Northwestern Shipbuilding, South Bellingham WA

(later Fairhaven Shipyard)

Most recent update: December 25, 2020.


Northwestern Shipbuilding Company was located at 201 Harris Avenue, in the Port of Bellingham.  It was formed in 1942 by some Seattle investors led by Jack Gilbert, and closed in 1947.   It later reopened as Fairhaven Shipyard, Inc., and built some fishing vessels during the boom of the 1970s, but failed again and became the Fairhaven facility of Puglia Engineering.  Puglia went bankrupt and was liquidated in 2019, so the shipyard is now vacant.  If anyone can provide any additional information about this yard or about the boats that it built, please e-mail it to me at timcolton@aol.com.  Note that this company is not related to the Fairhaven Shipyard in Fairhaven MA.

Hull # O.N. Original Name or # Original Owner Type Tons Feet Delivery Disposition
Built by Northwestern Shipbuilding
    YC 904 US Navy Lighter 100   1942 To MARAD 1947
  254797 FS 37 US Army Freighter 270   Jan-43 Sold as Expansion, later Twin Hill, Karen Z., King Oscar, sank 1992
  250010 FS 38 US Army Freighter 270   Jan-43 Sold as Coastal Forest, later Magic Isle
    FS 39 US Army Freighter 270   Jan-43  
  250009 FS 40 US Army Freighter 270   Jan-43 Sold as Coastal Glacier, to Ste. Pierre & Miq. 1954 as Langlade, sold 1967 as Pascal-Annie, CTL after grounding 1970
    FS 41 US Army Freighter 270   Jan-43  
    YMS 285 US Navy Minesweeper 278   26-Jun-43 To the USSR 1945 as T-610, scrapped
    YMS 286 US Navy Minesweeper 278   27-Jul-43 Struck 1946
  284519 LT 156 US Army Large Tug 275   Sep-43 Named SGT Fred N. Coleman, to USN 1946 as ATA 244, sold 1960 as E. A. Judd, later Tyonek, left in Vietnam
  275168 LT 157 US Army Large Tug 275   Oct-43 Named PTE Herbert G. Goldman, sold 1950s as Ed V. Turner, later Santiam, left in Vietnam
    LT 158 US Army Large Tug 275   Nov-43 Sold 1946 as Mary Mackin, later yacht, burnt 2004 on Burrard Beach
    LT 159 US Army Large Tug 275   Dec-43 To Italy 1946 as Forte, scrapped 1988
  249894 LT 160 US Army Large Tug 275   Jan-44 Sold 1946 as Sea Horse, later Martha Foss, Makah, sank in Vietnam 1969
    ATR 31 US Navy Rescue Tug 850   30-Oct-43 To Peru 1947 as Candestible Selendon (ARS 21), later Selendon
    ATR 32 US Navy Rescue Tug 850   19-Jan-44 Disposed of 1946
    ATR 33 US Navy Rescue Tug 850   28-Mar-44 Disposed of 1946
    ATR 34 US Navy Rescue Tug 850   31-May-44 Disposed of 1946
    FS 243 US Army Freighter 540   Mar-44 Either FS 243 or FS 247 was later Harold C. Hanson, sold 1947 as Orohena, later Vaiatea, sunk 1977 in Papeete
    FS 244 US Army Freighter 540   Apr-44 Named LT Walter J. Will, sold as Dennis Winn, later Expansion, Temehani, sank in Bora Bora 1982
    FS 245 US Army Freighter 540   May-44 Later Libby, Veta C, Chelan, sank off Cape Decision 1954
    FS 246 US Army Freighter 540   Jun-44 Named LT Raymond Zussman, sold to FWS 1950 as Penguin II, retired 1964
    FS 247 US Army Freighter 540   Jul-44 See FS 243
  250431 FS 248 US Army Freighter 540   Aug-44 Sold as Garland, later Fred D. Parr, Victor H, Victoria M, scuttled 2003
  249780 LT 451 US Army Large Tug 275   Aug-44 Sold 1946 as Sea Wolf, burnt off Hawaii 1964 and scrapped
  277025 LT 452 US Army Large Tug 275   Sep-44 Named SGT Raymond E. Baser, sold 1958 as Adeline Foss, later Ann W, sunk as target by Bolivian Navy 1979
Built by Fairhaven Shipyard
  248392 Samantha Rae   Fishing Vessel 39 49 1945  
  252739 Anchor   Fishing Vessel 40 49 1947  
24 554126 Bering Sea   Fishing Vessel 198 103 1973  
  558605 American Eagle   Fishing Vessel 198 111 1974  
  560237 Alyeska   Fishing Vessel 198 111 1974  
  561657 Intrepid   Fishing Vessel 198 111 1974  
46 566399 Alaskan Pride   Fishing Vessel 198 111 1975 Sank 1993
  571854 Sandra Foss Foss Maritime Tug 199 102 1976  
  571855 Stacey Foss Foss Maritime Tug 199 102 1976