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Craig Shipbuilding, Long Beach CA

(Craig Shipbuilding [1907-1914], California Shipbuilding [1914-1918], Long Beach Shipbuilding [1918-1921], Craig Shipbuilding [1922-1939], Consolidated Steel [1939-1945] and Long Beach Marine Repair [1939-1970])

Most recent update: January 6, 2015.


In 1906, John F. Craig moved from Toledo OH, where he and his father had been building ships for many years, to Long Beach CA.  There he established a new Craig Shipbuilding Company on the south side of Channel 3, where Pier 41 is today.  By doing this, he became the first tenant of the Port of Long Beach and consolidated this position by also becoming the new port's dredging contractor.  When World War I loomed, Craig sold his yard to a new organization, California Shipbuilding Company, and started another operation next door, which he called Long Beach Shipbuilding Company, designed for the construction of cargo ships.  Meanwhile, California Shipbuilding, which had taken over Craig Shipbuilding's contracts for two submarines and a lighthouse tender and which had secured contracts in its own name for six additional submarines, began experiencing difficulties, so Craig bought back his original yard and began operating both yards as one company under the Craig Shipbuilding name.  This company continued in business after the war, primarily as a ship repair yard, but also building a number of yachts for local customers.  Then, when the U.S. Maritime Commission began its shipbuilding program in 1939, Craig leased the Long Beach Shipbuilding yard to Consolidated Steel Corporation, which used it to build merchant ships, and concentrated on repair and conversion projects in the original yard.  After the war, the Consolidated yard closed, while the Craig yard continued, under the name Long Beach Marine Repair, until about 1970.  Note that the hull numbers used by the Craigs in Long Beach were a continuation of the series they had used in Toledo and elsewhere, going back to John Craig's very first ship, built in 1864.  And, although Consolidated Steel started two more large shipyards and at least two small yards, they too continued the same series. 

Hull # Off. # Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Delivery Disposition
Built by Craig Shipbuilding Company
108 169408 C. H. Windham Western Marine Dredging Suction Dredge 286 1908 Later Windham 1926
109 206532 Virgil G. Bogue Western Pacific R.R. Co. Tug 170 1909  
110     Standard Oil Co. Tank Barge   1909  
---     Craig Shipbuilding Co. Floating Dock 3,500 1911  
111 208259 General Hubbard Hubbard Steamship Co. Psgr. Cargo 2,183 Jan-11 Later Sagatind 1916, wrecked 1931
112 208500 Navajo Western Steam Nav. Co.  Psgr. Cargo 2,755 Nov-11 Burnt 1917
113     Los Angeles Submarine Boat Co. Submarine 75 ft. Jun-13 Experimental submarine, sunk, raised and scrapped 1916
114 210374 Camino Western Steam Nav. Co. Psgr. Cargo 3,308 Aug-12 Later City of Wilmington 1916, burnt 1918
115 210812 Paraiso Long Beach Steamship Co.  Psgr. Cargo 1,383 Dec-12 Later Florence Olson (AG 44) 1923, Malanao 1942, scrapped 1946
116 210948 Grace Dollar Dollar Steamship Co. Cargo Ship 1,327 Feb-13 Later Admiral Wainwright 1918, Agnes Dollar 1921, Mary E. Moore 1923, foundered 1927
117 211338 Edgar H. Vance Hammond Lumber Co. Cargo Ship 2,521 Jul-13 Later Liff 1916, sunk by gunfire 1917
118 212017 Alvarado Pacific Transport Co. Cargo Ship 1,522 Mar-14 Wrecked 1945
119   Holland   Clamshell Dredge   1913  
120 169398 J. E. Upson California Delta Farms Suction Dredge 547 1913 Later Miami 1926
121 Federal L-6 (SS 45) US Navy Submarine 456 7-Dec-17 Completed by California SB, scrapped 1925
122 Federal L-7 (SS 46) US Navy Submarine 456 7-Dec-17 Completed by California SB, scrapped 1925
123 Federal Cedar (WAGL 207) US Coast Guard Buoy Tender 1,890 30-Jun-17 Completed by California SB, sold 1955
Built by California Shipbuilding Company
124 Federal O-14 (SS 75) US Navy Submarine 491 1-Oct-18 Completed by MINSY, scrapped 1930
125 Federal O-15 (SS 76) US Navy Submarine 491 27-Aug-18 Completed by MINSY, scrapped 1930
126 Federal O-16 (SS 76) US Navy Submarine 491 1-Aug-18 Completed by MINSY, scrapped 1930
      US Navy Submarine     Cancelled
      US Navy Submarine     Cancelled
      US Navy Submarine     Cancelled
Built by Long Beach Shipbuilding Company
124 216304 Silverado US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,298 May-18 To USA as cable ship, scrapped 1948
125 216615 Eldorado US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,180 Jul-18 Later Gyoryu Maru 1942, mined and sunk 1945
126 217694 Wallingford US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,256 Mar-19 Later Limoges 1940, Prado 1948, scrapped 1960
127 216995 Ozaukee US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 4,045 Nov-18 Scrapped 1929
128 217205 Oshkosh US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 3,961 Nov-18 Scrapped 1929
129 217374 Magunkook US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 3,899 Jan-19 Later Carriso 1923, Nikolina Matkovic 1937, torpedoed and lost 1942
130 218254 West Kasson US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,937 Jun-19 Later Cuzco 1926, Camoria 1940, torpedoed and lost 1942
131 218674 West Keene US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,600 Aug-19 Scrapped 1947
132 218893 West Katan US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,656 Sep-19 Later San Simeon 1930, Tai An 1947, scrapped 1958
133 219435 Vinita US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,411 Mar-20 Later Eleanor Christenson 1926, De Soto 1938, Pan-Atlantic 1938, bombed and sunk 1942
134 219333 Haleakala US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,958 Dec-19 Missing 1926
135 219938 West Keats US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,661 Apr-20 Later San Vicente 1929, scrapped 1960
136 220316 West Kebar US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,620 Dec-20 Torpedoed and lost 1942
137 220317 West Kedron US Shipping Board Cargo Ship 5,620 Jul-20 Later Empire Eland 1940, torpedoed and lost 1941
138     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
139     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
140     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
141     US Shipping Board Cargo Ship     Cancelled
142 220556 Edythe John F. Craig Yacht 186 Dec-20 Later Melodie
143 219607 Mazatlan Swayne & Hoyt Cargo Ship 987 Feb-20 Later San Diegan 1937, scrapped 1952
144 220183 Domingo Nazabal I Cuban Owners Psgr. Cargo 1,050 Apr-20 Later Mauna Loa 1924, to USN 1942 as YHB 10, scrapped 1949
145 220754 Casco California Mexican SS Co. Cargo Ship 328 Feb-21 Later Kailua 1923, Western Trader 1941, Baranof 1942, Western Trader 1948, scrapped 1970
Built by Craig Shipbuilding Company
146   Craig No. 1 Craig Shipbuilding (Calif)  Barge   1922  
147 223204 Curtiscor T. W. Johnson Tug 126 1923  
148 223529 John F. Craig Craig Shipbuilding (Calif)  Tug 130 1923 Later H. T. Haviside, Ellen Murphy, Magic 1977, Active 2005, Active Pass 2006
149 224905 Georganna Craig Shipbuilding (Calif) Yacht 86 1925 Later Gloria Dalton, to USN 1942 as IX 70, returned to owner 1946
150       Replica   1929 Replica sailing ship for movie industry
151 229467 Infanta John Barrymore Yacht 253 1930 Later Thea Foss
152 229851 Endymion Donald W. Douglas Yacht 38 1930  
153 230891 Velero III Capt. Alan Hancock Yacht 749 1931 To USN 1941 as Chalcedony (PYc 16), scrapped 1946
154 231094 Samona II Willitts J. Hole Yacht 350 1931 To USN 1940 as Amethyst (PYc 3), sold 1946 as Samona II, later Pudlo, Explorer
155 234117 Geoanna George L. Craig Trust Yacht 122 1934  
Built in Long Beach by Consolidated Steel
156 241002 Agwimonte U.S. Maritime Commission C1-B 6,679 Sep-41 Torpedoed and lost off South Africa 1943
157 241136 Agwiprince U.S. Maritime Commission C1-B 6,679 Nov-41 Troopship 1944, scrapped 1965
158 241170 Alcoa Pennant U.S. Maritime Commission C1-B 6,679 Dec-41 Scrapped 1965
159 241288 Alcoa Polaris U.S. Maritime Commission C1-B 6,679 Feb-42 Troopship 1944, scrapped 1965
206   Doyen U.S. Maritime Commission P1-S2-L2  4,351d May-43 To USN 1943 as APA 1, to Mass. Maritime 1961 as Bay State, sold 1973
207   Feland U.S. Maritime Commission P1-S2-L2  4,351d Jun-43 To USN 1943 as APA 11, scrapped 1964
238 242961 Cape Trinity U.S. Maritime Commission C1-B 6,711 May-43 Scrapped 1972
277 243645 Cape Sandy U.S. Maritime Commission C1-B 6,711 Jul-43 Sold 1947, scrapped 1970
278 243643 Cape Friendship U.S. Maritime Commission C1-B 6,709 Aug-43 Scrapped 1970