Johnson Iron Works, New Orleans LA

Most recent update: August 7, 2014.


Johnson Iron Works was a major industrial company in New Orleans, in particular a producer of cannons, run by Lewis Johnson.  The shipbuilding division was started in 1900 by Lewis Johnson's son Warren, straight out of college.  The shipyard was the former McLellan Dry Dock Company, on Patterson Drive in Algiers, the yard that later became Todd-Johnson Dry Docks, Todd New Orleans and finally Avondale Ship Repair.  When WWI started, however, they built a No. 2 yard for new construction, which was on Bayou St. John, on the east side of City Park.  I cannot find an address, but it had rail service, so it was probably close to the railroad bridge on the south side of I-610.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type GT Feet Built Disposition
Built in the Algiers yard
  na   Mexican Navy Steamers     1900 5 sternwheel steamers
  na   Mexican Navy Gunboats     1900 20 gunboats
  136966 El Vivo Lou. & Tex. RR & SS Co. Passenger 199 102 1902 Rammed and sunk March 25, 1945 by SS Edwin Christenson
  136987 El Listo Lou. & Tex. RR & SS Co. Passenger 200 102 1902  
  200590 Polo M. P. Doullot Passenger 41 63 1903  
  201617 Picayune M. P. Doullot Passenger 19 56 1904  
  205887 Sydney C.   Tug 46 69 1907 To Corps of Engineers 1920
  207697 Hustler   Towboat 42 60 1910 Later Wm. Norman, Elizabeth R
  na Lafourche Corps of Engineers Steamer 300d 136 1911  
  208491 Saccharine Lou. & Tex. RR & SS Co. Towboat 98 124 1911  
Built in the Bayou St. John yard
  215238 Juniata Gulf Refining Tank Barge 1,432 241 1917  
  219554 Delamar (1298) U.S. Shipping Board Tug 183 100 1919 To Corps of Engineers 1920, later LT 797
  219604 Deland (1299) U.S. Shipping Board Tug 183 100 1919 To USAT, now Pursuit (ON  270988)
135 219162 Degrey (1300) U.S. Shipping Board Tug 183 100 1919 Later Major Frazer, M. & J. Tracy, Patrice McAllister, wrecked off Atlantic City NJ 1976
137 219598 Delanco (1301) U.S. Shipping Board Tug 183 100 1920 Active
139 219603 Delaplaine (1302) U.S. Shipping Board Tug 183 100 1920 Later Pepe Morales, Delaplaine 1931, Cedros 1965, scrapped 1973
  219137 Degolia (1303) U.S. Shipping Board Tug 183 100 1919 Later William P. Feeley
163 na   Corps of Engineers Tank Barge   87 1922  
164 na   Corps of Engineers Tank Barge   87 1922  
165 na   Corps of Engineers Tank Barge   87 1922  
166 na   Corps of Engineers Tank Barge   87 1922  
167 na   Corps of Engineers Tank Barge   87 1922  
168 na   Corps of Engineers Tank Barge   87 1922  
169     Southern Paper Mills Tank Barge   144 1922  
170     Jno. Hunt Co. Tank Barge   48 1922  
171     Jno. Hunt Co. Tank Barge   48 1922  
172 na   Corps of Engineers Quarter Boat   60 1922  
173 na   Corps of Engineers Quarter Boat   60 1922  
174 na Deluge Port of New Orleans Fireboat 130 126 1923 Retired 1992, abandoned
175 na Upator Corps of Engineers Dredge   100 1924