Welding Shipyards, Norfolk VA

Most recent update: March 17, 2014.


Welding Shipyards was not a large shipyard but it was a very important one.  It was founded in 1940 by the legendary D. K. Ludwig, who had formed National Bulk Carriers in 1936.  The yard had one berth, 600 employees and all the ships it built were all-welded.  When Ludwig took over the Kure yard in Japan in 1953, he continued the Welding Shipyards sequence of hull numbers.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type MC # GT Delivered Disposition
1-7               Hull #s used for conversions
8   Virginia Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   11,000 Mar-41 Torpedoed and lost in Gulf of Mexico 1942
9     Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   11,000   Cancelled
10 241273 Bulkoil Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   11,000 Jan-42 Later Munger T. Ball 1947, Transwestern 1958, scrapped 1961
11 242509 Virginia Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   11,000 Nov-42 Later Amoco Maryland 1955, Virginia 1966, scrapped 1967
12 243208 Pan-Massachusetts Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   11,000 Apr-43 Later Commonwealth 1953, Calgary 1964, Defiant Spirit 1965, Cerberus 1966, scrapped 1968
13 244054 Pan-Pennsylvania Nat. Bulk Carriers T3-S-BF1 2187 11,000 Nov-43 Torpedoed and lost off New Jersey 1944
14 244016 Bulklube Nat. Bulk Carriers T3-S-BF1 2208 11,000 Dec-43 Later Star Point 1962, Freeport 1963, scrapped 1963
15 244986 Bulkfuel Nat. Bulk Carriers T3-S-BF1 2209 11,000 Feb-44 Later Amoco Texas 1955, Bulkfuel 1961, scrapped 1964
16 245480 Bulkcrude Nat. Bulk Carriers T3-S-BF1 2210 11,000 Apr-44 Later Blue Point 1962, scrapped 1963
17 245884 Bulkero Nat. Bulk Carriers T3-S-BF1 2211 11,000 Jun-44 Later Amoco Florida 1957, Black Point 1962, scrapped 1963
18 246756 Phoenix Nat. Bulk Carriers T3-S-BZ1 2693 14,200 Nov-44 Damaged in collision 1953, total loss
19 247307 Nashbulk Nat. Bulk Carriers T3-S-BZ1 2694 14,200 Feb-45 Later Peranza 1973, scrapped 1975
20 247968 Amtank Nat. Bulk Carriers T3-S-BZ1 2699 14,200 May-45 Later Mounthope 1972, scrapped 1979
21 248748 Hampton Roads Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   14,200 Jun-45 Later Pine 1972, scrapped 1975
22     Nat. Bulk Carriers T3-S-BZ1 2854 14,200   Cancelled
23     Nat. Bulk Carriers T3-S-BZ1 2855 14,200   Cancelled
22   Ulysses Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   14,600 Jun-47 Later Phaedon 1964, scrapped 1966
23   Danginn D. K. Ludwig Yacht   722 Feb-50 Now Henriette
24   Bulkpetrol Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   15,600 1948 Later Vega 1966, combined with Mobile Energy 1971, scrapped 1975
25   Bulkoil Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   15,600 1949 Later Altair 1966, Pegasus 1967, Keo 1968, broke in two and sank off Nantucket 1969
26   Bulkoceanic Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   15,600 1949 Later Pacocean 1968, broke in two and sank off Taiwan 1969
27   Bulkstar Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   15,600 1949 Later Amphialos 1963, broke in two and sank off Cape Cod 1964
28   Bulktrader Nat. Bulk Carriers Tanker   15,600 1950 Later Golden Drake 1964, exploded and sank off Venezuela 1972