SBA Shipyard, Jennings LA

Most recent update: July 18, 2015.


SBA Shipyard was started in 1965 by Louis Smaihall, formerly of the Harms-Smaihall Shipyard, in Orange TX, and Leland Bowman, formerly of Higman Towing: they built tank barges and small tankers, almost exclusively, until the industry-wide collapse of 1982, although they apparently continued as a tank cleaning yard for some time after that.  The yard was at 9040 Castex Landing Road, on the Mermentau River, about 2.5 miles south of the Highway 90 bridge, where Gulf Island's (formerly Leevac's) shipyard is.  SBA's yard was later designated a Superfund site and is now a vacant lot but you can see where the docks were on Google: see it here.  Can anyone tell me why their hull numbers apparently start at 171?  Were they a continuation of the Harms-Smaihall numbers?  And if you can add to the table below, please send your info to me at timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Delivery Disposition
171 502245 CTCO 182 Cenac Towing Tank Barge 594 Feb-66 Active (Canada)
174 504473 CTCO 183 Cenac Towing Tank Barge 977 Aug-66 Later Par 183, now MRL 106
176 506327 Voyager    Barge Transport, Inc. Tug 145 Dec-66 Later Larry J. Hebert, now Southern Star
185 512250 S 2511 Higman Barge Lines Barge 1,363 1968 Later A-20, now TM3000
186 512647 S 2512 Higman Barge Lines Barge 1,363 1968 Active
187 517152 Toledo Sun Sun Oil Tanker 2,110 1968 Now Marine Success (Singapore)
189 517472 Pittston 60 Pittston Co. Tank Barge 1,262 Dec-68 Later McAllister 107, American 21, now NRC Reliant
  521533 Thomas  G. Goode Dunbar & Sullivan Towboat 39 1969 Now Benjamin Ridgway
195 523487 Elizabeth S   Tank Barge 3,606 Jan-69 Later Prince George, now Martin Endeavor
198 523181 Pittston 21 Pittston Co. Tank Barge 1,414 Nov-69 Now Fulton
203 528112 Island Sun Sun Oil Tank Barge 3,839 Aug-70 Later Island 60, NLD
204 531135 Caribe Sun Sun Oil Tank Barge 4,802 Apr-71 Later Maritrans 75, Energy 7002, now 7002
208 530671 Revere Sun Sun Oil Tank Barge 1,384 Feb-71 Now Petrojam Barge No. 1 (Jamaica)
209 529859 Providence Sun Sun Oil Tank Barge 1,573 Jan-71 Later VB 26, now SC 120 and SC 121
210 535148 Morania 210 Morania Oil Tank Barge 2,132 Sep-71 Later Penn No. 210, now Weeks 98
211 536307 Peter R. Hearne Reinauer Transportation Tank Barge 1,215 Nov-71 NLD
213 537280 RTC No. 320 Reinauer Transportation Tank Barge 1,216 Feb-72 Active
217 545087 Peck Slip   Tank Barge 5,869 Dec-72 Later Domar-118, ST-90, Energy 9501, Barge 9501, NLD
218 556139 Saturn Ashland Oil Tanker 3,900 Aug-74 Now Centenario Trader (Panama)
219 545745 Hygrade 22 Spentonbush Tankers Tank Barge 1,347 Feb-73 Now Energy 2201
224 552065 Interstate 35 Interstate Oil Transportation Tank Barge 2,187 Oct-73 Now VB 35
225 552900 Interstate 36 Interstate Oil Transportation Tank Barge 2,187 Dec-73 Later VB 36, now Strong Island
226 563364 Interstate 71 Interstate Oil Transportation Tank Barge 5,467 Mar-75 Now KTC 71
227 571820 Jupiter Ashland Oil Tanker 4,263 1976 Burnt 1990
228 557364 Hygrade 24 Spentonbush Tankers Tank Barge 1,347 Jun-74 Later Energy 2202, now NRC Independence
229 574128 Interstate 72 Interstate Oil Transportation Tank Barge 5,467 Jun-76 Now MSRC 620
232 576625 S.T. 85 Sheridan Transportation Tank Barge 5,323 Sep-76 Later Energy 8701, now 8701
235 587329 Morania 400 Morania Oil Tank Barge 5,651 Oct-77 Now Penn No. 400
237 589642 S.T. 65 Sheridan Transportation Tank Barge 4,064 Mar-78 Later Energy 6505, now 6505
239 603306 Morania 410 Morania Oil Tank Barge 5,293 Mar-79 Now Penn No. 410
240 630040 Apex Houston Apex Oil Tank Barge 5,407 Feb-81 Later Morania 450, now Biscayne
241 625082 Morania 420 Morania Oil Tank Barge 4,982 Sep-80 Later Mobil 91, M 91, Morania 420, now RTC 90
244 643281 Sonat 81 Sonat Marine Tank Barge 5,264 Dec-81 Later Ocean 81, KTC 80, now SCT-81
245 652241 Morania 310 Morania Oil Tank Barge 2,246 Oct-82 Later Maritrans 32, now VB 33