U.S. Army Derrick Barges (BD) Built During WWII

Most recent update: December 2, 2016.


At least 348 derrick barges of various types were built for the U.S. Army during WWII, by at least 30 different barge builders.  This program is documented in "Report of Army Small Boat Construction , 1 July 1940 to 31 May 1945" (War Department, 1945).  What we don't know is what happened to all these vessels after the war.  If anyone can answer that question, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Shipbuilder Location Type #s # of Barges Design # Feet Delivery Disposition
Virginia Bridge Roanoke VA BD 100-119 20 na 96 1941 Corps of Engineers
St. Louis Shipbuilding St. Louis MO BD 239-245 7 263 120 12/42-5/43  
St. Louis Shipbuilding St. Louis MO BD 264-272 9 263 120 11/42-6/43  
Hickinbotham Bros. Stockton CA BD 482-483 2 256 110 3/43-4/43  
Ingalls Shipbuilding Decatur AL BD 490-494 5 256 110 2/43-4/43  
Dravo Corp. Pittsburgh PA BD 500-503 4 264 140 4/43-3/44 KD
St. Louis Shipbuilding St. Louis MO BD 540-545 6 263 120 12/42-5/43  
St. Louis Shipbuilding St. Louis MO BD 586-587 2 263 120 12/42-5/43  
Ingalls Shipbuilding Decatur AL BD 712-715 4 256 110 5/43-6/43  
Wiley Equipment Port Deposit MD BD 782 1 na 155 1943 Corps of Engineers
Hickinbotham Bros. Stockton CA BD 799-802 4 256 110 6/43-9/43  
Pointer-Willamette Portland OR BD 1056-1070 15 263 120 7/43-12/43  
St. Louis Shipbuilding St. Louis MO BD 1148-1162 15 263 120 5/43-8/43  
Dolomite Products Rochester NY BD 1199-1223 25 314 61 7/43-7/44  
American Bridge Ambridge PA BD 1234-1253 20 317 112 3/43-8/43  
Wacker Corp. Wellston OH BD 1254-1278 25 317 112 4/43-8/43  
Ultican, R. J. Aberdeen WA BD 1320 1 343 140 2/43 KD
Ultican, R. J. Aberdeen WA BD 1332-1337 6 343 140 8/43-10/43 KD
Phoenix Bridge Phoenixville PA BD 1738-1750 13 350 90 11/44-1/45 KD
Spedden Shipbuilding Baltimore MD BSP 1799 1 219-A 125 8/44 SP
Levingston Shipbuilding Orange TX BSP 1966-1967 2 219-A 125 5/44-7/44 SP
Lancaster Iron Works Lancaster PA BD 2000-2007 8 na 155 1941 Corps of Engineers
American Bridge Ambridge PA BD 2008-2018 11 na 135 1941 Corps of Engineers
Wiley Equipment Port Deposit MD BD 2019-2021 3 na 155 1941 Corps of Engineers
Wiley Equipment Port Deposit MD BD 2022 1 na 135 1941 Corps of Engineers
Wiley Equipment Port Deposit MD BD 2031-2041 11 na 135 1941 Corps of Engineers
Dravo Corp. Pittsburgh PA BD 2584-2587 4 264 140 9/44-1/45 KD
Wiley Equipment Port Deposit MD BD 2602-2603 2 na 135 1941 Corps of Engineers
Pacific Car & Foundry Renton WA BD 2828-2841 14 317-A 112 7/44-12/44  
Pointer-Willamette Portland OR BD 2842 1 317-A 112 10/44  
Pointer-Willamette Portland OR BD 2845-2861 17 317-A 112 10/44-12/44  
Dravo Corp. Pittsburgh PA BD 2917-2919 3 264 140 3/45 KD
Dravo Corp. Pittsburgh PA BD 2920-2922 3   140   KD
American Steel Dredge Fort Wayne IN BD 2955-2981 27 317-A 112 4/44-12/44  
Wacker Corp. Wellston OH BD 2982-2988 7 317-A 112 5/44-11/44  
Wacker Corp. Wellston OH BD 3002 1 317-A 112 12/44  
American Steel Dredge Fort Wayne IN BD 3007-3021 15 413 120 9/44-2/45 KD, BD 3007 is now BD Beaver
American Steel Dredge Fort Wayne IN BD 3027-3036 20 413 120 9/44-2/45 KD
Phoenix Bridge Phoenixville PA BD 3037-3046 10 413 120 9/44-1/45 KD
Dravo Corp. Pittsburgh PA BD 3047-3048 2 264 140 2/45-4/45 KD
Wiley Equipment Port Deposit MD BD 3333 1 na 135 1941 Corps of Engineers