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Weaver Shipyards, Orange TX

Most recent update: August 19, 2014.


Joseph Weaver and Son was started in 1897, by Joe Weaver and George Levingston, to build barges for the Galveston Navigation District.  Levingston moved on in 1914 and the yard was primarily a repair facility until World War II, managed by Joe Weaver's son, L. E. Weaver, and L. E.'s son, L. A. Weaver.  Upon L. E. Weaver's death in 1941, other family members joined the partnership and the company's name was changed to Weaver Shipyards.  World War II increased production at the Weaver yard, when contracts to construct wooden mine sweepers and sub chasers were awarded in 1941 and 1942.  After the frenzied activity of World War II, Weaver Shipyards continued to build small vessels including wood and steel shrimp boats and also carried on with its ship repair work.  The Weaver family sold the company in 1975, but regained control in the late 1980s.  The Weaver Shipyards site continues to be owned by the Weaver family and remains involved in maritime work through lease agreements.  See the shipyard from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail your info to me at timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N.

Original Name

Original Owner

Type GT Delivery Disposition
    SC 666 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 2-Sep-42 To Free French 1944 as CH 134
    SC 667 US Navy Sub Chaser 136 22-Sep-42 Later PCC 667, to the NDRF 1948
    YMS 66 US Navy Minesweeper 278 30-Jun-42 Struck 1946
    YMS 67 US Navy Minesweeper 278 15-Jul-42 Struck 1946
    YMS 68 US Navy Minesweeper 278 1-Aug-42 Struck 1946
    YMS 69 US Navy Minesweeper 278 15-Aug-42 To France 1944 as Marjolaine (D 337), to Madagascar 1961 as Tanamasoandro, struck 1968
    YMS 70 US Navy Minesweeper 278 7-Sep-42 Caught in a storm off Leyte and lost 1944 
    YMS 71 US Navy Minesweeper 278 23-Sep-42 Mined off Borneo and lost 1945 
    YMS 72 US Navy Minesweeper 278 15-Jan-43 Struck 1946
    YMS 73 US Navy Minesweeper 278 22-Jan-43 Struck 1947 
    YMS 74 US Navy Minesweeper 278 8-Feb-43 Struck 1946
    YMS 75 US Navy Minesweeper 278 22-Feb-43 To the USSR 1945 as T-590
    YMS 247 US Navy Minesweeper 278 13-May-43 To Britain 1943 as BYMS 2247
    YMS 248 US Navy Minesweeper 278 2-Jun-43 Struck 1946
    YMS 249 US Navy Minesweeper 278 28-Jun-43 Struck 1946
    YMS 250 US Navy Minesweeper 278 30-Jul-43 Struck 1946
    YMS 251 US Navy Minesweeper 278 30-Aug-43 Struck 1946
    YMS 252 US Navy Minesweeper 278 29-Sep-43 To Britain 1943 as BYMS 2252, to Greece 1946 as Thalia, struck 1967, sold to Saudi interests
    YMS 253 US Navy Minesweeper 278 21-Oct-43 To Britain 1943 as BYMS 2253
    YMS 254 US Navy Minesweeper 278 11-Nov-43 To Britain 1943 as BYMS 2254, to the Netherlands 1946 as Deurloo (A 921), struck 1962
    YMS 255 US Navy Minesweeper 278 29-Nov-43 To Britain 1943 as BYMS 2255, mined near Boulogne and lost 1944
    YMS 256 US Navy Minesweeper 278 20-Dec-43 To Britain 1943 as BYMS 2256
    YMS 257 US Navy Minesweeper 278 19-Jan-43 To Britain 1943 as BYMS 2257, to Poland 1948 as Foka, struck 1955
    YMS 258 US Navy Minesweeper 278 8-Feb-44 To Britain 1944 as BYMS 2258, to South Korea 1948 as Kim Chon, scrapped 1968
    YMS 371 US Navy Minesweeper 278 29-Feb-44 Reclassified 1947 as Hornbill (AMS 19), sold 1960 as Los Buscaderos, later Peacock 1968, Spirit of America, sank
    YMS 372 US Navy Minesweeper 278 28-Mar-44 Reclassified 1947 as Hummer (AMS 20), to Japan 1955 as Ninoshima (MCS 662)
    YMS 373 US Navy Minesweeper 278 28-Apr-44 Reclassified 1947 as Jackdaw (AMS 21), to Brazil 1960 as Jurua (M 12), struck 1969
    YMS 374 US Navy Minesweeper 278 31-May-44 Reclassified 1947 as Kite (AMS 22), to South Korea 1947 as Kim Po (MSCO 520), struck 1977
    Gemini Tug   1941 Later Sea Raven
107 258901 MGI-F1 McGinnis, Inc. Tank Barge 336 1949 Active
  261527 Motley Brown & Root Towboat 25 1951 Later Andy R. Garrett
  266860 Don Enrique Don Enrique, Inc. Fishing Vessel 73 1953 Active
  270181 Collins 5 Midstream Holding Tank Barge 394 1955 Active
142   Sea Raven   Research Vessel 195 1956 Later Ali Al-Hamad
143   Donald Stevenson   Tug 213 1956 Later Reuben H
    YNG 45 US Navy Gate Tender   1960 To Turkey as Kapi Gemisi 1 (Y 1201)
    YNG 46 US Navy Gate Tender   1960 To Turkey as Kapi Gemisi 2 (Y 1202)
    YNG 47 US Navy Gate Tender   1960 To Turkey as Kapi Gemisi 3 (Y 1203)
157 289038 Lady Fran Ray Perry Steele Fishing Vessel 24 1962 Active
  521875 Off. No. 1 Coastal Tug & Barge Tank Barge 193 1969 Now P-1
160 530109 Houston Pilot No. 3 Houston Pilots Pilot Boat 133 1970 Active
  541529 King's Squire United Offshore Tugs Tug  99 1972 Later Mary Page Hannah. now Leona B
  561372 Bill Stapp Waxler Tptn. Towboat  189 1975 Later Melanie D, now Megan E Dupre
  599597 LCU 1622 US Navy Landing Craft 147 1959 Later Jennie L, now Sound Developer
  599597 LCU 1622 was built by Southern SB, not Weaver, and served in Vietnam though 1971: this was probably a mid-1970s conversion
  622889 Special T EW Holding Deck Barge 2,542 1980 Later MAC 4000, now Flag 4000
180 635724 Apex Chicago   Oil Recovery 2,728 1981 Now MSRC 401
181 647087 Little Joe Inland River Tptn. Towboat 28 1981 Now Poncho Man