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Cramp Shipbuilding, Philadelphia PA

Most recent update: September 3, 2014.


William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company was a major shipbuilder with a very distinguished but also very uneven history, going back to the 1820s.  It was bought by Averell Harriman's American Ship & Commerce Corporation in 1919 and closed in 1927.  The yard stretched from Norris Street to Lehigh Avenue, on nearly a quarter of a mile of water-front and over 30 acres.  It was revived for the WWII effort, with the encouragement of the Navy, which provided $22mm toward the cost, but with only limited success.  Cramp Shipbuilding closed permanently after the war ended.  See the site from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type Tons Delivery Disposition
    Elizabeth   Sloop   1826  
    Sampson   Tug   1846  
    Aspinwall   Tug   1847  
    War Eagle   Pungy   1848  
    Lehigh   Tug 153 1849  
    Caroline   Passenger   1849  
35   Albatross   Passenger 661 1851  
    Stilwell S. Bishop   Clipper   1851  
56   Mount Savage   Collier 452 1853  
57   Locust Point   Cargo Ship 462 1853  
58   General Armero   Passenger 335 1852  
59   Carolina   Passenger 550 1853  
60   Polynesian   Passenger 475 1853  
61   Underwriter   Tug 433 1854  
62   Liberatador   Gunboat 355 1859  
67   Morning Light   Clipper   1853  
68   Chamberlin   Clipper   1855  
71   Bridgewater   Clipper   1853  
72   Manitou Bishop, Simons Clipper 1,401 1855  
75   John Trucks   Clipper   1855  
85   Alphonso   Passenger 575 1857  
86   Cardenas   Passenger 575 1857  
87   Comanditaus   Passenger 563 1858  
88   Maisi   Passenger 895 1859  
92   Mobile   Passenger 282 1860  
93   Carolina No. 2   Passenger 559 1861  
107   Bahia Honda   Cargo Ship 450 1862  
108 BB New Ironsides US Navy Battleship 4,120 21-Aug-62 Burned 1866
110   John Rice   Passenger 782 1862  
111   Tonawanda   Passenger 782 1863  
112   Thomas A. Scott   Passenger 1,052 1863  
113 PG Wyalusing US Navy Gunboat 1,173 8-Feb-64 Scrapped 1867
  PG Havana   Gunboat 1,400 1863  
118   Charles Thomas   Passenger 1,155 Jan-64  
119 PG Yazoo US Navy Gunboat 1,175 15-Dec-65 Tartar 1869, Yazoo 1869, scrapped 1874
121   Governor Chase   Passenger 750 Feb-64  
126 C Chattanooga US Navy Cruiser 3,043 16-May-66 Foundered League Island 1871 and sold
128   Ibiapaba          
131   E. C. Knight   Passenger 421 1864  
132   John Gibson   Passenger 444 1864  
134   Tonawanda No. 2   Passenger 844 1863  
135   Emily/Stanton US Army Cargo Ship 311 1864  
136   Welles US Army Cargo Ship 335 1864  
137   Porter US Army Cargo Ship 280 1864  
138   Foote US Army Cargo Ship 319 1864  
142   Moneka   Passenger 549 1865  
143   Agnes   Passenger 448 1865  
    Shackamaxon   Ferry 393 1866 Completed by Neafie & Levy
    William H. Aspinwall   Tug 202 1866 Abandoned 1888
147   City Ice Boat No. 1   Icebreaker 325 1866  
    Bruce   Tug 118 1867 Abandoned 1925
153   City Ice Boat No. 2   Icebreaker 458 1867 Abandoned 1955
  2735 Burlington   Cargo Ship 814 1869 To USN as Burlington, returned to owner
    Laura     24 1869  
    Minnie     20 1869  
158   Ailanthus US Coast Guard Tender 295 1869  
159   Bessie Morris   Schooner   1869  
160   Clyde Clyde Line Cargo Ship 1,182 Jul-70  
161   Verbena US Coast Guard Tender 294 1870  
    Georgia     1,643 1870  
    Bristol   Passenger 152 1871  
    Edith     24 1871  
    Emily     25 1871  
    Mary   Cargo Ship 861 1873  
179 85189 George W. Clyde NY San Dom. Line Cargo Ship 1,849 Jan-73  
180 20428 Pennsylvania American Line Psgr/Cargo 3,104 May-73  
181   Ohio American Line Psgr/Cargo 3,392 Jul-73  
182   Indiana American Line Psgr/Cargo 3,335 Oct-73  
183   Illinois American Line Psgr/Cargo 3,126 Jan-74  
184   Columbus   Psgr/Cargo 1,583 Sep-73  
185   Crescent City   Passenger   1873  
186   Reading Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,283 Nov-73  
187   Harrisburg Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,283 Mar-74 Barge 1906, scrapped 1924
188   Lancaster Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,204 Jun-74 Barge 1907
189   Williamsport Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,283 Sep-74 In collision and sank off Pollock Rip 1902
190   Allentown Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,285 Oct-74 Foundered off Cohasset 1888
191   Pottsville Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,204 Nov-74 Barge 1904
192   South Carolina       1874  
193 145042 Transport   Ferry 318 1874  
194   Stephens   Tug   1874  
195 BM 4 Terror US Navy Monitor 3,990 15-Apr-96 Sold 1921
196   Colonel Thomas A. Scott   Psgr/Cargo 164 1874  
197   Saint Paul Alaskan Fur Co Cargo Ship 889 Aug-75 Wrecked near Point Punos LH 1895
198 80636 William Cramp   Tug 56 1877  
199 150132 Pioneer   Tug 161 1878  
200 Russia Europe Russian Navy Cruiser 3,170 1878 Yaroslavl 1885, Jaroslaw 1890, Evropa 1895, Europa 1918, scuttled 1918
201 3079 Blanche   Tug 94 1878  
202 115645 State of California Pacific Coast SS Co. Passenger 2,266 Mar-79 Wrecked Gambier Bay AK 1913
203 Russia Zabiaca Russian Navy Cruiser 668 1879  
204 Russia Asia Russian Navy Corvette 2,490 1897  
205 Russia Africa Russian Navy Corvette 2,852 1879  
206   Barcelona       1879  
207 125768 Chalmette Morgan Line Psgr/Cargo 2,983 Oct-79 Scrapped 1924
208 85607 Gratitude   Riverboat 214 Feb-80  
209   Confidence   Tug 85 1880  
210   Josephine N. B. Shoe Schooner 366 Jun-80 Barge 1911
211   Corsair C. J. Osborn Yacht 247 Jul-80  
212   Stranger George Osgood Yacht 247 Jul-80 To USN 1898, to Louisiana Naval Militia 1898, sank 1915
213             Cancelled
214             Cancelled
215   Arthur   Lighter   1880  
216 80884 Wilmington   Passenger 161 Mar-82 Later Pinellas, to USN 1942 as Seabrook (YFB 38), returned to owner 1946
217       Scow   1881  
218   Caracas Red D Line Psgr/Cargo 1,589 1881 Wrecked Yaquina Bay 1888
219 125903 Cetus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger 847 1881 Later Reliance 1933, scrapped 1936
220 150214 Pegasus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger 848 1881 Later America 1933, scrapped 1935
221 150213 Perseus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger 848 1881 Later Columbia 1933, scrapped 1935
222 145253 Taurus Iron Steamboat Co Passenger 917 1881 Later Commodore 1933, scrapped 1936
223 106019 Alleghany Merchants & Miners Psgr/Cargo 2,014 1881 Later Copan 1916, scrapped 1937
224 3175 Berkshire Merchants & Miners Psgr/Cargo 2,014 1881 Later Luxor 1925, scrapped 1926
225 125979 City of Puebla   Psgr/Cargo 2,624 1881 Scrapped 1923
226              
227 20587 Queen of the Pacific Oregon Ry. & Nav. Psgr/Cargo 2,728 1882 Later Queen 1890, scrapped 1935
228   Valencia Red D Line Psgr/Cargo 1,598 1882 Wrecked off Cloose CA 1906
229       Caisson   1881  
230   Tacoma Central Pacific Rwy. Psgr/Cargo 3,119 1882 Wrecked near Umpqua River 1883
231   San Pedro Central Pacific Rwy. Cargo Ship 3,119 1882 Wrecked off Victoria BC 1891
232   George W. Pride, Jr.   Tug 177 1883 To USN 1898 as Vigilant (YT 25), sold 1928 
233 91554 Mariposa Oceanic SS Co. Psgr/Cargo 3,158 Apr-83 Wrecked in Sumner Strait AK 1917
234 106184 Alameda Oceanic SS Co. Psgr/Cargo 3,158 1883 Burnt 1931
235   Atalanta Jay Gould Yacht 509 Jun-83  
236 161157 Kinau Wilder SS Co. Psgr/Cargo 993 1883 Wrecked in the Pasig River 1941
237 95771 Hinton   Tug 90 1883  
238 100340 Ivanhoe     94 1883  
239   San Pablo Central Pacific Rwy. Cargo Ship 3,119 1883 Wrecked between Yokohama and Hong Kong 1888
240 95803 H. F. Dimock Metropolitan Line Cargo Ship 2,626 1884 Scrapped 1931
241 136692 Eureka Morgan Line Cargo Ship 3,531 Aug-84 In collision and sank 1888
242 135800 El Paso Morgan Line Psgr/Cargo 3,531 1884 Scrapped 1924
243 135814 El Dorado Morgan Line Psgr/Cargo 3,531 1884 Missing between Cape Hatteras and Galveston 1913
244 110655 Relief   Tug 204 1884  
245 150344 Philadelphia Red D Line Psgr/Cargo 2,099 Feb-85 Scrapped 1925
246 150371 Peerless Charles W. Harkness Yacht 228 1885  
247 91818 Mascotte Plant Line Psgr/Cargo 884 1885 Abandoned 1929
248   John King Erie RR Ferry 1,057 1886 Later Patterson 1898, in collision and sank in North River NY 1906
249 135897 El Monte Morgan Line Cargo Ship 3,531 Aug-86 Wrecked off Le Havre 1924
250 126391 Cherokee Clyde Line Psgr/Cargo 2,557 Nov-86 Later Tampa 1923, Western Wave 1930, Texan 1932, scrapped 1939
251 116132 Seminole Clyde Line Psgr/Cargo 2,557 1886 Wrecked Yuma Bay 1915
252 95903 Herman Winter Metropolitan Line Cargo Ship 2,626 1886 Wrecked 1944
253 155138 Olivette Plant Line Psgr/Cargo 1,678 1887 Wrecked off Havana 1918
254 C 3 Baltimore US Navy Cruiser 4,413 7-Jan-90 Later CM 1, scuttled off Pearl Harbor 1944
255 PG 1 Yorktown US Navy Gunboat 1,700 23-Apr-89 Scrapped 1921
256 CD Vesuvius US Navy Cruiser 930 7-Jun-90 Scrapped 1922
257 C 4 Philadelphia US Navy Cruiser 4,324 28-Jul-90 Later IX 24, scrapped 1927
258 C 1 Newark US Navy Cruiser 4,083 2-Feb-91 Scrapped 1926
259 92022 Monmouth Central RR of NJ Passenger 1,440 Jul-88 Scrapped 1944
260 100438 Iroquois Clyde Line Psgr/Cargo 2,944 Dec-88 Scrapped 1926
261 136064 El Mar Morgan Line Cargo Ship 3,531 Aug-89 Scrapped 1924
262 126576 Caracas   Psgr/Cargo 2,584 Sep-89 Scrapped 1926
263   Venezuela Red D Line Psgr/Cargo 2,843 Dec-89 To USN 1898 as Panther, converted 1917 to AD 5, scrapped 1923
264 96039 H. M. Whitney Metropolitan Line Cargo Ship 2,707 Jun-90 Sank while under tow off Horta 1928
265 136138 Essex Merchants & Miners Psgr/Cargo 2,531 Aug-90 Wrecked Block I. 1941
266 106774 Algonquin Clyde Line Passenger 2,833 Sep-90 Scrapped 1924
267   El Sol Morgan Line Cargo Ship 4,523 Oct-90 To USN 1898 as Prairie, converted 1917 to AD 6, scrapped 1923
268 ACR 2 New York US Navy Cruiser 8,150 1-Aug-93 Later Saratoga (CA 2) 1911, Rochester 1917, scuttled in Subic Bay 1941
269 C 12 Columbia US Navy Cruiser 7,375 23-Apr-94 Later CA 16, scrapped 1922
270 BB 1 Indiana US Navy Battleship 10,288 20-Nov-95 Sunk as target 1920
271 BB 2 Massachusetts US Navy Battleship 10,288 10-Jun-96 Sunk as target 1921
272 YD 1 Atlas US Navy Derrick Barge   1892 Burnt 1937
273 C 13 Minneapolis US Navy Cruiser 7,375 13-Dec-94 Later CA 17, scrapped 1921
274   Columbia J. H. Ladew Yacht 780 Feb-94 Later Wasp 1898, Columbia 1926, abandoned 1935
275 ACR 3 Brooklyn US Navy Cruiser 9,215 1-Dec-96 Later CA 3, scrapped 1921
276 BB 4 Iowa US Navy Battleship 11,410 15-Jun-97 Later IX 6, sunk as target 1923
277 116669 St. Louis International Nav. Passenger 11,629 May-95 To USN 1898 as SP 1644, Louisville 1918, St. Louis 1919, burnt 1920
278 116693 St. Paul International Nav. Passenger 11,629 Oct-95 To USN 1898 as SP 1643, Knoxville, scrapped 1923
279             Cancelled
280             Cancelled
281             Cancelled
282   Lebanon Phila. & Reading RR Collier 1,486 Oct-94 Later Taboga 1922, Homestead 1926, foundered in Humber Arm NL 1932
283 127111 Comanche Clyde Line Passenger 3,202 Nov-95 Burnt Mayport 1925
284   Thespia J. H. Ladew Yacht 311 Apr-96  
285 127113 Curacao Atlantic & Carib. S.N. Psgr/Cargo 1,503 Dec-96 Later Hellenic Skipper 1940, burnt off Astoria OR 1940
286 145710 Tamaqua Phila. & Reading RR Tug 564 Jan-96 Later Brooklyn 1942, to US Army 1942 as LT 232, deleted 1948
287 107216 Atlanta Southern Rlwy Co Passenger 2,094 May-96 Later Cambridge 1919, wrecked off Sao Luiz de Maranhao 1950
288 WPG 3 Hugh McCulloch US Coast Guard Cutter 1,280 12-Dec-97 Sank 1917
289 150741 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania RR Ferry 1,273 Oct-96 To Delaware River interests 1939, scrapped 1952
290 BB 8 Alabama US Navy Battleship 11,565 16-Oct-00 Sunk as target 1921
291 Japan Kasagi Japanese Navy Cruiser 4,900 Dec-98 Wrecked in Tsugaru Strait 1916
292 92830 Miami Plant Line Passenger 1,741 Dec-97 Later Steel Pier 1932, scrapped 1949
293   Dorothea T. McKean Yacht 420 Dec-98 Abandoned 1926
294 96435 Havana NY & Cuba Mail Passenger 5,667 Jan-99 Later Panama 1905, Aleutian 1926, wrecked Uyak Bay, Amook Is, 1929
295 92936 Mexico NY & Cuba Mail Psgr/Cargo 5,667 Jun-99 Later Colon 1906, Yukon 1923, wrecked Johnstone Bay 1946
296 107417 Admiral Dewey American Mail S.S.Co Psgr/Cargo 2,104 Oct-98 Scrapped 1935
297 107419 Admiral Sampson American Mail S.S.Co Psgr/Cargo 2,104 Nov-98 In collision off Seattle and sank 1914
298 107423 Admiral Schley American Mail S.S.Co Psgr/Cargo 2,104 Dec-98 Scrapped 1935
299 107425 Admiral Farragut American Mail S.S.Co Psgr/Cargo 2,104 Dec-98 Scrapped 1935
300 Russia Retvizan Russian Navy Battleship 12,700 Dec-01 Later Hizen 1905, sunk as target 1924
301 Russia Varyag Russian Navy Cruiser 6,500 Jul-00 Later Soya 1905, Varyag 1916, wrecked under tow off Scotland 1920
302 BB 10 Maine US Navy Battleship 12,500 29-Dec-02 Scrapped 1922
303 93055 Morro Castle NY & Cuba Mail Passenger 6,004 Oct-00 Scrapped 1926
304 116996 Sierra Oceanic S.S.Co Passenger 5,989 Oct-00 Later Gdansk 1821, Sierra 1824, scrapped 1934
305 117009 Sonoma Oceanic S.S.Co Passenger 6,253 Nov-00 Scrapped 1934
306 161871 Ventura Oceanic S.S.Co Passenger 6,253 Dec-00 Scrapped 1934
307       Pontoon   1901  
308       Caisson   1901  
309 136870 Esperanza NY & Cuba Mail Passenger 4,702 May-01 Wrecked Tampico 1925
310 93132 Monterey NY & Cuba Mail Passenger 4,702 Jun-01 Scrapped 1931
311   Kroonland Intl Merc. Marine Passenger 12,760 Jun-02 Scrapped 1927
312   Finland Intl Merc. Marine Passenger 12,760 Sep-02 Scrapped 1928
313 107652 Apache Clyde Line Passenger 3,378 Jun-01 Scrapped 1928
314 107665 Arapahoe Clyde Line Passenger 3,378 Jul-01 Scrapped 1928
315 Turkey Medjidiye Ottoman Navy Cruiser 3,300 Mar-04  
316 ACR 7 Colorado US Navy Cruiser 13,680 19-Jan-05 Later Pueblo (CA 7) 1917, scrapped 1931
317 ACR 4 Nebraska/Pennsylvania US Navy Cruiser 13,680 9-Mar-05 Later Pittsburgh (CA 4) 1912, scrapped 1931
318 127743 Col. E. L. Drake Standard Oil of NY Tanker 4,205 Apr-03 Scrapped 1926
319 96658 Huron Clyde Line Cargo Ship 2,949 Dec-02 Scrapped 1931
320 107848 Asbury Park Central RR Ferry 2,128 May-03 City of Sacramento 1919, Kahloke 1953, Langdale Queen 1963, Lady Grace 1976, sank 2008
321   Kiowa Clyde Line Cargo Ship 2,949 Jun-03 In collision off Boston Light and sank 1903
322 CA 10 Tennessee US Navy Cruiser 14,500 17-Jul-06 Later Memphis (CA 10) 1915, wrecked off Santo Domingo 1916
323 200527 M. S. Quay State of Pennsylvania Tug 133 Feb-04  
324 200761 Transfer No. 16 NY, NH & Hford RR Tug 268 Apr-04 NLD
325 200799 Transfer No. 17 NY, NH & Hford RR Tug 268 Apr-04 NLD
326 200844 Transfer No. 18 NY, NH & Hford RR Tug 268 Apr-04 NLD
327 BB 23 Mississippi US Navy Battleship 13,000 1-Feb-08 To Greece 1914 as Kilkis, sunk by German aircraft 1941
328 BB 24 Idaho US Navy Battleship 13,000 1-Apr-08 To Greece 1914 as Lemnos, sunk by German aircraft 1941
329 201311 Mohican Clyde Line Cargo Ship 2,255 Sep-04 Burnt off NE Florida 1925
330 201920 Chippewa Clyde Line Cargo Ship 2,696 May-05 Scrapped 1928
331 201970 Onondaga Clyde Line Cargo Ship 2,696 Jun-05 Wrecked off Watch Hill RI 1918
332 202864 Merida NY & Cuba Mail Psgr/Cargo 6,207 Apr-06 In collision off Cape Charles and sank 1911
333 202800 John Weaver City of Philadelphia Icebreaker 1,769 Mar-06 Scrapped 1953
334             Cancelled
335 203116 Mexico NY & Cuba Mail Psgr/Cargo 6,207 May-06 Later Aleutian 1930, Tradewind 1955, scrapped 1956
336 202631 Transfer No. 19 NY, NH & Hford RR Tug 270 Nov-05 NLD
337 202634 Transfer No. 20 NY, NH & Hford RR Tug 270 Dec-05 NLD
338 203681 Momus Southern Pacific Co Psgr/Cargo 6,878 Nov-06 Scrapped 1935
339 204018 Antilles Southern Pacific Co Psgr/Cargo 6,878 Apr-07 Torpedoed and lost 1917
340 203791 Havana NY & Cuba Mail Psgr/Cargo 6,391 Jan-07 To USN 1917 as Comfort (AH 3), Havana 1927, Yucatan 1935, Agwileon 1941, Shamrock 1943, scrapped 1947
341 204160 Saratoga NY & Cuba Mail Psgr/Cargo 6,391 Jun-07 To USN 1917 as Mercy (AH 4), sold 1925, scrapped 1939
342 204012 Massachusetts New England Nav Co Psgr/Cargo 4,029 Apr-07 To USN 1917 as Shawmut (CM 4), later Oglala 1928, scrapped 1965
343 204264 Bunker Hill New England Nav Co Psgr/Cargo 4,029 Jun-07 To USN 1917 as Aroostock (CM 3), scrapped 1947
344 204528 Old Colony New England Nav Co Psgr/Cargo 4,029 Sep-07 Scrapped 1922
345 203425 Katahdin Clyde Line Cargo Ship 2,696 Sep-06 Scrapped 1928
346 BB 26 South Carolina US Navy Battleship 16,000 1-Mar-10 Scrapped 1924
347 YD 11 Hercules US Navy Derrick Barge 324   Sold 1949
348 205149 Commonwealth New England Nav Co Passenger 5,980 May-08 Scrapped 1938
349 205729 Mohawk Clyde Line Psgr/Cargo 4,623 Nov-08  
350 DD 17 Smith US Navy Destroyer 700 26-Nov-09 Scrapped 1921
351 DD 18 Lamson US Navy Destroyer 700 10-Feb-10 Scrapped 1919
352 DD 30 Warrington US Navy Destroyer 742 20-Mar-11 Scrapped 1935
353 DD 31 Myrant US Navy Destroyer 742 12-Jul-11 Scrapped 1935
354 SS 26 Thrasher (G-4) US Navy Submarine 360 22-Jan-14 Scrapped 1920
355 AC 4 Cyclops US Navy Collier 19,360 7-Nov-10 Disappeared 1918
356       Dump Barge   1909  
357       Dump Barge   1909  
358       Dump Barge   1909  
359       Dump Barge   1909  
360 YD Atlas US Navy Derrick Barge 324 1909  
361 DD 36 Patterson