Eastern Shore Shipbuilding, Sharptown MD

(formerly Sharptown Marine Railway)

Most recent update: June 10, 2018.


The shipyard that came to be known as Sharptown Marine Railway was originally established by Matthew Marine in or around 1818 and was primarily a maintenance facility, shifting to new construction, only after the Civil War.  It failed just before World War One and, after a very brief spell as White Shipbuilding, was restructured as Eastern Shore Shipbuilding, building harbor tugs.  Unfortunately, it had no success in this market and closed after the war.  The yard was at the foot of Railway Street, where Cope Bennett Park is now: see the site from the air on Google here.  Its record is not well documented and a bit confusing, especially with regard to the wartime output: if anyone can add to or otherwise improve the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com 

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Ft. Delivery Disposition
Built by Sharptown Marine Railway
  106222 Alice Horner   Schooner 18 45 1883  
  76764 John Q. Ferguson   Schooner 129 105 1888 Later Virginia
  161006 Katie Allmond   Schooner 43 66 1890  
  126732 Charles L. Rohde   Schooner 215 125 1891  
  3699 Bessie May   Freighter 9 41 1896  
  77514 J. W. Knowles   Schooner 57 83 1901  
    Dora   Schooner 177   1903  
  201078 Nettie M   Freighter 9 41 1904  
  201918 Alice P. Turner   Schooner 192 127 1905  
  203157 Annapolis   Schooner 466 180 1906 Later Pittston
  166280 Louise O. Crane   Barge 392   1906  
  204036 Albert W. Robinson   Schooner 498 163 1907  
  204802 Severn   Schooner 780 206 1907  
  205443 T. J. Hooper   Schooner 722 204 1908  
  205800 Nantocoke   Schooner 771 204 1908  
  206175 Richmond   Schooner 288 135 1909  
  206181 Idyl Wilde   Yacht 16 57 1909 Later Mayme
  207312 Anna R. Hildritter   Schooner 694 185 1910  
  207735 Mingarell   Yacht 13 41 1910 Later Elviro
Built by White Shipbuilding
  215687 Purnell T. White   Schooner 751 184 1917 Hulked 1934
Built by Eastern Shore Shipbuilding
  217629 William M. Mills William M. Mills Tug 207 103 1919 Later D. F. McAllister, NLD 1940
  217663 James Dougherty Erie Basin Towing Tug 263 121 1919 Abandoned 1941
  218875 Harry G. Lytle Erie Basin Towing Tug 266 121 1919 Abandoned 1941
  219315 John Fay Todd Shipyards Harbor Tug 99 80 1919  
  219316 John E. Dealy Todd Shipyards Harbor Tug 99 80 1919  
  219318 Anandale Anandale Corp. Schooner 1,630 227 1919  
      Anandale Corp. Schooner 1,630 227   No record: cancelled ?
      Anandale Corp. Schooner 1,630 227   No record: cancelled ?
  221596 Vulcan I   Harbor Tug 173 94 1919 Later Seneca, Catherine McAllister, NLD 1960
  221597 Vulcan II   Harbor Tug 173 94 1919 Later Lafayette, St. Martin, scrapped 1956
  222450 Harbor Tug No. 57 U.S. Navy Harbor Tug 99 80 1919 Later YT 57, sold 1922 as Penn Manor, later Ralph E. Matton
  223239 U.S.S.N.Y. 58 New York State Harbor Tug 99 80 1919 Later USCGC Chenango, sold as Chesapeake, scrapped 1955
        Harbor Tug       Cancelled
        Harbor Tug       Cancelled