Jakobson Shipyard

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Jakobson Shipyard, Inc.
Type Private
Industry Transportation
Fate Ceased Operations
Founded 1926 (1926)
Founders Daniel Jakobson
Headquarters Brooklyn, New York (1926-1938), Oyster Bay, New York (1938-1984), United States
Products tug, yacht, fireboat
Services vessel repair, upgrades, yacht and small boat repowering, full service boat marina facility

The Jakobson Shipyard, Inc. was a shipyard involved in manufacture of tugs, ferries, submarines, minesweepers, yachts, fireboats and other craft, based in Brooklyn, New York from 1926–1938, and Oyster Bay, New York from 1938-1984.

History[edit]

Note: Ship names utilized are the Original Names with text in italics. The numbers in parentheses following the Original Name is the Hull Number.

The Jakobson Shipyard, Inc. traces its origins to founder Daniel Jakobson, who established the Jakobson & Peterson shipyard in Brooklyn, New York in 1895. Jakobson was a native of Sweden who immigrated to the United States in 1877. His son, Irving Jakobson, succeeded him as President in 1925. The elder Jakobson died November 28, 1931 at his residence on 370 Senator Street in Brooklyn.[1]

The firm operated in Brooklyn until around 1938 when it was decided to move to Oyster Bay, New York. As many as 700 people worked at Jakobson's during the height of production around World War II.

Four diesel-electric tugboats were built and launched for the Lehigh Valley Railroad from 1948 and 1950. These include the Wilkes-Barre (327), Hazelton (328), Cornell (329), and Lehigh (330). Of these, the tugboat Cornell is the last in service. These diesel tugs were meant to replace steam driven tugs used by the railroad in New York Harbor for towing car floats and barges. Among the benefits that came from diesel were eliminating time lost for fueling.[2]

Jakobson's produced and launched three fireboats for the City of Baltimore in 1960. These were the Mayor J. Harold Grady (397), P.W. Wilkinson (398), and August Emrich (399).

The State of New York provided $5 million to buy the shipyard in 1997, from funds in the state's 1972 Environmental Quality Bond Act. The money had been previously designated for a waste incinerator on Long Island that had never been built.[3] Gov. George E. Pataki speaking at that time said, "This cooperative purchase will recapture an important part of Oyster Bay's waterfront and the area's unique maritime character."

Officers and key staff around the time Jakobson's stopped operation were Mr. George J. Hossfeld, President; Mr. John Hossfeld, Shipyard Manager; and Ms. Robin Ritter, Office Manager. The publication Worldwide ship and boat repair facilities published around the time of closing described the firm as follows:

Operates vessel repair, upgrades, yacht and small boat repowering and full service boat marina facility. With 2 marine railways to 235’ and 1,500 LT, 2,000 feet of total berthing, buildingways, and shops.[4]

Register of Ships Produced[edit]

Data in these tables is from Tim Colton's Shipbuilding History  web site.[5]

Built in Brooklyn (by Jakobson & Petersen)[edit]

Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Delivery Description
Meitowax Long Island Railroad Tug 1926 Sunk 1963
J. Norman Riley Riley & Kendall Tanker February 29, 1928 Designed to carry 100,000 gallons of petroleum, 128 feet long, two 180-horsepower Fairbanks-Morse engines.[6]
(Unknown) United States Public Health Service Launch (1 of 2) ca. 1931 Design by P.W. Clark, Naval Architect. 41 foot launch powered by a Fairbanks-Morse 4-Cylinder 45-Horsepower Full Diesel Motor.[7]
(Unknown) United States Public Health Service Launch (2 of 2) ca. 1931 Design by P.W. Clark, Naval Architect. 41 foot launch powered by a Fairbanks-Morse 4-Cylinder 45-Horsepower Full Diesel Motor.[7]
Alsumar Dave Hennen Morris Jr. Yawl June 21, 1934 Design by Sparkman & Stephens, 72 feet overall.[8]
Kinawan Robert Baruch Cutter Yacht 25 May 23, 1936 Active. Design by Cox & Stevens, 53 feet overall.[9]
259 Dauntless No. 11 Dauntless Towing Co. Tug 146 1936 Later Martha Moran 1955, now Dauntless
Wakiva Harkness Edwards Yawl June 9, 1938 Design by Sparkman & Stephen, 72 feet on deck, diesel powered engines.[10]
276 Dauntless No. 12 Dauntless Towing Co. Tug 140 1938 Later Dauntless No. 2, Helen B Moran, West Point, Easton, Will Colonna. Withdrawn 1992
Petrel (yacht) Yacht 31 1938 Active

Built in Oyster Bay (by Jakobson Shipyard)[edit]

Original Name Original Owner Type Tons Delivery Description
274 Otco Oil Transport Co. Tug 142 1938 Later Eugenia Moran, Vegco, Norwich and Seagull, sank 1998
Bluejacket Yacht 56 1940 Now Westerly.
282 Dauntless No. 14 Dauntless Towing Co Tug 249 1940 Later Yaquima (YT 171) 1941, Dauntless No. 14 1946, M. Moran 1955, Lambert Point 1960, Claire Moran 1970. Withdrawn 1990.
Lt Col Paul W. Evans US Army Tug 1941 Later Yaquima (YT 171) 1941, Dauntless No. 14 1946, M. Moran 1955, Lambert Point 1960, Claire Moran 1970. Withdrawn 1990.
285 Gotham Electric Ferry Co. Ferry 569 March 1941 To US Navy 1942 as Asquith (YFB 42), later Gotham 1946, Delaware 1965, scrapped 1979.
287 Dauntless No. 15 Dauntless Towing Co. Tug 192 September 1941 Later US Army Col Albert H. Barkley, then Andrew Foss, Pachena, now yacht Lumberman.
288 Anna L. Connors Standard Towing Corp. Tug 106 1942 Later Theresa M. Coyne, now Mid-State I.
289 Excel (AM 94) US Navy Minesweeper 1250 December 10, 1942 Later PC 1598, sold 1947
290 Exploit (AM 95) US Navy Minesweeper 1250 February 5, 1943 Later PC 1599, sold 1949, reold 1991 as Exploit
291 ATR 15 US Navy Rescue Tug 850 1943 Lost off Normandy 1944
292 ATR 16 US Navy Rescue Tug 850 1943 Disposed of 1948
293 Fred A. Cassidy Jersey City Stockyards Tug 101 1942 Later Elizabeth
294 Maj Ethel A. Robbins US Army Tug (LT 1) 249 April 1943 Sold Hong Kong 1946 as Silverside, then HKT Silverside, Silver Side (existence in doubt 2001)
295 Maj Randolph J. Hermandez (Maj Randolf J. Hernandez?) US Army Tug (LT 2) 249 June 1943 Later Dauntless No 15, then Julia C Moran, Sparrows Point, Accomac, Doris Moran, now Sparta
296 Maj Ralph Bogle US Army Tug (LT 3) 249 August 1943 Later Pacific Titan, then fishing Pacific Trader. Foundered 1980.
297 Maj Wilbur F. Browder US Army Tug (LT 4) 249 October 1943 To USACE as Ludington. 1998 museum at Kewaunee.
298 Maj Elisha K. Henson US Army Tug (LT 5) 249 November 1943 To USACE as John F. Nash. 1991 H. Lee White Marine Museum at Oswego, NY.
299 Maj Ocea L. Ferris US Army Tug (LT 6) 249 December 1943 Later Capt Eric J Newman, then Falcon, Pat B, Mary St Philip. Reefed 1993.
300 Maj George W. Hovey US Army Tug (LT 7) 249 February 1944 Later San Luis II, then Terence J Smith.
301 Maj Charles A. Radcliffe US Army Tug (LT 8) 249 March 1944 Later Kathleen C Tracy, then Sea Lion. Sank 1964 .
302 Oiltransco Oil Transfer Corp Tug 175 August 1943 Later Doris Moran, now Harbor Star (2008 for sale, no engine)
ATR 66 US Navy Rescue Tug 850 1945 Sold Norway 1946 as Storebror, then Lenaship II
ATR 67 US Navy Rescue Tug 850 August 1945 Later Dorothy Ann Meseck, scrapped 1954.
307 LT 643 US Army Tug 394 September 1944 Later Taurus, then Gaelic Challenge, Frankie D, Dawson B, Doug McKeil, now Western Tugger.
308 LT 644 US Army Tug 394 November 1944 To UNRRA China 1946.
309 LT 645 US Army Tug 394 February 1945 To UNRRA 1946.
310 LT 646 US Army Tug 394 March 1945 To US Navy 1946 as ATA 243. Stricken 1962.
311 Turecamo Boys Turecamo Towing Tug 113 1945 Later Blue Star. Existence in doubt 1991.
314 The Narrows (ferry) Electric Ferry Co. Ferry 545 September 1946 Ferry closed 1950.
315 The Tides (ferry) Electric Ferry Co. Ferry 545 September 1946 Ferry closed 1950. Restaurant 1971.
(Unknown) Sloop yacht ca. 1946
Kongaree Yawl yacht ca. 1947
Kewamee Zechariah Olsen ? Yacht 47 1947 Now Antares.
Nimrod IV Sloop yacht ca. 1948
327 Wilkes-Barre Lehigh Valley Railroad Tug 239 1948 Later Julia C. Moran. Existence in doubt 2001.
328 Hazleton Lehigh Valley Railroad Tug 239 1950 Later Marie Moran, then Marie Casho, Captain Bill. Reefed 2004 as Veronica M.
329 Cornell Lehigh Valley Railroad Tug 196 1949 Active.
330 Lehigh Lehigh Valley Railroad Tug 236 1950 Later Swan Point. Reefed 2002 as J B Eskridge.
Laughing Gull (yacht) Yawl yacht 1949 Later Swan Point. Reefed 2002 as J B Eskridge.
Paterson Erie Railroad Tug 1949 Later Steven McAllister. Reefed 2000 as HRFA.
336 Eugene F. Moran Moran Towing Tug 219 1951 Scrapped 2002.
337 Julia C. Moran Moran Towing Tug 270 1951 Now Puerto Ordaz.
Neptune R.J. Casho Tug 83 1951 Later Bali Sea, now Charleston.
339 Capmoore Lehigh Valley Railroad Tug 236 1952 Later Hawkins Point. Dismantled 2002.
340 Marie J. Turecamo Turecamo Towing Tug 144 1952 Later Marie J, now William E.
Hornell Erie Lackawanna RR Tug 222 1952 Now Virginia.
Marion Erie Lackawanna RR Tug 192 1953 Later Marion Smith 1978, Brooklyn III 1979, New York 1979, Pleon 1989.
(Unknown) Tug 1953
344 Brooklyn III Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Tug 262 1953 Scrapped 1996.
345 Cross Harbor I Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Tug 262 1953 Later New Jersey. Sunk 2007.
346 Bethlehem Tug 241 1953 Later Shannon Smith, now Christopher B. Turecamo.
347 Kpo Denco Shipping Lines (Lib) Cargo 366 1954 Sunk in hostilities 1990.
X-1 US Navy Midget Submarine October 1955 Built by Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation, struck 1973, now museum at Groton CT.
Cherry Point Tug 1955
362 Barney Turecamo Turecamo Towing Tug 167 1956 Later Ocean Princess, now G. R. Gainer.
365 Lofa Denco Shipping Lines (Lib) Cargo 344 1956 Sunk in hostilities 1990.
367 Diana L. Moran Moran Towing Tug 239 1956 Scrapped 2006.
368 Cynthia Moran Moran Towing Tug 239 January 1957 Now Cynthia Nicole.
372 W R Coe Virginian Railway Co Tug 259 1957 Later R B Claytor, Karen Tibbetts, now Ethel Tibbetts.
Oil Transco No. ? Oil Transco Tug 146 1957 Later Morania No. 8, now Tortuga.
375 Neill McAllister McAllister Towing Tug 167 1957 Active.
376 Frances Turecamo Turecamo Towing Tug 146 1957 Active. (at North River Tugboat Museum; yacht?)
377 Hustler II Oil Transfer Corp Tug 141 1958 Later Margot Moran, Jolene Rose, now Margot.
Irving T. Bush New York Dock Railroad Tug 252 1958 Now Texas.
383 Russell 10 Tug 146 1958 Later Judith McAllister, then Celtic, sank 1984.
384 Nancy Moran Moran Towing Tug 228 1958 Active.
386 Dalzelleagle Moran Towing Tug 231 December 1958 Now McAllister Bros.
387 Flo W Mar-K Towing ? Tug 194 1959 Later Karl E Martersteck, now E. L. Jones.
Cyane Cyane Partnership Yacht 15 1959 Active.
Ondine Sumner A. Long Yacht ca. 1959 Wrecked on Virgin Gorda BVI?
397 Mayor J. Harold Grady City of Baltimore Fireboat 93 1960 Sold 2008.
398 P. W. Wilkinson City of Baltimore Fireboat 93 1960 Sold 2002, now Caitlin.
399 August Emrich City of Baltimore Fireboat 93 1960 Sold 2002 as yacht Eileen Francis, now Nancy B.
Louise Const'n. & Marine Eqpmt. Tug 17 1959 Active.
Buchanan 3 A. P. Franz Tug 112 1960 Active.
Brooklyn NYD Properties Tug 251 1960 Now Florida.
Loon Gifford Pinchot III Yacht 15 1961 Active.
USS Natick (YTB-760) US Navy Tug 356 June 30, 1961 Sold 2001 as Natick.a
USS Ottumwa (YTB-761) US Navy Tug 356 October 9, 1961 Stricken 2002.
406 Esso Maryland Esso Shipping Tug 281 January 1962 Later Exxon Maryland, now Maryland.
Edward T Costello Marine Barge 68 1962 Active.
408 Patricia Moran Moran Towing Tug 288 September 1962 Active.
409 Kerry Moran Moran Towing Tug 289 March 1963 Active.
417 Esther Moran Moran Towing Tug 426 1963 Now Salvor.
420? USS Mascoutah (YTB-772) US Navy Tug 356 October 11, 1964 Later Makah (YTM 760). To NDRF 1986. Sold as Eddie Mac I, now Atlantic Aspen.
421 USS Menasha (YTB-773) US Navy Tug 356 January 6, 1965 Later Chilkat (YTM 761). To NDRF 1986. Sold 1995 as Escorte.
424 Texaco Bahamas Texaco Marine Landing Craft 248 June 1965 Later Bahamas Transporter, now Dina I.
Parranda (yacht) Yacht-cruise 211 1965 Active.
428 Rude (S 590) N.O.A.A. Survey Ship 150 December 15, 1966 Active.
429 Heck (S 591) N.O.A.A. Survey Ship 150 March 11, 1967 Deactivated 1995. Sold 2001 as Heck.
430 Eugenia Moran Moran Towing Tug 261 January 1967 Active.
431 Grace Moran Moran Towing Tug 261 May 1967 Active.
432 Menasha Tug 120 1967 Now Escorte – same as Yd 421?
433 Texaco Fire Chief Texaco Marine Tug 207 September 1967 Now Ruby M.
434 Town Point Moran Towing Tug 258 November 1967 Active.
435 Drum Point Moran Towing Tug 258 March 1968 Active.
436 Texaco Marfak Texaco Marine Tug 180 1968 Later Texaco Plein Palais, Trintoc Plein Palais, now Petrotrin Plein Palais.
437 Texaco Concord Texaco Marine Tug 145 1968 Now Petrotrin Concord.
438 Gillen Brothers Salem Tugboat Tug 242 February 1969 Later Texaco Marfax II, now High Roller.
445 Dona Cecilia Terminales Maracaibo Tug 250 1970 Active.
446 Texaco Houma II Texaco Marine Tug 197 August 1970 Now Houma.
447 Creole Ojeda Tug 120 January 1971 Existence in doubt 2001.
449 J. Bradley O'Hara Fishing Vessel 199 November 1971 Later Distant Water, now Popado II.
450 Shaddad Bahrain Petroleum Tug 298 June 1972 Active.
451 Texaco Diesel Chief Texaco Marine Tug 197 February 1973 Later Star Diesel Chief, Morania No 5, May McGuirl, now Lucy Reinauer.
452 Texaco Fuel Chief Texaco Marine Tug 296 July 1973 Later Star Fuel Chief, Colonel, now Navigator.
453 Reliance Providence Steamboat Tug 231 April 1974 Active.
454 Resolute Providence Steamboat Tug 231 January 1975 Active.
456 Cape Cod Moran Towing Tug 293 August 1976 Later Joan Moran, now Cape Ann.
457 Sewells Point Moran Towing Tug 237 April 1977 Active.
458 Harriet Moran Moran Towing Tug 238 February 1978 Active.
459 Limpia Mar PDV Marina Pollution Control Vessel 150 July 1978 Active.
461 Rowe Tug 199 October 1979 Now H. J. Reinauer.
462 Texaco AvJet Texaco Marine Tug 284 May 1980 Later Star Avjet, Matthew, Heide E. Roehrig, now Siberian Sea.
464 Provincetown II Bay State LLC Passenger 96 1980 Active.
465 Freedom O'Hara Corp. Fishing Vessel 196 September 1981 Active.
466 Exxon Maine Exxon Shipping Tug 291 May 1982 Later Exxon Carquinez, S/R Carquinez, Justine, now Justine McAllister.
467 Escort Express Marine Tug 198 June 1983 Active.
468 H. Butler Flower Flower & Sons Fishing Vessel 120 October 1982 Active.
469 Chessie Chesapeake & Ohio RR Tug 274 November 1983 Later Brent J McAllister, now G. M. McAllister.
470 Seaboard Chesapeake & Ohio RR Tug 274 June 1984 Now Nancy McAllister.
471 Consort Express Marine Tug 199 October 1984 Active.

Notes[edit]

^a DANFS listing for Natick states that she was built by Southern Shipbuilding Corp. in Slidell, Louisiana, not by Jakobson.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obituary, Daniel Jakobson". The New York Times. 1931-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Shipping News and Notes; Capt. J. G. Stahley Feted as He Retires as PRR Assistant Boatmaster". The New York Times. 1949-09-09. 
  3. ^ McQuiston, John T. (1997-03-15). "State Will Buy Old Shipyard For Oyster Bay Waterfront". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  4. ^ James Laurence Pelletier (1996). Worldwide ship and boat repair facilities. 
  5. ^ Colton, Tim (ed.). "U.S. Shipbuilding History: Jakobsen Shipyard". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "To Launch Tanker Today; Brooklyn Builders Finish Vessel for Riley & Kendall". The New York Times. 1928-02-29. 
  7. ^ a b Keyser, E.T. (1931-07-19). "Yards and Showrooms Drawing Boatmen Now; Government Acquires Light Diesel Launch". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Rendel, John (1934-06-22). "Yawl Alsumar Is Launched". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Rendel, John (1936-05-24). "Yachting Season Formally Opened By New York A.C. Amid Ceremonies; Booming of Cannon Marks Start of the Campaign at Travers Island -- 140 Attend Dinner Celebrating Club's 38th Year in Sport -- Baruch's New Kinawan Is Launched". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ "Yawl Wakiva Launched". The New York Times. 1938-06-10. 

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