Western Boatbuilding, Tacoma WA

Most recent update: March 28, 2017.


Western Boatbuilding Corporation was started by Martin Petrich, Joe Martinac and Wm. Wichert in 1916, on the site of the former Tacoma Mill Company, now Jack Hyde Park, at the foot of Starr Street.  In 1922, they moved to East 11th Street on the Thea Foss Waterway.  In WWII, they built sub chasers, minesweepers and J-boats at the 11th Street yard and started a second yard on D Street, called Petrich Shipbuilding, to build larger boats.  The 11th St yard burnt down in 1965 and a new yard was built on Marine View Drive, on the Hylebos Waterway.  If anyone can add to or correct the table below, please contact me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull #

O.N.

Original Name

Original Owner

Type

GT

Ft.

Built

Disposition

1

215146

Alameda

K Starubuck &  G Rosin

Seiner

45

65

1917

To USN as SP-1040 but never taken up 

2

214910

Oregon Wolf

J Petrich, Milos & Cordich

Seiner

42

65

1917

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

1917

 

4

 

 

Kuljis Brothers

Seiner

 

60

1917

 

5

 

Bonilla

Puget Sound Freight

Cargo Vessel

 

 

1917

 

6

215104

Slaven

A&P Products Co.

Seiner

 

 

1917

Sold in Canada 1935

7

215200

Frank & Lena

J Ljubich

Seiner

 

60

1917

Abandoned 1935

8

215207

Nevada

Baganich & Lummi Pak

Seiner

 

60

1917

 

9

215250

St. Nicholas

Paul Plenkovich

Seiner

35

 

1917

 

10

215271

Lummi

Lummi Bay Packing

Tender

 

70

1917

 

11

215272

Putnik

N Mosich & J&G Misetich

Seiner

 

60

1917

 

12

215378

Hillside No. 1

Hillside Canning Co.

Seiner

 

60

1917

 

13

215379

Hillside No. 2

F Padovan & Hillside Can

Seiner

 

60

1917

 

14

215406

New Elmer

S Mezich

Seiner

 

56

1917

 

15

215445

Carolen

C Frank

Seiner

28

56

1917

Later Laurie Ann

16

216061

Omaha

J Petrich & Cordich

Seiner

43

65

1918

Later Oregon City, Lizzie.

17

216081

Siren

Northwestern Fisheries

Tender

 

65

1918

 

18

216206

Attu

Northwestern Fisheries

Tender

29

58

1918

 

19

216340

Tongass

Northwestern Fisheries

Tender

63

72

1918

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918

 

21

 

 

Northwestern Fisheries

Tender

 

38

1918

 

22

216559

Estebeth

Kaser & Davis

Psgr. Cargo

70

65

1918

 

23

 217385

Standard

J Vitalich

Seiner

 

65

1918

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

1918

 

25

216936

Starling

Pacific American Fisheries

Seiner

44

58

1918

 

26

217784

Ulloa

Nakat Packing Corp.

Fishing Vessel

22

41

1919

 

27

217922

Thos. E. Wilson

Wilson Fisheries Co.

Fishing Vessel

67

70

1919

Deleted 2008

28

218086

Starlight

Stuart Fish Co.

Seiner

48

59

1919

Active ?

29

218151

Mary G II

Galicia Fish

Seiner

 

60

1919

 

30

218353

Frederick “C”

Leon Anderson

Freight

 

69

1919

 

31

218326

St. Mary

A Picinich

Seiner

 

62

1919

 

32

218537

Victory

T Novak

Seiner

40

57

1919

To USCG 1942 as CG-63014, returned 1943

33

219794

F. C. Barnes

F C Barnes Co.

Can Seiner

 

70

1919

 

34

220066

New  Zora

A Zorich

Seiner

 

62

1920

Later Sonar Belle, Ursa Major

35

220164

Coney Island

M Martich & K Malahui

Seiner

 

65

1920

 

36

220170

Sealand

M Caleta & P Markovich

Seiner

 

62

1920

 

37

219793

Alyeska

Alaska Fish Co.

Seiner

 27

50

1920

In collision off Coos Bay 1962

38

219983

Georgia

N Bez, G Misetich, Gargas

Seiner

 

62

1920

 

39

219945

Costa Rica

N Bez, G Misetich, Gargas

Seiner

 

62

1920

 

40

219947

Mutual

Fidalgo Is. Packing

Seiner

100 

79

1920

Lost 1992 

41

219970

Suemez

Alaska Fish Co.

Seiner

 

50

1919

 

42

220266

Shamrock

E DeLarro (Radonich)

Seiner

 

65

1920

 

43

220294

Umatilla

P Petrich & J Katria

Seiner

53

63

1920

Later Superior, to USCG 1942 as CG-68010, returned 1943

44

220357

Aberdeen

P Andrijasevich

Seiner

 

65

1920

 

45

221831

City of Tacoma

Tacoma Ferry Co

Ferry

 

113

1921

Breakwater 1962, sank 1969 

46

222057

Betty

San Juan Fish & Pack

Seiner

 

62

1922

In collision and sank off Willapa Harbor 1964

47

222149

Mary Ellen

 

Fishing Vessel

 

 

1922

 

48

224427

Kanaga

A Nelson

Halibut

 

68

1925

 

49

224605

Gig Harbor

Tacoma Ferry Co ? 

Ferry

 

116

1925

 

50

224650

Frostland

 

Seiner

 

62

1925

 

51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

52

225561

Kodiak

M A Petrich & J Ljubich

Seiner

49

62

1926

Active ?

53

225685

Tulip Queen

M Kuljis & M Gazija

Seiner

 

67

1926

Sold in Mexico 1941

54

225992

Seatac

 

Freight

 

107

1926

 

55

230776

Emil

Pacific Seine Bts (Mardes)

Seiner

 

67

1926

 

56

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

57

226355

Genevieve H.

Mike Huger

Seiner

 

 

1927

 

58

226438

Beloit II

John Knaplund

Halibut

35

51

1927

Active.

59

226518

Valencia

P Milos & J J Petrich

Seiner

 

59

1927

Sold in Mexico 1941

60

226591

Olympic

J Breskovich & N Marinkovich

Seiner

 

72

1927

 

61

226715

Gladiator

J Breskovich & N Marinkovich

Seiner

53

62

1927

Later Vanessa Mae, Norma K, T W Legacy

62

227057

Bessemer

Nick Boskovich

Seiner

 

72

1927

 

63

227235

Clipper

John Smeland & M A Petrich

Halibut

 

75

1928

 

64

226146

Hunter No. 4

James Hunter

Work Boat

 

48

1926

Stranded off Waddah Island 1934

65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

66

226541

Sitka

John Ljubich

Seiner

 

 

1927

 

67

226443

Oregon

A. Kordich

 

 

 

1927

Stranded off Monterey 1927

68

227284

Cypress

 

Fishing Vessel

77

70

1928

Now yacht Lady Grace

69

 

Chris C

Alaska Herring Packers

Seiner

 

70

1927

 

70

227480

Success

Nick Mosich

Seiner

 

68

1928

 

71

227524

Stanford

J Stanbuck & P Jugovich

Seiner

 

68

1928

 

72

227594

Marian F.

O&H Floc & G H Kravik

Seiner

 

68

1928

 

73

227823

Belana

Merchant’s Trans. Co.

Freight

 

51

1928

 

74

228070

Old Timer

Nick Plancich

Seiner

 

7?

1928

 

75

568465

Rena Marie

 

Fishing Vessel

74

70

1928

Later Miss Barbi, San Juan, Tee-Wee-Wass

76

227724

Sea Wolf

Frank Simetovich

Seiner

 

70

1928

 

77

 

Snow King

San Juan Fisheries

Seiner

 

77

1928

 

78

 

Snow Cloud

Nootka Packing Co.

Seiner

 

68

1928

 

79

228817

Marymount

Mullan, Bartich and Jurich

Fishing Vessel

44

46

1929

Now Johnnie B, active

80

228220

Alma

Eric Ericksen 

Seiner

40

56

1929

Active?

81

228318

Advance

P Marinkovich & J Cvitanovich 

Seiner

 54

68

1929

 

82

228382

Howkan

Northwestern Fisheries

Fishing Vessel

99

79

1929

Active.

83

228789

Rally

 

Seiner

 

63

1929

 

84

228793

Frances

J Rabaso

Fishing Vessel

56

64

1929

Deleted 2004

85

228446

Karluk

Karluk Fisheries Inc

Fishing Vessel

94

78

1929

To USN 1942 as YP 561, returned 1943 as Karluk. Active

86

229182

Western Spirit

M A Petrich & ?

Seiner

 

71

1929

 

87

229509

Admiralty

Coastwise Fisheries

Seiner

 62

65

1930

 

88

228298

Theo E.

Pacific American Fisheries

Seiner

72

68

1929

 

89

229685

Snow Slide

Northwest Packing Co.

Seiner

 

68

1929

Later Verona

90

229792

Snow Drift

Northwest Packing Co.

Seiner

 

50

1930

Later Leader

91

229885

Sun Maid

John Brands

Seiner

 

72

1930

Sold in Italy 1935

92

230063

Northwestern

Northwestern Tuna Co 

Tuna Clipper

364

117

1930

To USN 1941 as YP 285, returned 1946, later Ptarmigan, lost 1979

93

230141

Buccaneer

 

Seiner

 

64

1930

 

94

230436

Western Pride

Geo. Korgan

Seiner

 

78

1930

 

95

230936

St. Patrick

 

Seiner

 

53

1931

Foundered off Shelter Cove 1935

96

 

 

A&J Refferes & O Udahl

Seiner

 

70

1930

 

97

229541

Satrania 

John I. Satra

Seiner

61

64

1930

 

98

229459

W. J. Crooker

Glacier Packing Co.

 

 

 

1930

 

99

 

 

John Uglesich

Seiner

 

70

1930

 

100

 

 

Louis & Nick Vitalich

Seiner

 

74

1930

 

101

 

 

Anton Castelo

Seiner

 

 

1930

 

102

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930

 

103

 

 

N Milosevich, A Mardesich

Seiner

 

70

1930

 

104

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

105

 

 

John Sumich

Seiner

 

64

1931

 

106

232548

Western Pilot

Seiner

 113

76

1934

First fishing vessel with a radio

107

233039

Jeanette F.

Northwestern Fish.

Seiner

 

76

1934

 

108

233534

Western Maid

 

Seiner

78

70

1935

Now Western

109

233766

Sunset

Nick Mardesich

Seiner

 

76

1935

 

110

233844

Henning J.

 

Seiner

 

 

1935

 

111

234141

Wanderer

Wanderer Inc

Seiner

112

75

1935

Existence in doubt 2000

112

234600

Warrior

Puget Sound Freight Lines

Freighter

 

154

1936

 

113

234346

Champion

Atlas Packing/Poehlitz

Seiner

113

76

1935

Active.

114

234995

Kingfisher

J. Dragich

Seiner

 

55

1936

Wrecked off Newport Harbor 1938

115

234941

Western Chief

Sam Mezich

Seiner

 

76

1936

To USN 1941 as YP 94, wrecked 1945

116

235233

North Cape

P A Berntsen 

Seiner

116 

84

1936

 

117

235322

New Crivello

 

Seiner

 

70

1936

Foundered 1936

118

235330

Infallible

 

Seiner

 

80

1936

119

235463

New Saturnia

 

Seiner

 

77

1936

 

120

235946

Western Traveler

Joint

Seiner

 

79

1936

To USN 1941 as YP 152, returned as Western Traveler 1946, in collision off Grenville Channel 1961

121

 

Western Fisher

C.R.P.A.

Seiner

 

90

1937

 

122

236142

Western Flyer

MA Petrich, Tony Berry

Seiner

 

71

1937

Later Gemini, Western Flyer

123

236158

Marconia

 

Seiner

 

75

1937

 

124

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

125

235921

Northern Queen

Fishing Vessel

85

69

1937

Now Frigidland

126

236468

Virginia II

 

Seiner

 

72

1937

To USN 1941 as YP 314, returned 1946

127

236629

Yankee Clipper

 

Seiner

114 

76

1937

Stranded off Porto Viejo 1953

128

236703

Santa Lucia

 

Seiner

109 

73

1937

To USN 1941 as YP 315, returned 1946

129

236759

Genevieve H. II

 

Seiner

 

71

1937

 

130

237186

Western Explorer

MA Petrich

Seiner

113 

74

1938

Later ferry Agnes & Anne II (Canada). Lost 1994 

131

237534

Invader

Peter Ancich

Seiner

106

72

1938

Later Moriah, Invader. Lost 1992

132

237739

Sitkof

New England Fish Co.

Seiner

 

41

1938

 

133

238239

Treasure Island

 

Seiner

 175

74

1939

To USN 1940 as Road Runner (AMc 35), returned 1945

134

 

Western Monarch

MA Petrich

Seiner

 

82

1939

 

135

238311

Tahoma

 

Fishing Vessel

103

69

1939

Active.

136

238693

Western Clipper

MA Petrich

Seiner

 

79

1939

Wrecked off Atka 1964

137

238745

Nick C II

 

Seiner

 

72

1939

To USN 1941 as YP 85, sold 1946 as Nick C II.

138

238823

San Vito

 

Seiner

 

71

1939

To USN 1941 as YP 311, returned 1946

139

238918

Sunrise

Nick Mardesich

Seiner

129

80

1939

To USN 1941 as YP 151, sold 1946 as freight Sunrise, now fish factory Sea Jade