BETHLEHEM WILMINGTON

Wilmington DE

Most recent update: November 15, 2020.

Bethlehem's Wilmington shipyard started life in 1837 as Betts, Harlan & Hollingsworth, a railcar manufacturer.  They expanded into shipbuilding in 1843 and were one of the earliest iron shipbuilders, becoming Harlan & Hollingsworth in 1849.  They were bought by Bethlehem Steel in 1904 but did not become known as Bethlehem Steel, Wilmington, until WWI.  Bethlehem closed the yard in 1926 and most of the property was sold to Dravo Corporation.  At the outset of WWII, Bethlehem reopened the balance of the yard and the two companies teamed up for wartime construction.  See Harlan & Hollingsworth's construction record here and Dravo's Wilmington construction record here.  See the site of the shipyard from the air on Google here.  It is now a public space called Riverfront Wilmington, part of which is called Dravo Plaza: all that's left of the shipyard are two whirly cranes but you can still see the ends of the launchways sticking out into the river.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail your info to me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Delivery Disposition
348 201685 Goshen Erie RR Co Inc Ferry 1,457 205 Mar-05 To USN 1942 as YFB 48, struck 1946
349 201355 Wilkes-Barre Central RR of New Jersey Ferry 1,197 191 Sep-04 Scrapped 1965
350 201490 Elizabeth Central RR of New Jersey Ferry 1,197 191 Nov-04 Scrapped 1947
351 na Reid Whitford US Army Corps of Engineers Dredge 318   1905 Later Cheraw
352 na Immigrant US Bureau of Immigration Boarding Vessel 267   1905  
353   Pure Oil Co. No. 3 Pure Oil Co. Tank Barge 754   May-05  
354 202037 Firefighter City of Washington DC Fireboat 192 91 Jun-05  
355 202467 Virginia Baltimore S.P.Co Psgr. Cargo 2,027   Oct-05 Burnt 1919
356 na Car Float No 1 NY, NH & H RR Car Float 4,304   1905  
357 na Car Float No 2 NY, NH & H RR Car Float 4,304   1905  
358 na Car Float No 3 NY, NH & H RR Car Float 4,304   1905  
359 na Car Float No 4 NY, NH & H RR Car Float 4,304   1905  
360 202552 Woodbury Norfolk & Washington SB Co Ferry 857 177 Oct-05 Later Lackawanna 1907, to Delaware interests 1948, scrapped 1983
361 202704 Cranford Central RR Co of New Jersey Ferry 1,197 191 Dec-06 Restaurant 1966, scrapped 1981
362 202713 Somerville Central RR Co of New Jersey Ferry 1,197 191 Jan-06 Scrapped 1965
363 na Sunflower US Lighthouse Service Tender 1,100 191 Mar-07 Sold 1947
364 163838 Silverthorne Sun Oil. Co. Barge 191   1905  
365 203052 Callahan Norfolk & Washington SB Co Ferry 989 206 May-06 Later Hopatcong 1907, scrapped 1948
366 203246 Ashley Central RR of NJ Tug 240 109 Jul-06  
367 203341 Bridgeton Central RR of NJ Tug 240 109 Jul-06  
368 203401 Sea Bright Central RR of NJ Tug 240 109 Aug-06  
369 203988 Relief Merritt & Chapman Salvage Tug 828 184 Jan-07 Scrapped 1953
370 203468 Babylon Long Island RR Co Ferry 1,310 188 Aug-06 Later Tenafly 1921, scrapped 1946
371 203563 Hempstead Long Island RR Co Ferry 1,310 188 Oct-06 Later Hackensack 1921, later Islander 1945, scrapped 1957
372 na No 35 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   1906  
373 na No 36 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   1906  
374 na No 37 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   1906  
375 203847 El Toro Southern Pacific Co. Tug 266 81 Mar-07  
376 203846 El Chico Southern Pacific Co.  Tug 152 81 Feb-07  
377 203811 Delaware Clyde SS Co  Cargo Ship 1,907 250 Jan-07 Scrapped 1935
378 203925 Pawnee Clyde SS Co  Cargo Ship 1,908 250 Mar-07 Later Pan Orleans 1940, Ascona 1948, scrapped 1959
379 204213 Bay Ridge City of NY Ferry 862 182 Jul-07 Later Rappahannock River 1941, scrapped 1948
380 204339 Gowanus City of NY Ferry 862 182 Aug-07 Burnt 1939
381 204561 Nassau City of NY Ferry 862 182 Jul-07 Burnt 1939
382 204445 St. Helens E. J. Dodge Co Cargo Ship 1,497 224 Aug-07 Torpedoed and lost 1917
383 204444 Olson & Mahony Olson & Mahony Cargo Ship 1,497 224 Aug-07 Later Providencia 1916, Santa Agueda 1940, Rivadavia 1947, barge 1956
384 na No 38 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   Aug-07  
385 na No 39 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   Aug-07  
386 na No 40 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   Sep-07  
387 na Elevator No 2 Girard Point Storage Co. Grain Elevator     Sep-08  
388 205859 Bayonne Central RR of NJ Barge 325 100 Nov-08  
389 205883 Easton Central RR of NJ Barge 325 100 Dec-08  
390 205898 Keyport Central RR of NJ Barge 325 100 Dec-08  
391 205916 Westfield Central RR of NJ Barge 325 100 Dec-08  
392 206082 New London Central Vermont Tptn Co Psgr. Cargo 2,818 278 Jun-09 Scrapped 1947
393 206239 New York Central Vermont Tptn Co Psgr. Cargo 2,818 278 Jun-09 Scrapped 1947
394 206271 Georgianna II Alfred L. Ainscow Yacht 28   1909  
395 207201 City of Philadelphia Wilm SB Co Psgr. Cargo 731 193 Apr-10 Later Liberty Belle 1938, Asbury Park 1947, Tolchester 1949, Freestone 1957, Potomac 1961, scrapped 1974
396 207202 City of Wilmington Wilm SB Co Psgr. Cargo 749 193 Apr-10 Later Bay Belle 1944, Duchess 1990, deleted 1976, sank 1991
397 207282 North Land Maine SS Co Inc Psgr. Cargo 3,282 304 Apr-10 Scrapped 1934
398 na No 41 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   Dec-10  
399 na No 42 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   Dec-10  
400   Ellicott Dredge No 1 Ellicott Machine Corporation Dredge 570   Mar-10  
401 na No 167N Balto & Ohio R.R. Co. Car Float 850   May-10  
402 na No 168N Balto & Ohio R.R. Co. Car Float 850   May-10  
403 164503 Paulus Del River Lightering Freight Barge 121   Jun-10  
404 na No 400 Lehigh Valley R R Co. Car Float 745   1911  
405 na No 401 Lehigh Valley R R Co. Car Float 745   1911  
406 208448 Benjamin B. Odell Central Hudson SB Co Psgr. Cargo 2,011 264 Jun-11 Burnt 1937
407 208377 Northland Norfolk & Washington SB Co Psgr. Cargo 2,055 291 Mar-11 Later Leyden 1944, Hung Chong 1947, scrapped 1955
408 208271 Pure Oil Co. No. 5 Pure Oil Co. Tank Barge 223   Dec-10  
409 na No 43 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   1911  
410 na No 44 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   1911  
411 208674 Westfield Central RR of NJ Ferry 1,238 192 Jun-11 Scrapped 1955
412 209655 California/Cordova Alaska SS Co Psgr. Cargo 2,273 243 Mar-12 Later Lee Kung 1947, Cordova 1949, scrapped 1951
413 209822 Rose Standish Nantasket Beach SB Co Psgr. Cargo 993 205 May-12 Burnt 1929
414 209908 Henry Williams Baltimore & Carolina SS Co Cargo Ship 1,861 239 Jun-12 Later Constable Hook 1916, Margarcia 1917, Grace 1917, torpedoed and lost 1917
415 210291 Columbia Wilson Bros & Co Cargo Ship 1,923 239 Jul-12 Wrecked 1924
416 210767 John A. Hooper Sudden & Christensen Cargo Ship 2,244 203 Nov-12 Later Santa Alicia 1917, Edna Christenson 1922, Kwang Yuan 1937, Edna 1941, Hu Kiang 1946, wrecked 1947
417 210585 Mauch Chunk Central RR of NJ Barge 287   Sep-12 Later Limpet 1915, T.I.C.Limpet 1922, Disperser 1937, scrapped 1953
418 210760 Germantown Reading Co Tug 619 158 Dec-12 Scrapped 1936
419 210869 Oliver J. Olson Olson & Mahony Cargo Ship 1,881 239 Jan-13 Later El Capitan 1917, Lakina 1926, Ping Hsing 1947, Norbay 1950, Osco 1951, scrapped 1952
420 211533 Narragansett Central Vermont Tptn Co Psgr. Cargo 3,539 320 Sep-13 Later Richelieu 1923, Passenger No.3 1966, scrapped 1966
421 211734 Manhattan Central Vermont Tptn Co Psgr. Cargo 3,539 320 Oct-13 Later Nopatin 1918, De Witt Clinton 1929, Col. Frederick C. Johnson 1942, Galilah 1948, scrapped 1953
422 211559 Bayonne Central RR of NJ Ferry 1,344 183 Aug-13 Scrapped 1947
423 na No 45 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   1913  
424 na No 46 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   1913  
425 211805 Bridgeton Phila & Camden Ferry Co Ferry 774 143 Dec-13 Scrapped 1952
426 211806 Salem Phila & Camden Ferry Co Ferry 774 143 Dec-13 Scrapped 1951
427 na Unnamed Lehigh Valley R R Co. Car Float 745   1913  
428 na No 47 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   1913  
429 212140 Delaware Del River Ferry Co of NJ Ferry 807 140 1914 Later Atlantic City 1922, scrapped 1952
430 212235 Hanover   Ferry 466   1914  
431 170191 Commonwealth   Barge 258   1914  
432 212806 Weehawken NY Central RR Co Ferry 1,402 187 Nov-14 Foundered 1965
433 212805 Francis Hanify J. R. Hanify Co Tanker 2,588 294 Nov-14 Later Freeport Sulphur No. 1 1918, Riva Sarda 1927, Alberto Fassio 1936, mined and lost 1943
434 213752 Silver Shell Shell Co of California Tanker 5,836 412 Dec-15 Later Soli 1930, bombed and beached 1942, scrapped 1952
435 213165 Marion Bethlehem Steel Co. Ferry 146 108 Jun-15  
436 165874 Pyrrhus Commercial Co. Barge 283 146 Mar-15  
437 213873 Gold Shell Shell Co of California Tanker 5,614 412 Feb-16 Later Willy 1929, Itamaraty 1942, exploded 1949 and scrapped
438 213656 Fort Lee Riverside & Fort Lee Ferry Co. Ferry 1,080 177 Oct-15 To Norfolk interests 1944, scrapped 1950
439 213752 Pearl Shell Shell Co of California Inc Tanker 5,845 412 Dec-16 Scrapped 1932
440 214161 George E. Paddleford Petroleum Tpt Co Tanker 4,788 392 Jun-16 Later Oscar D. Bennett 1921, Henry M. Dawes 1932, Ionian Pioneer 1948, scrapped 1953
441 215002 Benjamin Brewster Standard Oil Co Tanker 5,580 412 May-17 Torpedoed and lost 1942
3442 215856 W. H. Tilford Standard Oil Co Tanker 5,673 412 Dec-17 Scrapped 1936
3443 214055 City of Camden Wilmington SB Co Psgr. Ship 730 193 May-16 Later Mount Vernon 1940, Charles S. Zimmerman 1969, River Princess 1987
3444 214587 Georgeanna Weems Baltimore & Carolina SS Co Cargo Ship 2,089 242 Nov-16 Later Georgeanna 1931, scrapped 1951
3445 216608 J. A. Bostwick Standard Oil/US Shipping Board Tanker 12,650 465 5-Aug-18 Later Cities Service Toledo 1929, torpedoed and lost 1942
3446 216770 O. T. Waring Standard Oil/US Shipping Board Tanker 12,650 465 24-Sep-18 Later Maturines 1935, scrapped 1949
3447 214160 Georgiana III William G. Coxe Yacht 82 93 Jul-16 Later Whitemarsh, Rosinco, wrecked off Kenosha WI 1928
3448 215362 Olean Vacuum Oil Tanker 5,025 299 23-Jun-17 Later C. A. Snider 1919, T. A. D. Jones 1929, Neti 1937, Ucayali 1937, El Cholo 1960, scrapped 1962
3449 217130 Charles M. Everest Vacuum Oil/US Shipping Board Tanker 8,650 412 13-Dec-18 Later Naeco 1933, torpedoed and lost 1942
3450 217676 Cabrille US Shipping Board Tanker 7,500 328 Jul-19 Later Chilbar 1927, scrapped 1947
3451 218003 Romulus US Shipping Board Tanker 7,500 328 Jul-19 Later Spencer Kellogg 1929, Rawleigh Warner 1945, scrapped 1955
3452 215269 Stony Point NY Central RR Co Ferry 1,391 196 Jun-17 Scrapped 1963
3453 215965 Saetia United Fruit/US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,873 309 Feb-18 Sunk by a mine 1918
3454 216079 Guaro United Fruit/US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,873 309 Apr-18 Later Isabel Weems 1926, Guaro 1936, scrapped 1937
3455 216402 Biran United Fruit/US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,873 309 Jun-18 Later Dorothy 1924, in collision and sank 1929
3456 216488 Pilon/Garibaldi United Fruit/US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,873 309 Jun-18 Later Catherine Weems 1926, Fairfield 1928, Hallfried 1939, torpedoed and lost 1943
3457 217134 Tipton United Fruit/US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,873 309 Nov-18 Later Esther Weems 1923, Admiral Benson 1927, wrecked 1930
3458 217399 Norma United Fruit/US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,873 309 Dec-18 Later Northern Sword 1942, in collision and lost 1943
3459 220371 Benwood/Gold Star US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 4,871 392 Jul-19 Later Arcturus (AK 12) 1921, later Gold Star (AG 12) 1922, scrapped 1947
3460 220644 Benclair/Glenora US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 4,980 392 Sep-19 Later Regulus (AK 14) 1921, scrapped 1947
3461 220819 Bencarnot/Natirar US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 4,659 392 Dec-19 Torpedoed and lost 1943
3462 218983 Benbrook/Salem County US Shipping Board Tanker 5,102 392 Oct-19 Later Galena 1923, Arizona 1929, scrapped 1950
3463 218816 Muskegot/Delco US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 3,170 328 Sep-19 Later Domino 1922, scrapped 1950
3464 219174 Siasconset/Bethnor US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 3,482 328 Nov-19 Later Irene 1922, Nidarholm 1939, torpedoed and lost 1942
3465 219322 Macomet US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 3,483 328 Dec-19 Later Elizabeth 1922, wrecked 1935
3466 219715 Sames/Mason City US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 3,483 328 Apr-20 Later Ellenor 1922, Marcella 1946, wrecked 1958
3467 219716 Maddequet US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 3,482 328 May-20 Later Lillian 1922, in collision and sank 1939
3468 na Nanquitt US Shipping Board Cargo Ship       Transferred to Elizabethport
3469 na Nanshun US Shipping Board Cargo Ship       Transferred to Elizabethport
3470 219636 Weweantic/Liberty Minquas US Shipping Board Tanker 5,056 392 Mar-20 Later Republic 1923, torpedoed and lost 1942
3471 219919 Kehuku US Shipping Board Tanker 5,107 392 Jun-20 Later Chiloil 1926, scrapped 1947
3472 220686 Kekoskee US Shipping Board Tanker 5,124 392 Oct-20 Later Santa Rita 1948, scrapped 1955
3473 220907 Eugene V. R. Thayer US Shipping Board Tanker 7,138 430 Dec-20 Shelled and lost 1942
3474 221038 Albert E. Watts Sinclair Refining Tanker 7,138 438 Feb-21 Later L. V. Stanford 1941, Sandrift 1953, scrapped 1955
3475 221107 E. R. Kemp Sinclair Refining Tanker 4,887 375 Mar-21 Scrapped 1950
3476 221210 E. W. Sinclair Sinclair Refining Tanker 4,887 375 Apr-21 Later Daniel Pierce 1941, Shikellamy 1943, Daniel Pierce 1946, beached 1964
3477 221897 R. D. Leonard Atlantic Refining  Tanker 1,778 266 Feb-22 Scrapped 1947
3478 222692 Goodwill Keith Spalding  Yacht 312   Dec-22  
3479 na Unknown Bush Terminal Car Float     Dec-22  
3480 na No 41 Bush Terminal Car Float     1923  
3481 na No 42 Bush Terminal Car Float     Jul-23  
3482 na No 117 Balto & Ohio R.R. Co. Car Float     Mar-23  
3483 223272 Moby Dick F. S. Fish  Yacht 198   Nov-23  
3484 na Unnamed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Barge     Aug-23  
3485 na Unnamed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Barge     Aug-23  
3486 na Unnamed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Barge     Aug-23  
3487 na Unnamed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Barge     Feb-24  
3488 na Unnamed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Barge     Feb-24  
3489 na Unnamed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Barge     May-24  
3490 na No 48 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   Aug-24  
3491 na No 49 Central RR of NJ Car Float 850   Aug-24  
3492 169125 No 3724 Erie R R Co. Car Float 1,052 325 Nov-24  
3493 169126 No 3824 Erie R R Co. Car Float 1,052 325 Dec-24  
3494 na No 43 Bush Terminal Car Float     Nov-24  
3495 na No 44 Bush Terminal Car Float     Jan-25  
3496 225257 Newton Del, Lacka & Western RR Co. Tug 195 na Oct-25 (Hull only, subcontract from J.W. Sullivan of NY)
3497 225256 Stroudsburg Del, Lacka & Western RR Co. Tug 195 na Nov-25 (Hull only, subcontract from J.W. Sullivan of NY)
3498 na D. L. & W. No. 34 Del, Lacka & Western RR Co. Car Float 1,006   Aug-25  
3499 na D. L. & W. No. 35 Del, Lacka & Western RR Co Car Float 1,006   Aug-25  
3500 225465 Port Houston Houston Port Authority Fireboat 284 118 Jun-26  
3501 225575 Cape May Reading Co. Inc. Ferry 1,028 189 Jun-26 Scrapped 1965
3502 225813 Philadelphia Reading Co. Inc.  Ferry 1,028 189 1926 Later Thomas N. McCarter 1936, Newport News 1943, beached 1967
3503 na Mantua U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Dredge 250   Mar-26  
3504 226004 Fishers Island Fisher`s Island Nav. Co. Ferry 862 150 Aug-26 Later COL John E. Baxter 1942, Fisher's Island 1957, Block Island 1960, Americana 1988
3505 na L I R R No 20 Long Island R.R. Co.  Car Float     Aug-26  
3506 na L I R R No 21 Long Island R.R. Co. Car Float     Nov-26  
3507 na No 9 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Barge 44   Oct-26  
3508 na Oil Barge No 5 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Barge     Oct-26  
3509 na Derrick Boat No 5 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  Barge     Oct-26  
3510 na Southern No. 28 Southern Tptn Co. Car Float     Nov-26  
  169569 Seaboard No. 25 Seaboard Shipping Corp.  Scow 329 115 1926  
3511 169610 Seaboard No. 55 Seaboard Shipping Corp.  Tank Barge 650 170 Dec-26