Birchfield Shipbuilding, Tacoma WA

Most recent update: January 14, 2015.


Birchfield Shipbuilding & Boiler Co., Inc., was located on the west side of the Blair Waterway, in the Port of Tacoma.  The yard built some fishing vessels in the years immediately after the war but has been gone for a long time now.  If anyone has any information either about the yard itself or about the ships it built, please send it to me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type LDT Delivered Disposition
  572495 WLI 65302 US Coast Guard Tender 39g 1942 Later named Blueberry, sold 1976 as Blueberry, active
1   Port Angeles US Maritime Commission Yard Tug 325 3-Apr-42 To USN 1942 as Hiawatha (YT 265), sold 1990 as Hiawatha, then Point San Pablo, Delta Lindsey
2   Port Blakely US Maritime Commission Yard Tug  325 16-Mar-42 To USN 1942 as Pocahontas (YT 266), sold 1972 as Sea Lark, then Lark, Sea Lark
3   Port Discovery US Maritime Commission Yard Tug  325 23-Dec-42 To USN 1942 as Pogatacut (YT 267), sold 1970, scrapped
4   Port Ludlow US Maritime Commission Yard Tug  325 8-Mar-43 To USN 1942 as Red Cloud (YT 268), scrapped 1987
5   Port Madison US Maritime Commission Yard Tug  325 26-Apr-43 To USN 1942 as Sakarissa (YT 269), to MARAD 1974 as TD 64, now at Amphib. Forces Memorial Museum
6   Port Orchard US Maritime Commission Yard Tug  325 19-May-43 To USN 1942 as Santanta (YT 270), sold 1972 as Sea Fox, scrapped 1976
7 276959 FS 48 US Army Freighter 168g 1943 Sold as Birchfield, then f/v Wm Fraser, now Viking
8   FS 49 US Army Freighter 168g 1943  
9 254816 FS 50 US Army Freighter 168g 1943 Sold as Tolstoi, then Heron
10   FS 51 US Army Freighter 168g 1943 To the Philippines as Governor Roosevelt
11   FS 52 US Army Freighter 168g 1943  
12   FS 53 US Army Freighter 168g 1943  
13   FS 54 US Army Freighter 168g 1943 To the Philippines as Governor Stimson
14   FS 55 US Army Freighter 168g 1943  
15   FS 91 US Army Freighter 168g 1943-44 To the Philippines as Princesa de Beliran
16   FS 92 US Army Freighter 168g 1943-44  
17   FS 93 US Army Freighter 168g 1943-44  
18   FS 94 US Army Freighter 168g 1943-44  
19   FS 95 US Army Freighter 168g 1943-44 To the Philippines as Governor Murphy
20   FS 96 US Army  Freighter 168g 1943-44  
    one of the above US Army Freighter 168g 1943 Sold 1947 as Tai Fung, barge 1950
21   ST 680 US Army Small Tug 156g 1944-45 Sold 19xx as Naytellinas
22   ST 681 US Army Small Tug 156g 1944-45  
23   ST 682 US Army Small Tug 156g 1944-45  
24   ST 683 US Army Small Tug 156g 1944-45 Sold 194x as Aspen, then Ocean Joy, Macduff 1950
25   ST 684 US Army Small Tug 156g 1944-45  
26   ST 685 US Army Small Tug 156g 1944-45  
  287111 YTL 593 US Navy Yard Tug 53g 1945 Sold 1961 as Renown, active
    YTL 594 US Navy Yard Tug 53g 23-Oct-45 Sold 1982 as YTL 594, later John N
    YTL 595 US Navy Yard Tug 53g    
  284109 YTL 596 US Navy Yard Tug 53g   Sold as Thor
    YTL 597 US Navy Yard Tug 53g    
  251811 YTL 598 US Navy Yard Tug 53g   Sold as McClure Bay
    YTL 599 US Navy Yard Tug 53g    
    Bluebell (WAGL 313) US Coast Guard  Tender 178 24-Mar-45 Later WLI 313, active
  248779 Chicken of the Sea Harold Morgan Fishing 476g 1945 Later Southern Seas, sank 1968 in Panama
36   Lisboa   Tuna Boat   1946 Sank near the Galapagos 1947
37   Commander   Tuna Boat   1946 Sank near Islas Tres Marias
38   Seafarer Al Davies Tuna Boat   1947 Sank near Isla Cedros
  252293 Deep Sea Deep Sea Trawlers Inc  Fishing 197g 1947 Burnt 2012
  255936 Jimmy M   Fishing 35g 1948 Later John Michael, now Lynnie S
    Zimovia Wayne A. Davenport Fishing 35g 1948 Active
      Alfred & Robert Erickson Fishing   1948  
  257472 Situk Libby, McNeil and Libby  Fishing 35g 1949 Active
    Esther B   Fishing   1949  
  Mexico Carmelita II   Fishing   1950  
  259560 Libby No. 9 Libby, McNeil and Libby Fishing 28g 1950  
  259682 Libby No. 10 Libby, McNeil and Libby Fishing 28g 1950  
  259683 Libby No. 11 Libby, McNeil and Libby Fishing 28g 1950  
  261726 Libby No. 12 Libby, McNeil and Libby  Fishing 27g 1951 Active
  261920 Libby No. 14 Libby, McNeil and Libby Fishing 27g 1951  
  262149 Jeanne Lynn   Fishing 115g 1951  
    RPC C 13456-79 US Navy Patrol Craft   1965-66 24 river patrol craft built for service in Viet Nam