Merrill-Stevens Engineering, Jacksonville FL

(later Aerojet-General, Rawls Brothers and Jacksonville Shipyards)

Most recent update: September 11, 2014.


This shipyard was established by Jacob Brock in the 1850s: after Brock's death in 1877, it was sold to Alonzo Stevens, who teamed up with James Merrill, a blacksmith in South Jacksonville, and formed Merrill-Stevens Engineering.  The company relocated to Miami in the 1950s, where it is still in business, as Merrill-Stevens Dry Dock, Inc., describing itself as "Florida's oldest continuously operating company".  The shipyard in Jacksonville was then sold to Aerojet-General Corporation but resold in 1960 to Rawls Brothers, who renamed it Rawls Brothers Shipyard.  The Rawls sold it again in 1963 to Bill Lovett, who simultaneously bought Gibbs Gas Engine Company, the shipyard immediately across the river, and Bellinger Shipyards, in Jacksonville Beach, renaming them all Jacksonville Shipyards.  The new company was sold again in 1969, this time to Fruehauf Corporation.  Finally, in 1989, it was sold to Terex Corp., which closed all three shipyards for good in 1992, selling the two large floating dry-docks to the Arab Ship Repair Yard, (ASRY), in Bahrain.  The yard was located at 750 E. Bay Street, in downtown Jacksonville: it was to have been developed for residential and commercial use but still lies deserted.  See the site from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com 

Hull # O.N. USSB # Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Delivery Disposition
  126935   C. U. Sheppard   Tug 25 1892  
      Della     38 1893  
  127013   Crescent   Passenger 84 1893  
      Jamie     12 1894  
      Star     82 1894  
      Lawrence     259 1895  
  86328   Gopher   Cargo Ship 98 1895  
  96477   H. B. Plant   Passenger 189 1899  
  141724   Louise   Passenger 355 1901  
      City of Fayetteville     194 1902  
  201345   Duval   Ferry 348 1904  
      Swan     281 1904  
      Jose Pedro     828 1906  
      Sally D   Tanker 27 1911  
  211156   South Jacksonville East 34th Street Ferry Ferry 292 1913 Later Mount Holly
  211613   Osceola Clyde SS Co. Passenger 474 1913  
  214770   Pitirre Porto Rico Mercantile Tanker 258 1917  
  214960   Pedrito Boston Molasses Cargo Ship 296 1917  
  215128   Liborio Porto Rico Mercantile Tanker 258 1917  
  215841   W. M. Tupper Santa Ana SS Co. Cargo Ship 1,852 1917  
  na   Palmetto (WAGL 265) US Coast Guard Tender 170 19-Mar-17 Sold 1959
  216707   Choctaw Gulf Refining Tanker 369 1919  
  216586   Mohawk Gulf Refining Tanker 369 1919  
99 216815 1 Red Cloud US Shipping Board Cargo Ship

5,750

Aug-18 Composite ship, later Cortellazzo, scrapped 1925
100 216860 2 Apalachee              US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,750 Aug-18 Composite ship, scrapped 1925
101 216928 3 Botsford               US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,750 Sep-18 Composite ship, abandoned at Mallows Bay
102 216989 4 Kanabec                US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,750 Dec-18 Composite ship, burnt 1922 and scrapped
  na 5 Buckhannon  US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,750 Jun-19 Composite ship, built in Slidell LA, later Elena Valdez 1925, scrapped 1929
  na 6 Campello US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,750 Aug-19 Composite ship, built in Slidell LA, burnt 1922 and scrapped
  na 7-12   US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,750   Composite ships, to have been built in Slidell LA, but cancelled
103 218144 13 Ashbee        US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,750 Aug-19 Later Silverspruce 1927, Samoan 1936, Norse Lady 1937, Rolla 1948, Daiei 1961, scrapped 1965
104 218809 14 Wekika US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,750 Mar-20 Later Mallemak 1929, Dunboyne 1941, scrapped 1948
105 219782 15 Pinellas US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,750 May-20 Later Carolinas 1923, Maltran 1930, torpedoed and lost 1943
106 219783 16 Chickamauga US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,750 May-20 Later Malchace, torpedoed and lost 1942
107 219089 Req. Jacksonville  US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,750 Dec-20 Later Silveroak 1927, Fijian 1936, exploded and burnt 1937
108 na              
109-114 na 1002-1007   US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
115-119 na 1555-1559   US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
  na   Linden (WAGL 228) US Coast Guard Tender 323 22-Jul-31 Sold 1970

Built by Rawls Bros. Shipyard

 

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  ST 1980 US Army Tug 200 1953  
 

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  ST 1981 US Army Tug 200 1953 Later named Ridgefield, sold 1964, Filobus 2005
 

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  ST 1982 US Army Tug 200 1953 Later named Groton, out of service 1992
 

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  ST 1983 US Army Tug 200 1953 Later named Green Springs, out of service 1987
 

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  ST 1984 US Army Tug 200 1953 Later named Scholarie, out of service 1987
 

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  ST 1985 US Army Tug 200 1953  
 

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  ST 1986 US Army Tug 200 1953  
 

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  ST 1987 US Army Tug 200 1953  

Built by Aerojet-General

 

502772

  CF-101-L CF Industries Tank Barge 2,688 1955 Active

Built by Jacksonville Shipyards

633

1098472

  Oceanographer (R 101) N.O.A.A. Research Vsl. 3,700 13-Jul-66 Sold 1995 as Protector, now Sahara (Italy)
634

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  Discoverer (R 102) N.O.A.A. Research Vsl. 3,700 29-Apr-67 Sold 1996 for conversion to cruise ship LaMer, but not converted; disposition unknown
639

1081092

  Mt. Mitchell (S 222) N.O.A.A. Survey Vsl. 1,800 23-Mar-68 Sold 2003 as Mt. Mitchell, active
644

na

  Fairweather (S 220) N.O.A.A. Survey Vsl. 1,800 2-Oct-68 Active
645

na

  Rainier (S 221) N.O.A.A. Survey Vsl. 1,800 2-Oct-68 Active
646

510007

  Esso Garden State Esso Shipping Tug 197 1967 Later S/R Bayou State, now Charles D. McAllister
647

510006

  Esso Empire State Esso Shipping Tug 197 Sep-67 Later S/R Empire State, now McAllister Responder
648

511269

  Esso Delaware Valley Esso Shipping Tug 197 1967 Later S/R San Jacinto, now Roderick McAllister
649

511288

  Esso Barge No. 31 Esso Shipping Tank Barge 2,440 1967 Later Exxon Barge No. 31, now RTC 41
650

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  Carabobo Inst. Nac. de Venezuela Dredge   Nov-71 Active