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Marietta Manufacturing, Point Pleasant WV

Most recent update: March 26, 2013.


The Marietta Manufacturing Company was started by W. F. Robinson Company in Marietta OH in 1852.   At first, it built sailing craft and then steam-propelled craft for commercial service on the western rivers.  It pioneered the use of steam for capstans and steering gear, and, as a foundry, it turned out stoves, plows and metal castings.  It organized in 1890 and, after narrowly escaping destruction from the floods of 1913, moved to Point Pleasant WV in 1915.  There it developed a new shipyard on a 42-acre site, with a marine railway, a 180'-by-79' 2,000-ton dry-dock and launching ways.  In addition to building and repairing a variety of small vessels and barges for inland service, it also constructed carbon-black plants, pipe mills and crane booms.   When World War II came, employment reached 3,000 and the yard was a major producer of the Army's large tugs.  After the war, however, employment declined: the yard delivered its last ship in 1965 and closed in 1970.  The facility was taken over by Amherst Industries in 1972 and operated as Point Pleasant Marine until 1984.  See the site from the air on Google here.  If the yard's last hull number was 913, there are many, many gaps in this table.  If anyone can fill any of them, please send your data to timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type Type Pennant # GT Ft. Built Disposition
105  Belfont Indiana Belfont Tptn Co  Towboat      138   1926 Later R. H. McElroy 
107 Baton Rouge Inland Waterways Corp. Towboat     757 200 1921  
108 Cairo Inland Waterways Corp. Towboat     757 200 1921  
109 Memphis Inland Waterways Corp. Towboat     757 200 1921  
110 St. Louis Inland Waterways Corp. Towboat     757 200 1921  
112     Barge         1921  
114     Barge            
  Iowa   Towboat         1921 Erected at Stillwater MN
  Illinois   Towboat         1921 Erected at Stillwater MN
  Minnesota   Towboat         1921 Erected at Stillwater MN
  Missouri   Towboat         1921 Erected at Stillwater MN
  Carare Imperial Oil Co Towboat         1921  
  Guayabito Imperial Oil Co Towboat         1921  
  Charlotte   Towboat         1923  
199 Tom Greene Gordon C. Greene Passenger     435 200 1923  
  Gasoline Barge No. 1 S. O. of Ohio Tank Barge         1923  
  Gasoline Barge No. 2 S. O. of Ohio Tank Barge         1923  
  Standard S. O. of Ohio Sternwheeler     51 80 1923 Now Barbara H, museum in Lamb IN
  Trojan Jones & Laughlin Towboat     129 88 1923 Rebuilt 1944. Later Thelma Ann, Tammy L White, Amanda K. Nicole, now Trojan
      Towboat     95 152 1923 Later Ambrose A
137 Sailor Vesta Coal Co. Towboat      445 133 1924  
  Cary-Bird Revonah Co. Passenger      201 139 1925  
  Sam P. Sult Island Fuel Towboat      296 123 1925  
  Steel City Iron City Sand & Gravel Towboat      207 140 1926  
  L. M. Smith Edward F. Smith Sternwheeler         1926  
  Marietta A. D. Elliott Sternwheeler     32 65 1926 Later Miss Sterling
  Ravenswood Frank Sullivan Barge     23 70 1927  
164     Towboat         n/k  
  F C No.1 Imperial Oil Co Towboat         1927  
  W K Pield   Towboat         1927  
    H. A. Carpenter Barge(s?)         1927  
  No. 1   Cargo Barge         1927  
  No. 2   Cargo Barge         1927  
  No. 3   Cargo Barge         1927  
  No. 4   Cargo Barge         1927  
  No. 5   Cargo Barge         1927  
  No. 6   Cargo Barge         1927  
      Pontoon         1927  
  Barranca Bermeija Imperial Oil Co Towboat      443 165 1928  
  Funza Imperial Oil Co Towboat      443 165 1928  
  Zapatoca Imperial Oil Co Towboat      443 165 1928  
  Porce Imperial Oil Co Towboat      443 165 1928  
  Lebrija Imperial Oil Co Towboat     443 165 1928  
  Infantas Imperial Oil Co Towboat      443 165 1929  
  Walter A. Windsor Marietta Mfg. Towboat      495 165 1929 Built for stock, sold 1935 as Robert F. Brandt, dismantled 1950, restaurant in Evansville IN until burnt 1986
  Western River   Barge         1929  
  William Dickinson Marquette Cement Towboat      216 18 1930  
264 Eads   Towboat         1930 Active
  Tennessee Corps of Engineers Towboat      245d 161 1930  
  McWillliams   Dredge         1930  
      Ferry         1931  
    Federal Barge Line Barge         1931  
  WK   Barge         1932  
    Campbell Transportation Tank Barge         1932  
  Capt. Meriwether Lewis Corps of Engineers Dredge     1,200d 260 1931 Museum in Brownville NB
  Capt. William Clark Corps of Engineers Dredge     1,200d 260 1932  
    West Kentucky Oil Co Tank Barge         1933  
    Sterling Oil Co Tank Barge         1933  
      Maneuver Boat         1933  
  Burgess Corps of Engineers Dredge     1,363d 292 1934 Laid up in St. Louis MO
  Jadwin Corps of Engineers Dredge     1,363d 292 1934 Active
  William M. Black Corps of Engineers Dredge     1,363d 292 1934 Museum in Dubuque IA
  Willim S. Mitchell Corps of Engineers Dredge     1,363d 292 1934 Museum in Newport KY
  Tennessee Corps of Engineers Towboat      1,200d 277 1934  
  Nemesis US Coast Guard Sub Chaser WPC 111 337d   10-Oct-34 Sold 1966, later cargo vessel, restaurant Ancient Mariner, reefed 1991
  Nike US Coast Guard Sub Chaser WPC 112 337d   24-Oct-34 Sold 1964, now Circle Line XVI
  Triton US Coast Guard Sub Chaser WPC 116 337d   20-Nov-34 Sold 1969, now Circle Line XVII
  Coiner         726   1935  
    Island Creek Co Tank Barge         1935  
      Boat Houses         1935  
  Iron Duke   Towboat         1935  
  Sprague   Towboat         1936  
    The Standard Co Barge         1936  
    Tropical Oil Co Tank Barge         1936  
      Landing flat         1937  
  Opon Imperial Oil Co Towboat     600 204 May-37  
  Jack Rathbone Tropical Oil Co Towboat     725 222 Jul-37  
  No. 4 A O & R Co Barge         1938  
  Kansas City   Towboat         1938  
  Nicholas Duncan Missouri Dry Dock Towboat     308 124 1939 Active
  Alexander Mackenzie Central Barge Co Towboat         1939 Dismantled 1954
419               1939  
  Rosemary Paul F Thomas s/w Ferry         1939  
  Stanolind A                
  Guayabitie   Towboat         1940  
  Jason   Towboat         1940 Later Herbert & Jones
Gum Tree US Navy Net Layer AN 18 560d 151 16-Sep-41 YN 13, decommissioned 1946
Holly US Navy Net Layer AN 19 560d 151 11-Oct-41 YN 14, decommissioned 1946
Elder US Navy Net Layer AN 20 560d 151 12-Nov-41 YN 15, decommissioned 1959
Larch US Navy Net Layer AN 21 560d 151 13-Dec-41 YN 16, to Turkey 1948 as AG 4, scrapped 1997
474 GEN Henry Knox US Army Mine Planter MP 1 1,315d 189 1942 To USN 1944 as Picket (ACM 8), to USCG 1946 as Willow (WLB 332), struck 1969, later crab processing plant Royal Alaskan
475 COL Henry J. Hunt US Army Mine Planter MP 2 1,315d 189 1942 To USN 1944 as Bastion (ACM 6), to USCG 1946 as Jonquil (WLB 330), struck 1969
476 COL George Armistead US Army Mine Planter MP 3 1,315d 189 1942 To USN 1944 as Barbican (ACM 5), to USCG 1946 as Ivy (WLB 329), sold 1948 to  Foss, later Agnes Foss 1969
477 GEN Samuel L. Mills US Army Mine Planter MP 4 1,315d 189 1942 Sold 1960
478 1LT William G. Sylvester US Army Mine Planter MP 5 1,315d 189 1942 To USN 1944 as Obstructor (ACM 7), to USCG 1946 as Heather (WLB 331), struck 1967
479 BG Henry L. Abbott US Army Mine Planter MP 6 1,315d 189 1942 Later cargo ship 1951, Neptune 1969, sank 1975
480 MG Wallace F. Randolph US Army Mine Planter MP 7 1,315d 189 1942 To USN 1944 as Nausett (ACM 15), sold 1961 as Sea Searcher, later Thunderbolt, reefed 1986 off Marathon FL
481 COL John Story US Army Mine Planter MP 8 1,315d 189 1942 To USN 1944 as Barricade (ACM 3), to USCG 1946 as Magnolia (WLB 328), sold 1971 as Galaxy, burnt and sank 2002
482 MG Arthur Murray US Army Mine Planter MP 9 1,315d 189 1942 To USN 1944 as Trapper (ACM 9), to USCG 1946 as Yamacraw (WLB 333), to USN 1959 as ARC 5, scrapped 1967
483 MG Erasmus Weaver US Army Mine Planter MP 10 1,315d 189 1942 To USN 1944 as Canonicus (ACM 12), sold 1948, later New Jersey 1963
484 MAJ Samuel Ringgold US Army Mine Planter MP 11 1,315d 189 1942 To USN 1944 as Monadnock (ACM 14), sold 1960 as Tahiti, later Amazonia 1983, Dear 1984, Maxim's Des Mers 1986
485 BG Royal T. Frank US Army Mine Planter MP 12 1,315d 189 1943 To USN 1944 as Camanche (ACM 11), sold 1948, later Pilgrim 1961, Cape Cod
486 COL Alfred A. Maybach US Army Mine Planter MP 13 1,315d 189 1943 To USN 1944 as Puritan (ACM 16), sold 1961
487 COL Horace F. Spurgin US Army Mine Planter MP 14 1,315d 189 1943 To USN 1944 as Miantonomoh (ACM 13), sold 1960 as Nautilus, later Aleutian Mist, New Star 1991, scrapped 2013
488 COL Charles W. Bundy US Army Mine Planter MP 15 1,315d 189 1943 To USN 1944 as Chimo (ACM 1), sold 1948, later tuna seiner Day Island 1963
489 COL George Ricker US Army Mine Planter MP 16 1,315d 189 1943 To USN 1944 as Planter (ACM 2), sold 1948 to Foss, later San Juan 1963, Purple Aster, Tiger Fish 2
490   US Army Tug LT 217 574d 149 Aug-43 To China 1947
491   US Army Tug LT 218 574d 149 Aug-43 To China 1947
492   US Army Tug LT 219 574d 149 Sep-43 To China 1947
493   US Army Tug LT 220 574d 149 Sep-43 To China 1947, to Taiwan 1949 as Ta Ming, struck 1975 
494   US Army Tug LT 221 574d 149 Oct-43 Sunk by a mine in the Gulf of Cagliari 1944
495   US Army Tug LT 222 574d 149 Oct-43 Later Patao 1949, Bermudian, scrapped 1969
496   US Army Tug LT 223 574d 149 Nov-43 Later R P Hyams, William S Smith, Dame E Temple, William S Smith, now Orion
497   US Army Tug LT 224 574d 149 Nov-43 To Argentine Navy 1946 as Charrua, sold 1963, sank 1979, scrapped 2010
498   US Army Tug LT 225 574d 149 Dec-43 To UNRRA 1946, later CW Tug 5. 
499   US Army Tug LT 226 574d 149 Dec-43 To UNRRA 1946 
500   US Army Tug LT 227 574d 149 Jan-44 To the Philippines 1945, China 1947
501   US Army Tug LT 228 574d 149 Jan-44 To China 1947
502   US Army Tug LT 229 574d 149 Jan-44 To China 1947
503   US Army Tug LT 230 574d 149 Feb-44 To S Vietnam 1959 as TCS 131, existence in doubt
504   US Army Tug LT 231 574d 149 Feb-44 To China 1947
505 Guam Defense Plant Corp. Towboat DPC 620

180

1944 Sold 1947 as H. E. Lewis, America 1952, BDCO No. 28 196?
506 Kiska Defense Plant Corp. Towboat DPC 621

180

1944 Sold 1947 as W. J. Creighton; Constitution 1952, Senator Russell B. Long 196?
507   US Army Tug LT 633 574d 149 Feb-44 To China 1948
508   US Army Tug LT 634 574d 149 Mar-44 To China 1948, Taiwan as Hai Chieh
509   US Army Tug LT 635 574d 149 Mar-44 To Neth. East Indies as Watergeus, Sentana 1951, scrapped 1969
510   US Army Tug LT 636 574d 149 Mar-44 Mined off Wonsan 1950
511   US Army Tug LT 637 574d 149 Apr-44 To UNRRA 1947 
512   US Army Tug LT 638 574d 149 Apr-44 Sold 194x as Exmore, scrapped 1974
513   US Army Tug LT 639 574d 149 Apr-44 Sold as Tasley, H G Williams, Epta 1974, scrapped 1995
514   US Army Tug LT 640 574d 149 May-44 Sold as Ajax 1960, Fedredge Ajax 1966, scrapped 1969.
515   US Army Tug LT 649 574d 149 May-44 To China as Chi Ping 1946, Ming 112 1946, Ming 312 1946
516   US Army Tug LT 650 574d 149 May-44 Sold 1947 to China
517   US Army Tug LT 651 574d 149 Jun-44 Sold as Cheriton, scrapped 1972
518   US Army Tug LT 652 574d 149 Jun-44 To China 1947 
519   US Army Tug LT 653 574d 149 Jun-44 Later Bloxom, rotting at pier in Staten Island
520   US Army Tug LT 784 574d 149 Jul-44 Later Arthur Foss 1962, Mark Hannah 1985, Atlantic Ranger 1987, Master Cody 1994, Glenn Pearl Harbor 1999, scrapped 2007
521   US Army Tug LT 785 574d 149 Jul-44 Sold 194x as Linden, later Gulf Linden, scrapped 1978 
522   US Army Tug LT 786 574d 149 Aug-44 Sold 194x as Dover, scrapped 1974 
523   US Army Tug LT 787 574d 149 Aug-44 Sold 19xx as Sheldon Venture, later Sigtug, scrapped 1970 
524   US Army Tug LT 788 574d 149 Sep-44 To Marine Survey Board 1959 
525   US Army Tug LT 789 574d 149 Sep-44 Sold 19xx as Polar Explorer, later Marine Challenger, Petro Challenger, Pacific Victory, Wilbur R. Clark, now Wilbur
526   US Army Tug LT 790 574d 149 Oct-44 To Turkey 1968 as Cannakale, existence in doubt 1991 
527   US Army Tug LT 791 574d 149 Oct-44  
528   US Army Tug LT 792 574d 149 Nov-44 Sold 19xx as Pacific Star, later Bintang Permina, Lolita, Loretta, scrapped 1979
529   US Army Tug LT 793 574d 149 Nov-44 Sold 1960 as Atlas, later Fedredge Atlas, scrapped 1969 
530   US Army Tug LT 814 574d 149 Apr-45 Sold 1945 as AT&SF No.8, later Paul P Hastings, Terminator, sank 1992
531   US Army Tug LT 815 574d 149 Apr-45 Sold 1964 as Henry Foss, later Kristin Lee 1984, Kristen Lee Hannah 1994, David E 2000, laid up 2009
532   US Army Tug LT 816 574d 149 May-45 Sold 1946 as Capure, later Timberjack, sunk 1975
533   US Army Tug LT 817 574d 149 May-45 To Argentina 1946 as Guarani, sank 1958
534   US Army Tug LT 818 574d 149 Jun-45 Later Pvt Robert L. Deckard. Sold 196x as Capt Lew S Russell Jr, later Arapaho, Arapaho I, existence in doubt
535   US Army Tug LT 819 574d 149 Jun-45 To Turkey as Aksoy, later Kepez, existence in doubt 1991
536   US Army Tug LT 820 574d 149 Jul-45 Sold 1965 as Dakotan?, later Muskegon, now James A. Hannah 1971.
537   US Army Tug LT 821 574d 149 Jul-45 Sold 1947,as Brooklyn, later Lee Reuben, now Mary E. Hannah.
538   US Army Tug LT 822 574d 149 Aug-45 Sold 1965 as Capt. Bob, laid up in the Columbia
539   US Army Tug LT 823 574d 149 1946 To USSR
540   US Army Tug LT 824 574d 149 1946 To USSR
541   US Army Tug LT 825 574d 149 1946 To USSR
542   US Army Tug LT 826 574d 149 1946 To USSR
543   US Army Tug LT 827 574d 149 1946 To USSR
544   US Army Tug LT 828 574d 149 1946 To USSR
  [one of above]     LT   596 149 1943 To China 195x as Ming 320
  [one of above]     LT   587 149 1944 Sold 19xx as Mutiara Timur I, later Mardiana I, existence in doubt 2001
    ALTS Barge         1943  
      Work launches         1944  
  Arthur Hider   Towboat         1944  
Gulf Joan Towboat

661

1945 Later Seaspan Commander, now Sea Commander.
Burl Joe Dubuque Towboat

10

42 1945 Active
Gallatin    Corps of Engineers Towboat  42 1945 To TVA 1998, active
548 Joliet Donald R. Blodgett Unclassified     21 42 1945 Active
  Pacific Victory Victory Towing Towboat     275   1945 Active
  Marine Constructor Island Tug & Barge Towboat     191   1945 Now Island Warrior
Ravenswood Ferry   Thos Bertoncella Yacht  

87

60 1946 Active
  SO 6420   Barge         1946  
    J & L Steel Coal Barges         1946-7  
  J T Hatfield   Towboat         1947  
  Weber W Sebald   Towboat         1948  
    C & O Railway Towboat         1948  
Flying Saucer Oglebay Norton Towboat 

32

36 1950 Later Trevor J
A. E. Dyke Coal City Towing Towboat 

109

63 1951 Now Little George
    Esso Petroleum Tank Barge         1951  
    Corps of Engineers Cargo Barge         1953  
641     Barge         1953  
U.S. Navy Landing Craft LCU 1475 180d 1953 To Vietnam 19?? as HQ-540
U.S. Navy Landing Craft LCU 1476 180d 1953 Scrapped
U.S. Navy Landing Craft LCU 1477 180d 1953 To Vietnam 19?? as HQ-541
U.S. Navy Landing Craft LCU 1478 180d 1953 Scrapped
U.S. Navy Landing Craft LCU 1479 180d 1953 To Vietnam 1955 as HQ-533
U.S. Navy Landing Craft LCU 1480 180d 1953 To Vietnam 1955 as HQ-534
U.S. Navy Landing Craft LCU 1481 180d 1953 To Vietnam 19?? as HQ-547
U.S. Navy Landing Craft LCU 1482 180d 1953 Scrapped
U.S. Navy Landing Craft LCU 1483 180d 1953 To Vietnam 1977
U.S. Navy Landing Craft LCU 1484 180d 1953 Scrapped
U.S. Navy Landing Craft LCU 1576 180d 115 1954 Later YFU 89, to GSA 1976
    U.S. Navy Repair Barge YRBM 3 963d 110 1956 Sold 2001
    U.S. Navy Repair Barge YRBM 4 963d 110 1956 Sold 1995, yacht Coffee Break II, now Cajun Queen II
Donna Lee   Consolidation Coal Towboat  42 45 1955 Active
    A V Criss & Sons Barge         1955  
  Porpoise   Harbour Boat         1955  

756

    Barge         1956  
Frank B McClain Sand Towboat  40 1956 Now Emmie Kate
Bill K Columbia Marine Towboat  35 44 1956 Later Dessy Y, now O-Kan.
    Pfaff & Smith Barge         1957  
  George M Verity   Towboat         1957  
CM II Columbia Marine Towboat  35 44 1957 Later John K, Carissa N
762 DB 32 Southern Towing Tank Barge     1,734 290 1957 Now HMS 320
763     Barge         1957  
Marietta 7 Marietta Mfg. Towboat  40 45 1958 Later Panzo, now Ralph A. Nicholas
Lil Caroline Marietta Mfg. Towboat  40 48 1958 Now USS-2
  William Salem/ BMG 11   Barge         1958  
  C V Harner   Towboat         1958 Rebuild of R H Bosworth, built 1954 by Dravo
  Kanawha   Towboat         1958  
    Esso Standard Oil Tank Barge         1958  
  No. 35   Barge         1958  
  M 37   Barge         1959  
836 CBC 191 Canal Barge Tank Barge 1,063 195 1959 Later EMC 491, now AT 1400.
837 CBC 192 Canal Barge Tank Barge     1,101 195 1959 Now SMI 340
Little Edward Point Towing Towboat  44 1960 Now Ashley W
  Charles R Stephenson   Motor Vessel         1960  
      Crane Barge         1961  
Lil Van Marietta Mfg. Towboat  18 34 1961 Later Brittany J Johnson, now Davison
Oliver C. Shearer  Shearer & Sons Towboat  740 160 1961 Active
  Admiral Jones Edwin Jones Pleasure Boat         1962  
  West Virginia             1962  
      Pontoons         1962  
902 Peirce N.O.A.A. Survey Ship S 328 696d   10-May-63 Later Elizabeth M. Fisher, now yacht Avedonia
903 Whiting N.O.A.A. Survey Ship S 329 696d   8-Jul-63 To Mexico 2005 as Tuxpan (BI-12)
909 Interstate 32 Maritrans? Tank Barge     1587   Apr-62 Later Texaco 32, Peace River, POS 32
911 Sands U.S. Navy Research Ship AGOR 6 1,110d   2-Feb-65 To Brazil 1990 as Almirante Cāmara (H-41), struck 2003
912 Lynch U.S. Navy Research Ship AGOR 7 1,110d   23-Jul-65 Scrapped 2001
  Kellar U.S. Navy Survey Ship AGS 25 1,320d 209 31-Jan-69 Removed 1965, damaged by hurricane. Completed by Boland Machine, to Portugal 1988 as Almeida Carvalho (A 527), active

Additional Vessels Believed to Have Been Built by Marietta Manufacturing

    Island Creek Coal Barge         n/k  
    Ashland Oil & Refining Tank Barge         n/k  
  MM 251 Mississippi Marine Corp Barge         n/k  
  MMCO 445   Barge         n/k  
    Pure Oil Co Tank Barge         n/k  
  No.75   Barge         n/k  
  No.76   Barge         n/k  
  POC No.1   Barge         n/k  
  POC No.2   Barge         n/k