 James S. Dunham Chicago Nav Co Laker 4,795 Nov-06 Later Lynford E. Geer 1926, Otto M. Reiss 1934, scrapped 1972
621 203974 General Garretson Wilson Transit Co. Laker 6,765 Apr-07 Later E. J. Kulas 1935, Powhatan 1936, Charles A. Paul 1937, B. F. Jones 1956, scrapped 1973
622 203980 H. P. McIntosh Wilson Transit Co. Laker 6,765 Apr-07 Later Edward S. Kendrick 1934, scrapped 1973
623 204136 Henry Phipps Pittsburgh S.S. Co Laker 7,240 1907 Scrapped 1976
624 204346 Hemlock Interlake S.S. Co Laker 4,796 Jul-07 Scrapped 1960
76 204631 Arthur H. Hawgood H. A. Hawgood Laker 6,486 1907 Subcontract from Chicago SB, scrapped 1978
173 204864 Caldera Croxton SS Co. Laker 6,328 1908 Subcontract from Detroit SB, scrapped 1968
625 205106 Alexis W. Thompson Valley S.S. Co Laker 6,436 Jul-08 Later W. H. Becker 1922, Edward N. Saunders Jr. 1933, Ernest R. Johnson 1955, scrapped 1962
626 205250 W. R. Woodford Hawgood S.S. Co Laker 6,929 Jun-08 Later N. F. Leopold 1912, E. J. Block 1944, scrapped 1987