Pusey & Jones, Wilmington DE

Most recent update: December 12, 2020.


Pusey & Jones started in business in 1848, organized by Joshua Pusey and John Jones and was a major 19th-century shipbuilder, with an impressive volume of business in South America.  A second shipyard was added for the WWI effort, in Gloucester City NJ: see its table here.  It was an early participant in the WWII shipbuilding program, its two ways being increased to three in the second wave of shipbuilding expansion.  After WWII, Pusey & Jones converted the shipyard's facilities for the manufacture of paper-making machinery but the company closed in 1959.  Pusey & Jones' hull numbering system is a bit odd: they had reached 364 when they got their first US Shipping Board contract and they promptly started again at 1001, with both series running in parallel until 1941.  Note also that their 473 hull numbers included 128 vessels sold to shipowners in Central and South America, especially Brazil, and 64 sales of propulsion machinery and/or boilers for ships built by others.  The shipyard was located on the south side of East Front Street, east of South Walnut Street: see it from the air on Google here.  There are a lot of gaps in this table: if anyone can fill any of the, please e-mail your input to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Delivery Disposition
1 Gilpin   Sidewheeler 92   1851 Abandoned 1866
2 Spray   Sidewheeler 108   1852 To CSA 1862
3 na James Porter   Sidewheeler     1852 Engine and boiler only
4 Flora McDonald Cape Fear Shipping Sidewheeler 95   1853 To CSA 1861
5 na   U.S. Government Tug     1853 Engine and boiler only
6 Caledonia James C. Johnson Tug 85   1854 Converted 1878
7 Mahlon Betts M. Betts and others Schooner 216   1854 Burned 1863 but salvaged and rebuilt
8 na Queen Capt. A. Michener Sidewheeler     1854 Engine only
9 na J. W. Bass   Propeller     1854 Engine and boiler only
10 na Diamond State Leipsic Steamboat Co. Propeller     1854 Engine and boiler only
11 Robert Waterman   Propeller 199   1856 Sunk 1859
12 13447 J. L. Pusey   Steam Tug 58 70 1857 Abandoned 1907
13 na Southern Star   Propeller     1858 Engine and boiler only
14 6106 Delaware Trenton Tptn. Co. Propeller 167 108 1858 Lost 1909
15 21766 Raritan Trenton Tptn. Co. Propeller 167 108 1858 Abandoned 1917
16 na Tuscarora S. J. R. Flanigen Propeller     1859 Engine and boiler only
17 na Mary T. McCallum Propeller     1859 Engine only
18 na Mount Vernon H. B. Cromwell & Co. Propeller     1859 Engine and boiler only
19 na Monticello H. B. Cromwell & Co. Propeller     1859 Engine and boiler only
20 na E. O. Sewell Joseph Marvel & Co. Sidewheeler     1859 Engine only
21 na E. Chamberlain Henry DeVinney Propeller     1860 Engine and boiler only
22 na John F. Starr Geo. Wood & Geo. Fisher Propeller     1860 Engine only
23 1055 A. P. Hurt Cape Fear Steamboat Co. Sternwheeler 81 118 1860 Later C. W. Lyon, burnt 1913, rebuilt as A. P. Hurt (ON 213825), sank 1923
24 na General Flores   Propeller     1861 Engine and boiler only, for Ecuador
25 James Pettaway James Pettaway & Co. Sidewheeler     1861  
26 na Captain Lee   Sidewheeler     1861 For Ecuador
27 na Smyrck   Sidewheeler 120   1861 For Ecuador
28 na Keystone   Propeller     1861 Engine and boiler only
29 na Joseph Baker Joseph Baker Propeller     1862 Engine and boiler only
30 na Juniata U. S. Navy Propeller     1862 Engine and boiler only
31 na George Washington H. B. Cromwell & Co. Propeller     1862 Engine and boiler only
32 na George Cromwell H. B. Cromwell & Co. Propeller     1862 Engine and boiler only
33 na Boston Joseph Baker Propeller     1862 Engine and boiler only
34 na J. K. Kirkman Joseph Baker Propeller     1862 Engine and boiler only
35 na Empire Thomas Clyde Propeller     1862 Engine and boiler only
36 na Fahkee   Propeller     1863 Engine and boiler only
37 na Wyalusing U. S. Navy Sidewheeler     1863 Engine and boiler only
38 na Mingo U. S. Navy Sidewheeler     1863 Engine and boiler only
39 na Delaware Jr. F. M. Cullom Propeller     1863 Engine and boiler only
40 na Tamaulipas No. 1 Capt. A. H. Brown Sidewheeler 206   1863 Abandoned 1880
41 na Tappahannock Henry DeVinney Propeller     1863 Engine and boiler only
42 na Pontiac Wm. A. James & Co. Propeller     1863 Engine and boiler only
43 na Wawaset Calvin Taggart Sidewheeler     1863 Engine and boiler only
44 na Ella Luke League Propeller     1863 Engine only
45 5002 Chesapeake N. D. Thompson Propeller 93 72 1864 Lost 1896
46 na Govenor Curtin J. K. Kukman Propeller     1863 Engine and boiler only
47 na Alice E. W. Barstow Propeller     1863 Engine and boiler only
48 na Francis Henry DeVinney Propeller     1863 Engine and boiler only
49 na Stephen Cloud Baker & Hall Propeller     1863 Engine only
50 na Vinces Capt. E. Lee Sidewheeler 120   1863 For Ecuador
51 na Christiana Thos. Jackson Propeller     1863 Engine and boiler only
52 US Army Pilgrim U. S. Army Propeller 250   1864  
53 na Stanton U. S. Army Propeller     1864 Engine and boiler only
54 na Wells U. S. Army Propeller     1864 Engine and boiler only
55 na Foote U. S. Army Propeller     1864 Engine and boiler only
56 na Porter U. S. Army Propeller     1864 Engine and boiler only
57 na Columbia Susquehanna Canal Co. Sidewheeler     1864 Engine only
58 871 Annie   Propeller 55   1865 Sold 1870 as Achilles
59 na Katie Wise Thomas Ross Propeller     1865 Engine and boiler only
60 William G. Gibbons   Sidewheeler 174   1865 Burned 1866, rebuilt and sold as Juan Modesto
61 Two Boys Erwin & Hardee Sidewheeler 102   1865 Burned 1870
62 Charles S. Hardee Capt. A. P. Hurt Sidewheeler 157   1865 Unknown 1873
63 Z. B. Vance Mellitt & Browns Sidewheeler 105   1866 Sunk 1867
64 Governor Worth   Sidewheeler 165   1866 Abandoned 1890
65 Sophia y Esperanza Ribon & Munoz Sidewheeler 80   1866 Sold 1869
66 Fairona Vengoecher & Lafamore Sternwheeler 165   1866  
67 Falcon Geo. W. Bush Propeller 23   1866 Lost 1885
68 na Guayas Capt. E. Lee Sidewheeler 110   1866 For Ecuador
69 na Basa Capt. E. Lee Sidewheeler 90   1866 For Ecuador
70 Old North State Wm. Swaine Sternwheeler 252   1866 Sold 1878
71 San Antonio   Sidewheeler 161   1866 Abandoned 1875
72 2309 Bay Ridge Bay Ridge Ferry Co. Propeller 135   1866 Rebuilt as barge 1917
73 14207 Katie W. J. Lawton Sidewheeler 190   1867  
74 na Argus Merchants, Boston & NO SS Co. Propeller     1867 Engine and boiler only
75 Coquette Jacob Lorillard Propeller 221   1867  
76 Brunette Jacob Lorillard Propeller 274   1867 In collision 1870
77 na Guama C. Leedman Co. Sidewheeler 200   1867 For Brazil
78 na Moti C. Leedman Co. Sidewheeler 100   1867 For Brazil
79 9694 Fanita Jacob Lorillard Propeller 432   1868 Abandoned 1909
80 na Florence Capt. J. Brock Sidewheeler     1867 Engine and boiler only
81 na Anajas C. Leedman Co. Sidewheeler 432   1867 For Brazil
82 6868 D. Murchison Williams & Murchison Sternwheeler 147 120 1869  
83 na Tambo Govt. of Peru Sidewheeler 192   1869 For Peru
84 na Nutrias Venezuela Steam Boat Co. Sidewheeler 142   1869 For Venezuela
85 na North State Peoples Steam Boat Co. Sidewheeler     1870 Engine and boiler only
86 na Tambo Govt. of Peru Sidewheeler 192   1870 For Peru
87 110012 Rosa Capt. F. N. Philpot Sidewheeler 156 128 1870  
88 na Amazonas C. Leedman Co. Sidewheeler 460   1870 For Brazil
89 na Mamore Church & Reynolds Sidewheeler 156   1870 For Bolivia
90 na Rio Branco Brazil Sidewheeler 200   1870 For Brazil
91 USCG Ulysses S. Grant US Coast Guard Cutter 350 163 1871 Sold 1906
92 USC&GS A. D. Bache US Coast & Geodetic Survey Propeller 186   1871  
93 na Unnamed Govt. of Peru Water Boat 40   1871 For Peru
94 na San Fernandez Venezuela Steam Tptn. Co. Sternwheeler     1871 For Venezuela, engine and boiler only
95 na Joao Augusto C. Leedman Co. Sidewheeler 380   1871 For Brazil
96 na Leon Vic Rodriguez y Cia. Propeller 30 1871 For Brazil
97 na Estella Vic Rodriguez y Cia. Propeller 30   1871 For Brazil
98 na Miranda Vic Rodriguez y Cia. Propeller 30   1871 For Brazil
99 na Quadra Vic Rodriguez y Cia. Propeller 30   1871 For Brazil
100 na Fortaleza Joao Cavalcante Sidewheeler 250   1871 For Brazil
101 18726 New Orleans Clarke & Seaman Propeller 1,440 249 1872  
102 US Army Pulaski US Army Quartermaster Corps Propeller 40   1871  
103 na Texeira & Ruiz F. G. Giumares Sidewheeler 260   1871 For Brazil
104 na Mairo Govt. of Peru Sidewheeler 90   1871 For Peru
105 Wrightsville P. & R. R.R. Co. Sidewheeler 100   1872  
106 125369 Cora L. Staples Staples & Phillips Propeller 92   1872  
107 na Andira Elias Brut Amazones Co. Sidewheeler 463   1872 For Brazil
108 na Maggie Vic Rodriguez y Cia. Propeller 30   1873 For Brazil
109 na Victor Vic Rodriguez y Cia. Propeller 30   1873 For Brazil
110 na Unnamed Ribon & Munoz Propeller     1873 For Brazil, hull only
111 Knickerbocker Clarke & Seaman Propeller 1,642 263 1873 Later barge Texas 1903, wrecked 2005
112 na Isabelita F. Alexander & Sons Propeller 40   1873 For Brazil
113 Quito   Sidewheeler 70   1873  
114 na Aruan Conto de Magelhaes Sidewheeler 400   1873 For Brazil
115 na Barao de Jeffe Jose Paulino Von Hoonholz Sidewheeler 220   1873 For Brazil
116 na Jurua Co. Fluvial de Alto Amazonas Sidewheeler 240   1873 For Brazil
117 95300 Hudson Clarke & Seaman Propeller 1,872 288 1874 Later Frederick 1903, missing 1916
118 105348 Alert Charles Warner Co. Propeller 171   1874  
119 na El Uritrante   Sidewheeler 300   1874 For Venezuela
120 Tuplet   Propeller     1874  
121 na Monarch Merchants Towing Tug     1875 Machinery only
122 na Francia Elena Hoadley & Co. Sternwheeler 800   1875 For Colombia
123 6878 Defiance   Propeller 540   1875  
124 na Tacoma Hanson, Acherson & Co. Propeller     1875 Machinery only
125 na Guayaquil Munoz & Espriella Sidewheeler 200   1876 For Ecuador
126 na   Hoadley & Co. Propeller     1876 For Ecuador, knockdown
127 95446 Hamilton Dodge, Meegs & Co. Propeller 12   1876  
128   Cadenos & Co. Sidewheeler     1876  
129 na Newark Southern Pacific RR Co. Sidewheeler     1876 Machinery only
130 na Arapixy Conte de Mabelhaes Sidewheeler 250   1876 For Brazil
131 na Colombia Raface Reyes Sidewheeler 130   1876 For Colombia
132 na Wide West Oregon Steam Nav. Co. Sidewheeler     1876 Machinery only
133 na General Marino   Propeller 100   1877 For Colombia
134 na General Maza   Propeller 100   1877 For Colombia
135 Tocantins J. Travassos de Rosa Sidewheeler     1877  
136 na Don Juan J. Amsink & Co. Sidewheeler 80   1877 For Colombia
137 na Chimborazo J. Amsink & Co. Sidewheeler 190   1877 For Ecuador
138 na Unnamed Munoz & Espriella Lighter     1877 For Ecuador
139 na Unnamed Munoz & Espriella Lighter     1877 For Ecuador
140 na General Padilla J. Amsink & Co. Propeller 180   1877 For Colombia
141 na El Progresso J. Dallett & Co. Sidewheeler 225   1877 For Venezuela
142 145473 Thomas Clyde Del. City, Salem & Phila. Nav. Sidewheeler 625 212 1878  
143 na Merchant         1878 For Colombia, hull only
144 na Frontera F. Hemego Propeller 625   1878 For Mexico
145 Cabarien Cubias & Sons Sidewheeler     1878 Later Merchant
146 na El Libertador M. Panacho Poldan Propeller 90   1878 For Colombia
147 na Cristobal Colombo Camacho & Vengdechar Dredge     1879 For Colombia
148 na Caquete Hoadley & Co. Sidewheeler 216   1879 For Brazil, knockdown, later Mary
149 na Tolinia J. C. Francisco Sternwheeler     1879 For Colombia
150 Brigantine   Sternwheeler 33   1879  
151 na Flor de Mayo Govt. of Venezuela Revenue Cutter     1879 For Venezuela
152 na Olmedo Munoz y Espriella Propeller 33   1879 For Ecuador
153 USFC Fish Hawk U.S. Fisheries Commission Propeller 441   1879 Later Senator 1926, abandoned 1938
154 H. B. Plant   Sidewheeler 287   1879  
155 na Meteor   Propeller 95   1880 For Colombia, later General Cordova
156 na Mexico Capt. Ware Propeller 287   1879 For Mexico
157 na   Cassels & Co. Sidewheeler     1879 For Mexico
158 na El Once de Noviembre Camacho & Vengdecher Sternwheeler 220   1879 For Colombia
159 na   Leycraft & Co. Sternwheeler     1879 For Colombia
160 LV 43 Trinity Shoal US Coast Guard Light Vessel 191   1881 Sold 1920
161 na   R. & C. Degener Sidewheeler     1880 For Brazil
162 na     Sidewheeler     1880 For Ecuador
163 na Trombetas M. Rodriguez de Oliveria Sidewheeler 480   1880 For Brazil
164 na Tapajos Camacho & Vengdecher Sidewheeler 490   1880 For Brazil
165 na   H. J. Davison Lighter     1880 For Brazil
166 na San Andres Tuxtla   Sidewheeler     1880 For Mexico
167 na Victor M. Rodriguez de Oliveria Sidewheeler     1880 For Brazil
168 na   Camacho & Vengdecher Lighter     1880 For Colombia
169 na Magdalena   Lighter 100   1880 For Colombia
170 na     Derrick Barge     1880 For Colombia
171 na Bolivar E. Lee Sidewheeler 800   1880 For Venezuela, wrecked 1903
172 na   Cassels & Co. Sidewheeler     1880 For Venezuela
172 City of Nassau   Sidewheeler 310   1880  
173 120437 Fred'k de Barry   Sidewheeler 336 162 1881 Later City of Tampa 1916, abandoned 1925
174 San Jose   Schooner 36   1881  
175 Meteor No. 2   Propeller 95   1881  
176 145244 Taurus   Propeller 45 64 1881  
177 Claudia   Propeller 12   1881  
178 110585 Reliance   Propeller 96 90 1881 Later Bermudan
179 na Diligencia   Propeller 90   1881 For Colombia
180 na Asturias Capt. Ware Propeller     1881 For Mexico
181 LV 44 Northeast End US Coast Guard Light Vessel 197   1882 Retired 1938
182 na Cristobal Colon Camacho Yengoches Sternwheeler     1881  
183 na Solimoes   Sidewheeler 220   1881 For Brazil
184 WAGL Wistaria US Coast Guard Tender 450   1881 Decommissioned 1911
185 na Emilia Durand F. J. Cisnero Sternwheeler 220   1881 For Colombia
186 WPG Walter Forward US Coast Guard Cutter 267 155 1882 Decommissioned 1912
187 106093 Angie and Nellie   Tug 45 64 1882 Later Manson No. 1, Buddy, Tramp
188 na General Miles   Propeller 137   1881 Machinery only
189 na Colombian Scow No. 1 F. J. Cisnero Lighter 45   1881 For Colombia
190 na Colombian Scow No. 2 F. J. Cisnero Lighter     1881 For Colombia
191 na Colombian Scow No. 3 F. J. Cisnero Lighter     1881 For Colombia
192 na Colombian Scow No. 4 F. J. Cisnero Lighter     1881 For Colombia
193 na Colombian Scow No. 5 F. J. Cisnero Lighter     1881 For Colombia
194 na Colombian Scow No. 6 F. J. Cisnero Lighter     1881 For Colombia
195 na Colombian Scow No. 7 F. J. Cisnero Lighter     1881 For Colombia
196 na Colombian Scow No. 8 F. J. Cisnero Lighter     1881 For Colombia
197 na   Wm. Jex & Co. Lighter     1881 For Colombia
198 na Albatross US Fisheries Commission Propeller 639   1882 Scrapped 1931
199 na Victoria Munoz & Espriella Propeller     1882 For Nicaragua
200 28101 Zophar Mills City of New York Fireboat 185 120 1882 Scrapped 1934
201 na City of Gloucester B. & G. Steamboat Co. Propeller     1883 Machinery only
202 US Army General Wood US Army Propeller 97   1883 Later Ordnance
203 na Progress Rio Magdalena Propeller     1883 For Colombia
204 na Colombian Scow No. 9 W. R. Grace & Co. Lighter     1883 For Colombia
205 na Colombian Scow No. 10 W. R. Grace & Co. Lighter     1883 For Colombia
206 na Colombian Scow No. 11 W. R. Grace & Co. Lighter     1883 For Colombia
207 na Colombian Scow No. 12 W. R. Grace & Co. Lighter     1883 For Colombia
208 Ranger W. Weber & Sons Propeller 85   1883  
209 na Boyaca Govt. of Colombia Revenue Cutter     1883 For Colombia
210 na   Rio Magdalena Propeller     1883  
211 Progress J. O. Wood & Co. Propeller     1883  
212 na S. Domingo Sears & Co. Propeller     1883 For Mexico
213 na Japrira   Sidewheeler     1883 For Mexico
214     Launch     1883  
215 na Apure General Steamship Co. Sternwheeler     1883 For Brazil
216 Unnamed Burdett & Pond Pile Driver     1883  
217 Unnamed Del Monte & Co. Lighter     1883  
218 Unnamed Del Monte & Co. Lighter     1883  
219 na Libertad General Steamship Co. Sternwheeler     1883 For Brazil
220 na Yaco C.N. Para Amazonas Sidewheeler 404   1884 For Brazil, wrecked 1891
221 na Apurinan C.N. Para Amazonas Sidewheeler 404   1884 For Brazil, burnt 1895
222 na Paumary C.N. Para Amazonas Sidewheeler 404   1884 For Brazil, wrecked 1893
223 na Aripuana C.N. Para Amazonas Sidewheeler 404   1884 For Brazil, wrecked 1905
224 na Lagonda J. C. Hoagland Yacht     1884 Machinery only
225 Estelle J. W. Paxson & Co. Barge 182   1884  
226 na Governor Stafford   Sidewheeler     1884 Machinery only
227 na Hattie Fullerton Sears & Co. Propeller 155   1884 For Brazil
228 Aline Mr. Rogers Propeller     1884  
229 81065 Wakefield Washington Steamboat Co. Sidewheeler 571 161 1885 Foundered 1930
230 US Navy Unnamed Brooklyn Navy Yard Pontoon     1885  
231 155422 Nantucket Nantucket Steamboat Co. Sidewheeler 629 176 1886 Later Old Point Comfort, wrecked 1919
232 Conanicut Jamestown & Newport Ferry Sidewheeler 352   1886  
233 Revolver   Dredge     1886  
234 Carmen Cisneros Francisco Cisneros Sternwheeler     1886  
235 76654 John M. Cole Charleston Iron Works Sidewheeler 318 130 1886 Hull only
236 na Triton   Propeller     1886 For Bermuda
237 na Maria Fernanda F. Perez Rosa Sternwheeler     1886 For Mexico
238 USG Wave US Government Passenger 21   1887 Later Billow
239 na Mamore Sears & Co. Yacht     1887 For Bolivia
240 Volunteer C. J. Paine Sailing Vessel 105   1887  
241 130381 Naugatuck Naugatuck Valley Steamboat Propeller 307 130 1887 Later Tarpon 1891, foundered 1937
242 na La Papa   Propeller 105   1887 For Colombia
243 91966 Manteo Old Dominion SS Co. Propeller 583 190 1887 Later Van 1915, scuttled 1935
244 na   Capt. Alex. McDougal Barge     1887 Bow and stern for first whaleback barge
245 na Ruth   Sidewheeler     1887 Knockdown hull only
246 161595 Virginia Dare Old Dominion SS Co. Sternwheeler 187 130 1888  
247 116249 St. Lucie Jax, Tampa & Key West RR Co. Sternwheeler 165 122 1888  
248 USCG Lt. M. Morrill US Coast Guard Cutter 288 145 1889 Sold as Evangeline 1929, scrapped 1933
249 USHS Louis Pasteur US Hospital Service Fumigating Vessel 88   1889  
250 USHS Robert Koch US Hospital Service Fumigating Vessel 88   1889  
251 USHS William H. Welch US Hospital Service Fumigating Vessel 88   1889 Sold 1906 as Fairhope, sold again 1912
252 na Chimbo S. G. Pierra Propeller     1889 For Ecuador
253 130456 Newport Pennsylvania RR Co. Propeller 74 88 1889  
254 126596 Compton North State Improvement Co. Propeller 107 123 1889 Later Edgar D. Williams
255 116304 St. Sebastian Jax, Tampa & Key West RR Co. Sternwheeler 219 130 1889  
256 116308 St. Augustine Jax, Tampa & Key West RR Co. Sternwheeler 131 110 1890  
257 na Guanare Amsink & Co. Sternwheeler 219   1889 For Venezuela
258 na Socorro Amsink & Co. Sternwheeler 131   1889 For Venezuela
259 na Esperanza/Bridgeton S. M. & J. M. Denny Propeller     1889 For Mexico
260 76877 John F. Smith Sanitarium Assn. of Phila. Propeller 235 126 1890  
261 USCG Winona US Coast Guard Cutter 321 148 1890 Sold 1915
262 City of St. Augustine St. Augustine SS Co. Propeller 564   1890  
263 Colon Spanish American Iron Co. Propeller 104   1890  
264 Gay Head Nantucket Steamboat Co. Sternwheeler 701   1890 Later Pastime, scrapped 1931
265 Martins Amsing & Co. Pilot Boat     1891  
266 na Santa Barbara   Sidewheeler     1891 For Venezuela
267 na Sao Paolo Combs-Crosby & Co. Sidewheeler 100   1891 For Ecuador
268 Caiman P. Lorillard Propeller 153   1891  
269 na Diez Hermandos W. R. Grace & Co. Sternwheeler     1891 For Colombia
270 na Medellin W. R. Grace & Co. Sternwheeler     1891 For Colombia
271 na Masparro Mathisons Sternwheeler     1891 For Venezuela
272 Marietta H. B. Moore Yacht 74   1893 Hull only
273 na Dante W. R. Grace & Co. Sidewheeler     1892 For Ecuador
274 na Elisa Bartram Bros. Tug 74   1893 For San Domingo
275 Pilgrim   Yacht 98   1893  
276 Chincoteague Pennsylvania RR Co. Sidewheeler 143   1893  
277 na Pinguier Combs-Crosby & Co. Sidewheeler 98   1893 For Ecuador
278 206562 Viking Laighton Brothers Propeller 234 114 1893  
279 US Army Delaware U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tug 55