Cape Cod Shipbuilding, Wareham MA

(known as Wareham Shipyards during WWII)

Most recent update: April 15, 2018.


Cape Cod Shipbuilding was established in 1899, by Myron and Charles Gurney, as the Cape Cod Power Dory Co: the name was changed in 1919, when they moved to 7 Narrows Road.  They were prolific builders of small boats who expanded for WWII and after the war were among the first yards to build fiberglass boats, buying the rights to build all Herreshoff's designs and, amazingly, increasing their output even above its wartime level.  The company continues in business today: visit them at www.capecodshipbuilding.com and see the yard from the air on Google here.  The table below lists only the yard's wartime output and some of the larger commercial and recreational boats that they built: if anyone can add to it, please e-mail timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N.

Original Name

Original Owner Type GT Ft. Delivery Disposition
  211415 Latella   Freighter 5 24 1903  
  205238 Henry S. Rogers   Fishing Vessel 16 36 1907  
  217058 Picaroon   Pilot Boat 11 36 1907  
  205894 Lucia   Passenger Vessel 11 28 1908  
  281409 Sayonara   Yacht 9 35 1908  
  220157 Marle B. II   Yacht 19 48 1910 Later Good Ship Lolli Pop
  215337 Alert   Passenger Vessel 47 57 1917  
  219549 Saltaire Village of Saltaire Passenger Vessel 68 73 1919  
  232752 Halberd   Fishing Vessel 10 32 1926  
  225493 Lillian B   Fishing Vessel 14 39 1926  
  283010 Jude   Passenger Vessel 10 32 1926  
  226710 Nor'easter   Yacht 43 54 1927  
  260871 Lillian C   Fishing Vessel 15 40 1928  
  283590 Caroline   Yacht 12 35 1928  
  293727 Kim-Too   Yacht 13 33 1930  
  230896 Southern Cross   Fishing Vessel 23 45 1931  
  232358 Star Fire   Motor Yacht 37 55 1932 Later Bolo
  261684 J-521 US Army Passenger Boat 13 40 1942 Later p/v Margruss
    J-522 US Army Passenger Boat   40 1942  
  253875 Barbara B   Fishing Vessel 11 40 1942 Ex-J-522 ?
  253592 J-523 US Army Passenger Boat 12 40 1942 Later f/v Home Run, Yankee, active
    J-524 to 526 US Army Passenger Boat   40 1943 3 boats
  270646 J-527 US Army Passenger Boat 10 40 1943 Later p/v King Fisher
    J-528 to 533 US Army Passenger Boat   40 1943 6 boats
  250419 J-534 US Army Passenger Boat 14 40 1943 Later p/v Tole
  252079 J-535 US Army Passenger Boat 10 40 1943 Later f/v Dipsy Doodle
    J-956 to 961 US Army Passenger Boat   40 1943 6 boats
    J-1041 US Army Passenger Boat   40 1943  
    MTL 256 to 260 US Army Harbor Tug   46 1943 5 boats
    MTL 537 to 539 US Army Harbor Tug   46 1943 3 boats
  250138 MTL 540 US Army Harbor Tug 14 46 1943 Later p/v Ronnie S
    MTL 541 to 564 US Army Harbor Tug   46 1944 24 boats
  250518 J-2143 US Army Salvage Boat 25 50 1945 Later f/v Blue Fish II
  253267 J-2144 US Army Salvage Boat 14 50 1945 Later p/v Katharine P, Lone Ranger II
    J-2145 to 2148 US Army Salvage Boat   50 1945 4 boats
  249912 Judy J   Fishing Vessel 13 37 1945  
  249678 Kuno   Fishing Vessel 7 31 1946  
  278718 Susan   Fishing Vessel 7 31 1946  
  252147 Stan-Jo IV   Passenger Vessel 7 31 1947  
  257693 Bandar Shapur   Passenger Vessel 7 31 1949 Bandar Shahpur ?
  501139 Erimus   Yacht 15 36 1965 Active
  512905 Vesta   Yacht 6 30 1965 Active
  546661 Mystere   Yacht 6 30 1973 Active
  596719 Synia   Yacht 14 36 1978 Active
  618454 Afterglow   Yacht 14 36 1980 Active
  648224 Mariah   Yacht 21 44 1982 Active
  929927 Temerity   Yacht 8 30 1983 Active