TAMPA SHIPYARDS

Tampa FL

Most recent update: May 30, 2019.

In 1942, Matthew McCloskey developed a shipyard at Hookers Point in Tampa, on land owned by Tampa Port Authority.  The yard had 13 building ways, for the construction of concrete ships of the C1-S-D1 design: the U.S. Maritime Commission provided $7 million towards its development.  Although not unsuccessful at building concrete ships, it later switched to building steel ships, but closed after the war.  The site was acquired by the City of Tampa from the War Assets Administration in January 1948 and leased out on an annual basis. The first significant operator was known as Tampa Ship Repair & Dry Dock Co., which included a subsidiary called Tampa Fabricators.  This company was acquired in 1972 by George Steinbrenner's American Ship Building Company, after they had closed their yards on the Great Lakes, and was subsequently renamed Tampa Shipyards, Inc.  American Ship Building expanded it by converting the neighboring shrimp boat dock into two Panamax graving docks, to supplement the two existing graving docks, but the company went bankrupt in 1995.  The lease was then briefly held by a subsidiary of a Greek bulk carrier operator, who renamed it Tampa Shipbuilding, but in 1997 it was transferred to a new entity called Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Company, which was jointly owned by Tommy Bender, who owned Bender Shipbuilding & Repair, in Mobile AL, and Aaron Hendry, who owns Gulf Marine Repair, in Tampa.  Bender bought out Hendry in 2002 but sold the business to Edison Chouest Offshore in 2008.  Chouest renamed it Tampa Ship.  The shipyard is still primarily a repair facility, but has much more fabrication capability than most repair yards and under Chouest's management is now building PSVs.  Visit the shipyard at www.tampabayship.com and see an aerial view on Google here.

Hull # O.N.

Original Name

Original Owner Type GT Ft. Delivered Disposition

Built by McCloskey & Co.

1 244546 Vitruvius Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,826   Dec-43 Breakwater at Normandy
2 244258 David O. Saylor Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,826   Nov-43 Breakwater at Normandy
3 244542 Arthur Newell Talbot Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,826   Feb-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
4 245070 Richard Lewis Humphrey Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,826   Mar-44 Sold in Mexico
5 245069 Richard Kidder Meade Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,826   Mar-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
6 245071 Willis A. Slater Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,826   Feb-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
7 245336 Leonard Chase Watson Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,690   Jun-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
8 245335 John Smeaton Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,826   Apr-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
9 245579 Joseph Aspdin Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,690   May-44 Wrecked and lost 1948
10 245773 John Grant Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,826   Jun-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
11 245771 M. H. Le Chatelier Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,690   Jul-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
12 245774 L. J. Vicat Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,690   Jul-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
13 246010 Robert Whitman Lesley Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,690   Jul-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
14 246120 Edwin Thacher Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,690   Jul-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
15 246257 C. W. Pasley Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,690   Aug-44 Breakwater at Newport OR
16   Armand Considere Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,690   Sep-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
17   Francois Hennebique Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,690   Sep-44 Breakwater at Newport OR
18   P. M. Anderson Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,690   Sep-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
19 246727 Albert Kahn Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,680   Oct-44 Abandoned and lost 1947
20 246758 Willard A. Pollard Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,680   Nov-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
21 246759 William Foster Cowham Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,680   Nov-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
22 246877 Edwin Clarence Eckel Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,680   Dec-44 Scuttled 1946
23 246881 Thaddeus Merriman Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,680   Nov-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
24 246878 Emile N. Vidal Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 4,680   Dec-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
25 180568 Northern Warrior Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,900 250 Apr-45 To Britain 1945, sold 1947, scrapped 1970
26 180576 Northern Chieftain Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,900 250 Apr-45 To Britain 1945, sold 1947, scrapped 1982
27 180714 Northern Pioneer Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,900 250 May-45 To Britain 1945, to Greece 1945 as Zakynthos, sold 1947, later Teng 1407, Hung Chang, apparently scrapped
28 247949 Northern Wanderer Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Jun-45 Later Warren Bearne, to the Philippines 1949, scrapped 1963
29 248016 Northern Explorer Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Jun-45 Later Nat Brown, to USA 1949, to USN 1951 as Centaurus (AK 264), scrapped 1960
30 248017 Northern Voyager Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Jun-45 Later Oliver R. Mumford, scrapped 1964
31 248014 Northern Adventurer Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Jun-45 Sold 1946, later Hai Ming, Chung Kai, sank 1964
32 248215 Northern Squire Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Jun-45 Scrapped 1964
33 248216 Northern Yeoman Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Jul-45 To USA 1949, to USN 1951 as Serpens (AK 266), scrapped 1960
34 248211 Northern Archer Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Jul-45 Sold 1947, scrapped 1979
35 248204 Northern Stalker Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Jul-45 Sold 1947, scrapped 1974
36 248394 Eben H. Linnell Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Jul-45 To USA 1949, scrapped
37 248399 Northern Trapper Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Aug-45 Scrapped 1964
38 248397 John J. Jackson Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Aug-45 Sold 1947 as Samsun, later Hopa, Merve, scrapped in Turkey 1978
39 248396 Frederick Lendholm Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 1,870 250 Sep-45 Sold 1947, later Don Martin, scrapped in Peru 1967
40     Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2       Cancelled
41     Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2       Cancelled
42     Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2       Cancelled

Built by Tampa Ship Repair & Dry Dock Company (including Tampa Fabricators)

  Pontoon No. 5 Bethlehem Steel Dry Dock Pontoon     1948 For FDD sold to Bethlehem Beaumont
  Pontoon No. 6 Bethlehem Steel Dry Dock Pontoon     1948 For FDD sold to Bethlehem Beaumont
    US Navy Tank Barge   125 1952/53  
    US Navy Tank Barge   125 1952/53  
    US Navy Tank Barge   125 1952/53  
    US Navy Tank Barge   125 1952/53  
    US Navy Tank Barge   125 1952/53  
    US Navy Tank Barge   125 1952/53  
    US Navy Tank Barge   125 1952/53  
    US Navy Caisson   125 1953  
    US Navy Caisson   125 1953  
    Tampa Ship Repair Dry Dock Gate     Aug-52 For Graving Dock No. 1
    Cuban Sugar Barge     1953  
    Cuban Sugar Barge     1953  
  Jose Gasparilla Gasparilla Krewe Pirate Ship   135 1954  
274679 Kyle 15 Lease Plan, Inc. Barge 125 100 1957 Built by Tampa Fabricators
274976 Kyle 20 Lease Plan, Inc. Barge 125 100 1957 Built by Tampa Fabricators
283433 Kyle 16 Lease Plan, Inc. Barge 125 100 1957 Built by Tampa Fabricators, later MC-6
283472 Kyle 21 Lease Plan, Inc. Barge 125 100 1957 Built by Tampa Fabricators, later MC-7
275504 Humble AC-5 Humble Oil Tug 193 117 1958 Built by Tampa Fabricators, later Diane
276452 Vermilion Bay ODECO OSV 187 115 1958 Built by Tampa Fabricators
276594 Breton Island ODECO OSV 187 115 1958 Built by Tampa Fabricators
  Nautilus Disney World 9 Mini Subs 58 61 1971 Nine replicas of the sub in "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

Built by Tampa Ship Repair & Dry Dock Inc. (subsidiary of The American Ship Building Company)

101 359350 Dalmahoy Salvesen Offshore Drill Ship 5,755 360 Dec-73 Sold 1947, later Don Martin, scrapped in Peru 1967
102     Bethlehem Steel Semi-Submersible   260 1974 Two pontoons for Bethlehem Hull 4883
103 572989 Harold Smith Midland Enterprises Barge 2,939 290 1976 Later dredge Sandy Hook
104                
105 579921 O.C. 350 Otto Candies Barge 5,167 350 Feb-77 Active
106 598023 Louise Howland Dixie Fuels Barge 10,071 462 Nov-78 Active
107     Tampa Shipyards Dry Dock Gate   150 1978  
108 512607 Western Condor Continental Leasing Tank Barge 2,474 290 Jun-77 Jumboization of Gulfport Hull 695 dredge Triton to tank barge
109 569652 Matthew Maritime Administration Tank Barge 5,279 303 Feb-80 Conversion of Seatrain Hull 22 deck barge Christina F to tank barge
110                
111                
112                
113                

Built by Tampa Shipyards Inc. (subsidiary of The American Ship Building Company)

114 296632 Mormacvega Moore-McCormack Cargo Ship 14,082 644 Aug-82 Conversion to containership American Vega, later Allison Lykes
115 296947 Mormaclynx Moore-McCormack Cargo Ship 14,082 644 Nov-82 Conversion to containership American Reservist, work done by AmShip Lorain
116 296216 Mormacargo Moore-McCormack Cargo Ship 14,082 644 Dec-82 Conversion to containership American Argo, later Magellanes
117 297384 Mormacrigel Moore-McCormack Cargo Ship 14,082 644 Jun-83 Conversion to containership American Rigel, later Mallory Lykes
118     Tampa Shipyards Intermediate Gate     1983 For Graving Dock #3
119     Tampa Shipyards Intermediate Gate     1983 For Graving Dock #4
120 545015 Marie Flood Gulf Coast Transit Dry Bulk Barge 19,271 545 Aug-84 Jumboization
1121 684689 Gus W. Darnell Ocean Ships Product Carrier 21,471 598 11-Sep-85 Sold to U.S. Shipping 2005 as Houston, active
1122 684688 Paul Buck Ocean Ships Product Carrier 21,471 598 11-Sep-85 Sold to MSC 2003, to NDRF 2010
1123 684690 Samuel L. Cobb Ocean Ships Product Carrier 21,471 598 15-Nov-85 Sold to MSC 2003, active
1124 684691 Richard G. Mathiesen Ocean Ships Product Carrier 21,471 598 18-Feb-86 Sold to MSC 2003, to NDRF 2010
1125 684692 Lawrence H. Gianella Ocean Ships Product Carrier 21,471 598 22-Apr-86 Sold to MSC 2003, active
1126 922736 GL 63 Great Lakes Dredge Dump Scow 3,962 277 Mar-88 Active
1127 922737 GL 64 Great Lakes Dredge Dump Scow 3,962 277 Jul-88 Active
1128 287976 Japan Mail American Mail Line Cargo Ship 16,518 635 Feb-89 Conversion to crane ship Diamond State
1129 287238 Washington Mail American Mail Line Cargo Ship 16,518 635 May-89 Conversion to crane ship Equality State
1130 928238 Kinsman Eagle Kinsman Towing Tug 197 88 Mar-88 Completion of Valley SB Hull 118
1131 929654 Kinsman Falcon Kinsman Towing Tug 197 88 Feb-90 Completion of Valley SB Hull 119
1132 AO 191 Benjamin Isherwood US Navy Oiler   650   Completion of Penn Ship Hull 1, contract terminated
1133 AO 192 Henry Eckford US Navy Oiler   650   Completion of Penn Ship Hull 2, contract terminated
1134 AGOS 23 Impeccable US Navy Ocean Surveillance   281   Contract terminated
  AGOS 24   US Navy Ocean Surveillance   281   Option not exercised
  AGOS 25   US Navy Ocean Surveillance   281   Option not exercised
  AGOS 26   US Navy Ocean Surveillance   281   Option not exercised
  AGOS 27   US Navy Ocean Surveillance   281   Option not exercised
1135 1033239 Kinsman Hawk Bay Transportation Tug 199 105   Completed by Trinity Lockport, now Hawk
1136 1034022 Kinsman Condor Bay Transportation Tug 199 105   Completed by Trinity Lockport, now Condor
1137 1043481 Kinsman Venture Bay Transportation Tug 199 96   Completed by Leevac SY, later Reliant, now Millennium Maverick
1138     Bay Transportation Tug       Not completed
1139     Bay Transportation Tug       Not completed
1140     Bay Transportation Tug       Not completed

Built by Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair

  614210 Ocean 192 OSG America Tank Barge 11,796 460 1998 Conversion to double-hull M 192
  532585 Ocean 244 OSG America Tank Barge 16,021 496 2000 Conversion to double-hull M 244
  537129 Ocean Cities OSG America Tank Barge 16,928 520 2002 Conversion to double-hull M 252
  529918 Ocean 250 OSG America Tank Barge 16,928 520 2002 Conversion to double-hull M 254
  565314 Ocean States OSG America Tank Barge 14,480 514 2004 Conversion to double-hull M 214
  624039 Ocean 193 OSG America Tank Barge 14,020 519 2005 Conversion to double-hull M 209
  646669 Ocean 211 OSG America Tank Barge 14,513 557 2006 Conversion to double-hull M 243
  na Ocean 215 OSG America Tank Barge 12,176   2006 Conversion to double-hull M 215
  636104 Ocean 210 OSG America Tank Barge 14,513 557 2007 Conversion to double-hull M 242
  na OSG 350 OSG America Tank Barge 22,500     Terminated 2008, completed by VTHM
  na OSG 351 OSG America Tank Barge 22,500     Terminated 2008, completed by VTHM
  na OSG 352 OSG America Tank Barge 22,500     Terminated 2008, cancelled
  na OSG 296 OSG America Tank Barge 22,500     Terminated 2008, cancelled
  na OSG 297 OSG America Tank Barge 22,500     Terminated 2008, cancelled
  na OSG 298 OSG America Tank Barge 22,500     Terminated 2008, cancelled

Built by Tampa Ship, LLC

266 1238612 Jack Edwards Edison Chouest OSV 3,045 278 13-Jun-12 Active
275 1244385 Clarence Triche Edison Chouest OSV 3,045 278 21-Feb-13 Active
282 1247918 C-Endurance Edison Chouest OSV 3,045 278 18-Oct-13 Active
286 1252257 Brad Dartez Edison Chouest OSV 3,546 312 23-May-14 Active
291 1255030 Horn Island Edison Chouest OSV 4,828 299 3-Nov-14 Active
292 1257727 Sanibel Island Edison Chouest OSV 4,828 299 16-Mar-15 Active
294 1262977 Paradise Island Edison Chouest OSV 4,828 299 26-Feb-18 Active