F. B. Walker & Sons, Pascagoula MS

Arnold V. Walker Shipyard, Pascagoula MS

James K. Walker Marine, Moss Point MS

Most recent update: May 29, 2013.


There were three shipyards in the Pascagoula area owned by members of the Walker family.  The first was F. B. Walker & Sons, which was on the east side of the Pascagoula River, just north of Highway 90.  The facility had been a shipyard since 1860, operated first by Miguel Pol, becoming Frentz Shipbuilding in 1878 and Gulf Ship in 1918.  F. B. Walker bought it in 1933 and operated it with his sons Arnold and John.  After F. B. Walker died, in 1940, his son John continued to operate the yard, which closed in 1978 and was taken over by Hudson Shipbuilders, (HUDSHIP).  F. B. Walker's other son, Arnold, left F. B. Walker & Sons after his father died and started his own yard.  The Arnold V. Walker Shipyard was also on the east side of the Pascagoula River, but further south, just north of Ingalls' East Bank yard: this yard was sold to Ingalls in 1957 and was merged with Ingalls' East Bank yard in 1961.  Finally, a third family member, James K. Walker, started his own yard in the early 1970s and this survived until 1985.  This yard was located on the site of the De Angelo family's famous "Italian" shipyard, at the southeast end of the Highway 613 bridge.  See it from the air on Google here.  And if anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Name Owner Type  GT Ft. Built Disposition
Built by F. B. Walker & Sons
  236794 Southern Kraft No. 2 International Paper Tug 40 55 1937  
  236937 Southern Kraft No. 3 International Paper Tug 54 56 1937  
  235675 Southern Kraft No. 4 International Paper Tug 29 49 1937  
  240855 John Colle Jr Colle Towing Tug 83 65 1941 Later Southern Kraft No. 6, Bay Boys
  241448 Robt. E. Coppedge Gibbs Corp. Tug 64 61 1941 Later H. S. Mitchell, 
  na M. B. Long  Corps of Engineers Towboat 21 48 1941  
  na Roy F. Rudolph  Corps of Engineers Towboat 21 48 1941 Sold as Roy F. Rudolph, now M/V Rudolph
  na ST 138 US Army Tug 99 77 1942 Sold 1966 as Tommy T, later Dana Dauntless
  175647 Colle 120 Colle Towing Tank Barge 498 180 1942  
  175699 Colle 121 Colle Towing Tank Barge 498 180 1943  
  246641 Walker No. 9 F. B. Walker & Sons Tug 168 80 1943  
  175880 Walker No. 23 F. B. Walker & Sons Tank Barge 500 180 1943  
  176074 Walker No. 24 F. B. Walker & Sons Tank Barge 500 180 1944  
  na ST 244 US Army Tug   85 1943  
  na ST 245 US Army Tug   85 1943  
    Patricia Chotin   Cargo vessel 101 77 1945 Later Suwannee
  249117 Linda Chotin    Berwick Bay Towing  Towboat  362  104 1945 Later Linda, G-Ten, Frank B, Frank C Barker II, now Becky E
  251815 Vieux Carre     34 47 1946 Later Manana
    Novelty   Fishing Vessel 201 130 1946  
    Capt Wes Robinson   Fishing Vessel 146 105 1947  
    ??   Towboat 335 104 1947 Later Nina Sue, Amy Okey
  251877 F B Walker River Towboats  Towboat   366 114 1947 Later Joan Simpson, Sinclair Louisville, Bobbie J, now Frank B Tamble
  254119 Meco Dixie Menhaden Fishing Vessel 104 85 1947  
  254693 Johnny Walker Simpson Towing Co Towboat   366 114 1948 Later Liberty, Kay A, now Billy Waxler  
  256014 Mattie P Simpson Charleston (Mo) Oil Co Towboat  372 114 1948 Later Sinclair St. Louis
  257156 Black Gold Walker Boat Rentals Fishing Vessel 158 94 1949 Now Alaska
  259321 Trade Wind Walker Barge Line Towboat 123 82 1950 Later Western Isle
  259516 Norman Maddox   Fishing Vessel 119 93 1949 Later Ted Sapp, Malco I
  259779 Northern Miss. Valley Barge Line Towboat 186 113 1949 Later Dritsik, now Autumn Dawn
  260548 Falcon Walker Barge Line Towboat 114 90 1950 Later Little Red Too
  260969 Southern Kraft No. 7 International Paper Tug 99 66 1950  
  261050 Raven Bernard B. Walker Fishing Vessel 156 107 1950 Later Deborah, Sea Raven
134 262054 Jimmy Walker Walker Barge Line Tug 359 117 1951 Later Casteel, Bayou Lacombe
136 263706 Capt Alex Lewis Humphreys Bros. Fishing Vessel 174 111 1952 Later Capt Paul Willis, Capt Alex Lewis
140 264326 Jimmy Walker Bernard B. Walker Fishing Vessel 127 87 1952 Later W-B, Teal
  264790 Lillian Walker Bernard B. Walker Fishing Vessel 130 88 1952  
  265839 Elizabeth Lion Towing Co Tug 20 40 1952 Later Susan, Calcasieu Fueler, Attecia C
146 266825 Johnette Walker F. B. Walker & Sons Tug 209 111 1953 Later San Salvador Express, Johnette Walker, Innocent Express, now Pack One
  268054 Kay Walker F. B. Walker & Sons Tug 184 106 1954 Scrapped 1979
149 268659 Lurline Walker Walker Barge Line Tug 184 106 1954 Later Mr. Red Too
  269196 Black Creek Dantzler Navigation Fishing Vessel 184 83 1955 Later Bahama Land
151 269404 Cedar Creek Dantzler & Herring Fishing Vessel 151 83 1955  
  269872 F. B. Walker Walker Boat Rentals Tug 134 87 1955 Now Southsea Mana
154 270117 Oil Creek F. B. Walker & Sons Fishing Vessel 163 82 1955 Scrapped 1987
155 270437 Cynthia Walker Walker Barge Line Research 138 90 1955 Now Sirenian
156   Paul E. Nash   OSV 152 92 1955 Later Big Red Too
159 272033 Toni Walker F. B. Walker & Sons OSV 147 92 1956 Now Super Red.
  273416 Wayne Walker F. B. Walker & Sons Research 159 95 1957 Later Lillian 30
165 276540 Tiger Shark   Fishing Vessel 90 91 1958 Later tug Lady Salvor, now Cape Florida
  283128 Panther   Tug 35 45 1960  
  286652 Northern Brave   OSV 123 80 1961 Later Kala Loa’a, Sea Blazer, Solution, Creole Sue, Solution
172 517406 John F. Walker, Jr. F. B. Walker & Sons OSV 296 158 1967 Later G W Pierce, Fugro I, G W Pierce, Offshore Venture, OMS Maverick, now Lady Rosalind I (Bahamas)
175 535888 Cherokee Indian Towing Co Tug  189 92 1971 Later Big Miss, now Capt. Jos. Bisso
180 541521 MF 620 Midstream Fuel Service Tank Barge 290 135 1972 Later W-620
  547752 Leland J Frank J Lepern Fishing Vessel 105 71 1973 Lost 1979
  549645 Ladonna Luann   Fishing Vessel 145 92 1973 Later Dana Ann, Sherri Ann, Susan K
  551566 Dorinda Trawler Dorinda Fishing Vessel 112 73 1973 Later St. Martin, Saint Peter, now Commander
  557024 Laurentian N.O.A.A. Research 129 73 1974 Retired 2003
  559350 Delta Miss  George Engine Co  Towboat  118 72 1974 Later Big Sam, Point Coupée, now Big Sam
192 560924 Okaloosa    Plimsoll Marine  Towboat  157 66 1974 Active
193 561892 Mittie Louise LEC Investment Corp Towboat  161 66 1974 Now Taylor Marie
194 562434 Melvin Williams Wood Marine Corp  Towboat  160 66 1975 Now Capt. Jim Green 
195 563142 Roger Billiot Wood Marine Corp Towboat  159 66 1975 Later Allen James, Limestone Leader, Kurt Spanier, Jonathan Thomas, now Nativity
196 563581 Capt. John Walker Koch-Ellis Marine Towboat  159 66 1975 Later Sandstone Express, Cyndi Spanier, now Lil Susan S 
  568290 Lucky Louie West Delta Construction  Towboat  97 66 1975 Later Miss D., Lady Audrey, Miss Leah, now Medicine Bow
198 565818 Ruby        Towboat  160 66 1975 Later Orleans, now Connie Z
199 566757 Avon II   Avondale Industries Towboat  160 66 1975 Active
200 567980 Venture II Venture Towing  Towboat   160 66 1975 Later Shanty Frank, now Rapture   
  563968 Pinto    Missouri River Barge Lines  Towboat   159 66 1975 Active   
  567266 Prancer    Missouri River Barge Lines Towboat   158 66 1975 Active
  569175 Three Jack Three Ace Towing  Towboat   158 66 1975 Later Capt Zeus, now Sue Holston
  570901 John F. Walker  Modern Boats  Towboat   159 66 1975 Active
207 570048 Miss Wendy John F Walker Jr Towboat 158 66 1975 NLD
209 574910 Defiance F B Walker & Sons Towboat  158 66 1976 NLD
211 575634 Miss Laurie Spanier Marine Corp Towboat   153 66 1976 Later Jenny Marie, now John C Terral
212 581627 Celine    Compass Green River  Towboat   163 66 1977 Now Shirley Mahone
213 573908 Mr. Eddie North Bank Towing Tug 125 70 1976 Now Bayou Dawn
  571708 Katie    Modern Boats  Towboat   158 66 1976 Now Jim Marko
215 578760 Cindy Cole Energy Transport Services  Towboat   158 66 1976 Later Helen Kolbe, Linda B, now John G
216 578783 Zoe    Compass Marine Services  Towboat   166 66 1976 Now Miss Nelda
  571629 Modern    Modern Boats Towboat   158 66 1976 Now Leslie Ann
  584128 Clydesdale Gateway Harbor Service Towboat 170 66 1977 Completed by Hudson Shipbuilders, active
Built by Arnold V. Walker Shipyard
10   Hunley   Tug  101 82 1946 Now Miss Faye
  251338 Eagle Bay Towing & Dredging Towboat 39 50 1946  
  252306 Rigmaster   Tug 45 61 1947 Active
  255968 Jimmy Colle Colle Towing Co  Towboat   330 111 1948 Now Wm. Barnes
  257124 W. G. Violette   Towboat 136 76 1949 Later Egret
  257285 Arnold V. Walker James W. Harvey Towboat  250 96 1949 Now A. Dean Heasley 
  257700 Dickie Walker   OSV 113 83 1949 Later Delta Corrosion II, now Dady Express.
  258967 Bruce Walker   Towboat 136 76 1949 Later Agnes S, Eva H, Universal Switcher, Deer Park, Silver Fox
  260507 Big Bee   Miller & Co  Tug   39 50 1946 Active
  260507 Capt. Alec   Towboat 99 66 1950 Later Chemvoy, Mary Kathryn, now Brittany Beyel
48 261335 Viking Prince   Tug 145 96 1951  
  261274 Alfred B. Beardslee Launch & Barge Towboat 42 53 1951 Now Jerry Bollinger
  261501 Houston Coyle Lines Towboat  353 106 1951 Later Grand Lake, now Brenda Ann Foret
  262035 H. F. De Bardeleben III Coyle Lines Towboat  352 106 1951 Active
  262541 Bruce Arthur A L Mechling Barge Line Towboat   163 86 1951 Now Miss Carolyn
  262831 E. C. Marshall  Freeport Sulphur Co  Towboat   97 72 1951 Now Pa Pa Fred
87  264722 H. A. Purgley Freeport Sulphur Co   Towboat   121 78 1952 Later Mable Bollinger, Shirley Watson, Miss Donna, now Capt Travis
  264941 V. J. Vallot   Freeport Sulphur Co  Towboat  121 78 1953 Later Ms-T, now Eva Walker
  265668 R. I. Brubaker   Freeport Sulphur Co   Towboat  121 78 1953 Now Anna S
  266771 Bluff Creek Dantzler Marine Cargo Vessel 148 83 1953  
  266887 Mobile Coyle Lines Towboat 232 77 1953 Later Bailey B, Mobile, now Mr Jason
  267130 Red Creek   OSV 159 83 1954  
  267646 Neptune J. Howard Smith Inc. Fishing Vessel 187 140 1954  
100 267974 Sea Explorer Robert E Bailey Fishing Vessel 147 82 1954  
101 264305 Miss Lou Miss Lou Towing Service  Towboat   319 111 1954 Later Paulette Jones, Del Rio, Shenandoah, now Arkansas
  268022 Sea Traveler Deep Sea Marine Fishing Vessel 74 21 1954 Now Krista S
  269006 Tuscaloosa    Coyle Lines  Towboat   231 77 1955 Active
  270374 Stormy II Harbor Dredge & Dock Tug 18 37 1955 Active
104 269455 Birmingham Coyle Lines  Towboat 257 80 1955 Lost 1989
105 270091 Sea Service Sea Service Inc. OSV 185 131 1955 Now Rio Papaloapan.
106 270588 Marine Service Sea Service Inc. OSV 185 131 1955 Later Alabama, Rio Bravo, lost 1980
107 270830 Offshore Service Sea Service Inc. OSV 185 131 1956  
108 270831 Gulf Service Sea Service Inc. OSV 185 131 1956  
109 271489 Cargo Service Sea Service Inc. OSV 185 131 1956  
110 271490 Coastal Service Sea Service Inc. OSV 185 131 1956  
111 271998 Kermac Workboat II Kerr-McGee OSV 195 124 1956 Later Tough Brio, lost 1983
112  272216 Dallas Coyle Lines   Towboat   257 77 1956 Later Mister Wimpys, now Cherokee Prince
  1228405 Patoka    Corps of Engineers Towboat   130 81 1956 Active
Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in the Arnold V. Walker Shipyard
115 274818 State Fair State Boat Corp. OSV 99 85 1957 Completion of Ingalls Hull 1023, later Blue Virgin
116 272740 State Star State Boat Corp. OSV 134 83 1957 Completion of Ingalls Hull 1024, later Commonwealth
119 273771 National Pride National Boat Corp. OSV 196 128 1957 Completion of Ingalls Hull 1016, later State Express, Alaskan Eight, now Westwind
120 276540     OSV 291 128 1958 Completion of Ingalls Hull 1017, later Tiger Shark
121 na Lipscomb USACE Vicksburg Towboat  250 126 1958 Retired 2012
123 274545 Lil Abner J. Howard Smith Co. Fishing Vessel 607 194 1957 Later Abner, scrapped 1990
124 275377 Barbee Mill Ridge Coal Co. Towboat 156 58 1957 Later Andy
126 275438 Pensacola Coyle Lines  Towboat   229 76 1958 Later Liberty Bell, Glen Karen, Robert W Taylor, Oscar O. Griffin Jr., Deanna Ladawn, now Lady June
128 na Rio Das Contas  Rio Das Contes S A Tug 286 135 1958 Now Pantai Mas
129 na Rio Pilcomayo Tpts Fluvial Buenos Aires Tug 486 146 1959 Completion of Ingalls Hull 998
130 na Rio Bermejo Tpts Fluvial Buenos Aires Tug 486 146 1959 Completion of Ingalls Hull 999
131 276555 Marie G. Smith Crescent Towing Tug 199 101 1958 NLD
135 281119 Mobil 8 Mobil Oil Corp. Tug 169 80 1960 Later Tatarrax, Nan McKay, now Tenacious
137 na Mississippi USACE Vicksburg Towboat 953 217 1961 Retired 2006, now museum in Vicksburg
139   Caribbean Service Sea Service Inc. OSV 212   1960  
  287625 Dantzler Service Sea Service Inc. OSV 172 81  1961  
Built by James K. Walker Marine
    Miann   Fishing Vessel 142 77 1972 Active
224 550972 Troydon Southern Clam Co Fishing Vessel 127 72 1973 Lost 1995
    Norman D   Fishing Vessel 199 80 1974 Lost 1989
225 569395 Southern Kraft No 16 International Paper Co Towboat   279 85 1975 Later Louis Develle, now Capt Sam Yount
227 566744 Chad D   Towboat 98 57 1975 Later Cap’n Ed, now Cap N Ed.
229   Kevin P. L & L Oil Co Towboat 41 41 1975  
  571318 Fred E Adams Chatham Towing Towboat 127 62 1976 Active
  576008 Funny Face   Fishing Vessel 162 82 1976 Active
232 583490 Nicole   Fishing Vessel 50 55 1977 Later Miss Callie, now Miss Brielle
    Marblehead   Fishing Vessel 159   1977 Later Pertinacious, L’Oeil du Maitre, St Louis I, Chase Express, now Lady Carmel
  597728 Lonely Man Little Mary Corp  Fishing Vessel 199 95 1978 Now Arthur M.
236 606024 Charlotte G4 Off Shore Diving Fishing Vessel 119 79 1979 Now Sugarfoot II
237 610984 Hazel Lorraine I Sea Pacific  Fishing Vessel 197 111 1979 Now Alaska Rose
238 624325 Sharon Lorraine Sea Pacific  Fishing Vessel 195 111 1980 Now Bering Rose
239  632284 J B Teague Freeport Sulphur Co Towboat  24  42 1980 Now Captain Kelly
240 632283 J B Yesso Freeport Sulphur Co Towboat 27 42 1980 Now Inland Gator
241 633586 Harvey Warrior DJ & RJ Guidry  OSV 177 80 1981 Now Crosby Faith
242 639817 Harvey Challenger DJ & RJ Guidry OSV 185 84 1981 Now Crosby Challenger
244 655734 Cape Fear Sea Mar OSV 172 105 1983 Lost 2000
245   Landing Queen   Passenger     1984  
246 681358 Jersey Devil PMD Enterprises Fishing Vessel 185 91 1985 Active