Diesel Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville FL

Most recent update: July 2, 2020.


Diesel Shipbuilding was started by the Coppedge family in 1952, at 14030 Atlantic Boulevard, which was on the south side of the bridge carrying Atlantic Boulevard over the Intracoastal Waterway.  At about the same time, they acquired the Bellinger shipyard, which had been started by James F. Bellinger in 1946 and was located at 13911 Atlantic Boulevard, which was on the north side of the bridge carrying Atlantic Boulevard over the Intracoastal Waterway.  Diesel Shipbuilding instituted a hull numbering system which retroactively assigned hulls 1 through 38 to Bellinger's output and everything after that to Diesel.  The company continued at this location until closing in the downturn of the early 1980s.  See the site from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT Ft. Completed Disposition
     Hulls 1-21 Built By Bellinger Shipbuilding at Bartram Road
     Hulls 22-38 Built by Bellinger Shipbuilding at Pablo Creek
     Hulls 39-219 Built by Diesel Shipbuilding at Atlantic Boulevard
39   JHC 74 J.H. Coppedge & Co.  Barge   75 Nov-52  
41     Arundel Corp Barge   32 Dec-52  
42     C. D. Codrington Hydraulic Dredge   40 Feb-53  
43 266310 Star J.H. Coppedge Towing Vessel 54 62 Jul-53 Later Bridgebuilder VIII 1955, to Venezuela 1957
44 266538 Paul B Duval Engineering & Contracting Towing Vessel 22 44 Oct-53 Hull only, completed by  owner, later St. Lucie 1981, NLD
45 268366 Mars Bronx Towing Line Towing Vessel 18 44 Aug-54 Later Catherine 1954, Mike 1960
46 269635 Betsy H Gahagan Dredging Co. Towing Vessel 18 44 May-55 NLD
47 267594 Dauntless Newport News SB & DD Co. Towing Vessel 31 48 May-54 Active
48 269634 Nancy H Gahagan Construction Corp. Towing Vessel 18 44 1954 NLD
49     Cent. & S. Florida Flood Control  Barge   40 1954  
50 Venezuela Ponte Vedra Orinco Mining Co. Towing Vessel 100 57 1955  
51     Cent. & S. Florida Flood Control  Barge   40 1954  
52 Nicaragua Christine H.K. Ferguson  Co. Hydraulic Dredge     1954  
53   JHC-48 J.H. Coppedge & Co. Barge   48 1954  
54     Dixie & Gilcrest Counties Barge   40 1954  
55     Humphrey's Gold Corp. Workboat   24 1955  
56     Humphrey's Gold Corp. Workboat   18 1955  
57     Diesel Engine Sales Inc. Barge   40 1955  
58     Diesel Engine Sales Inc. Barge   40 1955  
59   DES 285 Diesel Engine Sales Inc. Barge   80 1955  
60   DES 145 Diesel Engine Sales Inc. Barge   60 1955  
61     Putnam County, Fla. Barge   40 1955  
62 527834 SC 44 BJ Wanamaker & Wells, Inc. Workboat 8 26 1955 Originally licensed, later 16 C 579, documented 1970 as Harbor Light
63     Gahagan Construction Co. Workboat   28    
64 270540 Charlotte Gulf Atlantic Towing Corp. Towing Vessel 29 54 Oct-55 NLD
65 271213 Gatco Georgia Gulf Atlantic Towing Corp. Towing Vessel 29 54 Jul-56 NLD
66   Jupiter Diesel Engine Sales Inc. Workboat   28 1956  
67 272324 Gatco Carolina Gulf Atlantic Towing Corp. Towing Vessel 29 54 Sep-56 Later Mo Bro #1 1964, sold Mexico 1982
68 Venezuela Indio Orinico Mining Company Towing Vessel   57 1956  
69     Humphrey's Gold Corp. Workboat   24 1957  
70   Harriet Norfolk Dredging Co Workboat   28 1957  
71     Humphrey's Gold Corp. Workboat   24 1957  
72 273414 Pecalin St. Petersburg Towing & Marine Towing Vessel 18 44 Feb-57 NLD
73     Owens-Illinois Glass Co. Barge   40 1957  
74 273879 Buchanan Sisters Buchanan Sisters Inc. Towing Vessel 35 54 May-57 Later Martha, Janice
75 274846 Clera Standard Dredging Co. Towing Vessel 18 44 Aug-57 NLD
76     Diesel Engine Sales Inc. Pontoon   8 1957  
77     Diesel Engine Sales Inc. Pontoon   8 1957  
78 275040 William L Owens-Illinois Glass Company Towing Vessel 55 60 Sep-57 Later Sun Rebel 1979, Joseph A, NLD  
79 276507 Judith Steers Steers Sand & Gravel Corp. Towing Vessel 37   May-58 Later Anne Steers 1965, Catherine M. Brown 1968, Bear, now Elizabeth Anna
80 274311 1230 Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corp. Barge 13 40 Jun-57 NLD
81 274312 1231 Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corp. Barge 13 40 Jun-57 NLD
82 274313 1232 Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corp. Barge 13 40 Jun-57 NLD
83 274314 1233 Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corp. Barge 13 40 Jun-57 NLD
84     Norfolk Dredging Co Barge   60 Sep-57  
85   JHC  400  J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge   80 Dec-57  
86   18Y1170 Diesel Engine Sales, Inc. Workboat   32 Feb-58  
87 276998 Gatco Texas Gulf Atlantic Towing Corp. Towing Vessel 58 60 Jun-58 Later Teal, Stephen B, Jeremy Fisher, Barbara Lind, now Maggie Hall 
88 277412 Gatco New York Gulf Atlantic Towing Corp. Towing Vessel 58 60 Oct-58 Later Swift
89   JHC 300 J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge   80 Mar-58  
90 557684 Revilo 5  F.V. Oliver, Inc. Tank Barge 653 180 Jun-58 Later Sun State 5 1977, VB-10, CMC 642
91 277424 21 Inter-American Shipping Services Deck Barge 230 100 Aug-58 Later MECI 9 1975
92 277825 Bubet J.H. Coppedge & Company Passenger 14 38 Nov-58 Sold British 1960
93 277590 Contest Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corp. Personnel Launch 14 38 Oct-58 NLD
94 278099 Norfolk Norfolk Dredging Co. Towing Vessel 33 54 Dec-58  Active 
95 277641 Bridgebuilder XI Diesel Shipbuilding Co. Workboat 14 38 Oct-58 Sold Venezuela 1965
96 278595 J.H.C. 850 J.H. Coppedge & Company Deck Barge 314 120 Dec-58 Later B.H. No. 35
97 278596 J.H.C. 851 J.H. Coppedge & Company Deck Barge 314 120 Mar-59 Later B.H. No. 120
98 278485 Tiny Tim Diesel Shipbuilding Co. Passenger 14 38 Feb-59 Later Bridgebuilder XII 1960, Fairfax 1962
99   J.H.C. 100 J.H. Coppedge & Company Deck Barge   60 Feb-59  
100 280616 Swiftwind J.H. Coppedge & Company Executive Cruiser 44 53 Mar-60 NLD
101 289983 JHC 301 J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge 117 80 Apr-59 Later Mico No. 1
102 280619 Nomad J.H. Coppedge & Company Towing Vessel 42 54 Mar-60  
103     Diesel Engine Sales Inc. Pontoon   40 May-59  
104     Diesel Engine Sales Inc. Pontoon   40 May-59  
105     Humphrey Gold Corp. Workboat   24 May-59  
106 280197 J.H.C. 852 J.H. Coppedge & Company Deck Barge 314 120 Sep-59  
107 280385 J.H.C. 853 J.H. Coppedge & Company Deck Barge 314 120 Sep-59 Later S.D. 257
108   J.H.C. 500 J.H. Coppedge & Company Deck Barge   110 Jul-60  
109   unknown Dupont Co.  Workboat   28 Jul-60  
110   J.H.C. 501 J.H. Coppedge & Company Deck Barge   110 Sep-60  
111   J.H.C. 502 J.H. Coppedge & Company Deck Barge   110 Oct-60  
112 287665 J.H.C. 503 J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge 213 110 Nov-60 Later S.D. 256 1963, scrapped 1971
113 289631 John H. Glenn, Jr. New York City FD Fireboat 81 65 Aug-62 Active
114 284631 Judo R.C. Roebling Workboat 10 30 Feb-61 NLD
115 285979 Jamaica Bogan's Basin, NJ Passenger 98 81 Jun-61 Later Capt. Dave 1971, Jamaica II 1971, Dawn 1977
116   Romeral I Hughes Bros. Inc./ Beth. Steel Co. Towing Vessel   35 Sep-62  
117 526503 Modena R.C. Roebling Freight 63 75 1964 NLD
118 289070 Jane M Morrison-Knudsen of Portugal Towing Vessel 18 44 Jul-62 To Portugal 1966
119 289071 Neville W. Morrison-Knudsen of Portugal Towing Vessel 18 44 1962  
120 289330 Henrietta W. Morrison-Knudsen of Portugal Towing Vessel 18 44 Aug-62 To Portugal 1966
121 289329 Betty B. Morrison-Knudsen of Portugal Towing Vessel 18 44 Aug-62 To the Netherlands 1964
122 290980 Ring Power Seminole Ninety, Inc. Towing Vessel 18 44 Apr-63 Later Lauren M, Eileen G, now First Light
123 290887 Laured J.H. Coppedge & Company Towing Vessel 20 44 Apr-63 Later Bayou Brute 1966, active
124 291079 J.H.C. 450 J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge 204 88 Apr-63 NLD
125 524056 J.H.C. 350 J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge 61 80 May-63 Later MECI No.4, sold British 1977 
126 Peru Jean Baptiste SCB Peru  Towing Vessel   44 May-63  
127     Ray Qualmann Marine Cont. Barge   50 May-63  
128 292616 Vincent J. Rich Steers, Inc. Towing Vessel 18 44 Aug-63 Later George Steers 1967,  Patricia Steers 1976, Hoboken, active
129   JHC 150 J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge   50 Jul-63  
130 297294 Nancy  Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Company Dredge Tender 18 44 1964 To Panama 1977
131     Hillsboro Inlet Imp. Dist. Comm. SP Barge   20 Mar-64  
132 296742 Diesel Ship Diesel Shipbuilding Co. Towing Vessel 11 30 Oct-64 Exempt 1965
133   J.H.C. 805 J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge 316 100 1964 Later Mobro 805
134   J.H.C. 351 J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge 61 80 Jun-64  
135     Cardinal Construction Co. SP Barge   20 Jun-64  
136 297162 JHC 806 J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge 316 100 1964  
137     Federation Chemicals, Ltd. Launch   24 1964  
138     Sherbro Minerals Ltd Workboat   28 1964  
139 500868 Brothers J.H. Coppedge & Company Towing Vessel 72 61 Jul-65 Later Mako II (Britsh Registry) returned to US Flag as Mako, now Heidi
140 Export   Soc. de Construction  Towing Vessel   44 Apr-65  
141 500867 JHC-550 J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge 237 110 1965  
142 502189 JHC-551 J.H. Coppedge & Company Barge 237 110 Jan-66 Later Mobro 551 1972, Mobro II
143 503465 Anne Marie Dillingham Overseas Corp. Towing Vessel 18 44 May-66  
144     Houdaille-Duval Co. Pontoon   8 Jul-65  
145     Houdaille-Duval Co. Pontoon   8 Jul-65  
146 502922 Proteus I Proteus Foods, Inc. Fishing Vessel 93 65 Apr-66 To Venezuela 1971
147 505355 Proteus III National Equipment Rental Fishing Vessel 93 65 Sep-66 To Venezuela 1971
148   Latex 69 Latex Construction Co. Barge   60 Sep-65  
149 506608 Mr. Lew John Fernandez Fishing Vessel 93 65 Dec-66 Later Nightstalker 1977, now Seven Kids
150 507047 Lady Marian Storter & McRae Shrimp Co. Fishing Vessel 93 65 Feb-67 Lost 1969 off Tortugas
151 508073 Donev Donevco, Inc. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Apr-67 Active
152 508715 White  Cloud Hamilton & White Fishing Vessel 96 65 May-67 NLD
153 509430 Bonnie Bonita Tam Bonita Shrimp, Inc. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Jul-67 Later Jo-Ann Maria 1979, Ponte Delgado, Kelly & Jennifer, now Kelly Marie
154 Export  Columbia International Caribbean Corp. Fishing Vessel 100 72 Sep-67  
155 513047 Lady Selita H.M. Hutton Fishing Vessel 96 65 Nov-67  
156 512995 Oak Ridge Gal A.A. Adams Fishing Vessel 96 65 Feb-68 To Honduras 1976
157 St. Maarten Columbia No. 2 International Caribbean Corp. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Mar-68  
158 St. Maarten Columbia No. 3 International Caribbean Corp. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Apr-68  
159 St. Maarten Columbia No. 5 International Caribbean Corp. Fishing Vessel 96 65 May-68  
160 515542 Lady Pearl International Oceanographic Corp. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Jul-68  
161 516021 Jonesville Gal International Oceanographic Corp. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Aug-68 To Panama 1974
162 516835 Lady Katrina International Oceanographic Corp. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Oct-68 To Panama 1974
163 St. Maarten Columbia No. 7 International Caribbean Corp. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Dec-68  
164 Guyana Guysea Darling I Guyana Seafoods Ltd. Fishing Vessel 104   Jan-69 To British registry 316438
165 517877 Calabash Girl Calabash Gal, Inc. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Dec-68 To Panama 1974
166 521909 Apollo IX Dover Trading Co. Inc. Fishing Vessel 96   Jul-69 To Brazil 1972
167 St. Maarten Columbia No. 8 International Caribbean Corp. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Jun-69  
168 524527 She-Don-Di Charles Prior  Fishing Vessel 96 65 Jan-70  
169 521822 Mobro II M.D. Moody & Sons Towing Vessel 25 44 Jul-69 Active
170 520058 Howard W Backus, Howard Towing Co. Towing Vessel 20 44 May-69 Active (Jamaica)
171 526931 Miss Lisa A. & J. Seafood Corp. Fishing Vessel 96 65 May-70 To Honduras 1972
172 Brazil Saturno IPECCA, Fortaleza  Fishing Vessel 96 65 Jan-71  
173 Brazil Urano IPECCA, Fortaleza  Fishing Vessel 96 65 Feb-71  
174 523960 Radrala I Raymond Dravo  Langenfelder Towing Vessel 20 44 Aug-69 Later Capt. Mike 1972, active
175 523961 Radrala II Raymond Dravo  Langenfelder Towing Vessel 20 44 Sep-69 Now Karen C
176 524342 Mercurio I Dover Foods of Texas, Inc  Fishing Vessel 142 75 Dec-69 NLD
177 523335 Margery Jane Ocean Industries Inc. Towing Vessel 20 44 Nov-69 NLD
178 Japan Flower No. 1 Kyokuyo Co. Ltd. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Apr-71  
179 Japan Flower No. 2 Kyokuyo Co. Ltd. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Apr-71  
180 Brazil Dourado Norte Pesca, Recife Fishing Vessel 96 65 Sep-71  
181 Brazil Tarpao   Norte Pesca, Recife Fishing Vessel 96 65 Oct-71  
182 Brazil Titanic IPECCA, Fortaleza  Fishing Vessel 96 65 Dec-71  
183 Brazil Dalila IPECCA, Fortaleza  Fishing Vessel 96 65 Aug-72  
184 Brazil Tufao IPECCA, Fortaleza  Fishing Vessel 96 65 Sep-71  
185 Brazil Sansao IPECCA, Fortaleza  Fishing Vessel 96 65 Feb-72  
186 Brazil Apache IPECCA, Fortaleza  Fishing Vessel 96 65 Jun-72  
187 Trinidad Columbia No. 9 Lucaship, Port of Spain Fishing Vessel 96 65 Jun-72  
188 Trinidad Columbia No.10 Lucaship, Port of Spain Fishing Vessel 96 65 Jun-72  
189 543326 Ringneck Johnson & Johnson Processors  Fishing Vessel 96 65 Oct-72 Later Gypsy Rose
190 545415 Cayenne Lita H & S Trawlers, Inc. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Jan-73 To France 1978
191 545414 Cayenne Karin H & S Trawlers, Inc. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Jan-73 Later Body Snatcher 1979, to Haiti 1981
192 Brazil Rasputin IPECCA, Fortaleza  Fishing Vessel 142 75 Jun-73  
193 Brazil Cossaca IPECCA, Fortaleza  Fishing Vessel 142 75 Jun-73  
194 553748 Columbus Express H & S Trawlers, Inc. Fishing Vessel 142 75 Dec-73 NLD
195 553749 0277 Park H & S Trawlers, Inc. Fishing Vessel 142 75 Nov-73 To Colombia
196 554963 Cayenne Julie Borden Inc. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Feb-74 Later Hot Dog 1978, now Capt Tommy
197 554964 Cayenne Sarita Borden Inc. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Feb-74 Later Yo-Yo 1978
198 556572 Cayenne Shirley Borden Inc. Fishing Vessel 96 65 May-74 Now Gloria Michelle, (owned by NOAA), active
199 556772 Cayenne Laura Borden Inc. Fishing Vessel 96 65 May-74 To France 1978
200 558405 Cayenne Deanne T Borden Inc. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Jul-74 To France 1978
201 559041 Cayenne Gracy M Borden Inc. Fishing Vessel 96 65 Sep-74 Later Little Star 1989
202 Brazil Espada Norte Pesca, Recife Fishing Vessel 96 65 Oct-74  
203 Brazil Marlin Norte Pesca, Recife Fishing Vessel 96 65 Dec-74  
204 Brazil Cayland Cayman Seafood Supplies Fishing Vessel 106 65 1975  
205 Honduras Capt. Zapata  D.R. Zapata, Bay Islands Fishing Vessel  96 65 1977  
206 Honduras Capt. Jimmy Merren & Miller, Bay Islands Fishing Vessel  96 65 1978  
207 582110 Jean G Gates Construction Corp.  Towing Vessel 20 44 May-77 Later Weeks 451, now Rick H.
208 608020 Miss Toby M/V Miss Toby Inc. Fishing Vessel 154 75 Jun-79 Now Mariette
209 590730 Miss Careilou Johnson & Johnson Processors  Fishing Vessel 96 65 Mar-78 Later Capt Adam Mikeal
210 596215 Gulf King 55 Herrndon Marine Fishing Vessel 98 65 Jul-78 To Costa Rica 1981
211 598591 Miss Diane George W. Huth Fishing Vessel 97 65 Oct-78 Later Ruth-Anne
212 604520 Garden State Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. Towing Vessel 25 43 Apr-79 NLD
213 Bahamas Half Moon Mama Rhoda Investment Fishing Vessel     Feb-79  
214 616709 Calypso II Defiant  Trawler Company Fishing Vessel 99 65 Jan-80 NLD
215 618211 Pan American II Modern Fleet Inc. Fishing Vessel 99 65 Mar-80 NLD
216 613985 Daniel Joncaire NY State Power Authority Towing Vessel 25 43 1979 Active
217 Ecuador Canopus Marine Mercante Guayaquil Towing Vessel   46 1980  
218                
219 Ecuador La Libertad Port Authority, La Libertad Towing Vessel   46 1980