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Weaver Shipyard, Orange TX

Most recent update: June 12, 2012.


Joseph Weaver and Son was originally 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.  The present occupant is Beacon Maritime.  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 #

Original Name

Owner Type Tons Delivery Disposition
  Elmir Roberts Elmir Roberts Schooner 784 1918 Burnt 1919
  Gemini Tug   1941 Now Sea Raven
  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 private 1960
  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
107 MGI-F1 McGinnis, Inc. Tank Barge 336 1949 Active
  Andy R. Garrett Garrett Construction Towboat 25 1951 Active
  Don Enrique Don Enrique, Inc. Fishing Vessel 73 1953 Active
  Collins 5 Midstream Holding Tank Barge 394 1955 Active
142 Sea Raven   Research Vessel 195 1956 Now Ali Al-Hamad
143 Donald Stevenson   Tug 213 1956 Now Reuben H
  LCU 1622 U.S. Navy Landing Craft 147 1960 Now Sound Developer
157 Lady Fran Ray Perry Steele Fishing Vessel 24 1962 Active
  Off. No. 1 Coastal Tug & Barge Tank Barge 193 1969 Active
  Houston Pilot No. 3 Houston Pilots Pilot Boat 133 1970 Active
  King's Squire United Offshore Tugs Tug  99 1972 Later Mary Page Hannah. now Leona B
  Bill Stapp Waxler Tptn. Towboat  189 1975 Now Melanie D
104 ? Special T EW Holding Deck Barge 2,542 1980 Now MAC 4000
181 Little Joe Inland River Tptn. Towboat 28 1981 Now Poncho Man
180 Apex Chicago M.S.R.C. Oil Recovery 2,728 1981 Now MSRC 401