Marine Iron & Shipbuilding, Duluth MN                                              

Most recent update: July 15, 2014.


Marine Iron & Shipbuilding Company was started by Napoleon Grignon in 1880.  After WWI, it became a major contractor for the Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard, but closed after WWII.  The yard was on W. Railroad Street at the foot of 11th Avenue West, roughly where Georgia-Pacific and North America Salt are today: see the site from the air on Google here.  It had two ways, launching southwesterly into Slip #6, which was later filled in but you can see where it was on Google.  The yard closed in the 1950s.   If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Name Customer Type GT Delivery Disposition
7 694896 Merganser Faust Corporation Barge 133 1924 Active
  na Coleman Corps of Engineers Derrick Barge 502 1924  
  na Menasha Corps of Engineers Towboat 193 1926  
18 520212 Galen Enmanco Towboat 11 1930 NLD
  na Racine Corps of Engineers Towboat 66 1931  
  na Muskegon Corps of Engineers Towboat 66 1931  
  na Quintus Corps of Engineers Towboat 66 1931 Later Bonanka 1961, Lomax 1972, scrapped 1980
  529247 Barlow Corps of Engineers Towboat 63 1931 Later Killarney 1969, R. W. Richards 1971, active
  233255 Prairie State Great Lakes Dredge Towboat 16 1934 NLD
  233256 Paddy Miles Dunbar & Sullivan Towboat 16 1934 NLD
294277 Manitou Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1934  
    Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1934 Later observed as No. 6
    Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1935 Later observed as No. 7
  Belvoir Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1935  
  Coosaw Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1935  
  Gunston Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1935  
260514 Fort Macon Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1935 Scrapped 1978.
268695 Fort Fisher Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1935 Later Absecon
  949808 Oatka Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1936 Later Gull, Miss Midway, Oatka, active
  294993 Haskell Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1936 Active
272711 Perault Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1937 Later Martha M
    Rostock Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1937 Later Dana II
  292961 E-15 Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1937 Later Johnny
  258521 S-1 Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1937 Later Reef, NLD
269338 S-2 Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1937 Later Chief
  573706 MO 103 Peninsula Bay Ent. Freight Barge 150 19-- NLD
  642862   Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1937 Now Eclipse
  289790 NY-15 Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1938 Later Rambler 1962, Irene Ellen 1994, Rambler, Vintage Lady
  257733 NY-18 Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1938 Later Caparra 1949, to Brazil 1950
  238999 Marine Trader Isadore Kaner Freighter 54 1939 NLD
299840 Anahuac Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1940 NLD
254203 Pee Dee Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1940 Later Eva 1947
  Abingdon Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1941  
274814 Wakefield Corps of Engineers Tender 40 1941 Later Bob White 1957, scrapped 1973
  255474 Grebe Trygve A. Roth Fishing 121 1942 NLD
  270185 Sadie Fraser Shipyards Freight Barge 101 1943 Active
1030383 Maple (WAGL 234) US Coast Guard Tender 342 15-Jun-39 To USN 1973, to EPA 1974 as Roger R. Simons, sold 1995
na Cactus (WAGL 270) US Coast Guard Tender 935 1-Sep-42 Sold 1973, abandoned 2008, scrapped 2013
na Cowslip (WAGL 277) US Coast Guard Tender 935 17-Oct-42 To Nigeria 2003 as Ologbo (A 502), active
na Clover (WAGL 292) US Coast Guard Tender 935 8-Nov-42 To USN 1990, sunk as target 1992
na Evergreen (WAGL 295) US Coast Guard Tender 935 30-Apr-43 To USN 1990, sunk as target 1992
na Citrus (WAGL 300) US Coast Guard Tender 935 30-May-43 To Dom. Rep. 1995 as Almirante Juan Acosta (C 456), active
na Conifer (WAGL 301) US Coast Guard Tender 935 1-Jul-43 Training hulk in Seattle
na Mesquite (WAGL 305) US Coast Guard Tender 935 27-Aug-43 Wrecked 1989
na Buttonwood (WAGL 306) US Coast Guard Tender 935 24-Sep-43 To Dominican Republic 2001
na Planetree (WAGL 307) US Coast Guard Tender 935 4-Nov-43 Decommissioned 1999, sold?
na Papaw (WAGL 308) US Coast Guard Tender 935 12-Aug-43 To Estonia 1999 as PVL 110, active
na Sweetgum (WAGL 309) US Coast Guard Tender 935 20-Nov-43 To Panama 2002 as Independencia (401)
na Basswood (WAGL 388) US Coast Guard Tender 935 12-Jan-44 Sold 2000
na Blackhaw (WAGL 390) US Coast Guard Tender 935 17-Feb-44 Decommissioned 1993, sunk as target
na Blackthorn (WAGL 391) US Coast Guard Tender 935 27-Mar-44 Sunk after collision in Tampa Bay 1980
na Hornbeam (WAGL 394) US Coast Guard Tender 935 14-Apr-44 To G. L. Hist. Soc. 1999, later Rum Cay Grace, wrecked in Colon 2013
na Redbud (WAGL 398) US Coast Guard Tender 935 2-May-44 To Philippines 1972 as Kalinga (AG 89), active
na Sassafras (WAGL 401) US Coast Guard Tender 935 23-May-44 To Nigeria 2003 as Obula (A-504), active
na Sedge (WAGL 402) US Coast Guard Tender 935 5-Jul-44 To Nigeria 2003 as Kyanwa (A-501), active
1102856 Spar (WAGL 403) US Coast Guard Tender 935 12-Jun-44 In storage in Curtis Bay 1997, reefed off Georgia 2003
na Sundew (WAGL 404) US Coast Guard Tender 935 24-Aug-44 To City of Duluth 2004, sold 2009
na Sweetbrier (WAGL 405) US Coast Guard Tender 935 26-Jul-44 To Ghana 2001
na Naubuc (YN 108) US Navy Net Layer 775 15-Mar-45 Later AN 84, YRST 4, scrapped 1975
na Oneota (YN 109) US Navy Net Layer 775 Apr-45 Later AN 85, to MARAD 1962, sold?
na Passaconaway (YN 110) US Navy Net Layer 775 27-Apr-45 Later AN 86, to Dom. Rep. 1976 as Separacion (P 208), active
na YN 111 US Navy Net Layer 775   Cancelled
na YW 91 US Navy Water Barge 440 1945 Sold?
na YW 92 US Navy Water Barge 440 1945 To Italy 1948 as Adige, struck 1989
na YW 111 US Navy Water Barge 440 1945 To the Philippines 1975
na YW 112 US Navy Water Barge 440 1945 Scrapped 1974
na YW 113 US Navy Water Barge 440 1945 Sunk as target 1990
na YW 114 US Navy Water Barge 440 1945 Scrapped 1974
na YW 115 US Navy Water Barge 440 1945 Sunk as target 1975
na YW 116 US Navy Water Barge 440 1945 Scrapped 1974
na YW 133 US Navy Water Barge 440 1945 Cancelled
na YW 134 US Navy Water Barge 440 1945 Cancelled
587265 Ocean Pacific Ocean Pacific Fish Fishing 906 1945 Active
250609 Bluebird Tolvo T. Lukkonen Fishing 16 1946 NLD
256746 Carroll Jean Allouez Marine Freighter 9 1946 NLD