Simms Bros., Dorchester MA

Most recent update: January 2, 2015.


William E. and Eric J. Simms started this fine yachtbuilding yard on Freeport Street, in Dorchester, in 1933, on the site previously occupied by G. F. Lawson & Son.  Unfortunately, it had to close in 1957 when the site was compulsorily acquired by the D.P.W. to make room for the Southeast Expressway.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com 

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type Tons Ft. Del'y Disposition
Built by G. F. Lawson & Son
  262191       9 31 1925 Later Bigelow 1951
  281480     Yacht 10 34 1927 Later Albigor 1960
  260360     Yacht 14 41 1930 Later Altura 1950
  274487     Passenger 13 41 1930 Later Crosswinds 1957
  230693 Mahdee Alexander Moffat Yacht 28 47 1931 Later Pandora II, Privateer, now Mahdee
Built by Simms Bros.
  233751 Espada Henry Warren Yacht 16 36 1935 Later Griquet, High Seas, H B Gan, Espada, High Seas
    Moosebec A. S. Nielsen Sloop 7 34 1937 Later Atea
  286774 Milky Way   Yacht 8 37 1937  
  270829 Ben Gunn   Bugeye 8 37 1938  
237590 Mercury James J. Storrow Yacht 17 46 1938 To UK, to Spain as Dama Espanola
  239013 Tyrone A. C. Tener Yacht 29 56 1939 Later William H. Thorndike, now Tyrone
      U.S. Navy Mine Yawl     1940 ? boats
  240451 William Underwood William Underwood Freighter 42 66 1941 Later Marion H, now William Underwood
      U.S. Navy Harbor Barge     1941 5 barges
  251479 T 1 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 46 65 Sep-42 Sold 1947 as Rockaway Belle
  298162 T 2 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Sep-42 Sold 1965 as Carol T, later Mystic Miss
    T 3 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo   65 Sep-42  
    T 4 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo   65 Sep-42  
  na SC 977 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110 19-Nov-42 To Free French 1944 as CH 94, P 702 1951, scrapped 1959
  na SC 978 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110 8-Dec-42 To Free French 1944 as CH 145
  na SC 979 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110 9-Jan-43 To Free French 1944 as CH 146, P 697 1951, scrapped 1958
  251482 SC 980 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110 5-Feb-43 To MARAD 1946, Conroe 1947
  255555 SC 1329 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110 8-May-43 To USCG 1945 as Air Scoter (WAVR 482), sold as Elmar, sank in Jax 1979
  255918 SC 1330 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110 29-May-43 Sold 1948 as Signal III, Wanderer 1955, Kings Pointer 1964, El Pronto II 1973, Orion 1975
  na SC 1331 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110 2-Jul-43 To Free French 1944 as CH 6
  256749 SC 1332 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110 6-Aug-43 Sold 1948 as Dinky
  na SC 1492 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110 22-Apr-44 To the USSR 1944 as BO-218
  na SC 1493 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110 22-Jun-44 To the USSR 1944 as BO-231
  na SC 1494 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110   Cancelled
  na SC 1495 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 110   Cancelled
  na P 576 US Army Boat, Rescue   85 1944  
  284990 P 577 US Army Boat, Rescue   85 1944 Later Q 215, Pami 1961, Galaxie 1963
  na P 578 US Army Boat, Rescue   85 1944  
  na P 579 US Army Boat, Rescue   85 1944 To USAF as R-1-683
  na P 580 US Army Boat, Rescue   85 1944  
  na P 581 US Army Boat, Rescue   85 1945 To USAF as R-1-684, museum
  na P 582 US Army Boat, Rescue   85 1945 To USAF as R-1-685
  na P 583 US Army Boat, Rescue   85 1945 To USAF as R-1-686, destroyed 1952
  248978 Tautog W. H. Forbes Freighter 35 60 1945  
  286131     Yacht 11 31 1946 Later Elaine 1961
  261694     Yacht 17 45 1947 Later Stormy Petrel 1951
282994   Yacht 10 31 1948 Later Hago 1960, Happy Fellas 1964
  255099 Argyll William T. Moore Yacht 20 49 1948  
  255701 Gaffir Richard E. Danielson Yacht 22 39 1948 NLD 1993
  256350 Katuna Mrs Gilbert Verney Yacht 16 44 1948 Later Sagola, Amigo, Kim
  260945 Versatile Harold S. Vanderbilt Yacht 119 81 1950 Later Windroad, sunk in Colombia
    Venture III George Ford Yacht 15 45 1950 Later Magic Venture 1962, now Bounty
    MSB 10 US Navy Minesweeping Boat 42 57 1954  
    MSB 11 US Navy Minesweeping Boat 42 57 1954 Later Junie B 1971, foundered 1976
  503629 MSB 12 US Navy Minesweeping Boat 42 57 1954 Later MS 12 1966, Flamingo, NLD 1990
    MSB 13 US Navy Minesweeping Boat 42 57 1954  
    MSB 40 US Navy Minesweeping Boat 42 57 1954  
    MSB 41 US Navy Minesweeping Boat 42 57 1954 To Panama 1993 as Bastimentos (L 17), retired 2003
    MSB 42 US Navy Minesweeping Boat 42 57 1954  
    MSB 43 US Navy Minesweeping Boat 42 57 1954  
    MSB 44 US Navy Minesweeping Boat 42 57 1954  
    C-25701 US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat   46 1956  
    C-2571 US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat   46 1956  
    C-2572 US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat   46 1956  
    C-2573 US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat   46 1956  
    C-2574 US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat   46 1956  
    C-2575 US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat   46 1956  
    C-2576 US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat   46 1956  
    C-2577 US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat   46 1956  
    C-2578 US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat   46 1956  
    C-2579 US Navy Air-Sea Rescue Boat   46 1956