CRAMP SHIPBUILDING

Philadelphia PA

Most recent update: October 14, 2020.

William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company was a major shipbuilder with a very distinguished but also very uneven history, going back to the 1820s.  It was bought by Averell Harriman's American Ship & Commerce Corporation in 1919 and closed in 1927.  The yard stretched from Norris Street to Lehigh Avenue, on nearly a quarter of a mile of water-front and over 30 acres.  It was revived for the WWII effort, with the encouragement of the Navy, which provided $22mm toward the cost, but with only limited success.  Cramp Shipbuilding closed permanently after the war ended.  See the site from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type Tons Feet Delivery Disposition
    Elizabeth   Sloop     1826  
    Sampson   Tug     1846  
    Aspinwall   Tug     1847  
    War Eagle   Pungy     1848  
  15075 Lehigh   Tug 153   1849 Out of service 1877
    Caroline   Passenger 547   1849 Out of service 1857
35   Albatross   Passenger 661   1851 Stranded near Vera Cruz 1853
    Stilwell S. Bishop   Clipper     1851  
56 10047 Mount Savage   Collier 452   1853 Renamed Memphis 1857, to US Navy as Mystic 1859, General Custer 1865, out of service 1868
57   Locust Point   Cargo Ship 462   1853 In collision off Absecon NJ and lost 1864
58 Foreign General Armero   Passenger 335   1853 Sold foreign 1853
59 Foreign Carolina   Passenger 550   1853 Sold foreign 1854
60   Polynesian   Passenger 475   1853  
61   Underwriter   Tug 433   1854 Sold foreign 1857
62   Liberatador   Gunboat 355   1859  
67   Morning Light   Clipper     1853  
68   Chamberlin   Clipper     1855  
71   Bridgewater   Clipper     1853  
72   Manitou Bishop, Simons Clipper 1,401   1855  
75   John Trucks   Clipper     1855  
85   Alphonso   Passenger 575   1857  
86   Cardenas   Passenger 575   1857  
87   Comanditaus   Passenger 563   1858  
88 Foreign Maisi   Passenger 895   1859 Sold foreign 1860
92   Mobile   Passenger 282   1860 To CSA, burnt in Yazoo City 1863
93   Carolina No. 2   Passenger 559   1861  
107   Bahia Honda   Cargo Ship 450   1862  
108 BB New Ironsides US Navy Battleship 4,120   21-Aug-62 Burned 1866
110 19981 John Rice   Passenger 782   1862 To US Army 1864, sold as Pioneer 1866, stranded off Ocracoke NC 1889
111   Tonawanda   Passenger 782   1863 To US Navy as Arkansas 1863, sold as Tonawanda 1865, stranded on Grecian Shoals FL 1866
112 22801 Thomas A. Scott   Passenger 1,052   1863 To US Army 1862, sold as Saragossa 1865, foundered off Cape Canaveral FL 1887
113 PG Wyalusing US Navy Gunboat 1,173   8-Feb-64 Scrapped 1867
  PG Havana   Gunboat 1,400   1863  
118 16992 Charles Thomas   Passenger 1,155   Jan-64 To US Army 1862, sold as Marmion 1865, in collision and lost off Sandy Hook NJ 1868
119 PG Yazoo US Navy Gunboat 1,175   15-Dec-65 Tartar 1869, Yazoo 1869, scrapped 1874
121 24372 Governor Chase   Passenger 750   Feb-64 To US Army 1864, sold as Tybee 1865, converted to barge 1880
126 C Chattanooga US Navy Cruiser 3,043   16-May-66 Foundered League Island 1871 and sold
128   Ibiapaba            
131 8137 E. C. Knight   Passenger 421   1864 Lost 1887
132 13177 John Gibson   Passenger 444   1864 Converted to barge 1895
134 24434 Tonawanda   Passenger 844   1863 Renamed Brooklyn 1889
135 Federal Stanton US Army Cargo Ship 311   1864 Sold as Emily (ON 8532) 1866, sank 1875
136 Federal Welles US Army Cargo Ship 335   1864  
137 Federal Porter US Army Cargo Ship 280   1864 Sold as Porter (ON 20179) 1866
138 Federal Foote US Army Cargo Ship 319   1864  
142 16385 Moneka   Passenger 549   1865 Sold in China as Pingon 1881
143 1470 Agnes   Passenger 448   1865  Lost 1878
  115530 Shackamaxon   Ferry 393   1866 Completed by Neafie & Levy
  26627 William H. Aspinwall   Tug 202   1866 Out of service 1888
147 125186 City Ice Boat No. 1   Icebreaker 325   1866 Converted to barge 1917, out of service 1955
153 125187 City Ice Boat No. 2   Icebreaker 458   1867 Out of service 1955
  2572 Bruce   Tug 118   1867 Out of service 1925
  2735 Burlington   Cargo Ship 814   1869 To USN as Burlington, returned to owner
  15570 Laura     24   1869  
  90113 Minnie     20   1869  
158 Federal Ailanthus US Coast Guard Tender 295   1869  
159   Bessie Morris   Schooner     1869  
160 5860 Clyde Clyde Line Cargo Ship 1,182   Jul-70  
161 Federal Verbena US Coast Guard Tender 294   1870  
    Georgia     1,643   1870  
    Bristol   Passenger 152   1871  
  8718 Edith     24   1871  
  8741 Emily     25   1871  
    Mary   Cargo Ship 861   1873  
179 85189 George W. Clyde NY San Dom. Line Cargo Ship 1,849   Jan-73  
180 20428 Pennsylvania American Line Psgr/Cargo 3,104   May-73  
181 19376 Ohio American Line Psgr/Cargo 3,392   Jul-73  
182 100080 Indiana American Line Psgr/Cargo 3,335   Oct-73  
183 100099 Illinois American Line Psgr/Cargo 3,126   Jan-74  
184   Columbus   Psgr/Cargo 1,583   Sep-73  
185 125394 Crescent City   Passenger 90   1873  
186 110156 Reading Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,283   Nov-73  
187 95267 Harrisburg Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,283   Mar-74 Barge 1906, scrapped 1924
188 15984 Lancaster Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,204   Jun-74 Barge 1907
189 80437 Williamsport Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,283   Sep-74 In collision and sank off Pollock Rip 1902
190   Allentown Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,285   Oct-74 Foundered off Cohasset 1888
191 150000 Pottsville Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,204   Nov-74 Barge 1904
192   South Carolina         1874  
193 145042 Transport   Ferry 318   1874  
194   Stephens   Tug     1874  
195 BM 4 Terror US Navy Monitor 3,990   15-Apr-96 Sold 1921
196 145060 Colonel Thomas A. Scott   Psgr/Cargo 164   1874  
197 115123 Saint Paul Alaskan Fur Co Cargo Ship 889   Aug-75 Wrecked near Point Punos LH 1895
198 80636 William Cramp   Tug 56   1877  
199 150132 Pioneer   Tug 161   1878  
200 Russia Europe Russian Navy Cruiser 3,170   1878 Yaroslavl 1885, Jaroslaw 1890, Evropa 1895, Europa 1918, scuttled 1918
201 3079 Blanche   Tug 94   1878  
202 115645 State of California Pacific Coast SS Co. Passenger 2,266   Mar-79 Wrecked Gambier Bay AK 1913
203 Russia Zabiaca Russian Navy Cruiser 668   1879  
204 Russia Asia Russian Navy Corvette 2,490   1897  
205 Russia Africa Russian Navy Corvette 2,852   1879  
206   Barcelona         1879  
207 125768 Chalmette Morgan Line Psgr/Cargo 2,983   Oct-79 Scrapped 1924
208 85607 Gratitude   Riverboat 214   Feb-80  
209 125843 Confidence   Tug 85   1880  
210 76127 Josephine N. B. Shoe Schooner 366   Jun-80 Converted to barge 1911
211   Corsair C. J. Osborn Yacht 247   Jul-80  
212   Stranger George Osgood Yacht 247   Jul-80 To USN 1898, to Louisiana Naval Militia 1898, sank 1915
213 na             Cancelled
214 na             Cancelled
215   Arthur   Lighter     1880  
216 80884 Wilmington   Passenger 161   Mar-82 Later Pinellas, to USN 1942 as Seabrook (YFB 38), returned to owner 1946
217       Scow     1881  
218 126576 Caracas Red D Line Psgr/Cargo 1,589   1881 Wrecked Yaquina Bay 1888
219 125903 Cetus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger 847   1881 Later Reliance 1933, scrapped 1936
220 150214 Pegasus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger 848   1881 Later America 1933, scrapped 1935
221 150213 Perseus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger 848   1881 Later Columbia 1933, scrapped 1935
222 145253 Taurus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger 917   1881 Later Commodore 1933, scrapped 1936
223 106019 Alleghany Merchants & Miners Psgr/Cargo 2,014   1881 Later Copan 1916, scrapped 1937
224 3175 Berkshire Merchants & Miners Psgr/Cargo 2,014   1881 Later Luxor 1925, scrapped 1926
225 125979 City of Puebla   Psgr/Cargo 2,624   1881 Scrapped 1923
226                
227 20587 Queen of the Pacific Oregon Ry. & Nav. Psgr/Cargo 2,728   1882 Later Queen 1890, scrapped 1935
228 25998 Valencia Red D Line Psgr/Cargo 1,598   1882 Wrecked off Cloose CA 1906
229 na     Caisson     1881  
230   Tacoma Central Pacific Rwy. Psgr/Cargo 3,119   1882 Wrecked near Umpqua River 1883
231 115894 San Pedro Central Pacific Rwy. Cargo Ship 3,119   1882 Wrecked off Victoria BC 1891
232   George W. Pride, Jr.   Tug 177   1883 To USN 1898 as Vigilant (YT 25), sold 1928 
233 91554 Mariposa Oceanic SS Co. Psgr/Cargo 3,158   Apr-83 Wrecked in Sumner Strait AK 1917
234 106184 Alameda Oceanic SS Co. Psgr/Cargo 3,158   1883 Burnt 1931
235   Atalanta Jay Gould Yacht 509   Jun-83  
236 161157 Kinau Wilder SS Co. Psgr/Cargo 993   1883 Wrecked in the Pasig River 1941
237 95771 Hinton   Tug 90   1883  
238 100340 Ivanhoe     94   1883  
239   San Pablo Central Pacific Rwy. Cargo Ship 3,119   1883 Wrecked between Yokohama and Hong Kong 1888
240 95803 H. F. Dimock Metropolitan Line Cargo Ship 2,626   1884 Scrapped 1931
241 136692 Eureka Morgan Line Cargo Ship 3,531   Aug-84 In collision and sank 1888
242 135800 El Paso Morgan Line Psgr/Cargo 3,531   1884 Scrapped 1924
243 135814 El Dorado Morgan Line Psgr/Cargo 3,531   1884 Missing between Cape Hatteras and Galveston 1913
244 110655 Relief   Tug 204   1884  
245 150344 Philadelphia Red D Line Psgr/Cargo 2,099   Feb-85 Scrapped 1925
246 150371 Peerless Charles W. Harkness Yacht 228   1885  
247 91818 Mascotte Plant Line Psgr/Cargo 884   1885 Abandoned 1929
248 76632 John King Erie RR Ferry 1,057   1886 Later Patterson 1898, in collision and sank in North River NY 1906
249 135897 El Monte Morgan Line Cargo Ship 3,531   Aug-86 Wrecked off Le Havre 1924
250 126391 Cherokee Clyde Line Psgr/Cargo 2,557   Nov-86 Later Tampa 1923, Western Wave 1930, Texan 1932, scrapped 1939
251 116132 Seminole Clyde Line Psgr/Cargo 2,557   1886 Wrecked Yuma Bay 1915
252 95903 Herman Winter Metropolitan Line Cargo Ship 2,626   1886 Wrecked 1944
253 155138 Olivette Plant Line Psgr/Cargo 1,678   1887 Wrecked off Havana 1918
254 C 3 Baltimore US Navy Cruiser 4,413   7-Jan-90 Later CM 1, scuttled off Pearl Harbor 1944
255 PG 1 Yorktown US Navy Gunboat 1,700   23-Apr-89 Scrapped 1921
256 CD Vesuvius US Navy Cruiser 930   7-Jun-90 Scrapped 1922
257 C 4 Philadelphia US Navy Cruiser 4,324   28-Jul-90 Later IX 24, scrapped 1927
258 C 1 Newark US Navy Cruiser 4,083   2-Feb-91 Scrapped 1926
259 92022 Monmouth Central RR of NJ Passenger 1,440   Jul-88 Scrapped 1944
260 100438 Iroquois Clyde Line Psgr/Cargo 2,944   Dec-88 Scrapped 1926
261 136064 El Mar Morgan Line Cargo Ship 3,531   Aug-89 Scrapped 1924
262 126576 Caracas   Psgr/Cargo 2,584   Sep-89 Scrapped 1926
263 161616 Venezuela Red D Line Psgr/Cargo 2,843   Dec-89 To USN 1898 as Panther, converted 1917 to AD 5, scrapped 1923
264 96039 H. M. Whitney Metropolitan Line Cargo Ship 2,707   Jun-90 Sank while under tow off Horta 1928
265 136138 Essex Merchants & Miners Psgr/Cargo 2,531   Aug-90 Wrecked Block I. 1941
266 106774 Algonquin Clyde Line Passenger 2,833   Sep-90 Scrapped 1924
267   El Sol Morgan Line Cargo Ship 4,523   Oct-90 To USN 1898 as Prairie, converted 1917 to AD 6, scrapped 1923
268 ACR 2 New York US Navy Cruiser 8,150   1-Aug-93 Later Saratoga (CA 2) 1911, Rochester 1917, scuttled in Subic Bay 1941
269 C 12 Columbia US Navy Cruiser 7,375   23-Apr-94 Later CA 16, scrapped 1922
270 BB 1 Indiana US Navy Battleship 10,288   20-Nov-95 Sunk as target 1920
271 BB 2 Massachusetts US Navy Battleship 10,288   10-Jun-96 Sunk as target 1921
272 YD 1 Atlas US Navy Derrick Barge     1892 Burnt 1937
273 C 13 Minneapolis US Navy Cruiser 7,375   13-Dec-94 Later CA 17, scrapped 1921
274   Columbia J. H. Ladew Yacht 780   Feb-94 Later Wasp 1898, Columbia 1926, abandoned 1935
275 ACR 3 Brooklyn US Navy Cruiser 9,215   1-Dec-96 Later CA 3, scrapped 1921
276 BB 4 Iowa US Navy Battleship 11,410   15-Jun-97 Later IX 6, sunk as target 1923
277 116669 St. Louis International Nav. Passenger 11,629   May-95 To USN 1898 as SP 1644, Louisville 1918, St. Louis 1919, burnt 1920
278 116693 St. Paul International Nav. Passenger 11,629   Oct-95 To USN 1898 as SP 1643, Knoxville, scrapped 1923
279               Cancelled
280               Cancelled
281               Cancelled
282   Lebanon Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,486   Oct-94 Later Taboga 1922, Homestead 1926, foundered in Humber Arm NL 1932
283 127111 Comanche Clyde Line Passenger 3,202   Nov-95 Burnt Mayport 1925
284   Thespia J. H. Ladew Yacht 311   Apr-96  
285 127113 Curacao Atlantic & Carib. S.N. Psgr/Cargo 1,503   Dec-96 Later Hellenic Skipper 1940, burnt off Astoria OR 1940
286 145710 Tamaqua Phila. & Reading RR Tug 564   Jan-96 Later Brooklyn 1942, to US Army 1942 as LT 232, deleted 1948
287 107216 Atlanta Southern Rlwy Co Passenger 2,094   May-96 Later Cambridge 1919, wrecked off Sao Luiz de Maranhao 1950
288 WPG 3 Hugh McCulloch US Coast Guard Cutter 1,280   12-Dec-97 Sank 1917
289 150741 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania RR Ferry 1,273   Oct-96 To Delaware River interests 1939, scrapped 1952
290 BB 8 Alabama US Navy Battleship 11,565   16-Oct-00 Sunk as target 1921
291 Japan Kasagi Japanese Navy Cruiser 4,900   Dec-98 Wrecked in Tsugaru Strait 1916
292 92830 Miami Plant Line Passenger 1,741   Dec-97 Later Steel Pier 1932, scrapped 1949
293   Dorothea T. McKean Yacht 420   Dec-98 Abandoned 1926
294 96435 Havana NY & Cuba Mail Passenger 5,667   Jan-99 Later Panama 1905, Aleutian 1926, wrecked Uyak Bay, Amook Is, 1929
295 92936 Mexico NY & Cuba Mail Psgr/Cargo 5,667   Jun-99 Later Colon 1906, Yukon 1923, wrecked Johnstone Bay 1946
296 107417 Admiral Dewey American Mail S.S.Co Psgr/Cargo 2,104   Oct-98 Scrapped 1935
297 107419 Admiral Sampson American Mail S.S.Co Psgr/Cargo 2,104   Nov-98 In collision off Seattle and sank 1914
298 107423 Admiral Schley American Mail S.S.Co Psgr/Cargo 2,104   Dec-98 Scrapped 1935
299 107425 Admiral Farragut American Mail S.S.Co Psgr/Cargo 2,104   Dec-98 Scrapped 1935
300 Russia Retvizan Russian Navy Battleship 12,700   Dec-01 Later Hizen 1905, sunk as target 1924
301 Russia Varyag Russian Navy Cruiser 6,500   Jul-00 Later Soya 1905, Varyag 1916, wrecked under tow off Scotland 1920
302 BB 10 Maine US Navy Battleship 12,500   29-Dec-02 Scrapped 1922
303 93055 Morro Castle NY & Cuba Mail Passenger 6,004   Oct-00 Scrapped 1926
304 116996 Sierra Oceanic S.S.Co Passenger 5,989   Oct-00 Later Gdansk 1821, Sierra 1824, scrapped 1934
305 117009 Sonoma Oceanic S.S.Co Passenger 6,253   Nov-00 Scrapped 1934
306 161871 Ventura Oceanic S.S.Co Passenger 6,253   Dec-00 Scrapped 1934
307       Pontoon     1901  
308       Caisson     1901  
309 136870 Esperanza NY & Cuba Mail Passenger 4,702   May-01 Wrecked Tampico 1925
310 93132 Monterey NY & Cuba Mail Passenger 4,702   Jun-01 Scrapped 1931
311   Kroonland Intl Merc. Marine Passenger 12,760   Jun-02 Scrapped 1927
312   Finland Intl Merc. Marine Passenger 12,760   Sep-02 Scrapped 1928
313 107652 Apache Clyde Line Passenger 3,378   Jun-01 Scrapped 1928
314 107665 Arapahoe Clyde Line Passenger 3,378   Jul-01 Scrapped 1928
315 Turkey Medjidiye Ottoman Navy Cruiser 3,300   Mar-04  
316 ACR 7 Colorado US Navy Cruiser 13,680   19-Jan-05 Later Pueblo (CA 7) 1917, scrapped 1931
317 ACR 4 Nebraska/Pennsylvania US Navy Cruiser 13,680   9-Mar-05 Later Pittsburgh (CA 4) 1912, scrapped 1931
318 127743 Col. E. L. Drake Standard Oil of NY Tanker 4,205   Apr-03 Scrapped 1926
319 96658 Huron Clyde Line Cargo Ship 2,949   Dec-02 Scrapped 1931
320 107848 Asbury Park Central RR Ferry 2,128   May-03 City of Sacramento 1919, Kahloke 1953, Langdale Queen 1963, Lady Grace 1976, sank 2008
321   Kiowa Clyde Line Cargo Ship 2,949   Jun-03 In collision off Boston Light and sank 1903
322 CA 10 Tennessee US Navy Cruiser 14,500   17-Jul-06 Later Memphis (CA 10) 1915, wrecked off Santo Domingo 1916
323 200527 M. S. Quay State of Pennsylvania Tug 133   Feb-04  
324 200761 Transfer No. 16 NY, NH & Hford RR Tug 268   Apr-04 NLD
325 200799 Transfer No. 17 NY, NH & Hford RR Tug 268   Apr-04 NLD
326 200844 Transfer No. 18 NY, NH & Hford RR Tug 268   Apr-04 NLD
327 BB 23 Mississippi US Navy Battleship 13,000   1-Feb-08 To Greece 1914 as Kilkis, sunk by German aircraft 1941
328 BB 24 Idaho US Navy Battleship 13,000   1-Apr-08 To Greece 1914 as Lemnos, sunk by German aircraft 1941
329 201311 Mohican Clyde Line Cargo Ship 2,255   Sep-04 Burnt off NE Florida 1925
330 201920 Chippewa Clyde Line Cargo Ship 2,696   May-05 Scrapped 1928
331 201970 Onondaga Clyde Line Cargo Ship 2,696   Jun-05 Wrecked off Watch Hill RI 1918
332 202864 Merida NY & Cuba Mail Psgr/Cargo 6,207   Apr-06 In collision off Cape Charles and sank 1911
333 202800 John Weaver City of Philadelphia Icebreaker 1,769   Mar-06 Scrapped 1953
334               Cancelled