George S. Lawley & Sons, Neponset MA

(formerly in Scituate and South Boston)

Most recent update: January 31, 2017.


George S. Lawley Sr., a boatbuilder from the Limehouse section of London, opened his first yachtbuilding yard in Scituate, in 1866.  In 1874, he moved to City Point, in South Boston, to a site next door to the Boston Yacht Club, but by 1909 he needed more space, so he moved again, to the former Putnam Nail Works, at Point Norfolk, in Neponset.  You can see the site from the air on Google here.  Lawley built an amazing number of boats, with hull numbers reaching 1677, and developed a worldwide reputation.  He even built flying boats and the Navy's first airship, DN 1, but closed in 1945.  There are a lot of gaps in the table below, particularly in the early years: if anyone has any info to add, please e-mail timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Delivery Disposition

Built in South Boston

  91914 Medusa Robert Center Sloop 29 56 1883  
  95916 Harbinger Julius R. White Schooner 45 68 1884  
  150494 Puritan Charles Paine & others Sloop 76 83 1885 Scrapped 1925
  100488 Indra Horace Binney Sloop 12 36 1885  
  92199 Mayflower Mayflower Syndicate Schooner 85 87 1886  
  na Volunteer Volunteer Syndicate Sloop     1886 Outfit only
  116252 Sachem F. T. Adams Schooner 82 88 1886  
  161636 Vandal Henry Stanton Sloop 18 41 1886  
  92290 Majel   Sloop 6 29 1887  
  85985 Gundred   Sloop 19 48 1887 Later Gray Goose
    Nantasket   Lifeboat     pre 1888  
    Westport   Lifeboat     pre 1888  
  3479 Baboon Charles F. Adams Sloop 19 44 1888 Later Carina, Mist, Baboon again, lost off Point Loma 1961
  136276 Elf William Wilkinson Sloop 8 29 1888 Later Blue Cloud, Flying High, Paz, now Elf
  126905 Choctaw Arthur G. Earle Sloop 19 45 1889  
  141185 Lotowana S. H. Mansfield Sloop 25 42 1889  
  92187 Merlin   Schooner 96 96 1889  
  92590 Mariquita   Sloop 18 41 1889  
  92306 Millicette   Aux. Ketch 29 58 1890  
  86200 Gossoon   Sloop 18 46 1890  
  3478 Bessie   Schooner 640 169 1890  
    Moccasin   Sloop 18 40 1890  
  81273 Wayward Thomas A. Nevins Motor Ship 40 67 1890  
  106760 Alice   Schooner 639 169 1890  
  106797 Awa A. De Witt Cochrane Aux. Yawl 21 52 1890  
  157302 Diana   Sloop 19 38 1891 Later Belle
  161635 Ventura Charles P. Morrison Sloop 18 40 1890  
  106827 Alborak   Sloop 25 49 1890 Later Katherine II
167 161650 Varanda   Sloop 11 39 1890  
168 3501 Barbara   Sloop 21 57 1890  
185 116403 Sayonara   Sloop 25 54 1890  
189 92313 Mineola August Belmont Sloop 25 52 1890  
190   Melissa         1890  
193 100534 Ilderim   Sloop 28 50 1890
196 155199 Oweene   Aux. Yawl 24 63 1890  
198 120856 Fancy   Sloop 9 36 1890  
199 96111 Helvetia C. O'D Iselin Steam Yacht 37 77 1891  
200 141133 Lolita   Steamer 14 44 1891  
201   Mollie Bawn         1891  
210 161684 Velthra   Steam Yacht 21 55 1891  
211 161027 Kestrel   Steam Yacht 21 50 1891  
212 136302 El Placita R. Hall McCormick Steam Yacht 25 65 1891  
213 86216 Gyda   Steam Yacht 25 65 1891  
214 106918 Alcaea Charles Clark Schooner 114 112 1891  
215   Undertaker         1892  
216   Carl         1892  
217   Owl         1892  
218   Sirocco         1892  
220   Gadfly         1892  
221   Triket         1892  
222   Chowodote         1892  
223   Typhoon         1892  
224 116572 Stellar   Steamer 27 69 1892  
225   Snark         1892  
226 130630 Neaera Henry K. McHarg Schooner 35 71 1892  
227   Red Fin         1892  
228                
229   Matoxet         1892  
230 161708 Varuna   Steam Yacht 57 81 1892 Later Bethulia
231 111017 Random   Motor Yacht 32 69 1892 Later My Gypsy
232   Imp         1892  
233 120946 Carmita   Sloop 27 54 1893  
234   Folly         1893  
235 107043 Aquilo Geo. A. Thayer Steam Yacht 65 89 1893  
236 77103 Jubilee Chas. J. Paine Sloop 107 104 1893  
237 161053 Keewaydin John A. Burnham Sloop 5 31 1893  
238   Eriee ?         1893  
239   Scintilla         1893  
240 150677 Pauline   Sloop 9 38 1893  
241 120951 Flying Cloud   Catamaran 28 53 1893 Later Margaret, Flying Cloud
242   Mary Ann         1893  
243 161684 Ventura   Steam Yacht 21 55 1893  
244   Polly         1893  
245   Becky Sharp         1893  
246   Rusalka         1893  
247   Noria         1894  
248   Inset         1894  
249   Mystery         1894  
250   Marguerite         1894  
251                
252   Seconset         1894  
253   Ese.see ?         1894  
254   Little Dipper         1894  
255   Hummingbird         1894  
256 150678 Priscilla   Schooner 16 47 1894  
257   Kitten         1894  
258   Turkey         1894  
259                
260   Dolly         1894  
261   Red Wing         1894  
262   Tourmaline         1894  
263   Snarleynow         1894  
264   Amos         1894  
265   Maia         1894  
266   Torfrida         1894  
267   Vireo         1894  
268   Nixie         1894  
269   Nabob         1895  
270                
271   Hearse         1895  
272   Sally I         1895  
273   Dorothy         1895  
274                
275   Kittiwake         1895  
276   Zenobia         1895  
277 77188 Julnar M. R. Muckle, Jr. Motor Yacht 21 48 1895 Later Sylvia
278   Falcon         1895  
279 127032 Columbia   Schooner 89 85 1895  
280   Nachita         1895  
281   Alcedo         1895  
282                
283                
284                
285                
286   Toyo         1895  
287   Iola         1895  
288   Jilb         1895  
289   Comet         1895  
290   Elba         1895  
291   Helen         1895  
292   Lunda         1896  
293   Avocet         1896  
294   Wild Swan         1896  
295 161769 Vidofner   Motor Yacht 17 43 1896 Later Isis, Tarolinta, Rebecca
296   Nina         1896  
297   Aspenet   Sloop    31 1896  
298   Elsa         1896  
299 145750 The Hermitage   Passenger 10 34 1896  
300   Wren         1896  
301   Sirocco         1896  
302   Niueta ?         1896  
303   Ingomar     59   1896  
304   Goblin         1896  
305   Elsa         1896  
306   Rowena         1896  
307   Tautog         1896  
308 127162 Cypher   Freighter 31 53 1896  
309 100612 Iduna Naushon Island Ferry 21 53 1896  
310   Soubrette         1896  
311   Sally II         1896  
312   Varico         1896  
313   El Heirie   Scow     1896  
314   Katonah   Sloop Yacht    54  1896  
315   Theo         1896  
316   Hulda         1896  
317   Bo Beep         1896  
318   Gossip II         1897  
319   Shiyessa         1897  
320   Sagamore         1897  
321   Golliwog   Sloop   28 1897 Later Yo-Ho-Ho, Queta, Wendy-Mike II
322 215565 Nettie   Passenger 9 35 1897  
323   Vera         1897  
324   Jenny Wren         1897  
325 127179 Courier   Steam Yacht 65 91 1897  
326   Ala         1897  
327   Al Anka         1897  
328   Irolita   Sloop   38 1897 Later Abeona III, Irolita
329   Lautog         1897  
330   Ursula         1897  
331   Pioneer         1897  
332   Annette         1897  
333   Gosling         1897  
334   Mollie         1897  
335   Nun         1897  
336   Geialda         1897  
337   Gossip           1897  
338   Geisha         1897  
339   Royal Blue         1897  
340   Robin Hood         1897  
341   Jacobin         1897  
342   Mariposa         1897  
343   Woglinde         1897  
344   Macbelle         1897  
345   Fee         1897  
346   Micaboo         1897  
347   Elherie   Scow     1897  
348   Edyth         1897  
349   Patrol # 2         1897  
350 232967 AB-10 US Coast Guard Cutter 13 47 1897 Later Naturopath
351                
352   Eina         1897  
353   Mulina         1897  
354   Dragon         1897  
355   Amanita         1898  
356   Razmatazz         1898  
357   Apertyx         1898  
358   Watchman         1898  
359   Kaleda   Yacht 79   1898  
360   Pricilla         1898  
361   Inca         1898  
362   Margurite         1898  
363   Eugenia         1898  
364   Jack Daw         1898  
365   Spindrift         1898  
366   Dariel         1898  
367   No name US Navy Cutter     1898  
368   Cornelia         1898  
369   Chenoclere         1898  
370   Suzanne         1898  
371   No name US Navy Cutter     1898  
372   Shark         1898  
373   No name US Navy Cutter     1898  
374   Chinook         1898  
375   Helen         1898  
376   Klondike         1898  
377   No name US Navy Cutter     1898  
378   No name US Navy Cutter     1898  
379   No name US Navy Cutter     1898  
380   Recruit         1898  
381   Paloma   Knockabout     1898  
382 107773 Attaquin   Passenger 112 80 1898  
383   Blakely (TB 27) US Navy Torpedo Boat 165d 175 27-Dec-04 Later Coast Torpedo Boat No 13, scrapped 1920
384   De Long (TB 28) US Navy Torpedo Boat 165d 175 27-Oct-02 Later Coast Torpedo Boat No 14, scrapped 1920
    Jabberwock   Aux. Yawl   42 1898 Later Sea-Bee, Sea Breeze
  205505 Alberta   Fishing Vessel 14 48 1899  
385 116888 Sirona Clarence W. Jones Sloop 17 44 1899  
386   Zeeland   Cat     1899  
387   Babs   Knockabout     1899  
388   Dovekie   Knockabout     1899  
389 107463 Anago Frank W. Hunt Launch 17 54 1899  
390   Mollie C   Launch     1899  
391   Lenna   Knockabout     1899  
392   Helene   Knockabout     1899  
393   Minister   Knockabout     1899  
394   Rikki-Tikki   Knockabout     1899  
395   Jabberwock         1899  
396 205761 Pilgrim III   Power Boat 18 50 1899  
397   Kotick   Knockabout     1899  
398   Blanche   Knockabout   40 1899 Later Alyce, Elinore, Miti, Nadrey, Elgnib I
399   Scapha   Yawl     1899  
400 141602 Latona Harry C. Eno Schooner 69 77 1899  
401   Opeeche   Knockabout   32 1899 Later Jennie Wren
402   Speedwell   Launch     1899  
403   Embla   Life Boat     1899  
404   Barbara   Knockabout     1899  
405   Algonquin   Racer     1899  
406 116901 Simitar Philip H. Johnson Schooner 30 55 1899  
407 136779 Endymion George L. Day Schooner 144 112 1899 Scrapped 1916
408   Chiquita   Knockabout     1899  
409   No name US Navy Cutter     1899  
410   Lady Baby         1899 Later Brigand, Victory
411   No name   Ash Lighter     1899  
412   No name US Navy Cutter     1899  
413   No name   Naphta Lighter     1899  
414   Virginia   Knockabout     1900  
415   Aspen   Knockabout     1900  
416   Comrad   Knockabout     1900  
417                
418   Sharpie   Scow     1900  
419   Spalpeen   Sloop     1900  
420   The Wind   Knockabout     1900  
421   Bohemia   Knockabout     1900  
422   Eunice   Launch     1900  
423   Maris   Sloop Yacht   51  1900  
424   Raider   Knockabout     1900  
425 161858 Valda   Yacht 194 120 1900 Later Wissahickon, to USN 1917 as SP 852, returned 1919, later Valda
426   Scapegoat   Knockabout     1900  
427   Cherub   Knockabout     1900  
428   Rip   Knockabout     1900  
429   Bobs   Knockabout     1900  
430   Dicky   Knockabout     1900  
431   Scud   Knockabout     1900  
432   Papoose   Knockabout