Crowninshield Shipbuilding, Somerset MA

Most recent update: January 24, 2015.


Crowninshield Shipbuilding was a small shipyard designed for the construction of ocean tugs for the U.S. Shipping Board and owned by the super-rich Crowninshield family.  Crowninshield kept on building tugs after the war was over and was one of the yards that built "six-bitters" for the Coast Guard in the mid-20s.  It closed in 1929.  The site was formerly that of the Reed Brothers Shipyard, at the south end of Riverway Road, in South Somerset, and is now occupied by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding and its neighbor, Fortier Boats: see it from the air on Google here.  Note that between 1920 and 1945 there was another commercial shipyard in Somerset, called Somerset Shipyard: its location is unclear. 

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Ft. Delivery Disposition
Built by Reed Brothers Shipyard
  203077 Crest Wilfred J. Gladue Passenger 8 31 1906  
  215845 Luther Little George D. Rogers Schooner 1,234 204 1917 Abandoned 1932
Built by Crowninshield Shipbuilding
  216630 Hesper Charles F. Webb Schooner 1,348 210 1918 Abandoned 1932
  217494 Fame (USSB #1233) U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 415 142 Jan-19 Scrapped 1948
  217642 Tartar (USSB #1231) U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 415 142 Apr-19 Scrapped 1939
  217722 Astrea (USSB #1229) U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 415 142 1919  
  217795 Cleopatra  (USSB #1230) U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 415 142 Jul-19 Burnt 1933
  217834 Quero U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 415 142 1919 Later Mary A. Bickel 1925, Cape Henry 1934, lost 1942
  217835 Volant (USSB #1232) U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 415 142 Oct-19 Scrapped 1937
     (USSB #1234) U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 415 142   Cancelled
     (USSB #2344-2349) U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 415 142   Cancelled
  217869 Centurion U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 415 142 1919 Scrapped 1934
  221021 Douglas Alexander U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 360 100 1920  
  221698 Perseverance U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 385 142 1919 Deleted 1953
  226123 H. J. Wheeler U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 421 142 1919 Burnt 1949
  227532 Glenn-Mayne U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 431 142 1918 Scrapped 1937
  229147 Hazard U. S. S. B. Oceangoing Tug 433 148 1919 Later Alphonse G 1923, Warrior 1929, deleted 1943
    CG 130 US Coast Guard Patrol Craft 37 75 1924-25  
    CG 131 US Coast Guard Patrol Craft 37 75 1924-25  
    CG 132 US Coast Guard Patrol Craft 37 75 1924-25  
    CG 133 US Coast Guard Patrol Craft 37 75 1924-25 To USN 1934 as YP 45, to MARAD 1946
    CG 134 US Coast Guard Patrol Craft 37 75 1924-25  
    CG 135 US Coast Guard Patrol Craft 37 75 1924-25  
    CG 136 US Coast Guard Patrol Craft 37 75 1924-25  
    CG 137 US Coast Guard Patrol Craft 37 75 1924-25  
    CG 138 US Coast Guard Patrol Craft 37 75 1924-25  
    CG 139 US Coast Guard Patrol Craft 37 75 1924-25  
  224598 Robert C. Bonham Jersey City Stockyards Tug 113 79 1925  
  226881 Betty Goodwin-Gallagher Tug 108 85 1927 Later Catherine Pope, Metropolitan No. 2, Rowen Card, Teresa McAllister
Built by Somerset Shipyard
  220471 Fame   Yacht 21 55 1920  
  223642 Catherine Demetrios Vergenes Fishing Vessel 12 35 1924  
  223926 Nina Frank Grinnell Fishing Vessel 17 41 1924  
  224877 Nirvana Ethel O. Portner Yacht 24 54 1925  
  228761 Francis and Marion Henrique Passion Fishing Vessel 19 44 1925  
  229181 Monalola Harry Benette Fishing Vessel 29 57 1929  
  229333 Anabelle R Antonio Morelli Fishing Vessel 34 52 1930  
  229839 Mardelle Howard Winslow Yacht 25 59 1930  
  230826 Yvette June William De Nadal Fishing Vessel 31 58 1931  
  232047 Barbara   Passenger 14 53 1932 Later Usona II
    BW 835-838 U.S. Army Water Barge   120 1943 4 barges
    BW 1039-1045 U.S. Army Water Barge   120 1943 7 barges
    BG ???-??? U.S. Army Gasoline Barge   120 1943 21 barges
  246567 Rosalie D. Morse   Fishing Vessel 153 89 1944  
  246778 Charles M. Fauci, Jr.   Fishing Vessel 152 80 1944 Later Brighton
  247037 Ohio   Fishing Vessel 159 89 1944  
  247286 Texas   Fishing Vessel 159 89 1945  
  247675 Hilda Garston   Fishing Vessel 150 89 1945  
  248546 Montreal   Fishing Vessel 159 89 1945 Later Montenegro 1945, Zebroid 1976
  248709 Florence & Lee   Fishing Vessel 159 89 1945