RTC Shipbuilding, Camden NJ

Most recent update: July 6, 2017.


RTC Shipbuilding was formed in March 1940 by three senior employees of John H. Mathis & Co., L. M. Robinson, G. R. Taylor and J. P. Carson, whose initials are the basis for the company's name.  The yard was located at Delaware Avenue and State Street: it is now Cooper's Poynt Park.  See the site from the air on Google here: it is immediately to the south of the old Mathis yard, which is now used by Weeks Marine.  RTC's first ship was designated Hull 131: they built it at the same time as Mathis was building its own Hull 131, suggesting that the two yards set out to be direct competitors from day one.  RTC closed in 1961, the same year that Mathis closed.  The Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia has a collection of material from RTC including plans, specifications, photographs, and other related items from the 1930s to the 1960s: visit www.phillyseaport.org/library to find out more.  If anyone sees any errors or omissions in the table below, please send your input to me at timcolton@aol.com.
Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Feet Delivery Disposition
131 174837 Hygrade No. 4 Tanker Hygrade Inc. Tank Barge 1,044 209 30-Jul-40 Later Red Star 200, NLD
132 174860 Hygrade No. 5 Tanker Hygrade Inc. Tank Barge 1,044 209 12-Sep-40 Later Red Star 201, NLD
133 240719 Amboy Pennsylvania RR Tug 354 111 4-Nov-40  
134 240304 Geo. Whitlock Geo. Whitlock Inc. Tanker  515 151 24-Feb-41 To USN 1941 as YO 57, sold 1947 as J. A. Cummings, later Nepco 10 1965, Karen Tibbetts 1970, Mary Gately 1984, barge Atco Mary Lee 1990, Fayou K. 1992, Nori 1993, deleted 2001
135 240555 F. W. Lloyd Geo. Whitlock Inc. Tanker  515 151 21-May-41 To USN 1941 as YO 60, sunk as target 1975
136 240961 T. W. Drennen Ira S. Bushey Tanker 1737 252 3-Oct-41 To USA QMS 1942, deleted 1951
137 241204 John B. Caddell Chester A. Poling Inc. Tanker 712 185 13-Dec-41 To USN 1942 as YO 140, sold 1946 as John B. Caddell, wrecked 2012 in Hurricane Sandy
138 241390 Geo. Whitlock II Geo. Whitlock Inc. Tanker 987 214 28-Feb-42 Later Reliable II 1990, scrapped 2005
139 241603 A. C. Dodge A. C. Dodge Inc. Tanker 987 214 9-May-42 In collision off Reedy Point and blew up 25-May-52
140 Gauger (YO 55) U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 235 28-Sep-42 Scrapped 1974
141 Pumper (YO 56) U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 235 28-Nov-42 To France 1944 as Lac Tonle Sap (A 630), sunk as target 1989
142 Derrick (YO 57) U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 235 24-Dec-42 To Korea 1955 as Paek Yeon (AO 5), later sold as Hwa Chon  
143 Anticline (YO 62) U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 235 19-Apr-43 To France 1944 as Lac Chambon (A 629), sunk as target 1974
144 Syncline (YO 63) U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 235 25-Jun-43 To France 1945 as Lac Tchad (A 631), sank 1972
145 YO 69 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 8-Sep-43 Scrapped 1975
146 YO 70 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 19-Oct-43 Sold 1973 as Ocean Fighter, later Mini-One, Carib 1, lost 1991
147 YO 71 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 7-Dec-43 Struck 1946, fate unknown
148 YO 72 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 18-Jan-44 Sold 1974, later Olive Oyl, Caribbean Tanker, Laura del Mar, now Leticia del Mar (Ecuador)
149 YO 113 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 15-Feb-44 Scrapped 1974
150 YO 114 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 17-Mar-44 Scrapped 1974
151 YO 115 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 18-Apr-44 To the Philippines 1945
152 YO 116 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 26-May-44 To the Philippines 1945
153 YO 117 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 28-Jun-44 Later Y-482, then Timor Bharu (Indonesia)
154 YO 118 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 8-Aug-44 To Korea 1946 as Ku Kyong (YO 1)
155 YO 171 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 15-Nov-44 To Peru 1981 as Gauden (ACP 119)
156 YO 172 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 14-Dec-44 Scrapped 1974
157 YO 173 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 22-Jan-45 To the Philippines 1945 as Lake Naujan (YO 43)
158 YOG 56 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 13-Feb-45 To Vietnam 1975 as HQ 475
159 YOG 57 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 20-Mar-45 Sunk as target 1977
160 YOG 58 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 20-Apr-45 Reefed off New Jersey 2000
161 293366 YOG 86 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 3-Jul-45 Sold 1977 as fishboat Polar Shell, Chief, St Matthew, lost 1994 
162 YOG 87 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 31-Jul-45 Sold 1981 as Petro Venture (Panama), deleted 2010
163 YOG 88 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 28-Aug-45 Sold 2001, now Apolo (Mexico)
164 YOG 89 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 20-Sep-45 Sunk as target 1976
165 604676 YOG 90 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 31-Oct-45 Sold for scrap 1974, but rebuilt & documented as Alyeska, later Polar Enterprise, Polar Wind, Blue North, now Caribbean Soul
166 617019 YOG 91 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 29-Nov-45 Later YO 248, sold as fishboat Dolphin, now freight barge
167   YOG 92 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 Feb-46 Cancelled but subsequently  completed, sold ~1981, later Petrostar VII (Saudi Arabia)
168   YOG 93 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174 Feb-46 Cancelled but completed, later IX 523, reefed off Delaware 2007
169 YOG 94 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174   Cancelled
170 YOG 95 U.S. Navy Yard Oiler 1,295 174   Cancelled
171 251392 W. A. Weber W. A. Weber, Inc. Tanker 616 163 21-Jan-47 Scrapped 1975 
172 176732 Hygrade No. 8 Hygrade Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,495 294 28-Jul-46 NLD
173 250807 Hygrade No. 14 Hygrade Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,495 294 23-Oct-46 Later Ocean Burning No. 34, NLD
174 252977 Hygrade No. 26 Hygrade Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,054 210 3-Jul-47 Later MPE 275, NLD
175 253241 Crab Island Fish Products Co. Tank Barge 171 98 22-Jul-47 Later M.P.T 175 later Simec Basques, now Ocean Basques - Canada ON 815636
176   Fish Products Co. Tank Barge 981 40 24-Jul-47 Later Simec Basques
177 253996 Hygrade No. 28 Hygrade Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,054 210 24-Oct-47 Later Ocean Burning No. 28
178 254394 Socony No. 125 Socony Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,036 218 31-Dec-47 NLD
179 254603 Socony No. 126 Socony Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,036 218 14-Feb-48 NLD
180 255053 Socony No. 127 Socony Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,036 218 16-Apr-48 NLD
181 255758 Socony No. 128 Socony Oil Co. Tank Barge 1,036 218 2-Jul-48 NLD
182 253242 Little George Fish Products Co. Workboat 11 36 15-Jul-47 NLD
183 255385 Barnegat Fish Products Co. Fishboat 178 120 23-May-48 Scrapped 1995 
184 256216 Brigantine Fish Products Co. Fishboat 178 120 21-Aug-48 Later Nils S, scuttled 1989
185 256816 Bernard Samuel City of Philadelphia Fire Boat 77 75 10-Nov-48 Sold 2009
186 257192 Manasquan Fish Products Co. Fishboat 178 120 16-Feb-49 Later Abraham, ABD Express, lost 1994 
187 255550 Little Egg Fish Products Co. Barge 171 98 27-Jun-48 NLD
188 259079 Newark Pennsylvania RR Co. Tug 147 98 19-Dec-49 Later Captain Frank, Lewis G Seabrook, NLD
189 257543 Beach Haven Fish Products Co. Fishboat 177 120 15-Apr-49 Scuttled 1992 
190 257665 Sea Girt Fish Products Co. Fishboat 177 120 23-May-49 Lost 1995 
191 257967 Shinnecock Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 306 146 10-Jun-49 Active
192 258001 Montauk Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 306 146 13-Jun-49 Later cargo vessel Son of David, NLD
193 258135 Little Gull Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 30-Jun-49 NLD
194 258419 Absecon Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 4-Aug-49 Now Carters Creek
195 259759 Brandywine Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 27-Apr-50 Scuttled 2001
196 259924 Shrewsbury Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 26-May-50 Now cargo vessel Arelis
197 259410 Resolute Baker-Whiteley Towing Tug 199 95 16-Mar-50 Later David McAllister, now Ocean King
198 260197 Franklin City of Philadelphia Fire Boat 81 79 18-May-50 In reserve 2007
199 260357 Delaware City of Philadelphia Fire Boat 81 79 23-Jun-50 Active
200   Capt. Crotty Port of Houston Fire Boat  81 79 4-Jul-50 Retired 1983 
201 Israel Kabait Govt. of Israel Fire Boat  81 79 13-Jul-50  
202 260038 East Hampton Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 8-Jun-50 Later Leisnit
203 261429 Indian River Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 8-May-51 Later Amelie I, lost 1995 
204 261897 Rehoboth Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 22-May-51 Lost 1994
205 262042 Nantucket Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 227 140 10-Jun-51 Later Florida Sun, Wilny Express, Ocean Bay, Intra Pride, NLD
206 262584 Maidstone Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 227 140 1951 Later  John Marvin, lost 1992
207 262886 Tamaqua Reading Railroad Tug 245 104 1951 Later J Barton Greer, Nonie, J K McLean, Signet Defender, Edith Thornton, now Chassidy (Guyana)
208 263382 Shamokin Reading Railroad Tug 188 104 1952 Now Russell B. Murray
209 263176 Pottsville Reading Railroad Tug 147 104 1952 Later Michael J McAllister, William A Weber, American Endeavor, Beverly B, now Valviria (Panama)
210 262196 Ellis A. Gimbel City of Philadelphia Tug 78 62 1951 Later E Homan Stroud, now Gar-Den S, for sale 2016
211 262699 Alex M Fish Products Co. Passenger 12 36 1951 NLD
212 264321 Liberty Central RR of NJ Tug 233 104 8-Sep-52 Later J W Phipps Jr, Walter J Tuohy, M I Dunn, James M Witte, now Theresa S. Krause
213 264578 Sandy Hook Central RR of NJ Tug 233 104 8-Nov-52 Later Fall River, Elizabeth Krause, now Elizabeth (Jamaica)
214 264785 Sound Shore Central RR of NJ Tug 233 104 9-Jan-53 Later Wm. H. McAllister, scrapped 2003
215 265021 Communipaw Central RR of NJ Tug 233 104 6-Mar-53 Later James E Kusik, J Speed Gray, Brian F, Mack Point, NLD
216 265167 Roy B. White B. & O. Railroad Tug 238  104 27-Mar-53 Later Hercules
217 265390 Howard E. Simpson B. & O. Railroad Tug 234 104 6-May-53 Later Douglas F, Leonard J, scrapped 2006
218 265799 William C. Baker B. & O. Railroad Tug 238 103 25-Jun-53 Later Jeanne C, J L Krause, now Espirito (Bolivia)
219 266173 Walter L. Price B. & O. Railroad Tug 238 104 28-Aug-53 Later Walter J Tuohy, Carol Wales, Scooby Doo, lost 2008
220 265528 Moriches Fish Products Co. Fishboat 199 130 20-May-53 Reefed Gulf of Mexico, ca. 1976
221 267714 Winter Quarter Fish Products Co. Fishboat 199 87 20-May-54  
222 266683 Lehigh Reading Railroad Tug 169 87 2-Dec-53 Later Craig Smith, now Leo
223 266934 Schuylkill Reading Railroad Tug 169 87 22-Jan-54 Later Blue B
224 267129 Delaware Reading Railroad Tug 169 87 26-Feb-54 Now Big Daddy
225 267350 Brandywine Reading Railroad Tug 169 87 2-Apr-54 Active
226 267824 Amagansett Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 226 140 28-May-54 Sank 1964
227 268826 Philadelphia Pennsylvania RR Co. Tug 292 105 16-Dec-54 Later Northampton, now yacht Yemitzis.
228 269169 Chicago Pennsylvania RR Co. Tug 292 103 14-Mar-55 Later Staten Island, Accomack, Cape Rosier, scrapped 2012
229 268668 Seven Islands Fish Products Co. Tank Barge 265 133 28-Oct-54  
230 269525 Parramore Banks Fish Products Co. Fishboat 198 130 14-May-55 NLD
231 269649 Napeague Smith Meal Co. Fishboat 231 162 27-May-55 Later cargo Miss Shandeline, Miss Shandy Express, St. Andre, now Miss Shandy Express
232 270572 Holland Baker-Whiteley Towing Tug 187 95 17-Nov-55 Later Barbara McAllister, scuttled 2004
233 270553 Mary J. Sheridan Sheridan Towing Co. Barge 2,168 262 11-Nov-55 Now Montis
234 272398 Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro City of Baltimore Fire Boat 149 100 12-Sep-56 NLD
235 272746 Morania Marlin Morania Corp. Tanker 1,068 217 17-Nov-56 Later Bonnie B, Alisa A, NLD
236 273952 Dalzell 1 New Haven Transport Tug 214 96 15-May-57 Later Lacey 1, David McAllister, NLD
237 274443 Dalzell 2 New Haven Transport Tug 214 96 2-Jul-57 Later Lacey 2, Michael J McAllister, Rachel Rae, Blacksmith III, NLD
238 274845 Dalzell 3 New Haven Transport Tug 214 96 4-Sep-57 Later Lacey 3, Timothy McAllister, scuttled 2007
239 276371 Morania Abaco Morania Corp. Tanker 1,173 260 21-Apr-58 Reefed off New Jersey 1985
240 277742 Wilfred M. Sheridan Sheridan Transport Barge 3,216  305  10-Nov-58 Later General 6000, American Gulf VI, COV Thor 
241 na Dredge #127 US Army Corps of Engineers Dredge   120 10-Apr-59 Reconstruction of dredge Commodore
242 na Derrick Boat #12 US Army Corps of Engineers Derrick Boat   66 21-Nov-58  
243 280088 Port  Welcome Maryland Port Auth. Passenger 91 122 24-Nov-59 Now MV Ocean Club
244 283028 Virginia C State of Delaware Ferry 35 65 27-Feb-61 Sold 2008