Martinolich Shipbuilding, Dockton WA, Tacoma WA and San Francisco CA

Most recent update: June 19, 2013


Martinolich Shipbuilding was started by John A. Martinolich in Dockton and closed in 1930.  His four sons restarted it in Tacoma in 1935, later expanding to San Francisco (actually Oakland) and, briefly, to San Diego.  The Tacoma yard was at 1112 Alexander Avenue, on the East side of the Blair Waterway, where Orion Marine is today: it was closed in 1974.  The San Francisco yard was the old Hanlon Shipbuilding yard at the foot of 5th Avenue, in Oakland: it was sold to Crowley in 1953.  The San Diego yard was at the foot of 28th Street, right in the middle of present-day NASSCO: it was sold to Lynch Shipbuilding in 1942 and was sold on to NASSCO in 1957.  See the site of the Tacoma yard from the air on Google here.  If anyone can fill any of the gaps in the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Note that there were two earlier Martinolich shipyards, both started by Croatian immigrants of that name.  One was started by Venanzio Martinolich, who was John A.'s uncle, in Port Guichon BC, in about 1892: it is not clear when it closed.  The other was started by Matteo Martinolich in Gulfport MS, in the 1890s and appears to have closed in 1922, although there are signs of later life.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT Delivery Disposition
Built in Dockton WA
    Vashon   Fishing Vessel 132 1905  
  204094 Nightingale   Fishing Vessel 18 1907 Active
  204209 Tyee Charles Steele Tug 14 1907 Active
  205434 Leota Robert F. Wallin Cargo Vessel 14 1908  
  205638 Rainier Martin E. Skaret Fishing Vessel 15 1908  
  206174 Trygve Trading Union Co Fishing Vessel 15 1909  
  206402 New Rustler Topsy Dugaqua Fishing Vessel 24 1909  
  206973 Flying Cloud Walter E. Johns Fishing Vessel 20 1909  
  207146 Three Brothers Fred Friday Cargo Vessel 18 1910  
  207644 Aeroplane Superiuor Packing Fishing Vessel 19 1910  
  207675 Verona B. Rindall Fishing Vessel 142 1910  
  208380 Hydah Jay F. Carroll Cargo Vessel 47 1912  
    Nisqually   Fishing Vessel 255 1911  
  209640 Kukak George Hurlhurt Fishing Vessel 31 1911  
  209684 St. Nicholas Hood Bay Salmon Fishing Vessel 40 1912  
  211556 Clatawa Wm. P. Thornton Passenger Vessel  71 1913 To USN 1944 as YFB 50
  166805 A No. 1 George N. McMillan Freight Barge 16 1914  
  212039 Washington Alaska Seaboard Dredge 273 1914  
  212891 Chomly P. E. Harris & Co. Cargo Vessel 53 1915  
  213319 Elmer Hjalmar Lauritzen Fishing Vessel 30 1915  
  213392 Monitor Spiro Janovich Fishing Vessel 32 1915 Active
  215186 Muria Oxenbourg Bros. Fishing Vessel 34 1917  
  215288 Veribus Jay Tasovic Fishing Vessel 35 1917 Now Memories
  214847 Five Cs   Cargo Vessel 33 1917 Now Phoenix III
  220265 Broadway C. A. Linscott Cargo Vessel 42 1920  
  221333 Sightseer Emille Anderson Passenger Vessel 185 1922  
  221976 Dolly C Cary Davis Tug & Barge Tug 56 1922  
  222819 Lake Constance Olympic Navigation Passenger Vessel 56 1922  
  223051 Rosario Puget Sound Navigation Passenger Vessel 290 1923  
  225566 Theresa S Michael Sarunich Fishing Vessel 46 1926  
  225567 Virginia E Pacific American Fish Fishing Vessel 70 1926  
  226381 Westland John S. Ross Fishing Vessel 46 1927 Later Michael Jay, now Lummi Boy
  226464 Antarctic Paul Martinis Fishing Vessel 46 1927  
  226465 Iceland Peter Bozanich Fishing Vessel 46 1927  
  226552 Queen City Ernest F. Lampella Fishing Vessel 11 1927  
  226677 Dorothy L Fred Pratsch Fishing Vessel 16 1927  
  226735 Lemes II Michael Crisenola Cargo Vessel 55 1927  
  226989 Maryland Henry C. Moller Passenger Vessel 7 1927  
  227569 Christine Superior Packing Fishing Vessel 53 1928  
  228686 Janet G P. H. Green Fishing Vessel 33 1929 Now Anarose
Built in Tacoma WA
    Spartan   Fishing Vessel 210 1936 To USN 1940 as Pipit (AMc 1), returned to owner 1944
  238281 Dux Angelo Malorana Fishing Vessel 124 1936 To USN 1942 as YP 299, returned 1946, later Mary Carol, NLD
  235391 California Rose Erasimo Alello Fishing Vessel 106 1936 To USN 1942 as YP 317, returned 1946
  235406 A. C. Martinolich A. C. Martinolich  Fishing Vessel 107 1936  
  234159 Pacific Fisher Coastwise Fisheries Fishing Vessel 113 1937 To USN 1941 as YP 86, to MARAD 1946
  237382 El Capitan Frank Spadare Fishing Vessel 107 1937 To USN 1942 as YP 304, returned 1946, NLD
  237152 Vivian A Salvatore Arancio Fishing Vessel 103 1938 To USN 1942 as YP 294, to MARAD 1946
    Juanita   Fishing Vessel   1939 To USN 1942 as YP 303, returned 1946
    AMB 6   Fishing Vessel   1940 To USN 1942 as YP 364, to MARAD 1946
    J. A. Martinolich   Fishing Vessel 195 1940 To USN 1942 as Hornbill (AMc 13),  in collision and sank 1942
  239861 Mitkof Mitkof Tender Svce Fishing Vessel 106 1940 NLD
253   St. Ann   Fishing Vessel   1941 To USN 1942 as YP 517, to MARAD 1946
    Sea Wolf   Fishing Vessel   1942 To USN 1942 as YP 411, to MARAD 1946
    Favorite   Fishing Vessel   1950s ? Wrecked ?
  288390 Ashley C Robert K. Johnson Fishing Vessel 41 1962 Now Parrakeet
  290792 Madre Dolorosa Don B. Vinson Fishing Vessel 52 1963 Active
  294321 Vaya Con Dios Roderick C. Harvie Fishing Vessel 55 1964 NLD
  298837 Roland Brusco, Sr. Brusco Maritime Tug 73 1965 Active
  298837 Josie Foss Foss Maritime Tug 73 1965  
  298317 Seaco Northland Leasing Tug 73 1965 Now St. Michael
  501167 Peril Strait Mogul Ocean Towing Tug 88 1965 Now Sarah C
  501167 Sea Queen Pacific Towboat Tug 88 1965 Now Mathilda Foss
    Jenny Foss Foss Maritime Tug 87 1965 Active
  504407 Myrtle Foss Foss Maritime Tug 87 1966 Now Avery O
  503426 Melia Foss Foss Maritime Tug 87 1966 Active
  503426 Chatham Strait Island Tug & Barge Tug 87 1966 Now Island Wind
  502779 Peggy Jo O. E. Dyson Fishing Vessel 197 1966 Active
  505580 Lucky Island Robert Freeman Fishing Vessel 55 1966 Active
375 507788 Pacific Master Swire Pacific Tug 119 1967 Later Kainani, Catherine Foss, now Lynx
378 510706 San Pedro   Tug 164 1967 Now Pacific Combi
    Lori J   Fishing Vessel 168 1967 Now Emerald Island
  511698 Alaskan Peninsula Alaskan Adventures Tour Boat 184 1967 Now North Pacific
  513840 Claudia Foss Foss Maritime Tug 97 1968 Now Triumph
  513288 Heritage Jay L. Erickson Tour Boat 18 1968 Active
  516344 Martha Foss Foss Maritime Tug 93 1968 Now Katha C
  517272 Aleutian Rover Hjelle Enterprises Fishing Vessel 292 1968 Now Royal Pelagic
  521927 Royal Pacific Forde Enterprises Fishing Vessel 194 1969 Active
387 523790 Royal Princess Royal Princess Cruises Tour Boat 94 1969 NLD
388 523393 Vestfjord Olympic Sports Inc. Fishing Vessel 195 1969 Sank south of Kodiak 1989
    Viking King Northern Reefer Fishing Vessel 179 1969 Active
  520072 Pacific Voyager Liland Enterprises Fishing Vessel 183 1969 NLD
  518581 Betsy L Brix Maritime Tug 107 1969 Active
392   Aries Pan-Alaska Fisheries Fishing Vessel 197 1971 Active
394 526140 Western Meteor   Tug 272 1970 Now Liberty
397 535675 American Star Hjelle Enterprises Fishing Vessel 192 1971 Wrecked on Otter Island
398 532599 Kootznahoo Boyer Towing Deck Barge 312 1971 Active
399 536322 Anela Blue Heron Crane Fishing Vessel 150 1972 Active
402 538431 Rainier Rainier Investments Fishing Vessel 198 1972 Now Debbie Sue
403 546226 Gryphon Gryphon Enterprises Yacht 187 1973 Active
404 542651 Nordic Fury Fury Group Fishing Vessel 198 1972 Active
  548750 Paragon II Erling Jackobsen Fishing Vessel 196 1973 Now Paragon
  548685 Scorpio FY Fisheries Fishing Vessel 196 1973 Now Seadawn
  550839 Betty N G. Nabeshima Fishing Vessel 161 1973 Now Pacific Paradise
  553830 Tarantino III   Fishing Vessel 101 1973 Now Coast Pride
  559849 Firecracker   Fishing Vessel 197 1974 Now Alaska Sea
412 558637 Shaman Dal-Car Maritime Fishing Vessel 198 1974 Now Alaskan Leader
413 556578 Aquarian   Fishing Vessel 197 1974 Now Nordic Provider
414 560532 Commodore   Fishing Vessel 268 1974 Now Anita J
415 561934 Pacific Fury Fury Group Fishing Vessel 196 1974 Active
Built in San Francisco CA
    T 5 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.-cargo   Sep-42  
    T 6 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.-cargo   Sep-42  
    T 7 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.-cargo   Sep-42  
    T 49 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.-cargo   Oct-42  
    T 50 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.-cargo   Oct-42  
    BSP 1046 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   Apr-43  
    BSP 1047 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   May-43  
    BSP 1048 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   Jun-43  
    BSP 1049 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   Jul-43  
    BSP 1050 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   Aug-43  
    BSP 1051 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   Sep-43  
    BSP 1052 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   Oct-43  
    BSP 1053 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   Nov-43  
    BSP 1054 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   Dec-43  
    BSP 1055 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   Dec-43  
    FS 46 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 270 May-43  
    FS 47 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 270 Aug-43 Now a bed-and-breakfast in B.C.
    FS 238 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 540 Mar-44 To USN 1950 as AKL 33
    FS 239 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 540 May-44  
    FS 240 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 540 Jul-44  
    FS 241 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 540 Sep-44 Sold as Nordic Maid
    FS 242 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 540 Nov-44 Sold as Pomare
  229421 Pamela-Jean   Fishing Vessel 119 1943 Now Fleetwood
  278273 Blue Meridian Global Fisheries Fishing Vessel 638 1944 Active
  246667 Gallant Alaska Fisheries Fishing Vessel 111 1944 Active
  271507 Balaena Trident Seafoods Fishing Vessel 192 1944 Active
  246336 Melissa Chris Gary Mulligan Fishing Vessel 114 1944 Now Cape Ommaney
  250906 Alert Harold Sommer Tug 8 1946 Active
    Miss Rose Ann Marie J. Ferrante Fishing Vessel 18 1949 Active