Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Superior WI

Most recent update: July 2, 2013.


Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., took over Lake Superior Shipbuilding at the outset of the war.  The yard was located at North 1st and Hammond Avenue: you can see the site from the air on Google here.

Hull # O.N.

Original Name

Original Owner Type MC # LDT Delivered Disposition
Built by Lake Superior Shipbuilding
101 YO 46 Bullwheel US Navy Oiler   1,731 21-Oct-42 To Philippine owners 1964
 102 YO 47 Casinghead US Navy Oiler   1,731 12-Nov-42 Struck 1997
Built by Walter Butler Shipbuilders
1 169573 John W. Arey MoWT N3-S-A1 399 1,791 Dec-42 To Britain, sold 1951, sank 1971
2 169619 Rodney Baxter MoWT N3-S-A1 400 1,791 May-43 To Britain, sold 1951, wrecked 1958 but repaired, sank 1972 but raised, lost in the Mekong River 1974
3 169608 Richard Bearse MoWT N3-S-A1 401 1,791 May-43 To Britain, sold 1949, scrapped 1961
4 169922 William Brewster MoWT N3-S-A1 402 1,791 May-43 To Britain, in collision and sank in the St. Clair River 1943 but raised and repaired, sold 1949, scrapped 1967
5 169577 William Bursley MoWT N3-S-A1 403 1,791 May-43 To Britain, mined in the North Sea 1945 but repaired, sold 1949, in collision 1954 but repaired, wrecked 1964
6 169602 Ashman J. Clough MoWT N3-S-A1 404 1,791 May-43 To Britain, torpedoed and lost in the English Channel 26-Aug-44
7 169600 Calvin Coggin MoWT N3-S-A1 405 1,791 Jun-43 To Britain, sold 1949, wrecked and scrapped 1962
8 169613 Jesse G. Cotting MoWT N3-S-A1 406 1,791 Jun-43 To Britain, sold 1949, scrapped
9 169596 Josiah P. Cressey MoWT N3-S-A1 407 1,791 Jun-43 To Britain, sold 1947, sunk by gunfire in the Yangtze River 1949
10 169601 Tully Crosby MoWT N3-S-A1 408 1,791 Jun-43 To Britain, sold 1949, burnt and sank 1965
11 169612 Elkanah Crowell MoWT N3-S-A1 409 1,791 Jun-43 To Britain, sold 1951 as Inchulva, scrapped
12 169618 Justin Doane MoWT N3-S-A1 410 1,791 Jun-43 To Britain, sold 1947, sunk by gunfire near Chienchow 1950
13 169711 Asa Eldridge MoWT N3-S-A1 411 1,791 Jul-43 To Britain, sold 1951, scrapped
14 169607 Anthony Enright MoWT N3-S-A1 412 1,791 Jul-43 To Britain, sold 1950, scrapped 1964
15 169713 Watson Ferris MoWT N3-S-A1 413 1,791 Jul-43 To Britain, wrecked and scrapped 1950
16 169675 Bailey Foster MoWT N3-S-A1 414 1,791 Jul-43 To Britain, sold 1949, scrapped 1971
17 169665 Gurden Gates MoWT N3-S-A1 415 1,791 Jul-43 To Britain, sold 1949, burnt and abandoned 1967
18 169727 Moses Gay MoWT N3-S-A1 416 1,791 Jul-43 To Britain, sold 1951, wrecked and scrapped 1959
19 PF 22 Gloucester WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1433 1,430 10-Dec-43 To USSR 1945 as EK-26, to Japan 1853 as Tsuge (PF 292), struck 1970, to Korea 1973 for spare parts
20 PF 23 Shreveport WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1434 1,430 24-Apr-44 Scrapped 1947
21 PF 24 Muskegon WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1435 1,430 16-Dec-43 Weather ship 1944, to USCG 1946 as WPF 24, to France 1947 as Mermoz (F 14), scrapped 1958
22 PF 25 Charlottesville WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1436 1,430 10-Apr-44 To USSR 1945 as EK-1, to Japan 1953 as Maki (PF 298), scrapped 1972
23 PF 26 Poughkeepsie WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1437 1,430 6-Sep-44 To USSR 1945 as EK-25, to Japan 1953 as Momi (PF 284), to Korea 1969 for spare parts, scrapped 1972
24 PF 27 Newport WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1438 1,430 8-Sep-44 To USSR 1945 as EK-27, to Japan 1953 as Kaede (PF 293), no longer active
25 PF 28 Emporia WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1439 1,430 12-Jun-44 Weather ship 1944, to France 1945 as Le Verrier, scrapped 1958
26 PF 29 Groton WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1440 1,430 5-Sep-44 To Colombia 1947 as Almirante Padilla (FG 11), struck 1965
27 PF 30 Hingham WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1441 1,430 3-Nov-44 Weather ship 1944, scrapped 1947
28 PF 31 Grand Rapids WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1442 1,430 26-Oct-44 Weather ship 1944, scrapped 1947
29 PF 32 Woonsocket WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1443 1,430 27-Jul-44 Weather ship 1944, to Peru 1947 as Tenente Galvez (F 1) 1947, scrapped 1961
30 PF 33 Dearborn WSA S2-S2-AQ1 1444 1,430 17-Jul-44 Weather ship 1944, scrapped 1947
31 AK 182 Gadsden WSA C1-M-AV1 2113 3,805 Sep-44 Sold 1947
32 AK 183 Glacier WSA C1-M-AV1 2114 3,805 Oct-44 Sold 1947, scrapped 1970
33 AK 184 Grainger WSA C1-M-AV1 2115 3,805 Sep-44 Sold 1947, scrapped 1960
34 AK 185 Gwinnett WSA C1-M-AV1 2116 3,805 Nov-44 Later AVS 5, sold 1947, wrecked 1968 and scrapped
35 AK 186 Habersham WSA C1-M-AV1 2117 3,805 Nov-44 Sold 1947
36 AK 187 Hennepin WSA C1-M-AV1 2118 3,805 Dec-44 Scrapped 1960
37 AK 188 Herkimer WSA C1-M-AV1 2119 3,805 Dec-44 To the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands 1973
38 AK 189 Hidalgo WSA C1-M-AV1 2120 3,805 Mar-45 Sold 1947
39 AK 190 Kenosha WSA C1-M-AV1 2121 3,805 Feb-45 Sold 1947, converted 1967 to drill ship Arabdrill 2
40 248952 Coastal Archer WSA C1-M-AV1 2122 3,805 Aug-45 Transfer to USN as Lebanon (AK 191) cancelled, sold 1947
41 248954 Coastal Expounder WSA C1-M-AV1 2123 3,805 Aug-45 Transfer to USN as Lehigh (AK 192) cancelled, sold 1947, scrapped 1969
42 248957 Coastal Ringleader WSA C1-M-AV1 2124 3,805 Apr-45 Transfer to USN as Lancaster (AK 193) cancelled, sold 1947
43 248959 Coastal Spartan WSA C1-M-AV1 2125 3,805 Apr-45 Transfer to USN as Marengo (AK 194) cancelled, sold 1947, drill ship Cyclone 1972, fish processor ship Northern Victor 1980
44 248955 Coastal Harbinger WSA C1-M-AV1 2126 3,805 Apr-45 Transfer to USN as Midland (AK 195) cancelled, sold 1947, scrapped 1970
45 248683 Coastal Herald WSA C1-M-AV1 2127 3,805 May-45 Transfer to USN as Minidoka (AK 196) cancelled, sold 1947, scrapped 1977
46 248059 Phoebe Knot WSA C1-M-AV1 2128 3,805 May-45 Sold 1947
47 248117 Chain and Crown WSA C1-M-AV1 2129 3,805 Jun-45 Sold 1947, scrapped 1969
48 247893 Cinch Knot WSA C1-M-AV1 2130 3,805 May-45 Sold 1947
49 248168 Hawser Eye WSA C1-M-AV1 2131 3,805 Jun-45 Sold 1947
50 248356 Dragon Fly WSA C1-M-AV1 2132 3,805 Jul-45 Sold 1947, scrapped 1969
51 248570 Sampan Hitch WSA C1-M-AV1 2133 3,805 Aug-45 To USN 1964 as T-AGM 18, scrapped 1973
52 248566 Jacob's Ladder WSA C1-M-AV1 2134 3,805 Aug-45 Sold 1947
53     WSA C1-M-AV1   3,805   Transferred to Butler Duluth
54     WSA C1-M-AV1   3,805   Transferred to Butler Duluth
55     WSA C1-M-AV1   3,805   Transferred to Butler Duluth
56     WSA C1-M-AV1   3,805   Transferred to Butler Duluth
57     WSA C1-M-AV1   3,805   Transferred to Butler Duluth
58     WSA C1-M-AV1   3,805   Transferred to Butler Duluth