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A. C. Brown & Son, Tottenville NY

Most recent update: July 3, 2014.


This yard was started in 1873 by A. C. Brown, a fourth-generation shipbuilder and appears to have closed in the early 1930s.   It was both a significant yacht builder and a major builder of tugs and other commercial craft, located at the foot of Amboy Road.  There were several other small shipyards in Tottenville, but the only one to come close to competing with Brown was J. S. Ellis & Son.  The table below includes all vessels listed in MVUS as having been built in Tottenville, with the builder identified where known - B for Brown, O for others.  If anyone can add to or correct the data in the table, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

 Yard Hull # O.N. Name  Original Owner Vessel Type GT Built Disposition

Commercial Vessels

  25226 Undine   Passenger 12 1875  
  115685 Sadie E. Ellis Glen Cove Marine Tug 37 1879  
  130169 Nellie M. Tyorell   Tug 10 1879  
  140377 Lydia Van Name August Larson Fishing 12 1879  
  20582 Queen Mab Martha Johnson Tug 19 1880  
  155020 Orcadia   Wat 31 1880  
  125920 Cornelia   Tug 41 1881  
  95650 Harry   Freighter 77 1881  
  95642 Hessie   Passenger 54 1881  
  85734 George B. Roe Androvett Towing Tug 42 1882  
  85763 Glen Cove   Tug 47 1882  
  140548 Lizzie H Long Island Oyster Oyster Boat 34 1882  
  76416 Americus Gowanus Towing Tug 22 1883 Later John Sparks
  106178 Allie and Evie   Tug 27 1883 Later Sprite
  106204 A. and W. Manee Pearsall & Son Tug 11 1883  
  115962 Sarah Ann  Carpenter Robert T. Cooper Schooner 65 1883  
B I. J. Merritt Merritt & Chapman Salvage Tug 354 1884 Deleted 1917
  76578 John Hagerty Norfolk Lighterage Schooner 235 1885  
B 91823 Mystery T Wharf Boat Co. Misc.  55 1886 To USN 1918 as ID 2744, returned 1919
  157310 Domino George Schultz Passenger  14 1886  
  130386 Nonpareil NY & NJ SS Co. Freighter 53 1887 Later Holbrook, G. J. Conroy
  135933 E. Helpershausen   Tug 111 1887 Later Minot I. Wilcox
  92070 Mabel   Tug 26 1888 Later St. John
  116190 Sterling   Tug 61 1888 Later William A. Carroll
  106527 Annie L Harbor Towboat Tug 65 1888 Later F. Y. Robertson
  145480 Theodore Smith Ellis E. Howard Tug 33 1888  
B J. D. Jones Merritt & Chapman Salvage Tug 650d 1889 To USN 1898 as Apache, renamed Aspinet 1918, YF 176 1920, sold 1925
  96030 H. B. Rawson   Tug  54 1889  
  76810 Automatic Fred B. Dalzell Tug  94 1889  
  81245 Wonder Newtown Creek Towing Tug 34 1889  
  81296 West Farms Red Star Towing Freighter 39 1890 Later East Chester
  81302 Windsor   Freighter 102 1890 Later Francis E. Kelly, Stapleton
B 96095 Henry Seymour Merritt & Chapman Salvage Tug 169 1890 To USN 1917 as ID 3225, returned 1919
  141134 Laurel  Standard Oyster Oyster Boat 51 1891  
  141171 Lola M Charles Beckwith Tug 45 1891  
  155201 Oriole   Fishing 26 1891 Later Mercedes
  130532 NY Central No. 19 NY Central RR Tug 85 1891 Later Catherine T, Rose McNeill 
77020 John Lundy   Oyster Boat 27 1892  
E 81396 White Rose   Tug 74 1892 Later Willet
  120904 Flushing Red Star Towing Tug 49 1892  
B 126909 C. Offerman   Tug 51 1892 Later Chas P. Kuper, to USN 1917 as SP 1235, returned 1919, later Rose Reichert
  111051 Robert E. Petty M. B. Phelps Tug 60 1893 Later Shirley Keller, Jack, George A. Keogh
  157390 D. S. Arnott   Tug 93 1893 Later Laura M. Keeler
  3642 Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin Tptn. Passenger  489 1894  
  145600 Thos. F. Gilroy   Ferry  24 1894  
  107160 Annie E. Edwards Robert Ferguson Oyster Boat 61 1895  
  81510 Widgeon   Misc. 9 1895  
  96345 H. B. Moore, Jr. Sivert J. Kron Tug  52 1896 Later Dorothy
  161087 Kathryn Meseck Towing Tug 84 1896 Later Edward P. Meseck
  157447 Daisy   Ferry 47 1896 Later William L. Strong, The Bronx
  136606 Edith   Tug 37 1897 Later St. George
B Gaivota   Tug 74 1897 To USN 1917 as SP 436, returned 1919
  107294 A. C. Brown   Passenger 22 1897  
  107424 Adam Weber Warren Critchlow Freighter 64 1898  
  145791 Thomas Flannery   Tug 77 1898 Later Thomas H
  155321 Ocracoke Old Dominion S.S. Co Passenger 421 1898 Later Westover 1923, scrapped 1933
  161816 Vigil Charles T. Caine Passenger 26 1898  
B Rescue Merritt & Chapman Salvage Tug 538 1899 To USN 1918 as ID 3209, returned 1919, later Fillet 1927, foundered off Montauk Point 1928
  116913 Stamford Red Star Towing Tug 55 1899  
B 127335 Champion Merritt & Chapman Salvage Tug 342 1899 Scuttled 1937
B Jack T. Scully Neptune Line Tug  220 1899 To USN 1917 as Mariner (SP 1136), foundered 1918
  157563 Dictator Hudson Towing Tug 96 1899 Later Gerard H. Keller, III
  93013 Martha   Oyster Boat 16 1900  
B 77438 John W. Chittenden Merritt & Chapman Salvage Tug 235 1900 To USN 1918 as ID 3224, returned 1919
B 169693 S. B. Greacen Newark Express Co. Freighter 130 1900 Later Kearny
B 77463 John B. Collins O. A. Gilbert Freighter 325 1901  
B 111334 Ruth E. Pember   Schooner 95 1901  
B 157626 Dubois   Tug 223 1901  
  141747 Lottie B Newport Oil Tanker 27 1901  
  136901 Earle Andrew Radel Oysters Oyster Boat 14 1901  
  107663 Agnes H. White   Tug 39 1901 Later W. A. Forman
B 155420 O'Brien Brothers O'Brien Brothers  Tug 108 1901  
  93193 Margaret Gowanus Towing Tug 40 1901 Later Hesperus
  130992 New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots' Assn Pilot Boat 478 1902 In collision off Sandy Hook, 1914
  137049 Edenia Erie Basin Towing Freighter  52 1902 Later Billy
  150983 Port Chester   Tug  138 1902  
  77530 John Douglass Reichert Towing Tug  52 1902 Later Frederick Reichert 
B 77546 John K. Gilkinson Shamrock Towing Tug 108 1902 Later Gerard H. Keller, Fortuna, Robert J. McGuirl
  117136 Stapleton George W. Stapleton Passenger 38 1902  
  86640 Gladys Valvoline Oil Tanker 10 1902  
B 3916 Bouker Fred B. Dalzell Tug 125 1902 Later Dalzelline
E 96672 H. C. Ellis   Tug 13 1903  
B 96681 Henry O'Brien Tug Henry O'Brien Tug 64 1904  
  200187 George P. Taylor Atlantic Transport Tug 64 1903 Later Ashland
  200449 Frank Steers   Tug 52 1903 Later Donald G, St. Helen
B 200506 Hiawatha   Tug 69 1903 To USN 1918 as ID 2892, returned 1919, later Thomas A. Meseck
B 200944 Robert Rogers   Tug 179d 1904 Later Bouker No. 2, to USN 1917 as ID 1275, later YT 30, sold 1922 to City of Norfolk VA
  201349 Stranger James Heeling Co. Freighter 40 1904  
  201357 Henry Maurer William E. Burke Tug 46 1904  
  201842 Triumph Harlem River Towing Tug 77 1904 Later Convoy
  201495 Novia Southern Menhaden Fishing 46 1904  
  201665 Arthur Kill Quantico Co. Tug 95 1905 Later Jessie Morse, Jas. A. McKenna, Quantico
B 201699 John M. Worth New England Nav  Co Cargo Ship 442 1905 Deleted 1939
B 201711 William M. Dailey   Tug 161 1905 Later Cristobal, Phoenix, Charles Henry McWilliams, Bouker No. 3, Charles D. McAllister
B 201862 Edwin Brandow   Tug 124 1905 Later Walter L. Meseck, Margaret Olsen
  202081 Dorothy   Misc. 14 1902  
E 202405 Downer Downer Towing Tug 65 1906 Later Russell 18
B 202692 Thomas C. Millard John E. Moore Co Passenger 356 1905 Later Owana 1929, abandoned 1937
B 202732 Ideal Newport News SB Tug 149 1906  
B 202855 I. E. Brown Frederick F. Brown Oyster Boat 133 1906  
  202886 Nelson Oskar G. Hokanson Fishing 34 1906  
  203036 Americus American Oyster Oyster Boat 73 1906  
  203037 Columbia Long Island Oysters Oyster Boat 78 1906  
  203139 Greenwich Red Star Towing Tug 70 1906  
  203421 William J. Dalley Dalley's Towing Tug 80 1906  
  203642 Delivery II Standard Vacuum Oil Tanker 45 1906  
B 203647 Comport Atlantic Lighterage Tug 180 1906 Later Kookaburra
  203666 Lieutenant J. & J. W. Ellsworth Fishing 21 1906  
B 203724 Standard   Freighter 299 1906 Later Roy B. White
B 203851 NY Central No. 24 NY Central RR Tug 215 1907 Later Pontin Brothers
  203985 New Rochelle New Haven Towing Tug 54 1907 Later Wm. F. Meseck, Edward P. Avery
  204077 Charles A. Fox Fred B. Dalzell Tug 67 1907 Later Clifford G. Dalzell
  204081 Thos. W. Rogers Red Star Towing Tug 54 1907 Later Pelham
  204135 Alice Standard Oyster Oyster Boat 37 1907  
  204418 Amy B Phoenix Fuel Freighter 37 1907  
  204513 Osceola Champlain Tptn. Freighter 32 1906  
B 204539 Port Chester   Freighter 373 1907 Later Ruth
  204898 Socony 10 Standard Oil of NY Tug 91 1907  
  204967 Pawnee   Tug 112 1908 Later Helen B. Moran, McGuirl Bros.
B 205195 Norwalk Red Star Towing Tug 110 1908  
E 205319 W. H. Childs Barrett Co. Tug 98 1908  
B 205624 Addie L. Lowndes     131 1908  
B 205835 Wm. J. Conway Stanwood Towing Tug 65 1908  
  205966 Gladys L   Tug 26 1909 Later Abiworks No. 3
B 206169 Ambrose Keeler Elmer A. Keeler Tug 168 1909 Later J. S. Packard
B 206616 Goodwin No. 14 Goodwin-Gallagher Tug 143 1909  
B 207144 Chancellor Merritt & Chapman Salvage Tug 383 1910 Burnt 1928
  207186 Resolute Sea Coast Oysters Oyster Boat 47 1910  
  207240 Alice George L. Schmidt Passenger 20 1910  
  207299 Robert C. Clowry Western Union Cable Ship 532 1910 Later Telegraph 1926, Salvor 1930, scrapped 1938
  207302 C. S. Sofield James J. Murray Freighter 40 1910  
B 207481 Henry N. DuBois   Tug 164 1910 Later William F. Meseck
  208067 Huntington Red Star Towing Tug 85 1910  
  208099 Egerton   Tug 81 1910 Later Louis O'Donnell
E 208572 Edward S. Atwood Clyde-Mallory Lines Tug 111 1911  
B 208824 Fulton NY & NJ SS Co. Freighter 158 1911  
  208991 Downer IX Downer Towing Tug 70 1911  
  209256 Downer X Downer Towing Tug 69 1911  
  209269 Herbert E. Keller Hudson Towing Tug 57 1911  
  209698 Westerly Merritt Chapman Tug 68 1912  
  209933 Admiral Halsey Wright Passenger 14 1912  
  210002 Peconic Sea Coast Oysters Oyster Boat 48 1912  
B 210350 Silouan     201 1912  
B 210516 Pequot U.S. Gypsum Tptn.  Freighter 199 1912  
E 210565 W. F. Dalzell Fred B. Dalzell Tug 147 1912  
B 210568 Matchless     163 1912  
B 210880 Howard C. Moore John E. Moore Passenger 158 1913 To USN 1918 as ID 2872 but never commissioned
B 210886 Industry NY & NJ SB Co. Freighter 443 1912  
  211015 Napeague Cedar Island Oysters Oyster Boat 50 1913  
B 211143 Alex Brown Aransas Dock Tug 119d 1912 To USN 1918 as ID 2725, later Saco (YT 31), sold 1927
  211528 Bronx Red Star Towing Tug 51 1913  
B 211687 William J. Gillen Gillen Towing Tug 203 1913 Later C. Blaine Warner, Gypsum
B 211820 David H   Tug 208 1913 Later August Johnson, Stephen Guardino, Windsor 
  211946 A. Lincoln Ford Sea Riders, Inc. Freighter 19 1913  
  212250 Thomas F. O'Brien   Tug 86 1914 Later Gustav Ackerman, Harlem River No. 1, Downer XV
B 212343 Fred B. Dalzell Baker-Whiteley Coal Tug 159 1914 Later Britannia
B 212346 C. G. Ackerman Manhattan Oil Transit Tug 99 1913 Later Viatic
B 212427 Danna   Passenger 34 1914 Later Lady Anne, to USN 1917 as SP 154, returned 1920, later Talofa
  212567 Downer V Downer Towing Tug 61 1914 Later Russell 14
  212814 Bivalve Cold Spring Oysters Oyster Boat 14 1914  
B 213536 Hudson Hudson Towing Tug 130 1915  
  213795 Herbert F. Black Meseck Towing Tug 50 1915 Later Joseph Meseck
B Manatee   Motor Boat   1915 To USN 1917 as SP 51, returned 1919
  Virginia Virginia Pilots' Assn Pilot Boat   1916 Sold 1939
  214021 Carrollton   Tug 83 1916 Later Madeline Meseck
  214025 Delivery No. 4 Socony-Vacuum Tug 64 1916  
  214314 Marlenita William Capek Passenger 11 1916  
  214377 Downer XII Downer Towing Tug 74 1916  
B 214489 Maren Lee   Tug 132 1916  
  214590 Socony No. 4 Socony-Vacuum Tug 97 1916 Later Bangor Socony
B 215612 Henry Gillen Gillen Towing Tug 149 1917  
  215634 Portchester Red Star Towing Tug 86 1917  
B 215894 Old Dominion Bayonne & NH Tptn. Co. Freighter 157 1917 Later Edward J. Barton, Jr., Jessie C. Williams, Marjorie
B 216077 Ackerman Brothers Manhattan Oil Transit Tanker 147 1918  
B 219281 Evelyn Ackerman Manhattan Oil Transit Tug 99 1919 Later Socony 26
B 219487 I. J. Merritt Merritt & Chapman Salvage Tug 794 1919 To USN 1918 as ID 3780, returned 1919, scuttled 1935
B 220001 Persistence U.S. Shipping Board Harbor Tug 181 1920 Later Allentown, A. E. Ackerman, Socony 27, St. Thomas
B 220002 Prowess U.S. Shipping Board Harbor Tug 181 1920 Later Belmar, Madelyne J. Meseck
B 220018   U.S. Shipping Board Harbor Tug 181 1920 Later America
B 220239 Force U.S. Shipping Board Harbor Tug 181 1920 Later Salisbury Park, George A. Keogh, Asbury Park
B 220240 Valor U.S. Shipping Board Harbor Tug 181 1920 Later Cavalier, Thomas F. O'Brien
B na   U.S. Shipping Board Harbor Tug 181   Cancelled
B na   U.S. Shipping Board Harbor Tug 181   Cancelled
B na   U.S. Shipping Board Harbor Tug 181   Cancelled
B na   U.S. Shipping Board Harbor Tug 181   Cancelled
B na   U.S. Shipping Board Harbor Tug 181   Cancelled
B 220712 Socony 28 Standard Oil of NY Tug 204 1919  
  221396 Seaboard M. & J. Tracy Tug 41 1921  
B 221462 Walter L. Meseck Meseck Towing Tug 76 1921 Later Patapsco
  221516 Catherine Carroll Carroll Towing Tug 85 1921  
  221517 Joseph F. Carroll Carroll Towing Tug 85 1921  
  221518 M. J. Carroll Carroll Towing Tug 85 1921  
  221535 Downer XIV Downer Towing Tug 74 1921  
B 222640 Hempstead Meseck Towing Tug 128 1922  
B 222680 Bessie C. Meseck Meseck Towing Tug 89 1922 Later Old Dominion
B 222728 Carrie T. Meseck Meseck Towing Tug 89 1922 Later Norfolk
  223229 Nautic Fred B. Dalzell Tug 96 1922  
B 223544 Ideal Arthur Ackerman Tug 147 1924  
B 223597 Bessie C. Meseck Meseck Towing Tug 103 1924  
  223637 Authentic Fred B. Dalzell Tug 94 1924  
B 223658 Mary E. Meseck Meseck Towing Tug 103 1924  
B 223814 Russell 18   Tug 104 1924 Later Downer VIII
B 224959 Pan-Am Mexican Petroleum Tug 148 1925  
B 225028 Russell 17   Tug 103 1925 Later Thomas Tracy
B 225344 William Simmons Simmons Lee Corp. Tug 133 1926  
  225617 John Morrissey   Tug 64 1926 Later Gramercy
B 226163 Helen B. Moran Moran Towing Tug 118 1926  
B 226256 Joseph F. Meseck Meseck Towing Tug 174 1927  
B 226261 Systematic Fred B. Dalzell Tug 130 1927  
  226615 John W. Van Pelt John H. Van Pelt Tug 22 1927  
B 226902 New Rochelle Red Star Towing Tug 105 1927  
  227108 Dynamic Dynamic Corp. Tug 69 1927  
B 229081 Maren Lee Simmons-Lee Corp. Tug 140 1929  
B 229111 Marion A. C. Meseck Meseck Towing Tug 89 1929  
B 229856 Frederick E. Meseck Meseck Towing Tug 206 1930  
B 229858 Eugene T. Meseck Meseck Towing Tug 206 1930  
B 230145 Barney Turecamo M. Turecamo Tug 111 1930  
  230419 Better Time Howland Towing Tug 13 1930  
B 230779 Patrick J. McGuirl Shamrock Towing Tug 110 1931  
B 231022 Walter L. Meseck Meseck Towing Tug 100 1931  

Sailing Vessels and Yachts

B J. P. Musere Ralph M. Munroe Yacht   1878?  
  125636 El Dorado   Sloop 14 1882  
B Anemone Gilbert Haight Yacht   1882  
B Kingfish Ralph M. Munroe Yacht   1883  
B Pelican Edward & Thomas Hine Yacht   1885  
B Presto Ralph M. Munroe Yacht   1885