UNIVERSAL IRON WORKS

Houma LA

Most recent update: June 23, 2021.

Universal Iron Works was started in the 1950s by Ronnie Trosclair, in a location on Bayou Terrebonne.  It prospered and expanded in 1975 by adding a second yard at 3201 Earhart Drive, on the south side of the GIWW, immediately to the west of the Prospect Boulevard bridge.  This address is the same as that used by Quality Equipment - later Quality Shipyards - which built boats there from 1969 through 2011.  Universal and Quality apparently shared this facility between 1969 and 1982.  How did that work?  If anyone can tell me more or add to the table below, please e-mail timcolton@aol.com.
Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
  276368 Peggy John W. Whitty, Jr.  Tug 62 58 1957 Built at Golden Meadow ?, later Capt. Mark, Capt. Allen, Capt. Mark, laid up 2014
  280793 Samson Mary R. Towing Co. Tug 57 59 1960 Creole Bayou, out of service 2014
  282120 Enterprise Enterprise Towing Co Tug 57 52 1960  
  282273 Geronimo Gracien Cheramie Tug 67 55 1960 Later Dwayne G, Tommy Crosby, to Guyana flag
  282356 Kenneth L LeBoeuf Boat Rentals Tug 70 59 1960  
  282670 Roncal Ronald J. Ortego Tug 43 48 1960 Later Blanche Marie, inactive 2020
  283090 Janiece Leonard Chitty Tug 56 52 1960 Later Stephanie Chouest, inactive 2016
  283739 Five B's Bertheney N. Barrois Tug 65 56 1960 To Venezuela flag 1992
  286896 Gad    Numa J. Guidry Tug 45 49 1961  Later Cody Cenac, M.T.V. Cenac, Endurance, Cody C, Randi Girl, laid up 2020
  288314 Jason L LeBoeuf Boat Rentals Tug 83 60 1962 Inactive 2014
  288919 Uncle Bill William J. Cenac, Jr. Tug 71 58 1962 Later Linda Fisher, NLD 2019
  289558 Uncle Bud Irvin J. LeBouef Tug 71 58 1962 Later Houma, Watergate, Houma, Shaun B, Nautilus, Leslie, to Trinidad flag ~1990
  291526 Herb S Herb S Inc Towboat 71 59 1963 To Venezuela flag 1991
  291657 J 3 Jack Polk Tug 37 48 1963 NLD 1992
  292953 Mattie-S Mattie-S Inc. Passenger 88 61 1963 Later La Jean-Pierre, NLD 2008
  295277 Cullen S Cullen S Inc OSV 97 84 1964 To St Vincent flag 1995
50 295509 Devon Twenty Grand Marine Service Tug  40 47 1964 Later Miss Vanessa, J D Stapp, inactive 2014
  296217 Durham Luguaris, Inc. Push 61 52 1964 Active
  296912 A J Dupré   Alexander Dupré Towing Co. Tug 42 48 1964 Later Mr Petch, now River Lady
55 297237 Florence S Florence S. Inc.  OSV 97 84 1964 NLD 1994, abandoned in Lafitte LA
  297723 Miss Margie Wiltz Leblanc & Son Boat Rental OSV 97 84 1966 NLD 1984
  298236 Glenn Sue Guidry & Gisclair, Inc. OSV 99 96 1965 To Haiti flag as freighter, later Venezuelan flag
  298567 Capt Val Western Diesel Services, Inc. Towboat 54 48 1965 Now Bruce Gibson
57 298993 Carolina Sanford Brothers Boats Inc. Tug 190 79 1965 Later Challenger, sank 1987
59 298912 Santa Gertrudis Luguaris, Inc. Tug 108 69 1965 Now Bearcat
60 500031 Three M 1 Three-M No 1, Inc. OSV 95 93 1965 Later Paul S, St. Innocent (Honduran flag)
  500284 Alan C C & G Marine Service Inc OSV 95 93 1965 NLD 1983
62 500825 Three M 2 Three-M No II, Inc. OSV 95 93 1965 Later Ocean Explorer, Tortuga Diver, now dive boat Bahamas Master (Bahamas flag)
63 501065 Mary C C & G Transportation Inc. OSV 95 93 1965 NLD 1983
64 299403 Red Shindi Tidewater Marine Services Tug 108 69 1965 Later Marine S, now Terri L. Brusco
65 501532 Charbray Tidewater Marine Services Tug 108 69 1965  To Venezuelan flag 1970 as Rio Caroni, scuttled 2001
  501895 Ocean Queen Ocean Queen Inc.  OSV 95 93 1965 NLD 1996
68 502159 Macao Montco Inc. OSV 95 93 1965 Later Abdon J Callais, Mr B, to Venezuela flag 1993
  502286 Moonmaid Moonmaid Marine Inc. OSV 95 93 1966 Later Sham B, Bay Lady, NLD 1997
  502888 El Leon Grande Twenty Grand Marine Service Tug 122 77 1966 Later Rio Motatan (Venezuelan flag), sank 2000
  502953 Gilbert C Gilbert Cheramie OSV 95 93 1966 Later Seth (Venezuelan flag)
  503292 El Venado Grande Twenty Grand Marine Service Tug 122 77 1966 Later Rio Yaracuy  (Venezuelan flag), now Tammy (Panama flag)
  504063 Maracaibo Dotco Inc. OSV 95 93 1966 Later Lady Erica, BCS Mariner, to French flag, later Sea Bull (Trinidad flag)
  504608   Houma Offshore Boat Rentals Inc OSV 95 93 1966 Later Lady Joyce, NLD 1984
75 505240 El Mulo Grande Twenty Grand Marine Service Tug  167 88 1966 Later Susan W, now Hispaniola (Dominican flag)
76 505143 Nan Tugboat Nan, Inc. Tug 93 69 1966 Now Tatum Ann
  505702 Capt Ace Maurice Viator OSV 95 93 1966 To Trinidad/Tobago flag 1998
  506443 Maco Dotco Inc. OSV 95 93 1966 Later Lady Tonya, Major Joe, to Venezuela flag 1996
  506468 Norma G C & G Marine Services Inc OSV 95 93 1966 NLD 1982
  506854 Dolores C C & C Boat Rentals OSV 95 93 1967 Later C-Truc 2, Line Runner, NLD 1987
82 507102 Genina W.B. Kornegay OSV 95 93 1967 Later Jamaica, now Summer of George
84 509028 Brown Swiss Twenty Grand Marine Service Tug 50 47 1967 Now Big John
  510070 El Sello Grande Twenty Grand Marine Service Tug 148 95 1967 Now Iraj (Iranian flag)
87 515186 Expediter    Olin Revere Realty Co.  Towboat 77 56 1968 Later Expeditor, Expediter, laid up 2012
  517715 Ralph N Blue Water International Inc OSV 95 93 1968 Later Michael C, to Panama flag 1986
  518545 Ocean Clipper Bayou Boat Rentals inc. OSV 95 93 1969 Later Clipper, BCS Clipper, Clipper, now St. Jude
  520458 Ward N Blue Water Interrnational II Inc Crew 89 62 1969 Later Rounder, NLD 1982, but seen as Magic at Miami 1997
90 524008 El Burro Grande Twenty Grand Marine Service Tug 183 110 1969 Later Allie B, Crosby Eagle, laid up 2015
91 523102 Red Angus Twenty Grand Marine Service Towboat 50 47 1969 Later Katie Lee, Brenda Ann, laid up 2020
  526013 Leopold T Dotco Inc. OSV 95 93 1970 Later Royal Alliance, Sonnie C, OCS Dallas, NLD 2005
93 526619 Red Dane Twenty Grand Marine Service Towboat 50 47 1970 Later Marine Ruby, sunk 2006, raised but probably not returned to service
 94 527355 Kyloe Twenty Grand Marine Service Towboat 50 47 1970 Later Marine Pearl, laid up 2010
 95 528051 Kerry Twenty Grand Marine Service Tug 93 60 1970 Later Ora Lee, Capricorn II, now Cory Michael
96 528724 Sussex Twenty Grand Marine Service Tug 93 60 1970 To BVI flag 1999
 97 531770 Big Al C & G International Inc. OSV 95 93 1971 To Honduran flag 1987 
98 533163 Fairview Fairview Marine Service Inc OSV 97 93 1971 Later Whiskey Charlie, Aries, Aries Crewboat 1 (Venezuelan flag)
103 537794 Dominic T Theriot Brothers Marine Service OSV 97 93 1972 Later Miss Noris II, 100NS9301 ("UR 93"), Seattle Marine Educator, Charles A. Kane, now Surveyor
  540016 Miss Adreianne Callais and Callais Boat Rentals OSV 76 94 1972 Later Miss Adrienne, Mr. Roy, M/V Roy, NLD 2001
105 542293 Mr. Wiltz Wiltz Corp. OSV 96 93 1972 Later K-G, A'Ukai, Traveler, Hana Moku, now Ocean Cat
106 543064 Miss Shirley Bect Offshore Service OSV 97 93 1972 Later Sea Lion V, Lady Patience, to Panama flag
107 543973 Capt H A McCall Cameron Crew Boats Inc OSV 76 94 1972 Now John Parrish
108 544947 Ron Marc Callais and Gisclair Inc. OSV 76 94 1972 Later Lizzie Beth, now Imeri (Belize flag)
109 545734 Victoria Callais Triangle Marine Inc OSV 76 94 1973 To Bahamas flag as salvage vessel 1993
  546424 Itco X Itco X Inc. OSV 76 94 1973 To Panama flag as Mark One, later Peggy C, Ocean Princess 1, Seabulk Seahorse, Atoosa (Iran flag)
  547180 Dorine Eymard Eymard Towing OSV 76 94 1973 Later Wayne M, Fidalgo, inactive 2019
112 547927 Offshore Surveyor Survey Boats Inc Survey 76 94 1973 Later Cal Diver IV,  Mr. Joe, Mr. Jay, now Green Knight
114 550322 Lorraine G A & A Boats, Inc OSV 76 94 1973 to Bahamas Flag ~1992
116 552294 Cliff Eserman Bect Offshore Service OSV 76 94 1973 Later Shan-Dav, David Adams, Reliable, NLD 2013
117 552646 Joyce C C & C Boat Rentals OSV 76 94 1973 To Nicaragua flag 1995
118 553458 Linda R C & C Boat Rentals OSV 76 94 1973 Later Martech Bettye, Ocean Inspector II, Lee Adams, to St. Vincent flag 2010
119 554593 Gladys McCall Gladys McCall Inc. OSV 98 105 1974 To Antarctic flag (?)
120 556502 Lil John W & HL Corp. OSV 99 105 1974 Later American Liberty, to Panama flag
121 557290 Mitchell T    Theriot Bros. Inc. OSV 76 94 1974 Later Ben Ross, Jambon Supplier II, Seaops I, now Sir Gawain
122 558281 Nicole Martin American Equipment Leasing OSV 99 104 1974 Later BB II, Int'l Contender, Contender, NLD 2016
123 559510 Tracy Martin Martin Offshore Boats Inc.  OSV 99 104 1974 Later Audrey C, Shane C, Carly S
124 562590 Nan II Tugboat Nan, Inc. Tug 154 90 1974 Later King’s Charger, Walter J Oubre, American Pride, Betty R. Gambarella, Elizabeth C
125 561744 Brandi Eymard Eymard Towing Towboat 103 57 1974 Latr Creole Julie, now Theresa B
126 563520 Richard B Louisiana Tugs Inc.  Tug  137 81 1975 Now Rosario P
127 563572 Howard Eymard Eymard Towing Towboat 103 57 1975 Later Tina Bordelon, Janet Dyess, Capt Jessie Rushing, Laura Banta, now Fourth Quarter
128 564995 Blake T    Theriot Bros. Inc.  OSV 76 94 1975 Later Rhett Max, Jambon Supplier I, Supplier I, NLD 2012
131 567091 Marine Surveyor Survey Boats Inc.  Survey 98 104 1975 To Honduras flag 1992
132 569814 Nan III Tugboat Nan III Inc Tug 125 81 1975 Later Big Brute, Sea Hawk, Sound Eagle, Delta Trooper , now Lucinda Smith
134 568573 Riverside Triangle Marine Inc OSV 98 104 1975 Later Gulf Marine II, Katie Grace, to St. Vincent flag 2020
135 587490 Capt Bud Quality Shipyards Towboat 11 25 1976 Active
136 570518 Philip Alan McCall Philip Alan McCall Inc. OSV 98 104 1976 Later Gulf Marine III, Miss Kaleigh, NLD 2007
137 569682 Emelie C G & B Marine Trans. Inc. OSV 99 104 1975 Later Epic Endeavor, Endeavor, now Mr Dino
138 571403 Celeste G & B Marine Trans. Inc. OSV 99 104 1976 Later Quinn River, NLD 2006
139 572841 Miss Jane  J W Operating Co. OSV 99 105 1976 Later M/V Tristen, Tristen, Int’l Mission, Croatian, now Amber Anne
  575006 Madam Queen Floatation Marine Services Inc OSV 99 104 1976 Later Richland, to Congo flag 1995
142 576513 Skippin' Sue Skippin Sue Inc. OSV 99 105 1976 Active
  577543 Donnie Dirk Callais Offshore Inc OSV 98 104 1976 NLD 1995, to Venezuelan flag
144 578179 Katrina G Gisclair Marine Service OSV 76 94 1976 Later Richard B, Q.B., NLD 2012
145 578813 Luckland Moonmaid Marine Inc. OSV 98 104 1976 Later Sea Witch, now Two Brothers
146 580242 Lucky Queen Floatation Marine Services Inc OSV 99 104 1977 Later Magnolia, NLD 1996
  579411 Kip 1 Kip Plaisance Offshore Inc.  OSV 97 87 1977 Later Chris B, Marlin, Abou Ali (Egyptian flag), to Palau flag 2014
147 586452 Melena Theriot Theriot Offshore Marine Inc. Supply 190 155 1977 Later Snow River, Savannah River, NLD 2015
148 582365 Atlantic Surveyor Survey Boats Inc.  Survey 98 104 1977 Active
149 587507 Joyce McCall McCall's Boat Rentals Inc. OSV 98 113 1977 Later Joyce McCall, Jimbo, now GIS-Leonce
150 591621 Emeline Theriot Theriot Cargo Boats Inc.  Supply 190 1555 1978 Later Columbia River, Miami River, Medomak River (Peruvian flag)
151 589062 Mister Gil G & B Marine Trans. Inc. OSV 94 111 1977 Now Henry T
152 590074 Mr Thomas G & B Marine Trans. Inc. OSV 94 111 1978 For auction 2004, no further information
153 593339 Ms Jane A & A Boats, Inc OSV 88 111 1978 Inactive 2007
154 595572 Russ A & A Boats, Inc OSV 88 111 1978 Later Tony G, inactive, sold online 2015
155 604486 Leopold Theriot Theriot Bros. Boat Rental Supply 190 155 1979 Later Wind River, Rain River, UM Marine I, Top Fenders 1,now African Princess 1 (Togo flag)
156 597352 Lil Al   A M C Boats Inc.  OSV 88 111 1978 Later Cajun I, Mia Maloy, now Twister III (Panamanian flag)
157 598829 Chad G Guilbeau Marine Inc OSV 88 111 1978 Later Explorer, now Jambon Explorer (Nigerian flag)
158 601829 Global Surveyor Survey Boats Inc.  Survey 97 112 1979 Later Global Diver 122, Sea Leopard, scrapped 2012
159 606709 Brian Paul Gilco Supply Boats OSV 94 114 1979 Now Mr. Phil
160 616274 Scott Theriot Nolty J Theriot   Supply 193 155 1980 Later Sea Level No. 21, Four Point Pony, Mr Sonny, Citation, now RMS Citation
161 608662 Maloy G. Phil Guilbeau Offshore Inc. OSV 88 111 1979 To Panamanian flag ~2005
162 610658 Cecelia C Gilco Supply Boats OSV 94 114 1979 Now Chris R
164 617891 El Topografo Survey Boats Inc.  Survey 94 111 1980 Later Joe Thornton, Max Cheramie, now Nikola
165 624763 Miss Celeste J W Operating Co. OSV 99 11 1980 Later Davenport, to Honduran flag 1997
168 619211 Marc C A M C Marine Service Inc.  OSV 92 111 1980 Inactive 2020
169 613100 Todd Guilbeau Offshore  OSV 89 111 1979 Now Ms Taylor
170 620862 Noonie G. Guileau Marine Inc OSV 92 111 1980 Active as cargo vessel
171 623308 Alicia Sue Alicia Sue Inc. OSV 99 104 1980 To Dominican flag 2012
172 627510 Universal Surveyor Survey Boats Inc.  Survey 94 111 1980 Now M/V Sunshine or JTI Sunshine (Nigerian flag)
173 626665 Senator Apollo Marine Tptn. Tug 99 70 1980 Later Anna M Boudreaux, Rebel Eagle, Delta Magic, Miss Chrissy, Bayou Bull, Evangeline Rose, laid up 2020
174 630052 Adrienne Callais Callais & Callais Boat Rentals Inc. OSV 97 105 1980 NLD 2002
175 630995 Lance Callais & Callais Boat Rentals Inc. OSV 97 105 1981 Later St. Marys Express, to Belize flag, later Venezuelan 
176 632056 Victoria Callais Callais & Callais Boat Rentals Inc. OSV 97 105 1981 Later Miss Josie, inactive
177       OSV 97 112 1981 Later Atco Sariya, Seamax Sariya (Panamanian flag), now Omeed
178  637873 Geodetic Surveyor Survey Boats Inc Survey 95 111 1981 NLD 2000
179 641321 Louis J J-W Marine Co. OSV 99 104 1981 Later Avoca, Int'l Pride, GIS Pride, Pride
181 651382 Dosgris Quality Shipyards Barge 807 130 1982 Now Mr. Leroy
184 646846 L'Arpenteur Survey Boats Inc Survey 99 112 1982 Wrecked and sank in Gulf of Mexico 2005
186 651716 Pouldeau Quality Shipyards Barge 807 130 1982 Later Poule d'Eau, now Mr. Norris
192 653322 Medeia Survey Boats Inc Survey 129 105 1982 Active