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Ballard Marine Railway, Seattle WA

(now Pacific Fishermen Shipyard & Electric, LLC)

Most recent update: January 14, 2011.


Ballard Marine Railway (and the related company, Ballard Shipbuilding) was a significant small shipyard from the 19th century through WWII.  It was located at the foot of 24th Avenue NW, where the Pacific Fishermen shipyard is today.  It was taken over in 1946 by Pacific Fishermen, a collective of Ballard fishermen who wanted control over who repaired their boats.  Visit them at www.pacificfishermen.com and see the yard from the air on Google here.  Will anyone who can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Hull #

Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Built Disposition
Built by Ballard Marine Railway
  Bailey Gatzert   Ferry   1890  
  Hydra   Fishing Vessel 31 1912 Active
  Miss Debbri   Fishing Vessel 25 1914 Active
  Creosote   Tug 31 1921 Active
  Deception Pass   Fishing Vessel 63 1924 Active
  Mahoe Hawaiian T & B Tug 231 1925 Said, at the time, to be the world's largest diesel tug
  Sultan   Fishing Vessel 14 1926 Active
  El Mistico   Recreational 20 1927 Active
  Mikimiki Hawaiian T & B Tug 264 1928  
  BYMS 25 US Navy Minesweeper 278 14-Jul-42 Returned 1946, sold 1947
  BYMS 26 US Navy Minesweeper 278 22-Aug-42 Sold 1946 as car ferry, later Jacques Cousteau's research ship Calypso
  BYMS 27 US Navy Minesweeper 278 20-Sep-42 To Italy 1947 as Oleandro, struck 1966
  BYMS 28 US Navy Minesweeper 278 29-Oct-42 To Egypt 1949 as Arish, discarded 1970
  YMS 326 US Navy Minesweeper 278 15-Mar-43 Struck 1946
  YMS 327 US Navy Minesweeper 278 19-Apr-43 Reclassified 1947 as Ruff (AMS 54), sold 1969
  YMS 328 US Navy Minesweeper 278 26-May-43 Sold 1946, bought by John Wayne in 1965 and converted to the luxury yacht Wild Goose: now a dinner cruise boat in Newport Beach CA
  YMS 329 US Navy Minesweeper 278 3-Jul-43 Scuttled 1948
  YMS 330 US Navy Minesweeper 278 6-Aug-43 To Korea 1948 as Kang Kyong, scrapped 1963
  YMS 331 US Navy Minesweeper 278 10-Sep-43 Struck 1946
  YMS 332 US Navy Minesweeper 278 12-Oct-43 To the USSR 1945 as T-611, scrapped 1956
  YMS 333 US Navy Minesweeper 278 2-Dec-43 Struck 1946
  PCS 1457 US Navy Sub Chaser 278 26-Feb-44 Later John Blish (AGS 10, then AGSC 10), scrapped 1950
  PCS 1458 US Navy Sub Chaser 278 17-May-44 Later Derickson, sold 1948
  YP 635 US Navy Patrol Craft 278 1945 Sold 1948
  YP 636 US Navy Patrol Craft 278 1945 Sold 1948
Built by Pacific Fishermen
  Northern Light II   Fishing Vessel 59 1961 Now Cinnamon Girl
  Mary D   Fishing Vessel 41 1963 Now Julie Ann
  Jerilyn Peter Jack, Sr. Fishing Vessel 41 1963 Active
  Cape Falcon John M. Kristovich Fishing Vessel 42 1965 Active
  Sea Ern Sea Ern Llc Fishing Vessel 197 1966 Active
  Tempest Northwest Tempest Fishing Vessel 174 1966 Active
6 Amatuli Amatuli Fishing Fishing Vessel 197 1967 Active
  Shellfish J & R Dooley Shellfish Fishing Vessel 196 1967 Active
  Viking Queen Icicle Seafoods Fishing Vessel 195 1967 Active
  Dauntless   Fishing Vessel 194 1967  
  Teejin   Fishing Vessel 194 1967  
  Tugidak   Fishing Vessel 194 1967 Active
9 Tuxedni Trident Seafoods Fishing Vessel 187 1968 Active
  Endeavor   Fishing Vessel 198 1969 Sank 1983
11 Confidence Haerling Enterprises Fishing Vessel 182 1969 Active
  Resolution   Fishing Vessel 198 1969  
  Seaview Alf O. Sorvik Fishing Vessel 197 1969 Sank 1986
  Valiant Bowlden Inc Fishing Vessel 195 1969 Active
  Adventure L F K Inc Fishing Vessel 188 1970 Active
  Discovery   Fishing Vessel 199 1970 Now Elizabeth F