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

Most recent update: January 3, 2021


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.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT Ft. Delivery Disposition
Pre-War Construction in Dockton WA
  201956 Vashon   Ferry 132 94 1905 Burnt 1911 in Anacortes
  204094 Nightingale   Fishing Vessel 18 37 1907 Active
  204209 Tyee Charles Steele Tug 14 44 1907 Active
  205434 Leota Robert F. Wallin Cargo Vessel 14 45 1908  
  205638 Rainier Martin E. Skaret Fishing Vessel 15 36 1908  
  206174 Trygve Trading Union Co Fishing Vessel 15 38 1909  
  206402 New Rustler Topsy Dugaqua Fishing Vessel 24 40 1909  
  206973 Flying Cloud Walter E. Johns Fishing Vessel 20 37 1909  
  207146 Three Brothers Fred Friday Cargo Vessel 18 40 1910  
  207644 Aeroplane Superior Packing Fishing Vessel 19 41 1910  
  207675 Verona B. Rindall Passenger Vessel 142 113 1910  
  208380 Hydah Jay F. Carroll Cargo Vessel 47 58 1912  
  208596 Nisqually   Passenger Vessel 255 127 1911  
  209640 Kukak George Hurlhurt Fishing Vessel 31   1911  
  209684 St. Nicholas Hood Bay Salmon Fishing Vessel 40 56 1912  
  211556 Clatawa Wm. P. Thornton Passenger Vessel  71 86 1913 To USN 1944 as YFB 50, destroyed by fire 1958
  166805 A No. 1 George N. McMillan Freight Barge 16 41 1914  
  212039 Washington Alaska Seaboard Dredge 273 125 1914  
  212891 Chomly P. E. Harris & Co. Cargo Vessel 53 66 1915  
  213251 St. John Pasco Dorotich Fishing Vessel 30 50 1915 Later Western Sea, inactive 2007 
  213319 Elmer Hjalmar Lauritzen Fishing Vessel 30 50 1915  
  213392 Monitor Spiro Janovich Fishing Vessel 32 50 1915 Active
  215186 Murla Oxenbourg Bros. Fishing Vessel 34 51 1917  
  215288 Veribus Jay Tasovic Fishing Vessel 35 51 1917 Now Memories
  214847 Five Cs   Cargo Vessel 33 50 1917 Now Phoenix III
220265 Broadway C. A. Linscott Cargo Vessel 42 55 1920  
  221333 Vashona Vashon Navigation Passenger Vessel 99 110 1922 Later Sightseer
  221976 Dolly C Cary Davis Tug & Barge Tug 56 66 1922  
  222819 Lake Constance Olympic Navigation Passenger Vessel 56   1922  
  223051 Rosario Puget Sound Navigation Passenger Vessel 290 147 1923  
  223931 Westward Campbell Church Sr. Passenger Vessel 112   1924 Active, listed in NRHP
  225566 Theresa S Michael Sarunich Fishing Vessel 46 58 1926  
  225567 Virginia E Pacific American Fish Fishing Vessel 70 69 1926  
  226381 Westland John S. Ross Fishing Vessel 46 59 1927 Later Michael Jay, now Lummi Boy
  226464 Antarctic Paul Martinis Fishing Vessel 46 59 1927  
  226465 Iceland Peter Bozanich Fishing Vessel 46 59 1927  
  226552 Queen City Ernest F. Lampella Fishing Vessel 11 37 1927  
  226677 Dorothy L Fred Pratsch Fishing Vessel 16 38 1927  
  226735 Lemes II Michael Crisenola Cargo Vessel 55 61 1927  
  226989 Maryland Henry C. Moller Yacht 7 35 1927  
  227569 Christine Superior Packing Fishing Vessel 53 62 1928  
  228686 Janet G P. H. Green Fishing Vessel 33 50 1929 Now Anarose
War-Time Construction in Tacoma WA
  235306 Spartan Anton Sumic Fishing Vessel 210 85 1936 To USN 1940 as Pipit (AMc 1), returned to owner 1944, later Steven L
  238281 Dux Angelo Malorana Fishing Vessel 124 75 1936 To USN 1942 as YP 299, returned 1946, later Mary Carol, NLD
  235391 California Rose Erasimo Alello Fishing Vessel 106 75 1936 To USN 1942 as YP 317, returned 1946
  235406 A. C. Martinolich  A. C. Martinolich  Fishing Vessel 107 75 1936  
  234159 Pacific Fisher Coastwise Fisheries Fishing Vessel 113 75 1937 To USN 1941 as YP 86, to MARAD 1946
  237382 El Capitan Frank Spadare Fishing Vessel 107 75 1937 To USN 1942 as YP 304, returned 1946, NLD
  237152 J. A. Martinolich  J. A. Martinolich  Fishing Vessel 103 75 1938 Later Vivian A, to USN 1942 as YP 294, to MARAD 1946
  238737 Juanita Juanita Co. (Cal.) Fishing Vessel 104 75 1939 To USN 1942 as YP 303, returned 1946
  238885 Exposition King Exposition King (Cal.) Fishing Vessel 95 75 1939 To USN 1941 as AMb 3 1941, YP 361 1942, sold 1946 as Frances Marie, sold 1962 to Peruvian owners
  239891 Santa Rosa Santa Rosa (Cal.) Fishing Vessel 106 75 1940 To USN 1941 as AMb 5 1941, YP 363 1942, sold 1946 as Santa Rosa
  239693 New Hope Salvatore Ventimiglia Fishing Vessel 107 75 1940 To USN 1941 as AMb 6 1941, YP 364 1942, sold 1946 as New Hope, later Nova
  239694 San Jose   Fishing Vessel 95   1940 To USN 1941 as AMb 8 1941, YP 366 1942, sold 1943
  238439 Ardito Paolo Sollazzo Fishing Vessel 101 75 1939 To USN 1941 as AMb 10 1941, YP 368 1942, sold 1943
  238772 Stella Maris Anthony Martinolich Fishing Vessel 97 71 1939 To USN 1941 as AMb 11 1941, YP 369 1942, sold 1946 as J. Ernandes
  238346 Dante Alighieri John Yelusich Fishing Vessel 95 71 1939 To USN 1941 as AMb 12 1941, YP 370 1942, sold 1946 as Rosanna, foundered 1953
  238838 San Giovanni Benedetto Campagno Fishing Vessel 106 75 1939 To USN 1941 as AMb 14 1941, YP 372 1942, sold 1943
  238969 El Cortez Anthony Martinolich Fishing Vessel 97 71 1939 To USN 1941 as AMb 15 1941, YP 373 1942, sold 1946 as Petrina F
  238881 Belvedere Anthony Martinolich Fishing Vessel 95 71 1939 To USN 1941 as AMb 16 1941, YP 374 1942, sold 1946 as Lucky Boy
  239861 Twin Brothers Salvatore Malorana Fishing Vessel 106 75 1940 Now Mitkof
  248212 J. A. Martinolich  J. A. Martinolich  Fishing Vessel 195 85 1940 To USN 1942 as Hornbill (AMc 13),  in collision and sank 1942
250 256534  Unnamed A. C. Martinolich  Fishing Vessel 307 98 1941 To USN 1942 as Rhea (AMc 58), sold 1946 as Elena
251 256152 Speaker A. C. Martinolich  Fishing Vessel 307 98 1941 To USN 1942 as Ruff (AMc 59), sold 1946 as American Belle
253 na St. Ann A. C. Martinolich  Fishing Vessel   134 1941 To USN 1941 as YP 517, sold 1946 as Sun Venus
  na Sea Wolf A. C. Martinolich  Fishing Vessel   103 1942 To USN 1942 as YP 411, sold 1946
War-Time Construction in San Francisco CA
    T 5 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.-cargo   65 Sep-42  
    T 6 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.-cargo   65 Sep-42 Later Blue Spirit (ON 271689)
    T 7 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.-cargo   65 Sep-42  
    T 49 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.-cargo   65 Oct-42 Later Makua (ON 293457)
    T 50 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.-cargo   65 Oct-42  
    BSP 1046 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   150 Apr-43  
    BSP 1047 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   150 May-43  
    BSP 1048 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   150 Jun-43  
    BSP 1049 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   150 Jul-43  
    BSP 1050 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   150 Aug-43  
    BSP 1051 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   150 Sep-43  
    BSP 1052 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   150 Oct-43  
    BSP 1053 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   150 Nov-43  
    BSP 1054 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   150 Dec-43  
    BSP 1055 U.S. Army Barge, self-prop.   150 Dec-43  
    FS 46 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 270 114 May-43  
    FS 47 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 270 114 Aug-43 Now a bed-and-breakfast in B.C.
    FS 238 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 540 148 Mar-44 To USN 1950 as AKL 33
    FS 239 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 540 148 May-44  
    FS 240 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 540 148 Jul-44  
    FS 241 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 540 148 Sep-44 Sold as Nordic Maid
    FS 242 U.S. Army Coastal Freighter 540 148 Nov-44 Sold as Pomare
  244142 Fleetwood Oceanic LLC Fishing Vessel 119 78 1943  
  246336 Melissa Chris Gary Mulligan Fishing Vessel 114 78 1944 Now Cape Ommaney
  246667 Gallant Alaska Fisheries Fishing Vessel 111 74 1944  
  271507 Balaena Trident Seafoods Fishing Vessel 192 99 1944  
  278273 Blue Meridian Global Fisheries Fishing Vessel 638 139 1944  
  250906 Alert Harold Sommer Tug 8 32 1946  
  258260 Miss Rose Ann Marie J. Ferrante Fishing Vessel 18 39 1949  
Post-War Construction in Tacoma WA
  288390 Ashley C Robert K. Johnson Fishing Vessel 41 46 1962 Now Parrakeet
  290792 Madre Dolorosa Don B. Vinson Fishing Vessel 52 49 1963 Active
  294321 Vaya Con Dios Roderick C. Harvie Fishing Vessel 55 50 1964 NLD
  298317 Jenny Foss Foss Maritime Tug 87 65 1965 Later Seaco, now St. Michael
  298837 Josie Foss Foss Maritime Tug 73 60 1965 Now Roland Brusco, Sr.
  501167 Sea Queen Pacific Tow Boat Tug 88 65 1965 Later Mathilda Foss, Peril Strait, now Sarah C
  502779 Peggy Jo O. E. Dyson Fishing Vessel 197 90 1966 Active
  503426 Melia Foss Foss Maritime Tug 87 65 1966 Later Chatham Strait, Island Wind, now Cy
  504407 Myrtle Foss Foss Maritime Tug 87 65 1966 Later Nissavery, now Avery O
  505580 Lucky Island Robert Freeman Fishing Vessel 55 50 1966 Active
375 507788 Pacific Master Pacific Tow Boat Tug 119 73 1967 Later Kainani, Catherine Foss, now Lynx
378 510706 San Pedro Wilmington Tptn. Tug 164 86 1967 Later Pacific Combi, now Combi
  511698 Alaskan Peninsula Alaskan Adventures Tour Boat 184 85 1967 Now North Pacific Gold
  513288 Heritage Jay L. Erickson Tour Boat 18 36 1968 Active
  513840 Claudia Foss Foss Maritime Tug 97 73 1968 Later Thor, Claudia Foss, Claudia, now Triumph
  516344 Martha Foss Foss Maritime Tug 93 74 1968 Now Katha C
  517272 Aleutian Rover Hjelle Enterprises Fishing Vessel 292 119 1968 Later Royal Pelagic, now Maria Cleofas
  518581 Betsy L Brix Maritime Tug 107 73 1969 Active
  520072 Pacific Voyager Liland Enterprises Fishing Vessel 183 75 1969 NLD
  521927 Royal Pacific Forde Enterprises Fishing Vessel 194 75 1969 Active
  522596 Viking King Northern Reefer Fishing Vessel 179 70 1969 NLD
387 523790 Royal Princess Royal Princess Cruises Tour Boat 94 147 1969 NLD
388 523393 Vestfjord Olympic Sports Inc. Fishing Vessel 195 75 1969 Sank south of Kodiak 1989
392   Aries Pan-Alaska Fisheries Fishing Vessel 197   1971 Active
394 526140 Western Meteor Western Tptn. Tug 272 104 1970 Now Liberty
397 535675 American Star Hjelle Enterprises Fishing Vessel 192 94 1971 Wrecked on Otter Island
398 532599 Kootznahoo Boyer Towing Deck Barge 312 132 1971 Active
399 536322 Anela Blue Heron Crane Fishing Vessel 150 87 1972 Active
402 538431 Rainier Rainier Investments Fishing Vessel 198 94 1972 Now Debbie Sue
403 546226 Gryphon Gryphon Enterprises Yacht 187 88 1973 Active
404 542651 Nordic Fury Fury Group Fishing Vessel 198 95 1972 Active
  548750 Paragon II Erling Jackobsen Fishing Vessel 196 94 1973 Now Paragon
  548685 Scorpio FY Fisheries Fishing Vessel 196 109 1973 Now Seadawn
  550839 Betty N G. Nabeshima Fishing Vessel 161 79 1973 Now Pacific Paradise
  553830 Tarantino III   Fishing Vessel 101 65 1973 Now Coast Pride
  559849 Firecracker   Fishing Vessel 197 94 1974 Now school ship Alaska Sea
412 558637 Shaman Dal-Car Maritime Fishing Vessel 198 94 1974 Later Alaskan Leader, now Wild Alaskan
413 556578 Aquarian   Fishing Vessel 197 103 1974 Now Nordic Provider
414 560532 Commodore   Fishing Vessel 268 115 1974 Now Anita J
415 561934 Pacific Fury Fury Group Fishing Vessel 196 95 1974 Active