Westergard Boat Works, Biloxi MS

Most recent update: August 19, 2014.


Westergard Boat Works was formed in 1940 by W. P. Kennedy, Jr., of the family that still operates Kennedy Engine Company, and A. M. Westergard.  They continued operations after the war, building a line of power boats called Devils.  The yard was at the foot of Lee Street, on Biloxi's Back Bay: the site has now been razed and is part of Biloxi Point Park - see it from the air on Google here.   Note that there is now a new Westergard Boat Works in Gulfport MS, on Industrial Seaway Road, at the junction with Three Rivers Road: this yard is apparently owned by members of the Kennedy family.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name/Number Original Owner Type Tons Built Disposition
    SC 497 US Navy Sub Chaser 136d 15-Apr-42 Built in Rockport TX, to Free French 1944 as CH 96, scrapped 1980
    SC 498 US Navy Sub Chaser 136d 29-Apr-42 Built in Rockport TX, to Free French 1944 as CH 142
    SC 530 US Navy Sub Chaser 136d 12-May-42 To Free French 1944 as CH 115
    SC 531 US Navy Sub Chaser 136d 27-May-42 To MARAD 1948
    SC 650 US Navy Sub Chaser 136d 20-Jul-42 To FLC 1947
    SC 651 US Navy Sub Chaser 136d 8-Aug-42 To Free French 1944 as CH 135
    SC 654 US Navy Sub Chaser 136d 18-Jul-42 Destroyed 1945
    SC 655 US Navy Sub Chaser 136d 8-Aug-42 To Free French 1944 as CH 144
    J 821 US Army Boat, Passenger   1943  
    J 822 US Army Boat, Passenger   1943  
    J 823 US Army Boat, Passenger   1943  
    J 824 US Army Boat, Passenger   1943  
    J 825 US Army Boat, Passenger   1943  
    J 826 US Army Boat, Passenger   1943  
    J 827 US Army Boat, Passenger   1943  
    J 828 US Army Boat, Passenger   1943  
    J 829 US Army Boat, Passenger   1943  
    J 830 US Army Boat, Passenger   1943  
    BYMS 55 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 6-May-43 To South Korea 1948 as Ko Yung, scrapped 1959
    BYMS 56 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 18-Jun-43 To Greece 1946 as Paxi, struck 1972
    BYMS 57 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 21-Jul-43 Returned 1946-47, to Greece 1948
    BYMS 58 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 10-Aug-43 To Greece 1946 as Ariadne, struck 1975
    BYMS 59 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 27-Aug-43 Returned 1946-47, sold 1947-48
    BYMS 60 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 13-Sep-43 To Greece 1946 as Vegas, struck 1975
    BYMS 61 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 29-Sep-43 Returned 1946-47, sold 1947-48
    BYMS 62 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 29-Oct-43 Returned 1946-47, sold 1947-48
    BYMS 63 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 10-Nov-43 Returned 1946-47, sold 1947-48
    BYMS 64 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 20-Nov-43 Returned 1946-47, sold 1947-48
    Peshewah (YT 281)  US Navy Tug 260d 2-Aug-44 Sold 1956
    Piomingo (YT 282) US Navy Tug 260d 14-Oct-44 Struck 1962
    Pitchlynn (YT 283) US Navy Tug 260d 3-Nov-44 Sold 1960 as Rodney H. Dunn
    Neokautah (YT 284) US Navy Tug 260d 24-Nov-44 Struck 1959
  249168 Col. John A. O'Keefe Frank G. Ross Fishing Vessel 53 1945 NLD