Universal Iron Works, Houma LA

Most recent update: November 25, 2014.


Universal Iron Works was started by Ronnie Trosclair: it operated from the mid-50s through 1982.  The yard was at 3201 Earhart Drive in Houma, on the south side of the GIWW, immediately to the west of the Prospect Boulevard bridge.  This address is the same as that used by Quality Equipment - the fore-runner of Quality Shipyards - which built boats there from 1969 through 2011.  Universal and Quality apparently shared this facility between 1969 and 1982.  How did that work?  If anyone can tell me more or add to the table below, please e-mail timcolton@aol.com.

Hull #
O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT Built Disposition
  276368 Capt. Mark Pearl River Nav Tug 62 1957 Later Capt. Allen
  280793 Samson Le Boeuf Bros. Towing Tug 57 1960 Later Creole Bayou
  282670 Roncal C. & R. Towing Tug 43 1960 Now Blanche Marie
  283090 Stephanie Chouest   Tug 56 1960 Inactive
  286896 M.T.V. Cenac   Tug 45 1961 Later Cody Cenac, Endurance, Cody C, now Randi Girl
  286896 Gad      Tug 45 1961 Later M T V Cenac, Cody Cenac, Endurance, Cody C, now Randi Girl
  288919 Uncle Bill William J. Cenac, Jr. Tug 71 1962 Now Linda Fisher
  289558 Leslie   Tug   1962  
  292953 Mattie-S Bay & Ocean Eqpmt Tug 88 1963 Now La Jean-Pierre
50 295509 Miss Vanessa   Tug  40 1964 Later J D Stapp
  296217 Durham Ken's Booming Tug 61 1964 Active
  296912 A J Dupré   Alexander Dupré Towing  Tug 42 1964 Later Mr Petch, now River Lady
  298236 Glenn Sue   Freight Ship 159 1965 Active
  298567 Capt Val Okie Moore Diving & Salvage Tug  54 1965  
59 298912 Santa Gertrudis Tidewater Marine  Tug 108 1965 Now Bearcat
62 500825 Ocean Explorer   Research Vsl. 247 1965 Inactive
63 501065 Mary S   Supply Boat 95 1965 Inactive
64 299403 Red Shindi Tidewater Marine  Tug 108 1965 Later Marne S, now Terri L. Brusco
65   Charbray   Freight Ship 179 1965 Later Rio Caroni, scuttled 2001
  504063 BCS Mariner   Supply Boat 133 1966 Later Sea Bull
75 505240 El Mulo Grande Tidewater Marine Tug  167 1966 Later Susan W, now Hispaniola
76 505143 Nan R. J. Guidry, Inc. Tug 93 1966 Later Tatum Ann
    El Leon Grande Tidewater Marine Supply Boat 122 1966 Later Rio Motatan, sank 2000
    El Venado Grande Tidewater Marine Tug  147 1966 Later Rio Yaracuy, now Tammy
82 507102 Jamaica Wagner Cruises Passenger 95 1967 Now Summer of George
84 509028 Brown Swiss Inland River Tptn Tug 50 1967 Now M/V Big John
    El Sello Grande Tidewater Marine Supply Boat 148 1967 Now Iraj
87 515186 Expediter    Burnside Terminal  Tug 77 1968 Later Expeditor, Expediter
  518545 Clipper   Supply Boat 136 1969 Later BCS Clipper, now fishing St. Jude, inactive
90 524008 El Burro Grande Tidewater Marine Tug 321 1969 Later Allie B, now Crosby Eagle
91 523102 Red Angus Recchi America Tug 50 1969 Later Katie Lee, now Brenda Ann
  526013 Leopold T T & D Marine Passenger 95 1970 Later Royal Alliance, Sonnie C, now OCS Dallas
93 526619 Red Dane Tidewater Marine Tug 50 1970 Now Marine Ruby, inactive
 94 527355 Kyloe Tidewater Marine Tug 50 1970 Now Marine Pearl, inactive
 95 528051 Kerry Tidewater Marine Tug 50 1970 Later Ora Lee, now Cory Michael
 97 531770 Big Al Crellin Ann Mcnab Unknown 95 1971 Inactive
103 537794 Dominic T Theriot Brothers  Training Ship 149 1972 Later UR 93, Seattle Marine Educator, Charles A. Kane, now Surveyor
  540016 M/V Roy J & D Exporting Corp Supply Boat 76 1972 Inactive
  542293 K - G   Fishing Vessel 96 1972 Later A'Ukai, Traveler, now Hana Moku
  543064 Sea Lion V   Freight Ship 138 1972 Now Lady Patience
    Ron Marc C & W Diving Services Tug  154 1972 Later Lizzie Beth, now Imeri
  547180 Fidalgo K-Sea Transportation Tug 76 1973 Active
  547927 Cal Diver IV Triton Diving Services Supply Boat 76 1973 Now Mr. Joe
    Itco X   Supply Boat 146 1973 Later Mark One, Ocean Princess 1, Seabulk Seahorse, now Atoosa
116 552294 Shan-Dav Shan-Dav Inc Supply Boat 76 1973 Later David Adams, now Reliable
118 553458 Martech Bettye T & L Boats Llc Supply Boat 76 1973 Now Lee Adams
119 554593 Gladys McCall SEACOR Marine Supply Boat 98 1974 Active
120 556502 American Liberty Cdi Vessel Holdings Supply Boat 99 1974 Active
121 557290 Mitchell T    Theriot Bros. Supply Boat 76 1974 Later Ben Ross, Jambon Supplier II, now Seaops I
122 558281 Int'l Contender T & D Marine Supply Boat 99 1974 Now Contender
123 559510 Tracy Martin Cheramie Boat Rental Passenger 99 1974 Later Audrey C, Shane C, now Carly S
124 562590 Nan II   Tug 223 1974 Later King’s Charger, Walter J Oubre, American Pride, now Betty R. Gambarella
  561744 Brandi Eymard Eymard Towing Towboat 103 1974 Later Creole Julie, now Theresa B
  563520 Richard B   Tug  137 1975 Now Rosario P
127 563572 Howard Eymard Eymard Towing Towboat 103 1975 Later Janet Dyess, Capt Jessie Rushing, Laura Banta, now Fourth Quarter
128 564995 Blake T      Supply Boat 76 1975 Later Rhett Max, Jambon Supplier I, now Supplier I
132 569814 YTB 140    US Navy  Tug 200 1975 Later Big Brute, Sea Hawk, Sound Eagle, Delta Trooper, now Lucinda Smith
134 568573 Gulf Marine II   Passenger 98 1975 Now Katie Grace
135 587490 Capt Bud Quality Shipyards Tug 11 1976 Active
136 570518 Philip M McCall K & K Offshore Llc Passenger 98 1976 Later Gulf Marine III, now Miss Kaleigh
137 569682 Emelie C   Supply Boat  99 1975 Later Epic Endeavor, Endeavor, now Mr Dino
138 571413 Quinn River Quinn River Llc Supply Boat 99 1976 Active
139 572841 Miss Jane  La Carriers Inc Supply Boat 99 1976 Later M/V Tristen , Tristen, Int’l Mission, now fishing Croatian
142 576513 Skippin' Sue T E Marine Inc Supply Boat 99 1976 Active
144 578179 Richard B Mark Emmett Marine Supply Boat 76 1976 Now Q.B.
145 578813 Luckland Marine Salvage Passenger 98 1976 Now Sea Witch
  579411 Kip 1   Supply Boat 97 1977 Later Chris B, marlin, now Abou Ali
147 586452 Melena Theriot Nolty J Theriot  Supply Boat 624 1977 Later Snow River, now Savannah River
148 582365 Atlantic Surveyor Divemasters, Inc. Freight Ship 98 1977 Active
149 587507 Joyce McCall International Marine Passenger 98 1977 Later Jimbo, now GIS-Leonce
150 591621 Emeline Theriot Nolty J Theriot   Supply Boat 624 1978 Later Columbia River, Miami River, now Medomak River
151 589062 Mister Gil SEACOR Marine Supply Boat 94 1977 Now Henry T 
152 590074 Mr Thomas SEACOR Marine Supply Boat 94 1978 Active
153 593339 Ms Jane A & A Boats, Inc Supply Boat 88 1978 Active
154 595572 Russ Guilbeau Offshore Supply Boat 88 1978 Now Tony G
155 604486 Leopold Theriot Nolty J Theriot   Supply Boat 190 1979 Later Wind River, Rain River, UM Marine I, Top Fenders 1, now African Princess 1
156 597352 Lil Al   Guilbeau Offshore Supply Boat 88 1978 Later Cajun I, now Mia Maloy
157 598829 Explorer   Supply Boat 88 1978 Now Jambon Explorer
158 601829 Global Diver 122 Global Divers Industrial 97 1979 Later Sea Leopard
159 606709 Brian Paul Gilco Supply Boats Supply Boat 94 1979 Now Mr. Phil
160 616274 Scott Theriot Nolty J Theriot   Supply Boat 193 1980 Later Sea Level No.21, Mr Sonny, Citation, now RMS Citation
161 608662 Maloy G. Guilbeau Offshore Supply Boat 88 1979 Active
162 610658 Cecelia C Guilbeau Marine Supply Boat 94 1979 Now Chris R
164 617891 El Topografo   Supply Boat 94 1980 Later Joe Thornton, Max Cheramie, now Nikola
168 619211 Marc C Barry Graham Oil Service Supply Boat 92 1980 Active
169 613100 Todd Guilbeau Offshore  Supply Boat 89 1979 Now M/V Ms Taylor
170 620862 Noonie G. Guilbeau Boat Rentals Supply Boat 92 1980 Active
171 623308 Alicia Sue T E Marine Inc Supply Boat 99 1980 Active
172 627510 Universal Surveyor Survey Boats Supply Boat 329 1980 Active
173 626665 Senator Apollo Marine Tptn. Tug 99 1980 Later Anna M Boudreaux, Rebel Eagle, Delta Magic, Miss Chrissy, now Bayou Bull
174 630052 Adrienne Callais Abdon Callais Supply Boat 97 1980 Active
175 630995 Lance   Tug 195 1981 Now St. Marys Express
176 632056 Victoria Callais Abdon Callais Supply Boat 97 1981 Now Miss Josie
177   Peggy   Supply Boat 273 1981 Later Atco Sariya, now Seamax Sariya
178  637873 Geodetic Surveyor Survey Boats Inc Research 95 1981 Active
181 651382 Dosgris Quality Shipyards Industrial 807 1982 Active
184 646846 L'Arpenteur Survey Boats Inc Research 99 1982 Inactive
186 651716 Pouldeau Quality Shipyards Industrial 807 1982 Active
192 653322 Medeia Survey Boats Inc Research 129 1982 Active