Eckford Webb, later Webb & Bell, Greenpoint NY

Most recent update: September 22, 2020.


Eckford Webb was William H. Webb's brother, named by their father, Isaac Webb, for the great shipbuilder, Henry Eckford.  Together with George Collyer, he started the first shipyard in Greenpoint in 1850, at the foot of Green Street.  Collyer moved on the next year, however, leaving Webb in sole control until 1856, when he teamed up with George W. Bell, changed the name of the business to Webb & Bell and moved the yard to the foot of Milton Street.  The table below is clearly incomplete: if anyone has any data to add to it, please send it to me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type Tons Ft. Built Disposition
Built by Collyer & Webb
  Honda         1851  
Built by Eckford Webb
2306 Eagle Union Ferry Co. Ferry 392 125 1852 Later Baltimore, lost 1884
1819 Abbie Union Ferry Co. Ferry 299 120 1852 Abandoned 1884
14938 Lydia Union Ferry Co. Ferry 299 135 1852 Abandoned 1872
Agnes Union Ferry Co. Ferry 299 135 1852 Burnt 1862
Ellen Union Ferry Co. Ferry 341 125 1852 To USA 1861
Louise Union Ferry Co. Ferry 341 125 1852 Abandoned 1866
16304 Metropolis Union Ferry Co. Ferry 433 130 1852 Converted to barge 1875
18279 New York Hudson River RR Ferry 642 161 1853 Converted to barge 1917
Leviathan Spofford, Tileston & Co Tug 537   1853 Burnt 1856 at Sandy Hook NJ
Sting Ray Wakeman & Dimon Clipper Ship 985   1854  
Built by Webb & Bell
      Kingston & Rhinebeck Ferry Co. Ferry 200      
    Trumpeter   Steamer 170      
      Port of Rio de Janeiro Ferry 300      
      Brazil Ferry 350      
      Brazil Ferry 350      
    Joseph Jewitt J. & N. Smith & Co. Brig 350      
    Isaac Webb No. 8 NY & Sandy Hook Pilots Pilot Boat 100      
        Brig 375      
Primeira Thomas Raney   350   1860 Foundered 1863
na Chippewa US Navy Gunboat 691 158 1861 Sold 1865
865 America Union Ferry Co. Ferry 552 153 1862 Abandoned 1903
25076 Union Union Ferry Co. Ferry 546 153 1862 Burnt 1929 in Port Richmond NY
11456 Hamilton Union Ferry Co. Ferry 584 153 1863 Abandoned 1918
21439 Republic Union Ferry Co. Ferry 539 146 1863 Abandoned 1918
11457 Henry Burden P. A. Burden & Co. Steamer 280   1862 To USA 1883
    Monterey Pacific Mail SS Co. Propeller 1,160 210 1865  
    Mariposa Pacific Mail SS Co. Propeller 1,160 210 1865  
80056 Winona Union Ferry Co. Ferry 650 155 1868 To USA 1917 as GEN George E. Pond, sold 1922 as Winona, deleted 1925