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Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans LA

Most recent update: February 1, 2014.


Avondale Shipyards was founded in 1938 as Avondale Marine Ways, in Westwego LA, on the west bank of the Mississippi river in New Orleans.  The original owners were James Viavant, Harry Koch and Perry Ellis.  Initially, the yard built tugs and barges but when the war effort started, it expanded to build small cargo ships for the Maritime Commission.  After the war, it expanded to its present site and to a repair yard on the Harvey Canal.  In 1959, the original owners sold it to Ogden Corporation for $14 million and it became Avondale Shipyards.  In 1985, Ogden sold it, together with a number of other Ogden interests, to an ESOP called Connell Partnership and the new group became Avondale Industries.  There were major clashes of personalities between the shipyard's management and Connell's management, however, and in 1987 the shipyard was spun off from the rest of the group as an ESOP called Avondale Industries.  The new company was then publicly traded until it was acquired by Litton Industries in 1999 and became Litton Ship Systems Avondale Operations.  At this point, the shipyard finally lost its long-running battle against the unionization of its workforce.  Litton was itself acquired by Northrop Grumman in 2001 and Avondale was integrated with Ingalls and became formally known as Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Avondale Operations.  In January 2008, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems was integrated with Newport News Shipbuilding as part of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.  In July 2010, Northrop Grumman announced its intention to close Avondale after it completed LPD 25, which was expected to be in late 2013.  In 2011, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding was spun off as Huntington Ingalls Industries, (HII), which confirmed the decision to close the yard after it completed LPD 25.  In October 2013, LPD 25 was delivered but the yard is still operating, doing fabrication  work for Ingalls.  It has been renamed Avondale Engineering and Construction and HII is trying to find commercial non-marine work for it.  By the end of 2013, employment was down to 644.  Visit the new company at www.hii-avondale.com and see the shipyard from the air on Google here

Avondale's hull numbers reached 2500, because most of its output was barges (including over 1000 LASH barges) and small vessels.  Boats and barges built by Avondale Marine Ways, in Westwego, were given numbers in the same series as the main yard.  Avondale Marine Ways closed in 1963 but was revived in 1988 as Avondale's Boats Division and the boats built there were given a new series of numbers.  Avondale also set up two remote yards in Gulfport MS, one to build MHCs, as follow yard to Intermarine USA , the other to build LCACs, as follow yard to Textron Marine Systems.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT (d=disp) Price ($mm) Delivered Disposition
1     Hardaway Construction Deck Barge     Oct-38  
2     J. R. McDermott Deck Barge     Nov-38  
3     J. R. McDermott Deck Barge     Nov-38  
4     J. R. McDermott Deck Barge     Nov-38  
5     J. R. McDermott Deck Barge     Nov-38  
6 na   Corps of Engineers Tank Barge     Mar-39  
7 na   Corps of Engineers Tank Barge     Mar-39  
8     L. M. Adams Deck Barge     Apr-39  
9     Federal Barge Lines Derrick Barge     Dec-39  
10 174673 Avon 600 Canal Barge Co. Tank Barge 487   Nov-39  
? 174596 C.B.C. No. 2 Canal Barge Co. Freight Barge 79   1939 Later BT-2
11 174626 Apalachee Coast Tptn. Co. Freight Barge 619   Jan-40  
12 174673 Colle 141 Colle Transportation Tank Barge 487   Feb-40 Later Avon 800
13 174797 C.B.C. No. 7 Canal Barge Co. Freight Barge 617   Jun-40  
14     H. C. Huffman Tug     Aug-40  
15     L. M. Adams Deck Barge     May-40  
16 174859 Manatee Coast Tptn. Co. Freight Barge 1,115   Aug-40  
17 240252 Chipola Coast Tptn. Co. Tug 117   Nov-40 Later A. J. Harper
18 240287 Merry Queen Merry Queen Corp. Tanker 420   Dec-40 Later YO-134 1942, Merry Queen 1946, Val T 1953, Pittston T 1964, Special T 1969
19 174980 C.B.C. No. 801 Canal Barge Co. Tank Barge 512   Jan-41 Later Petco 5, Tarheel
20 174961 C.B.C. No. 802 Canal Barge Co. Tank Barge 512   Jan-41  
21     Canal Barge Co. Tug     Jun-41  
22 175003 KE-16 Koch-Ellis Marine Tank Barge 512   Jun-41  
23     Koch-Ellis Marine Tank Barge     Jun-41  
24     Koch-Ellis Marine Tank Barge     Jun-41  
25 175366 Ochlocknee Coast Tptn. Co. Freight Barge 983   Jul-41  
26     Coast Tptn. Co. Freight Barge     Jul-41  
27   Chalmette No. 1 Chalmette Petroleum Tank Barge 655   Jul-41  
28     United Dredging Tug     Jul-41  
29 175294 No. 16 Standard Oil of KY Tank Barge 450   Aug-41  
30 175301 J C T No. 10 J. C. Tourne Tank Barge 450   Aug-41  
31 175449 J C T No. 11 J. C. Tourne Tank Barge 450   Aug-41  
32 175292 TJ-75 Thomas Jordan Tank Barge 655   1941 Later Esso Barge No. 243
33 240909 Russell 5 A. A. Morrison Towboat 114   Jul-41 Later Hard Cider
34 WAGL 63 Forsythia U.S. Coast Guard Tender 200   15-Feb-43 Later WLR 63, decommissioned 1977
35     Butcher Arthur Co. Barge     Jun-41  
  175578 C.B.C.  92 Canal Barge Co. Tank Barge 606   1942  
  175571 C.B.C.  93 Canal Barge Co. Tank Barge 606   1942  
  175607 C.B.C.  94 Canal Barge Co. Tank Barge 606   1942  
  175608 C.B.C.  95 Canal Barge Co. Tank Barge 606   1942  
  175609 C.B.C.  96 Canal Barge Co. Tank Barge 606   1942  
36     Dr. O. J. McMillan Shrimp Boat 68   Jan-46  
37 242021 Seguin U.S. Maritime Commission V4-M-A1 575 1,117   Jan-43 Scrapped 1976
38 242898 Sand Key U.S. Maritime Commission V4-M-A1 576 1,117   Mar-43 Scrapped 1977
39 243085 Sanibel Island U.S. Maritime Commission V4-M-A1 577 1,117   Apr-43 Scrapped 1972
40 243170 Sabine Pass U.S. Maritime Commission V4-M-A1 578 1,117   Apr-43 Scrapped 1978
41 243385 Libby Island U.S. Maritime Commission V4-M-A1 1011 1,117   Aug-43 Sold 1971, later Northern Retriever, scrapped
42 244162 St. Simon U.S. Maritime Commission V4-M-A1 1012 1,117   Sep-43 Scrapped 1977
43 244332 Petit Manan U.S. Maritime Commission V4-M-A1  1013 1,117   Oct-43 Scrapped 1976
44 244327 Burnt Island U.S. Maritime Commission V4-M-A1 1014 1,117   Oct-43 To Mexico 1969 as R 5, scrapped 1979
45   Allen H. Knowles U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 1615 1,885   Mar-44 To Poland 1944 as Kolno, Allen L. Knowles 1947, breakwater in NC 1984
46 245572 Charles Hull U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 1616 1,885   Apr-44 To Italy 1948 as Marechiaro, scrapped 1972
47 245797 George W. Tucker U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 1617 1,885   Jun-44 To the Philippines 1945, scrapped 1963
48 245960 E. C. Gardner U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 1618 1,885   Jun-44 To China 1946, scrapped
49 246031 William S. Colley U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 1619 1,885   Jul-44 To China 1946, wrecked and abandoned 1955
50 246028 Nathaniel Ingersoll U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 1620 1,885   Aug-44 To China 1946, scrapped
51 247446 Samuel S. Curwen U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 2542 1,885   Feb-45 To Britain 1945 as Northern Master, sold 1947, exploded and sank 1948
52   Josiah A. Mitchell U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 2543 1,885   Mar-45 To China 1947, scrapped
53   Charles Porter Low U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 2544 1,885   Apr-45 To Britain 1945 as Northern Traveller, sold 1947, scrapped 1966
54 247908 Richard W. Dixie U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 2545 1,885   May-45 To USA 1949, to USN 1951 as Cepheus (AK 265), scrapped 1960
55 248118 Charles McDonnell U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 2546 1,885   Jul-45 Scrapped 1964
56 248357 John B. Joyce U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 2547 1,885   Aug-45 To Italy 1948 as Sardegna, later Isola di Sardegna, scrapped 1968
57 248606 John Leckie U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 2548 1,885   Oct-45 Sold 1948 as Caribe, later Pensacola, foundered 1966
58 248734 Ephraim Harding U.S. Maritime Commission N3-S-A2 2549 1,885   Nov-45 To Italy 1948 as Belluno, scrapped 1970
59     Allen Marine Barge     Nov-44  
60     Allen Marine Barge     Nov-44  
61     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Jun-45  
62 na   U.S. Army Deck Barge     Apr-45  
63     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Aug-45  
64     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Aug-45  
65     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Aug-45  
66 176334 Harris No. 5 A. B. Harris & Co. Tank Barge 366   Jul-45 Later 522 N
67 176331 Harris No. 6 A. B. Harris & Co. Tank Barge 366   Jul-45  
68     Allen Marine Deck Barge     Jul-45  
69     Allen Marine Deck Barge     Jul-45  
70     Allen Marine Deck Barge     Jul-45  
71     Allen Marine Deck Barge     Jul-45  
72     Allen Marine Deck Barge     Jul-45  
73     Allen Marine Deck Barge     Jul-45  
74     Allen Marine Deck Barge     Jul-45  
75     Thomas Jordan & Co. Deck Barge     Oct-45  
76     Louis J. Walet Deck Barge     Sep-45  
77     Thomas Jordan & Co. Deck Barge     Oct-45  
78     Thomas Jordan & Co. Deck Barge     Oct-45  
79     Thomas Jordan & Co. Deck Barge     Oct-45  
80     Thomas Jordan & Co. Deck Barge     Oct-45  
81     Canal Barge Co. Deck Barge     Nov-45  
82     Canal Barge Co. Deck Barge     Nov-45  
83     Canal Barge Co. Deck Barge     Nov-45  
84     Canal Barge Co. Deck Barge     Nov-45  
85 170338 KE-19 Koch-Ellis Marine Tank Barge 458   Sep-45  
86 170339 KE-20 Koch-Ellis Marine Tank Barge 458   Sep-45  
87     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Nov-45  
88     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Nov-45  
89     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Nov-45  
90     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Nov-45  
91     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Nov-45  
92     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Nov-45  
93     J. J. Brainard Tank Barge     Nov-45  
94     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Nov-45  
95     Louisiana Materials Tank Barge     Oct-45  
96     Louisiana Materials Tank Barge     Oct-45  
97     Louisiana Materials Tank Barge     Oct-45  
98     Louisiana Materials Tank Barge     Oct-45  
99     Louisiana Materials Tank Barge     Oct-45  
100     A. G. Thomas Tank Barge     Sep-45  
101     A. G. Thomas Tank Barge     Sep-45  
102     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Nov-45  
103     Allen Marine Tank Barge     Nov-45  
104     H. L. Seabright Tank Barge     Dec-45  
105     Allen Marine Deck Barge     Sep-45  
106     Marine Welding & Scaling Deck Barge     Jan-46  
107     Allen Marine Deck Barge     Mar-45  
108     Texas Pacific Pile Driver Barge     Jan-46  
109     Freeport Sulphur Sulphur Barge     Feb-46  
110     Canal Barge Deck Barge 111   Dec-45  
111     Canal Barge Deck Barge 111   Dec-45  
112     Canal Barge Deck Barge 111   Dec-45  
113 176475 Barge No. 7 Superior Oil Dry/Tank Barge 196   Dec-45  
114     The California Co. Deck Barge 150   Dec-45  
115     Allen Marine Fishing Barge        
116     The California Co. Deck Barge 150   Dec-45  
117     The California Co. Deck Barge 150   Dec-45  
118     The California Co. Deck Barge 150   Dec-45  
  176359 Billy Hayes Hayes Barge Line Tank Barge 458   1945  
  176360 Jimmy Hayes Hayes Barge Line Tank Barge 458   1945  
  176386 PT-801 Producers Transport Tank Barge 458   1945  
  176387 PT-802 Producers Transport Tank Barge 458   1945  
  176411 PT-803 Producers Transport Tank Barge 458   1945  
  176400 GATCO 82 Gulf Atlantic Tptn. Tank Barge 462   1945 Later McAllister 102
  176423 707 Louisiana Materials Freight Barge 253   1945  
  176424 708 Louisiana Materials Freight Barge 253   1945  
  176445 709 Louisiana Materials Freight Barge 253   1945  
  176513 710 Louisiana Materials Freight Barge 253   1945 Later 275
  176514 711 Louisiana Materials Freight Barge 253   1945  
  176515 712 Louisiana Materials Freight Barge 253   1945  
  176521 G. R. Co. No. 315 Gulf Refining Launch 34   1945 Later G.O.C. 3027
  176522 G. R. Co. No. 316 Gulf Refining Launch 21   1945 Later G.O.C. 3028
  176523 G. R. Co. No. 317 Gulf Refining Launch 21   1945 Later G.O.C. 3029
  176540 G. R. Co. No. 320 Gulf Refining Launch 49   1945 Later BWW Swab Barge #2
119     Willams Dredging Dredge Hull     Feb-47  
120     Willams Dredging Dredge Hull     Feb-47  
121     Moline Consumers Dry/Tank Barge 153   Apr-46  
122     Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Dry/Tank Barge 153   Feb-46  
123     Moline Consumers Dry/Tank Barge 153   Apr-46  
124     Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Dry/Tank Barge 153   Feb-46  
125     Canal Barge Dry/Tank Barge 153   Feb-46  
126     Canal Barge Dry/Tank Barge 153   Feb-46  
127     Port Arthur Towing Dry/Tank Barge 153   Mar-46  
128     Louisiana Materials Dry/Tank Barge 253   Dec-45  
129 na   Productos Congelados Shrimp Boat 68   Jun-46  
130 na   Productos Congelados Shrimp Boat 68   Jun-46  
131 na   Productos Congelados Shrimp Boat 68   Jun-46  
132 na   Productos Congelados Shrimp Boat 68   Jun-46  
133 na   Productos Congelados Shrimp Boat 68   Jun-46  
134 na   Productos Congelados Shrimp Boat 68   Jun-46  
135 250236 Mauritania C. W. Drake Tuna Clipper 442   Aug-46  
136     Freeport Sulphur Drilling Barge     Apr-46  
137     Rathbone Land Work Boat     1946  
138     Canal Barge Dry/Tank Barge 153   Apr-46  
139     Canal Barge Dry/Tank Barge 153   Apr-46  
140 251119 Barge 14 Superior Oil Deck Barge 458   Oct-46  
141     Superior Oil Dry/Tank Barge 192   Oct-46  
142     Superior Oil Dry/Tank Barge 192   Oct-46  
143     Superior Oil Dry/Tank Barge 192   Oct-46  
144 na   Productos Congelados Shrimp Boat 68   Jul-46  
145 na   Productos Congelados Shrimp Boat 68   Jul-46  
146 176727 Barre Union Producing Deck Barge 139   Mar-46  
147 176279 Lirette Union Producing Deck Barge 139   Mar-46  
148 250688 Paramount Edward Madruga Tuna Clipper 448   Oct-46 Foundered 1982
149 250944 Sun Hilarita Peter Bullen Tuna Clipper 448   Nov-46 Later Jo Linda, deleted 1969
150     Union Oil of CA Work Boat 19   May-46  
151     Rathbone Land Work Boat     Jun-46  
152 na   Prod. Marinas de Guaymas Shrimp Boat 68   Sep-46  
153 250694 Charles Z. Crain Charles Crain Shrimp Boat 68   Oct-46 Later Lazy Lobo
154 na   Prod. Marinas de Guaymas Shrimp Boat 68   Nov-46  
155 na   Prod. Marinas de Guaymas Shrimp Boat 68   Nov-46  
156     Avondale Stock Shrimp Boat 68   Nov-46  
157   Sun Jason Peter Bullen Tuna Clipper 448   Mar-47 Later Redonda, Jeanna Lynn, foundered 1980
158   305-028 Louisiana DoT Ferry Barge 87   Dec-46  
159   305-029 Louisiana DoT Ferry Barge 87   Dec-46  
160   305-030 Louisiana DoT Ferry Barge 87   Dec-46  
161   305-031 Louisiana DoT Ferry Barge 87   Dec-46  
162   305-032 Louisiana DoT Ferry Barge 87   Dec-46  
163 250628 3 James R. Ayers Freight Barge 87   Sep-46  
164     Standard Oil of KY Pontoon     Sep-46  
165     Standard Oil of KY Pontoon     Sep-46  
166     Jones Lumber Derrick Barge     Oct-46  
167     Louisiana DoH Barge     Oct-46  
168     Superior Oil Tank Barge 209   Nov-46  
169     Superior Oil Tank Barge 209   Nov-46  
170     Hugh Hawthorne Work Boat     Nov-46  
171     Freeport Sulphur Dredge     Jan-48  
172     Avondale  Dry Dock     Jan-47  
173     Marine Scaling Pontoon     Dec-46  
  257750 Grand Lake Superior Oil Crew Boat 69   1946  
174 252992 Caribbean McWilliams Dredging Dredge 1,785   Oct-47  
175 na   Creole Petroleum Dry/Tank Barge 192    Feb-47 To Venezuela
176 na   Creole Petroleum Dry/Tank Barge 192    Feb-47 To Venezuela
177 na   Creole Petroleum Dry/Tank Barge 192    Feb-47 To Venezuela
178 na   Creole Petroleum Dry/Tank Barge 192    Feb-47 To Venezuela
179     Marine Welding Work Barge     Jan-47  
180     Standard Oil of NJ Dry/Tank Barge 192   Apr-47  
181     Standard Oil of NJ Dry/Tank Barge 192   Apr-47  
182     Standard Oil of NJ Flying Bridge      Jun-47  
183     Standard Oil of NJ Flying Bridge      Jun-47  
184     Standard Oil of NJ Flying Bridge      Jun-47  
185     Standard Oil of NJ Flying Bridge      Jun-47  
186     Standard Oil of NJ Flying Bridge      Jun-47  
187     Standard Oil of NJ Flying Bridge      Jun-47  
188     Standard Oil of NJ Flying Bridge      Jun-47  
189     Standard Oil of NJ Flying Bridge      Jun-47  
190     Standard Oil of NJ Flying Bridge      Jun-47  
191     Standard Oil of NJ Flying Bridge      Jun-47