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Tampa Shipyards, Tampa FL

(formerly McCloskey & Co., later Tampa Bay Shipbuilding, now Tampa Ship)

Most recent update: March 7, 2012.


In 1942, Matthew McCloskey developed a shipyard at Hookers Point in Tampa, on land owned by Tampa Port Authority.  The yard had 13 building ways, for the construction of concrete ships of the C1-S-D1 design: the U.S. Maritime Commission provided $7 million towards its development.  Although not unsuccessful at building concrete ships, it later switched to building steel ships, but closed after the war.  The company was acquired by George Steinbrenner's American Ship Building in 1972 and became Tampa Shipyards, Inc.  American Ship Building expanded it by converting the neighboring shrimp boat dock into two Panamax graving docks, to supplement the two existing graving docks, but the company went bankrupt in 1995.  The lease was then briefly held by a subsidiary of a Greek bulk carrier operator, who renamed it Tampa Shipbuilding, but in 1997 it was transferred to a new entity called Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Company, which was jointly owned by Tommy Bender, who owned Bender Shipbuilding & Repair, in Mobile AL, and Aaron Hendry, who owns Gulf Marine Repair, in Tampa.  Bender bought out Hendry in 2002 but sold the business to Edison Chouest Offshore in 2008.  Chouest renamed it Tampa Ship.  The shipyard is still primarily a repair facility, but has much more fabrication capability than most repair yards and under Chouest's management has begun to build PSVs.  Visit the shipyard at www.tampabayship.com and see an aerial view on Google here.

Hull # O.N.

Original Name

Original Owner Type MC # GT Delivered Disposition

Built by McCloskey & Co.

1   Vitruvius Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1045   Dec-43 Breakwater at Normandy
2   David O. Saylor Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1046   Nov-43 Breakwater at Normandy
3   Arthur Newell Talbot Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1047   Feb-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
4   Richard Lewis Humphrey Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1048   Mar-44 Sold in Mexico
5   Richard Kidder Meade Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1049   Mar-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
6   Willis A. Slater Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1050   Feb-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
7   Leonard Chase Watson Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1051   Jun-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
8   John Smeaton Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1052   Apr-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
9   Joseph Aspdin Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1053   May-44 Wrecked and lost 1948
10   John Grant Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1054   Jun-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
11   M. H. Le Chatelier Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1055   Jul-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
12   L. J. Vicat Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1056   Jul-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
13   Robert Whitman Lesley Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1057   Jul-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
14   Edwin Thacher Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1058   Jul-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
15   C. W. Pasley Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1059   Aug-44 Breakwater at Newport OR
16   Armand Considere Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1060   Sep-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
17   Francois Hennebique Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1061   Sep-44 Breakwater at Newport OR
18   P. M. Anderson Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1062   Sep-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
19   Albert Kahn Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1063   Oct-44 Abandoned and lost 1947
20   Willard A. Pollard Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1064   Nov-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
21   William Foster Cowham Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1065   Nov-44 Breakwater at Kiptopeke VA
22   Edwin Clarence Eckel Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1067   Dec-44 Scuttled 1946
23   Thaddeus Merriman Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1068   Nov-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
24   Emile N. Vidal Maritime Comm. C1-S-D1 1069   Dec-44 Breakwater at Powell River BC
25   Northern Warrior Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2512   Apr-45 To Britain 1945, sold 1947, scrapped 1970
26   Northern Chieftain Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2513   Apr-45 To Britain 1945, sold 1947, scrapped 1982
27   Northern Pioneer Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2514   May-45 To Greece 1945 as Zakynthos, sold 1947, scrapped
28   Northern Wanderer Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2515   Jun-45 Sold 1945, scrapped 1963
29   Northern Explorer Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2516   Jun-45 To USA 1949, to USN 1951 as Centaurus (AK 264), scrapped 1960
30   Northern Voyager Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2517   Jun-45 Sold 1945, scrapped 1964
31   Northern Adventurer Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2518   Jun-45 Sold 1946, sank 1964
32   Northern Squire Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2519   Jun-45 Scrapped 1964
33   Northern Yeoman Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2520   Jul-45 To USA 1949, to USN 1951 as Serpens (AK 266), scrapped 1960
34   Northern Archer Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2521   Jul-45 Sold 1947, scrapped 1979
35   Northern Stalker Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2522   Jul-45 Sold 1947, scrapped 1974
36   Eben H. Linnell Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2523   Jul-45 To USA 1949, scrapped
37   Northern Trapper Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2524   Aug-45 Scrapped 1964
38   John J. Jackson Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2525   Aug-45 Sold 1947, scrapped 1978
39   Frederick Lendholm Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2526   Sep-45 Sold 1947, scrapped 1967
40     Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2527     Cancelled
41     Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2528     Cancelled
42     Maritime Comm. N3-S-A2 2529     Cancelled

Built by Tampa Shipyards (subsidiary of The American Ship Building Company)

  na Mormacvega Moore-McCormack Cargo Ship   14,082 Aug-82 Conversion to containership Allison Lykes
  na Mormacargo Moore-McCormack Cargo Ship   14,082 Dec-82 Conversion to containership Stella Lykes
  na Mormacrigel Moore-McCormack Cargo Ship   14,082 Jun-83 Conversion to containership Mallory Lykes
  na Marie Flood Gulf Coast Transit Dry Bulk Barge   15,834 Aug-84 Jumboization
1121 684689 Gus W. Darnell Ocean Ships Product Carrier   21,471 11-Sep-85 Sold to U.S. Shipping 2005 as Houston, active
1122 684688 Paul Buck Ocean Ships Product Carrier   21,471 11-Sep-85 Sold to MSC 2003, to NDRF 2010
1123 684690 Samuel L. Cobb Ocean Ships Product Carrier   21,471 15-Nov-85 Sold to MSC 2003, active
1124 684691 Richard G. Mathiesen Ocean Ships Product Carrier   21,471 18-Feb-86 Sold to MSC 2003, to NDRF 2010
1125 684692 Lawrence H. Gianella Ocean Ships Product Carrier   21,471 22-Apr-86 Sold to MSC 2003, active
1126 922736 GL 63 Great Lakes Dredge Dump Scow   4,000 Mar-88 Active
1127 922737 GL 64 Great Lakes Dredge Dump Scow   4,000 Jul-88 Active
  na Kinsman Eagle Kinsman Towing Tug   197 Mar-88 Completion of tug started elsewhere
  na Kinsman Falcon Kinsman Towing Tug   197 Feb-90 Completion of tug started elsewhere
  na Japan Mail American Mail Line Cargo Ship   16,518 Feb-89 Conversion to crane ship Diamond State
  na Washington Mail American Mail Line Cargo Ship   16,518 May-89 Conversion to crane ship Equality State

Built by Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair

  na Ocean 192 OSG America Tank Barge   11,796 1998 Conversion to double-hull M 192
  na Ocean 244 OSG America Tank Barge   16,021 2000 Conversion to double-hull M 244
  na Ocean Cities OSG America Tank Barge   14,670 2002 Conversion to double-hull M 252
  na Ocean 250 OSG America Tank Barge   14,678 2002 Conversion to double-hull M 254
  na Ocean States OSG America Tank Barge   14,480 2004 Conversion to double-hull M 214
  na Ocean 193 OSG America Tank Barge   11,796 2005 Conversion to double-hull M 209
  na Ocean 211 OSG America Tank Barge   11,012 2006 Conversion to double-hull M 211
  na Ocean 215 OSG America Tank Barge   12,176 2006 Conversion to double-hull M 215
  na Ocean 210 OSG America Tank Barge   11,951 2007 Conversion to double-hull M 242
  na OSG 350 OSG America Tank Barge   22,500   Terminated 2008, completed by VTHM
  na OSG 351 OSG America Tank Barge   22,500   Terminated 2008, completed by VTHM
  na OSG 352 OSG America Tank Barge   22,500   Terminated 2008
  na OSG 296 OSG America Tank Barge   22,500   Terminated 2008
  na OSG 297 OSG America Tank Barge   22,500   Terminated 2008
  na OSG 298 OSG America Tank Barge   22,500   Terminated 2008