Reliable Welding Works, Olympia WA

Most recent update: January 22, 2015.


Reliable Welding Works was started in 1940 by A. W. Lewis.  In 1970 it changed its name to Reliable Steel Fabrication, reflecting a change in its markets.  It was sold in 1998 and the site, at 1218 West Bay Drive Northwest, was recently described in a news report as having been abandoned: see it from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name or # Original Owner Type Tons Feet Built Disposition
  239393 Ranger   Tug 15 43 1940  
  251952 Jean S   Tug 94 69 1942  
  259420 Squaxin   Fishing Vessel 15 35 1942  
    Boissonault (ST 34) US Army Tug 100d 74 1942  
    Carpenter (ST 35) US Army Tug 100d 74 1942 Lost 1943
    Fox (ST 36) US Army Tug 100d 74 1942 Sold 
    Albert (ST 377) US Army Tug 100d 74 1942 Later Hagen, Serra de Sintra, Serra da Lapa.
    Irwin (ST 38) US Army Tug 100d 74 1942  
    Keach (ST 39) US Army Tug 100d 74 1942 Lost 1944
    ST 12 US Army Tug 100d 74 1943 Later Kingsbury
    ST 13 US Army Tug 100d 74 1943  
  253511 ST 14 US Army Tug 100d 74 1943 Sold as Western Cities
    ST 164 US Army Tug 100d 74 1943  
    ST 165 US Army Tug 100d 74 1943 Lost 1943
  256829 ST 166 US Army Tug 100d 74 1943 Later Gary Foss, Pacific Rocket, Bronco, now Swinomish.
    ST 167 US Army Tug 100d 74 1943  
    ST 168 US Army Tug 100d 74 1943  
    ST 169 US Army Tug 100d 74 1943 Later Isabella Stewart, Fraser Crown, now Pacific Buoy.
    ST 170 US Army Tug 100d 74 1943 Later George McGregor, lost 1949
    [one of above]   Tug 100d 74 1943 To Argentina as MOP 256B
    ST 734 US Army Tug   86 1944  
    ST 735 US Army Tug   86 1945 To Greece as Theseus
    ST 736 US Army Tug   86 1945  
    ST 737 US Army Tug   86 1945  
    ST 738 US Army Tug   86 1945  
    ST 739 US Army Tug   86 1945  
  247040 Joshua T   Tug  40 52 1944 Later Coot, Ruby VIII
  247536 Harstine II   Ferry 49 63 1945  
  248183 Clara-Ann   Fishing Vessel 27 45 1945  
  248798 Elmarue   Fishing Vessel 25 42 1945  
  249014 Sun Dial   Fishing Vessel 536 118 1945  
27 250021 F E Lovejoy Puget Sound Freight Cargo Vessel 472 170 1946 Later Denali, Laney S, Pacific Producer
  250145 Erlyndee   Yacht 41 46 1946  
  250225 Little Mike   Fishing Vessel 31 47 1946  
  251620 Kolo Young Brothers Tug 42 61 1947  
  259965 Willie K   Fishing Vessel 14 38 1950  
  260216 Centennial   Fishing Vessel 29 45 1950  
    Brynn Foss Foss Towing Tug 96 68 1952 Now Bengal Tiger
    Bayberry (WLI 65400) US Coast Guard Buoy Tender 70t 65 1954 Active
    Elderberry (WLI 65401) US Coast Guard Buoy Tender 70t 65 1954 Active
36 529534 Cedar King Dunlap Towing Tug  19 37 1970 Active