Todd Shipyards Corporation, Brooklyn NY

(formerly Handren and Robins, J. N. Robins Co., Erie Basin Dry Dock Co. and Robins Dry Dock & Repair Co.

and including Tebo Yacht Basin Co.)

Most recent update: March 8, 2014.


Todd Shipyards started life in Brooklyn, in 1869, as Handren and Robins.  After Handren's death in 1892, it became the J. N. Robins Co. and then, after merging with the Erie Basin Dry Dock Company, which had been established by Delamater Iron Works, it became the Robins Dry Dock & Repair Company.  William H. Todd had worked for both these companies and, in 1916, he and some associates bought Robins Dry Dock & Repair Company, Tietjen & Lang Dry Dock Company, of Hoboken, and Seattle Dry Dock & Construction Company, to form the William H. Todd Corporation, which would later become Todd Shipyards Corporation.  A year later they added the Tebo Yacht Basin Company and developed their initial new construction facilities at that location.  This yard was closed in 1937, however, and subsequent new construction was carried out in the Erie Basin yard.  The Erie Basin yard was closed in 1986 and sold to Rodermond Industries, which failed in the 1990s.  You can see the site, basically the Beard Street side of the Erie Basin, from the air on Google here.  It was mainly a repair yard but if anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Delivery Disposition

Built by Handren & Robins

  59439 201 American Steel Barge Whaleback Barge 664 1890 Aground 1917
  59443 202 American Steel Barge Whaleback Barge 665 1890 Sunk 1908
  116332 Sultana Edward H. Harriman Yacht 390 1890 To USN 1917 as SP-134, returned 1919 

Built by J. N. Robins Co.

  116730 Sovereign M. C. D. Borden Yacht 627 1896 To USN 1898 as Scorpion, scrapped 1928
  92789 Marietta R. N. Carson Yacht 153 1897 Later Oneta, Bernice (converted to gas), Mary Alice, to USN 1917 as SP-397, lost 5-Oct-1918
  121082 Felicia Jesse H. Metcalf Yacht 213 1898 To USN 1917 as SP-642, sold 1920
  107487 Aloha A. Curtis James Yacht 306 1899 NLD 1912
  96634 Hauoli F. M. Smith Yacht 147 1902 Later Seminole, Kajeruna, to USN 1917 as SP-389, returned 1919
  96694 Hauoli F. M. Smith Yacht 299 1903 Later California, to USN 1917 as SP-249, sold 1920

Built by Tebo Yacht Basin Co.

  206536 Carnegie Carnegie Institute Yacht 323 1909 Wooden vessel, of non- magnetic construction

Built by Robins Dry Dock & Repair Co.

  212143 Nokomis I Horace Dodge Yacht 303 May-14 Later Kwasind, to USN 1917 as SP-1233, sold 1920 as Nokomis, later Saelmo, Dupont 

Built by Tebo Yacht Basin Co. (as a subsidiary of Todd Shipyards Corp.)

1   Fuel-Oil Barge No. 30 U.S. Navy SP Tank Barge 422 1918 Later YO 30 1920, disposed of 1947
2   Fuel-Oil Barge No. 31 U.S. Navy SP Tank Barge 422 1918 Later YO 31 1920; sold 1947 as Alan Martin, reefed off NJ 1987
3   Fuel-Oil Barge No. 32 U.S. Navy SP Tank Barge 422 1918 Later YO 32 1920, disposed of 1947
4 Lapwing (AM 1) U.S. Navy Minesweeper 950 12-Jun-18 Later AVP 1, sold 1946
5 Owl (AM 2) U.S. Navy Minesweeper 950 11-Jul-18 Later ATO 137, sold 1947
6 Robin (AM 3) U.S. Navy Minesweeper 950 29-Aug-18 Later ATO 140, sold 1946 as Hyacinth, later Margaret Rose 1951, scrapped 1954
7 Swallow (AM 4) U.S. Navy Minesweeper 950 8-Oct-18 Wrecked in Alaska 1938
8 Sanderling (AM 37) U.S. Navy Minesweeper 950 4-Dec-18 Sank while under tow 1937
9 Auk (AM 38) U.S. Navy Minesweeper 950 30-Nov-18 To USC+GS as Discoverer, later ARS 3,  back to USC+GS, sold 1947 as Felipe Larrazabal
10 Chewink (AM 39) U.S. Navy Minesweeper 950 9-Apr-19 Later ASR 3, sunk as target 1947
11 Cormorant (AM 40) U.S. Navy Minesweeper 950 15-May-19 Later ATO 133, sold 1947
12 Gannet (AM 41) U.S. Navy Minesweeper 950 7-Oct-19 Later AVP 8, torpedoed and lost 1942
13 Goshawk (AM 42) U.S. Navy Minesweeper 950   Cancelled
14 220227 Manuel Rionda Sinclair Cuba Nav. Co. Tanker 1,375 Jun-20 Scrapped 1950
15 220567 Virginia   Dispatch Boat 35 1920  
16 225292 Ormes Donald SS Co. Cargo Ship 1,394 Dec-20 Taku 1939, Lloyd Cuarto 1946, Rio Bravo 1952, Jurandy 1955, Senhor do Bonfim 1958
17 225291 Oritani Donald SS Co. Cargo Ship 1,396 Feb-21 Tyee 1939, Midway (AG-41) 1942, Lloyd Quinto 1946, Rio Das Antas 1951, Consuelo 1955, Tritao 1958, scrapped 1961
18 221059 Natalie May   Dispatch Boat 35 1921  
19 221095 W. E. Ogilvie Sinclair Cuba Nav. Co. Tanker 1,336 Mar-21 Scrapped 1950
20 221984 Maryland Maryland Pilots Assn. Pilot Boat 398 1922 Conversion of trawler
21 222354 Cynthia Merrill B. Mills Yacht 261 Sep-22  
22 222741 NY Central RR No. 30 New York Central RR Tug 235 Mar-23  
23 222786 NY Central RR No. 31 New York Central RR Tug 235 Apr-23  
24 222787 NY Central RR No. 32 New York Central RR Tug 235 May-23  
25 223246 Socony 8 Standard Tptn. Co. Tug 215 Sep-23  
26 223247 Socony 9 Standard Tptn. Co. Tug 215 Oct-23 Later Richard S. Simmons
27   Lighter No. 4 U.S. Shipping Board Lighter   Jul-23  
28   Lighter No. 5 U.S. Shipping Board Lighter   Sep-23  
29   Lighter No. 6 U.S. Shipping Board Lighter   Sep-23  
30   Lighter No. 7 U.S. Shipping Board Lighter   Sep-23  
31     Asiatic Petroleum Tank Barge   1924  
32 224506 Murray Hulbert City of New York Ferry 593 Jul-25 Later Rockaway 1930, Arrowsic (YFB 59) 1945, Rockaway 1947, hulked 1967
33 224504 Edward Riegelmann City of New York Ferry 593 Oct-25 Later Bushwick 1930, scrapped 1949
34 224505 Julius Miller City of New York Ferry 593 Aug-25 Later Stuyvesant 1930, YFB-52, scrapped 1948
35 224986 Maurice E. Connelly City of New York Ferry 593 Sep-25 Later Elmhurst 1930, hulked 1946
36 224984 John H. McCooey City of New York Ferry 593 Oct-25 Later Sea Gate 1930, scrapped 1949

Built by Todd Dry-Dock & Repair Co.

37 225958 Sumar David C. Whitney Yacht 469 Sep-26 Later Horizonte Azul 1948, Poros 1950, Delphini 1957, Alkion 1961, wrecked off Naxos 1967
38 173840 Oil Barge No. 1 City of New York Tank Barge 161 1925  
39 226065 Vidor S. P. Davis Yacht 570 Nov-26 Sevad 1950, Hiesmaro 1928, Hilda 1929, Moana 1933, Velda 1938, Santa Cristina 1950, burnt off Balboa 1950
40 227201 Greenwich Village City of New York Ferry 245 Feb-28  
41 227200 Mott Haven City of New York Ferry 245 Feb-28 To Lake Champlain 1945, to Britain 1951
42 173531 Mileage No. 1 Warner-Quinlan Co. Tank Barge 233 May-28  
43 173505 Mileage No. 2 Warner-Quinlan Co. Tank Barge 233 May-28  
44 174225 No. 146 Standard Dredging Barge 52 1928  
45 228264 Yorkville City of New York Ferry 593 Mar-29 Scrapped 1960
46     Todd Shipyards Dry-dock Gate   1929  
47       Barge   1929  
48 229173 Melrose City of New York Ferry 593 Dec-29 To USA as Col. Robert E. Shannon 1942, scrapped 1964
49 229949 Chelsea City of New York Ferry 245 Jun-30 Sold as yacht 1968
50 230778 Murray Hill City of New York Ferry 593 Jun-31 Scrapped 1954
51 230782 Washington Square City of New York Ferry 593 Jun-31 Later Staten, to USN 1941 as YFB 36, sold 1947
52 231225 John J. Harvey City of New York Fireboat 268 17-Dec-31 Restored and at Pier 63 in New York City

Built by Robins Dry-Dock & Repair Co.

53 233890 All American Texas Co. Tug 192 May-35  
54 235341 Ox Robins Dry Dock SP Derrick Barge 216 Oct-36  
55   Bull Robins Dry Dock Power Barge 216 Dec-38  
56 174625 Robins No. 6 Robins Dry Dock Tank Barge 216 Jan-40  

Built by Todd Shipyards Corp.

57-80   LCI(L) U.S. Navy Landing Craft 246d 1942-43 Subcontract from New Jersey Shipbuilding
    LCT(6) U.S. Navy Landing Craft 143d 1943-44 Subcontract from Bison Shipbuilding
  247583 Brazos Sabine Tptn. Co. Tanker   Jun-58 Midbody only
  246672 R. P. Smith Sabine Tptn. Co. Tanker   Jul-58 Midbody only
    The Canadian Freedomland USA Excursion Vessel   1960 Replica paddlewheeler
    The American Freedomland USA Excursion Vessel   1960 Replica paddlewheeler