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Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro CA

(formerly Southwestern Shipbuilding & Drydock Company)

Most recent update: January 20, 2014.


Southwestern Shipbuilding was established by Western Pipe & Steel in 1918 to build cargo ships for the U.S. Shipping Board.  Following the war effort, it was leased to Bethlehem Steel in 1921 as a repair yard and then sold to Bethlehem in 1925.  It was reactivated as a shipbuilder for WWII.  Wartime employment peaked at about 6,000.  After the war it reverted to ship repair and was sold to Southwest Marine in 1981: see it from the air on Google here.  There is some history at the web site of the Port of Los Angeles - here.

Hull # O.N. Name Owner Type Govt. Type # Tons Delivery Disposition

Built by Southwestern Shipbuilding

1 217373 West Carnifax USSB Cargo Ship EFC 1371 6,150 Jan-19 Later Exford 1928, Pan Royal 1930, in collision and lost 1943
2 217547 West Caruth USSB Cargo Ship EFC 1372 6,150 Feb-19 Later Exmoor 1923, Antonio Tripcovich 1924, Seisho Maru 1928, torpedoed and lost 1944
3 217709 West Catanace USSB Cargo Ship EFC 1373 6,150 Mar-19 Later Atlantic 1923, Theodore 1947, Archon 1951, scrapped 1952
4 217932 West Sequana USSB Cargo Ship EFC 1374 6,150 Apr-19 Later Golden Cloud 1928, Waimea 1938, Marcar 1950, Carmar 1952, Madelaine 1955, scrapped 1958
5 218027 West Cavanal USSB Cargo Ship EFC 1375 6,150 Jun-19 Later Edgar Bowling 1923, Texmar 1927, Irkutsk 1945, scrapped 1966
6 218322 West Cawthon USSB Cargo Ship EFC 1376 6,150 Jul-19 Later Empire Bison 1940, torpedoed and lost 1940
7 218614 West Cayote USSB Cargo Ship EFC 1377 6,150 Aug-19 Later Washington 1928, bombed and lost 1942
8 218323 West Chetac USSB Cargo Ship EFC 1378 6,150 Jul-19 Torpedoed and lost 1942
9 218732 West Inskip USSB Cargo Ship EFC 1379 6,000 Sep-19 Later Charcas 1926, Carreta 1940, Parita Sun 1947, scrapped 1953
10 218817 West Chicopee USSB Cargo Ship EFC 1380 6,000 Dec-19 Renamed Bakersfield, later Chagres 1941, Mirafjord 1947, San Salvatore 1950, scrapped 1953
11 219434 West Neris USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2206 6,000 Dec-19 Later Irish Oak 1941, torpedoed and lost 1943
12 219522 West Niger USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2207 6,000 Jan-20 Later Nevada 1938, wrecked 1932
13 219658 West Nilus USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2208 5,650 Mar-20 Sunk as breakwater at Normandy 1944
14 219937 West Niveria USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2209 5,650 Apr-20 Later Golden Coast 1928, Delawarean 1937, Empire Hawksbill 1940, torpedoed and lost 1942
15 220024 West Nomentum USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2210 5,650 May-20 Later Pennsylvania 1928, Pan 1947, Tanar 1949, in collision and sank 1959
16 220199 West Norranus USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2211 5,650 Jun-20 Later Pacific Pine 1926, Maine 1937, Lvov 1945, Istra 1951, scrapped 1958
17 220315 West Notus USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2212 5,650 Jul-20 Shelled and scuttled 1942
18 220527 West Numidia USSB Tanker EFC 2213 5,650 Aug-20 Renamed Hollywood, wrecked and lost 1945
19     USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2214     Cancelled
20     USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2215     Cancelled
21     USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2216     Cancelled
22     USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2217     Cancelled
23     USSB Cargo Ship EFC 2218     Cancelled
19 220900 Mary Luckenbach USSB Tanker EFC 2214 8,600 Dec-20 Later C. B. Watson 1936, Indiana 1947, Al Horreya 1954, Mansoura 1957, scrapped 1963
20 167850   Union Oil Barge      165 Apr-20  
21 221100 Montebello Union Oil Tanker     8,272 Mar-21 Torpedoed and lost 1941
22 221103 La Placentia Union Oil Tanker     8,272 Apr-21 Scrapped 1948
23 221691 La Purisima Union Oil Tanker     8,272 Oct-21 Later Taganrog 1943, Octorara 1944, La Purisima 1946, scrapped 1947
24 Dutch Scopas N.I.T.M. Tanker     5,900 Jul-21 Scrapped 1939
25 Dutch Silvanus N.I.T.M. Tanker     5,900 Aug-21 Later Papoose 1926 (ON 226583), torpedoed and lost 1942
26 Dutch Semiramis N.I.T.M. Tanker     5,900 Sep-21 Later Kyoko Maru 1943, torpedoed and lost 1943

Built by Bethlehem Steel

9001   Boyd US Navy Destroyer DD 544 2,050 8-May-43 To Turkey as Iskenderun (D 343) 1969, struck 1981
9002   Bradford US Navy Destroyer DD 545 2,050 12-Jun-43 To Greece as Thyella (D 28) 1962, struck 1981
9003   Brown US Navy Destroyer DD 546 2,050 10-Jul-43 To Greece as Navarinon (D 63) 1962, struck 1981
9004   Cowell US Navy Destroyer DD 547 2,050 23-Aug-43 To Argentina as Almirante Storni (D 24) 1971, struck 1982
9005     US Navy Destroyer DD 548 2,050   Cancelled 1940
9006     US Navy Destroyer DD 549 2,050   Cancelled 1940
9007   Kendrick US Navy Destroyer DD 612 1,620 12-Sep-42 Sunk as target 1968
9008   Laub US Navy Destroyer DD 613 1,620 24-Oct-42 Scrapped 1975
9009   MacKenzie US Navy Destroyer DD 614 1,620 21-Nov-42 Sunk as target 1974
9010   McLanahan US Navy Destroyer DD 615 1,620 19-Dec-42 Scrapped 1974
9011     US Navy Destroyer DD 616 1,620   Cancelled 1940
9012     US Navy Destroyer DD 617 1,620   Cancelled 1940
9013   Hopewell US Navy Destroyer DD 681 2,050 30-Sep-43 Sunk as target 1972
9014   Porterfield US Navy Destroyer DD 682 2,050 30-Oct-43 Target hulk 1976
9015   Callaghan US Navy Destroyer DD 792 2,050 27-Nov-43 Sunk by Japanese aircraft off Okinawa 1945
9016   Cassin Young US Navy Destroyer DD 793 2,050 31-Dec-43 Memorial in Charlestown MA 1981
9017   Irwin US Navy Destroyer DD 794 2,050 14-Feb-44 To Brazil as Santa Caterina (D 32) 1968, struck 1978
9018   Preston US Navy Destroyer DD 795 2,050 20-Mar-44 To Turkey as Icel (D 344) 1969, struck 1981
9019   Lowry US Navy Destroyer DD 770 2,200 23-Jul-44 To Brazil as Espirito Santo (D 38) 1973, struck 1995
9020   Lindsey US Navy Destroyer DD 771 2,200 20-Aug-44 DM 32, sunk as target 1972
9021   Gwin US Navy Destroyer DD 772 2,200 30-Sep-44 DM 33, to Turkey as Muavenet (DM 357) 1971, struck 1993
9022   Aaron Ward US Navy Destroyer DD 773 2,200 28-Oct-44 DM 34, scrapped 1946
9023   Hugh W. Hadley US Navy Destroyer DD 774 2,200 25-Nov-44 Scrapped 1947
9024   Willard Keith US Navy Destroyer DD 775 2,200 27-Dec-44 To Colombia as Caldas (D 02) 1972, struck 1977
9025   James C. Owens US Navy Destroyer DD 776 2,200 17-Feb-45 To Brazil as Sergipe (D 35) 1973, struck 1995
9026   Bristol US Navy Destroyer DD 857 2,200 17-Mar-45 To Taiwan as Hua Yang (D 988) 1969, struck 1993
9027   Fred T. Berry US Navy Destroyer DD 858 2,425 12-May-45 Scuttled 1972
9028   Norris US Navy Destroyer DD 859 2,425 9-Jun-45 To Turkey as Kocatepe (D 354) 1974, struck 1993
9029   McCaffery US Navy Destroyer DD 860 2,425 26-Jul-45 Scrapped 1974
9030   Harwood US Navy Destroyer DD 861 2,425 8-Sep-45 To Turkey as Kocatepe (D 354) 1971, sunk 1974
9031   Acoma US Navy

Yard Tug

YT 701 260 12-Mar-46 Struck 1985
9032   Arawak US Navy Yard Tug YT 702 260 12-Mar-46 Struck 1985
9033   Canarsee US Navy Yard Tug YT 703 260 16-Apr-46 Sold 1975
9034   Moratok US Navy Yard Tug YT 704 260 16-Apr-46 Sold 1985
9035   Pequawtek US Navy Yard Tug YT 705 260   Cancelled
9036   Wailaki US Navy Yard Tug YT 706 260   Cancelled
9037   Sanpoil US Navy Yard Tug YT 707 260   Cancelled
9038   Setauket US Navy Yard Tug YT 708 260   Cancelled
9039   Tocobaga US Navy Yard Tug YT 709 260   Cancelled
9040   Tonkawa US Navy Yard Tug YT 710 260   Cancelled