Merchant Shipbuilding, Bristol PA

Most recent update: March 11, 2016.


Averell Harriman and his partners in American Ship & Commerce Corporation considered that the main Merchant Shipbuilding yard in Chester PA was not well suited to mass production and built a ship factory in Bristol that was similar to the Hog Island and Submarine shipyards.  The yard was located on Radcliffe Street, at Bristol Street: the General Stores and Mold Loft building is still there.  See the site, which appears to be a marina now, from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com.

Yard # USSB # O.N. Name Owner Type GT Delivery Disposition
1 597 217588 Cabegon U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,107 Mar-19 Scrapped 1931
2 598 217392 Wathena U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,107 Feb-19 To USN as SP 3884, scrapped 1937
3 599 217103 Watonwan U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,107 Feb-19 To USN as SP 3872, scrapped 1930
4 600 217545 Waubesa U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,107 Feb-19 Scrapped 1931
5 601 217815 Wauconda U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,065 Apr-19 Scrapped 1933
6 602 218019 Waukau U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,126 May-19 Later Alcoa Voyager 1940, Reconquista 1947, scrapped 1961
7 603 218280 Waxahatchie U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,126 Jun-19 Scrapped 1933
8 604 218754 Waxhaw U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,126 Sep-19 Later Mercer Victory 1919, Alcoa Rambler 1941, torpedoed and lost 1942
9 605 218348 Winyah U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,126 Jul-19 Scrapped 1931
10 606 218281 Wonewoc U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,126 Jul-19 Later Neshaminy 1919, scrapped 1930
11 607 218137 Intan U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,126 Jun-19 Scrapped 1931
12 608 217715 Wynooche U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,065 Apr-19 Scrapped 1930
13 609 218428 Deneson U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,126 Jul-19 Later Costigan 1919, scrapped 1933
14 610 218698 Benecus U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 6,126 Aug-19 Later Kittegaun 1919, scrapped 1938
15 611 218923 Bonnie Brook U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,989 Sep-19 Later Epitacio Pessoa, scrapped 1938
16 612 219011 Auditor U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,989 Oct-19 Converted to barge 1932, scrapped 1951
17 613 219036 Bensalem U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,989 Nov-19 Later Alcoa Carrier 1941, torpedoed and lost 1942
18 614 219216 Lycoming U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,989 Nov-19 Scrapped 1931
19 615 219319 Denango U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,989 Dec-19 Later Kayseeka 1919, scrapped 1931
20 616 219261 Orysa U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,989 Dec-19 Later Bavington 1919, scrapped 1930
21 617 219420 Bavington U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,989 Jan-20 Later Mitchell 1920, scrapped 1938
22 618 219571 Zehna U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,989 Mar-20 Later City of Alma 1920, torpedoed and lost 1943
23 619 219447 Avenis U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,989 Mar-20 Later Delanson 1920, Exilona 1925,  Sea Thrush 1937, torpedoed and lost 1942
24 620 219643 Delanson U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,990 Mar-20 Later Davenport 1920, Alcoa Shipper 1940, torpedoed and lost 1942
25 621 219858 Assonet U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,990 May-20 Later Evergreen City 1920, hulked 1934
26 622 219918 Asnebanskit U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,990 Jun-20 Later Waterbury 1920, torpedoed and lost 1942
27 623 219800 Arizpa U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,990 Apr-20 Scrapped 1948
28 624 219991 Aranca U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,990 Jul-20 Later Salaam 1920, Andrew Jackson 1940, torpedoed and lost 1942
29 625 220518 Algic U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Aug-20 Later Mogotes 1947, Antartida 1958, scrapped 1960
30 626 220623 Vaba U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Sep-20 Later Gateway City 1920, scrapped 1946
31 627 220520 Yaka U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Sep-20 Torpedoed and lost 1942
32 628 220681 Yakuskin U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Oct-20 Later Bonnie Brook 1920, scrapped 1938
33 629 220717 Yapalaga U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Oct-20 Later Beauregard 1940, Mendelev 1945, scrapped 1970
34 630 220770 Yalza U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Nov-20 Scrapped 1938
35 631 220807 Wahcona U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Dec-20 Later Emergency Aid 1920, West Portal 1939, torpedoed and lost 1943
36 632 220878 Wacosta U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Dec-20 Torpedoed and lost 1942
37 633 220945 Nacata U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Jan-21 Hulked 1934
38 634 220989 Naamhok U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Jan-21 Later Exarch 1938, Bienville 1937, bombed and lost 1942
39 635 221027 Priapus U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Feb-21 Later Ala 1921, Black Condor 1935, Empire Lapwing 1941, Belgian Fighter 1942, torpedoed and lost 1942
40 636 221089 Nautukka U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,976 Feb-21 Later Arden 1921, scrapped 1938