M. M. Davis & Son, Solomons MD

Most recent update: November 1, 2015.


Marcellus Mitchell Davis started this shipyard in about 1883 and ran it until 1924, when he turned it over to his son, Clarence E. Davis, who ran it until his death in 1936, when it was bought by George Townsend, of Greenwich, Connecticut.  In 1954, Townsend sold the yard to its employees and in 1957, they changed the name to Cruis Along Boats.  In 1962 it was acquired by Century Boats and became the Century Cruiser Division.  Century closed it in 1965 and the yard was leased to Ventnor Boats until 1970.  It was briefly revived again in 1971 but closed for good in 1975.  The shipyard was located at the foot of Rousby Hall Road, near Ship Point, and is now occupied by Chesapeake Plastics Manufacturing: see it from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Delivery Disposition
  81015 Willie H. White Norman L. Jeffries Bugeye 34 66 1883 Later Agnes C. Leonard, North State, to USCG as CGR 2007, scrapped 1994
  120639 Freddie Hayward Thomas Moore Bugeye 25 60 1883  
  126328 Carrie P. Gambrill Thomas Moore et al. Sloop 9 43 1884  
  130301 Nettie May Eugene Hall Freighter 23 64 1884  
  126410 Col. R. Johnson Colton John H. Long Aux. Bugeye 29 55 1886 Burned 1973
  136042 Elenora Russell J. Steward Russell Bugeye 60 60 1889 Abandoned 1935
  76892 J. C. Armiger Harry M. Cook Fishing Vessel 22 61 1890  
  120803 Florence Northam James W. Northam Bugeye 26 65 1890 Scrapped 1959
  106831 Annie C. Johnson Webster & Co. Schooner 32 59 1891  
  116454 Sanxton Hubbard Clarence B. Kugler Fishing Vessel 11 58 1891  
  81365 William H. Berry Carl W. Reed Bugeye 30 56 1892 Later John Reed
  136497 Edith Marcy William L. Marcy Bugeye 67 69 1895 Foundered 1969
  141452 Lottie M. Leach George S. Tull Freighter 29 65 1895  
  141457 Louise Travers Mallory S. Sant Freighter 36 69 1897  
  77213 James O. Carter A J Taylor & Bro Tug 26 59 1897  
  92824 M. Mitchell Davis Y. & O. Coal Co. Tug 85 81 1897  
  111185 Retsilla Thomas H. Barrington Motor Yacht 25 56 1898 Later Afjen
  77498 Lady Rae Rae Phillips Fishing Vessel 29 66 1901  
    Clytie   Bugeye 40 81 1901 Later Albemarle
    Alpha J Frank Thompson Tug     1901  
  107661 Robert H Tug Robert H Inc. Tug 40 58 1901  
  81757 William H. Yerkes, Jr. A J Taylor & Bro Tug 59 73  1901  
  93262 M. Mitchell Davis Charles H. Harper Tug 116 92 1902  
    Humphrey Toomey   Schooner 167   1902  
  201163 Cecil W. Smithers Tug 59 76 1904  
    Marion Cameron Angus Cameron Tug     1904  
    Agnes Miller J Miller Tug     1904  
  201810 Ethel Vail Clifford T. Kelch Schooner 18 40 1905  
  202052 Edward G. Gummel Gummel Construction Tug 59 70 1906 Later Fortuna
    Louisa Robert Murphy Lighter 182   1906  
  205735 Capt. Toby A J Taylor & Bro Tug 20 47  1906 Abandoned 1947
  218687 Gertrude   Motor Yacht 15 46 1907  
  205640 Mary P. Riehl Atlantic Transpt Co Tug 47 59 1908  
  205432 Esther Phillips Atlantic Transpt Co Tug 46 60 1908  
  212392 Mayflower Joseph Correls Barge 14 45 1908  
  206270 William Blundon Hinton Toulson Fishing Vessel 240 127  1909 Sank 1973 
  206062 John Miller Harbor Towing Tug 24 55 1909  
    Aloha H W Steele Yacht     1910  
  208045 Dispatch Chesapeake Light'ge Tug 46 58 1910  
  208402 Advance   Tug 157 107 1911 To USN 1918 as ID 3057, later YT 28, sold 1934
  208438 M. M. Davis   Fishing Vessel 298 136 1911 Sank off Janes Island
  208462 St. Vincent Tug St. Martin Inc. Tug 167 107 1911  
  208729 Mildred Herbert Bryant Inc. Freighter 90 82 1911  
  209260 Catherine Webster & Bro. Bugeye 51 65 1911 Abandoned 1956
  209911 Wilbert A. Edwards W. A. Edwards Co. Fishing Vessel 343 143  1912 To USN 1917 as Edwards (SP 315), returned 1919
  210003 Winford S. Cahill Eubank, Pankard Co. Fishing Vessel 299 137  1912 To USN 1917 as Cahill (SP 493), sold 1919, later Eraclea 
  210455 Clew John E. La Vock Motor Yacht 22 60 1912  
  210557 Philip K. Bauman Douglas Co. Fishing Vessel 304 137 1912 To USN 1917 as Bauman (SP 377), sank 1918 
  211348 Kenneth L. McNeal McNeal-Dodson Co. Fishing Vessel 331 143 1913 To USN 1917 as McNeal (SP 333), sold 1919
  212519 T. G. Herbert Smoot S & G Tug 35 56 1914  
  212941 Takana   Tug 172 69 1915 To USN 1918 as ID 3039, returned 1919 
  212941 T. J. Sheridan August Fraenslick Tug 74 70 1915  
  213158 C. W. Hand Smith Hand Oyster Sloop 35 61 1915  
  213888 Raymond H. B. Messenger Tug 61 60 1916  
  214081 J. H. Steele Paul Freeman Tanker 106 85 1916  
  229739 Robert Henjes J. D. Orrell Tug 76 75 1916  
  168429 Algora Nicholas Petterson Freight Barge 254 114 1917  
  215839 Sarah Weems Balto & Carolina SS Freighter 1,521 206 1917  
  216839 Progress Bethlehem Steel Co Tug 345 125 1918  
 1206 na Workman U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 1207  217615 Artisan U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126 1919  
 1208  217939 Craftsman U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126 1919 Abandoned 1944
 1209 na Marksman U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 1210 na Watchman U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 1211 218770 Guardsman U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126 1919 Later Julia Howard
 1212 218783 Custodian U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126 1919  
 1213 217937 Woodman U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126 1919  
 2456 na Ringleader U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 2457 na Cavalier U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 2458 na Dictator U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 2459 na Outrider U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 2460 na Proprietor U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 2461 na Convoyer U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 2462 na Courtier U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 2463 na Herder U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 2464 na Wayfarer U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 2465 na Wanderer U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 2466 na Forerunner U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
 2467 na Manager U.S.S.B. Oceangoing Tug 358 126   Cancelled
  217615 Stirling Tomkins Cornell SS Co. Tug 357 126 1919  
  171421 W. A. Smoot, Jr. Smoot S. & G. Tug 196 90 1921  
  222490 Josephine Transfuel Inc. Tanker 84 70  1922  
  223180 Thomas C. McNeal McNeal Edwards Co. Fishing Vessel  219 127 1923 To USN 1942 as YP 404, later YDG 1, sold 1945
  223398 William T. Covington McNeal Dodson Co Fishing Vessel  250 130 1923 To USCG 1943
  223511 Studwell W. H. Gahagan Tug 15 39 1923  
  223535 William J Forrest L. Stewart Fishing Vessel 15 39 1923  
  223842 Ballantrae Ballantrae, Inc. Fishing Vessel 34 59 1924  
  224698 Colleen Connors Std. Marine Tug 73 76 1925  
  224711 Donald M. McNeale Smoot Sand & Gravel Tug 37 56 1925 Scrapped 1965
  225103 James Aubry James B. Bradshaw Passenger 11 44 1925  
    Gadfly   Aux. Ketch   34 1926 Later Miss Patsy
    Seawitch L. E. Holt Aux. Yawl   27 1927  
  226638 Bonhomie Robert C. Roebling Power Yacht 84 80 1927 To US Army 1941 as Q 103, scrapped 1968
  171423 W. A. Smoot No. 5 Smoot S. & G. Tug 262 96 1928  
  254097 Betty Jo Shaw & Hall Fishing Vessel 30 56 1928  
  228792 Bounty George D. Olds Fishing Vessel 27 50 1929  
  229223 Corthell W. H. Gahagan Tug 22 42 1929 Later Chester A. Crosby, C. A. Crosby, now Tenacious
  229570 Orithia Haliburton Fales Aux. Ketch  28 51 1930 To USN 1942 as YP 336, later Chesapeake, Pandora III
  230250 Lord Jim Martin L. Martus Aux. Schooner 30 55 1930 Later Yankee, Jaguar
  230263 Luna Boston Towboat Co Tug  165 90 1930  
  230793 Madeira August C. Boll Motor Yacht 19 43 1930 Later Aland
  230608 High Tide Eugene E duPont Aux. Schooner  34 61 1931 To USCG Acad. 1946, later Golden Eagle, Mariah, lost 1981
  230794 James S. Whiteley Baker Whiteley Coal Tug  193 94 1931  
  231000 Columbia Smoot Sand & Gravel Tug 48 59 1931  
  231113 Condorth II Clarence E. Davis Power Boat 19 43 1931  
    Dog Star William E. Baker Aux. Ketch   31 1931  
  231501 State Port North Carolina Line Freighter  328 143 1932  
  232634 Ken-Line Clifton H. Ralph Misc. 10 40 1933  
  233021 Manana George A. Humphries Yacht 75 80 1934  
  233366 Shirley Ann Theodore Friedmann Yacht 17 43 1933  
    Aweigh Lawrence M. Bailliere Cutter   47 1934  
  233412 Kiboko Harry Weinberg Yacht 44 55 1934 Later Magnum II
  234485 Lady Patty J. W. Crawford, Jr. Aux. Ketch 10 36 1935  
    Trivet F. G. Swink Aux. Sloop   22 1935  
    Cheerio Too   Yacht   48 1935  
  234185 Zog James Curtis Misc. 8 40 1935  
  234745 Diana Langhorne Gibson Aux. Ketch 52 60 1936 Later Estelle Dunbar, Shearwater, Pinguino, Lady Gordon, Varuna
  235095 Irene Charles Jones Misc. 10 43 1936  
    Puffin M. S. Galloway Aux. Ketch   33 1936  
  235629 Ko-Asa E. E. Bishop Aux. Bugeye 68 73 1936  
  287504 Tejeria Theodore G. Hoster Aux. Cutter 14 42 1936 Later Taneek
  279645 Edmar   Aux. Cutter   28 1937 Later Adventure
  235904 Virginia Smoot Sand & Gravel Tug 53 60 1937  
  236188 White Cloud Charles E. Sorensen Aux. Cutter 21 53 1937  
  236284 Mary S Walter V. Evans Fishing Vessel 11 41 1937  
  236412 Imalone Frank M. Stephen Jr. Misc. 11 40 1937  
  236528 Manitou Kenneth Kroehler Yawl 24 53 1937  
  237090 Gray Ghost David N. Crofoot Crusailer 17 41 1938 Later Lydia
  237178 Whitecap J. B. White Aux. Sloop 32 43 1938 Later Southwynd IV, Shark's Tooth
  237359 Awab   Crusailer 17 41 1938 Later Irish Mist
  237690 Cygnet Walter J. Goetsch Aux. Ketch 17 41 1938 Later Ariadne, Dominion, Polaris, Antares, Phoenix
  237700 Rosa-Lee Henry F. Strobach Fishing Vessel 7 38 1938  
  237708 Tui-Hana Kenneth Kelley Aux. Ketch 17 41 1938 Later Tiki, Limbas III, Milky Way, Dyna, Witch of the Wave, Island Woman
  237723 Moon Maid H. Boone Porter Crusailer 17 41 1938 Later Grey Mist, Snow Shoe
  238712 Crusailer George B. Morell, Jr. Aux. Ketch 17 36 1939 Later Down Wind
  238824 Miss Uniontown John Johnston Fishing Vessel 13 38 1939  
  239040 Rosa-Lee II E. Bauernschmidt Fishing Vessel 13 38 1939  
    Valmer   Yacht   27 1940  
    Pinard   Aux. Sloop   22 1939 Later Pretty Little, Ciribiribin
  239382 Cheerio Tree George H. Townsend Aux. Ketch 29 47 1940 Later Whitecap, Jolly Belle, Astrea II
  240489 Patrol IV Con. Edison Patrol Boat 9 33 1941  
    Co-Ed   Power Boat   41 1941 Later Dolphin II
  287330 Mike G. M. Jones, Jr. Aux. Ketch 17 41 1941 Later Kim, Vision II, Watcha, Compass Rose, Axia
    T 19 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Aug-42  
    T 20 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Aug-42 To USAF
  285571 T 21 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Sep-42 Later Highlander, now Sgt. Jones
    T 22 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Sep-42 Later Howard
  273300 T 39 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Nov-42 Later J. Howard, Hemco I, scrapped 1975
    T 40 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Nov-42  
  272556 T 41 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Dec-42 Later Diane-Louise, Jean Selma, scrapped 1976
    T 42 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Dec-42 To Corps of Engineers
  279960 T 56 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Mar-43 To USAF, later Hammet
  254881 T 57 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Mar-43 Now Laura B
    T 84 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Apr-43  
  271792 T 85 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Apr-43 Later Vega
    T 86 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 May-43 To DoJ
    T 87 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 May-43 To Corps of Engineers
  251498 FS 42 US Army Coastal Freighter 270 114 Jun-43 Later Rowe
    FS 43 US Army Coastal Freighter 270 114 Jun-43  
    FS 44 US Army Coastal Freighter 270 114 Jul-43  
    FS 45 US Army Coastal Freighter 270 114 Jul-43  
  253993 Betty and David   Fishing Vessel 47 61 1943  
  270224 T 161 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jan-44 Later Nancy Gale, Mary II, now Rex II
  277349 T 162 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jan-44 Now SES Propeller
    T 163 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jan-44 Sank at Le Havre 1945
    T 164 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jan-44 To France 1947
  272868 T 165 US Army   Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Feb-44 Later Linda Snow, now Little Joe
  296538 T 166 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Feb-44 Later Esther Joy
  278071 T 167 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Feb-44 Later Alanita
  270936 T 168 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Feb-44 Later Gail Snow, Viking Star II, Capt. Bill Van, Viking Star, now Seven Seas
  269448 T 169 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Mar-44 Later Wayzoff
    T 170 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Mar-44  
    T 171 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Mar-44 To USAF
    T 172 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Mar-44  
    T 173 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Apr-44 To France 1947
  293029 T 174 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Apr-44 Later Gulf Researcher, Yankee Lady
    T 175 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Apr-44 To France 1947
    T 176 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Apr-44 To France 1947
    T 177 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 May-44 To France 1947
    T 178 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 May-44 To France 1947
    T 179 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 May-44 To France 1947
  261116 T 180 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 May-44 Later Rex, Chappie IV
    T 181 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 May-44  
  269548 T 182 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jun-44 Later Beverly Snow, Two Brothers
  278561 T 183 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jun-44 Later Tropic Star
  254597 T 184 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jun-44 Later Clay
    T 185 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jun-44 To Corps of Engineers
    T 186 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jul-44  
    T 187 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jul-44 To USCG
    T 188 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jul-44  
    T 189 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Jul-44  
  295611 T 190 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Aug-44 Later Aquanaut II
  255010 T 191 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Aug-44 Later Mary Lynn, Hackberry, Penny Lynne
    T 192 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Aug-44  
    T 193 US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 Aug-44 To USCG
  268256 T ??? US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 43 61 1942 Later Maryland
  252448 T ??? US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 1942 Later Alan
  259972 T ??? US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 1942 Later Medora, Beryl
  249828 T ??? US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 40 65 1943 Later Elsie Jane
  276987 T ??? US Army Boat, Psgr-Cargo 56 62 1944 Later Antigua
  246899 North Wind Euclid W. Lewis Fishing Vessel 33 45 1944 Later Ann Bryan
  246929 Bessie Ann C. W. Lang Fishing Vessel 33 45 1944 Stranded 1965
  247090 Judith Fay E. C. Canal Fisheries Fishing Vessel 33 45 1944  
  272799 Carite U. of Puerto Rico Misc. 53 60 1944  
    J 2196 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Nov-44  
    J 2197 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Nov-44  
    J 2198 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Nov-44  
    J 2199 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Nov-44  
    J 2200 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Dec-44  
    J 2201 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Dec-44  
    J 2202 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Dec-44  
    J 2203 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Dec-44  
    J 2204 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Jan-45  
    J 2205 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Jan-45  
    J 2206 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Jan-45  
    J 2207 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Jan-45  
    J 2208 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Feb-45  
    J 2209 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Feb-45  
    J 2210 US Army Boat, Utility   27 Feb-45