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Tampa Shipbuilding (TASCO), Tampa FL

Most recent update: April 11, 2013.


Tampa Shipbuilding was originally Tampa Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, founded in 1917.  It was one of the merchant shipbuilders involved in the USMC's pre-war long-range shipbuilding program, but shortly after starting work on its initial USMC contract, it got into financial difficulties and was sold to George B. Howell.  The new company was called Tampa Shipbuilding Company, or TASCO.  At its peak, the yard employed 16,000 people and was the largest employer in Tampa.  TASCO closed at the end of the war.  It is said by many sources to be the predecessor company of Tampa Shipyards, (now Tampa Ship), but its location is wrong: Tampa Shipyards was at Hookers Point and TASCO was further north, where Gulf Marine Repair is now.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # Name Owner Type # Tons Delivered Disposition
  Poughkeepsie Central Hudson SB Co Psgr. Ship   1,566 1917 Later Westchester 1937, deleted 1954
31 War Wonder/Lithopolis U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship   2,363 Sep-18 Later Laurie 1930, Rondo 1934, wrecked 1935
32 War Work/Everglades U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship   2,363 Mar-19 Later Largo 1930, Kanarya 1934, deleted 1958
33 Sea Witch Maritime Commission C2 22 6,160 Jul-40 Sold as Axel Salen 1946, Bastasen 1951, Warszawa 1951, Lao Dong 1863, Hong Qi 149 1970, scrapped 1963
34 Shooting Star Maritime Commission C2 23 6,021 Nov-40 To USN as Lassen (AE 3), scrapped 1974
35 Surprise Maritime Commission C2 24 6,022 May-41 To USN as Kilauea (AE 4), renamed Mount Baker 1943, scrapped 1974
36 Sweepstakes Maritime Commission C2 25 6,160 Aug-41 To USN as Procyon (AK 19, later AKA 2), scrapped 1973
37 Rainbow Maritime Commission C2 124 8,051 Dec-41 To USN as Rainier (AE 5), scrapped 1971
38 Comet Maritime Commission C2 125 8,051 Jan-42 To USN as Shasta (AE 6), scrapped 1970
39 Raven Maritime Commission C2 126 8,300 Feb-42 To USN as Bellatrix (AK 20, later AKA 3), to Peru 1963 as Independencia, scrapped 1991
40 Meteor Maritime Commission C2 127 8,300 Mar-42 To USN as Electra (AK 21, later AKA 4), scrapped 1974
Piedmont US Navy AD 17 9,450 5-Jan-44 To Turkey 1987, no longer active
Sierra US Navy AD 18 9,450 20-Mar-44 Scrapped 1995
Yosemite US Navy AD 19 9,450 26-Mar-44 Sunk as target 2003
46 Admirable US Navy AM 136 650 20-Apr-43 To USSR as T 521, scrapped 1954
47 Adopt US Navy AM 137 650 31-May-43 To USSR as T 552, demolished 1958
48 Advocate US Navy AM 138 650 25-Jun-43 To USSR as T 111, scuttled 1956
49 Agent US Navy AM 139 650 10-Jul-43 To USSR as T 112, scuttled 1956
50 Alarm US Navy AM 140 650 5-Aug-43 To USSR as T 113, scuttled 1956
51 Alchemy US Navy AM 141 650 11-Aug-43 To USSR as T 114, torpedoed and lost 1944
52 Apex US Navy AM 142 650 17-Aug-43 To USSR as T 115, reported lost in WWII
53 Arcade US Navy AM 143 650 26-Aug-43 To USSR as T 116, reported lost in WWII
54 Arch US Navy AM 144 650 6-Sep-43 To USSR as T 117, reported lost in WWII
55 Armada US Navy AM 145 650 16-Sep-43 To USSR as T 118, torpedoed and lost 1944
56 Aspire US Navy AM 146 650 29-Sep-43 To USSR as T 119, scuttled 1956
57 Assail US Navy AM 147 650 5-Oct-43 To USSR as T 120, torpedoed and lost 1944
58 Astute US Navy AM 148 650 17-Jan-44 To USSR as T 523, scrapped 1954
59 Augury US Navy AM 149 650 17-Mar-44 To USSR as T 524, scrapped 1954
60 Barrier US Navy AM 150 650 10-May-44 To USSR as T 525, scrapped 1954
61 Bombard US Navy AM 151 650 31-May-44 To USSR as T 526, scrapped 1954
62 Crag US Navy AM 214 650 1-Aug-44 To Mexico 1962 as General Pedro Maria Anaya (A 8), active
63 Cruise US Navy AM 215 650 21-Sep-44 Scrapped 1973
64 Deft US Navy AM 216 650 16-Apr-44 To China 1946, scrapped 1959
65 Delegate US Navy AM 217 650 30-Apr-44 To China 1946 as Yung Ho, to Taiwan 1949, scrapped 1963
66 Density US Navy AM 218 650 15-Jun-44 Sold private 1955, scrapped 1986
67 Design US Navy AM 219 650 29-Jun-44 Scrapped 1955
68 Device US Navy AM 220 650 7-Jul-44 To Mexico 1962 as Cadete Augustin Melgar (C 54), retired 2000
69 Diploma US Navy AM 221 650 15-Jul-44 To Mexico 1962 as Cadete Francisco Marquez (C 59), retired 2000, reefed 2004
70-93   US Navy AM 222-245 650   Allocated elsewhere
94 Mauna Loa Maritime Commission C2 8,300 Oct-43 To USN as AE 8, to NDRF 1984
95 Mazama Maritime Commission C2 8,300 10-Mar-44 To USN as AE 9, scrapped 1973
96 Cates US Navy DE 763 1,240 15-Dec-43 To France as Soudanais (F 722) 1950, struck 1959
97 Gandy US Navy DE 764 1,240 7-Feb-44 To Italy as Altair (F 591) 1951, struck 1971
98 Earl K. Olsen US Navy DE 765 1,240 10-Apr-44 Scrapped 1973
99 Slater US Navy DE 766 1,240 1-May-44 To Greece as Aetos (F 01) 1951, struck 1991
100 Oswald US Navy DE 767 1,240 12-Jun-44 Scrapped 1973
101 Ebert US Navy DE 768 1,240 12-Jul-44 To Greece as Hierax (F 31) 1951, struck 1991
102 Neal A. Scott US Navy DE 769 1,240 31-Jul-44 Scrapped 1969
103 Muir US Navy DE 770 1,240 30-Aug-44 To Korea as Kyong Ki (F 71) 1956, struck 1971
104 Sutton US Navy DE 771 1,240 22-Dec-44 To Korea as Kang Won (F 72) 1956, struck 1971
105 Milton Lewis US Navy DE 772 1,240 Cancelled
106 George M. Campbell US Navy DE 773 1,240 Cancelled
107 Russell M. Cox US Navy DE 774 1,240 Cancelled
108 Unnamed US Navy DE 775 1,240 Cancelled
109 Unnamed US Navy DE 776 1,240 Cancelled
110 Unnamed US Navy DE 777 1,240 Cancelled
111 Unnamed US Navy DE 778 1,240 Cancelled
112 Akutan Maritime Commission C2 8,300 15-Feb-45 To USN as AE 13, scrapped 1978
113 Unnamed US Navy YFN 624 700 Apr-44 Later YFNB 7, Royal Reefer. Magellan, NLD 2005
114 Unnamed US Navy YFN 625 700 Apr-44 To FLC 1947
115 Unnamed US Navy YFN 626 700 May-44 Destroyed 1946
116 Unnamed US Navy YFN 627 700 May-44 To FLC 1946
117 Unnamed US Navy YF 628 1,300 20-Sep-44 Completed as APL 17, sold 1971
118 Unnamed US Navy YF 629 1,300 29-Sep-44 Completed as APL 18, active
119 Unnamed US Navy YF 630 1,300 14-Oct-44 Completed as APL 19, sunk as target 2002
120 Unnamed US Navy YF 631 1,300 2-Nov-44 Completed as APL 20, later Northern Shell, Northern Alaska, scrapped 1974
121 Unnamed US Navy YF 632 1,300 16-Feb-45 Completed as APL 21, sold 1973
122 Unnamed US Navy YF 633 1,300 24-Mar-45 Completed as APL 22, Foss 251 1961, Afognak 2004, active
Shenandoah US Navy AD 26 9,450 Reallocated to Todd Tacoma
Yellowstone US Navy AD 27 9,450 Reallocated to Todd Seattle
Grand Canyon US Navy AD 28 9,450 Reallocated to Todd Tacoma
Isle Royale US Navy AD 29 9,450 Reallocated to Todd Seattle
New England US Navy AD 32 9,450 Cancelled 1945
Canopus US Navy AD 33 9,450 Cancelled 1945
Arrowhead US Navy AD 35 9,450 Cancelled 1945
135 Osage US Navy LSV 3   30-Dec-44 Completion
136 Saugus US Navy LSV 4   22-Feb-45 Completion
143   US Navy APL 27   9-Apr-45 To Vietnam 1971 as HQ-9051
144   US Navy APL 28   30-Apr-45 Sold 1960
145   US Navy APL 29   14-May-45 Active
146 Amphion Maritime Commission C3   8,300 30-Jan-46 To USN as AR 13, to Iran 1977 as Chah Bahar (A 441), active
147 Cadmus Maritime Commission C3   8,300 23-Apr-46 To USN as AR 14, to Taiwan 1974 as Yu Tai (AR 521), scrapped 1995
148 Deucalion Maritime Commission C3 8,300 Cancelled, would have been AR 15
149 Mars Maritime Commission C3 8,300 Cancelled, would have been AR 16
    US Navy YF 752 700 1944 Later YFNB 27, sold 1981
    US Navy YF 753 700 1944 Later YFNB 28, to Vietnam 1973
    US Navy YF 754 700 1944 To DoI 1948
    US Navy YF 755 700 1944 Later YFNB 29, scuttled 1958
    US Navy YF 756 700 1944 To FLC 1946
    US Navy YF 757 700 1944 Lost 1946
    US Navy APL 53 1,300 1945 To Turkey 1974 as Binbasi Metin Sulus (Y-1205)
    US Navy APL 54 1,300 1-Jun-45 Sold 2001
    US Navy APL 55 1,300 1945 Later YRBM 18, to Vietnam 1972
    US Navy APL 56 1,300 1945 To US Army 1960
163 Algerie French Supply Council Cargo Ship   2,605 Oct-47 Later Algerien 1947, Saint Jacques 1955, Captain Pavlou 1961, scrapped 1977
164 Saint Paul French Supply Council Cargo Ship   2,605 Dec-47 Later Aeolos 1970, wrecked 1978
165 Amienois French Supply Council Cargo Ship   2,605 Nov-47 Later Azadeh 1965, scrapped 1968
166 Rouennais French Supply Council Cargo Ship   2,605 Dec-47 Later Saint Jean 1957, Fast Wind 1970, Nissos Kastellorizon 1975, scrapped 1980
167 Saint Pierre French Supply Council Cargo Ship   2,605 Sep-47 Later Monastir 1962, wrecked 1979
168 Arlesien French Supply Council Cargo Ship   2,605 Sep-47 Later Artar 1965, scrapped 1968