John B. Caddell

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John B. Caddell
John B Caddell stranded Front Street jeh.jpg
John B. Caddell wrecked on Staten Island
Builder: RTC Shipbuilding, Camden, New Jersey
Yard number: 137
Completed: 31 December 1941 (delivered)
Fate: Wrecked on Staten Island during Hurricane Sandy, 29 October 2012
Name: YO-140
Acquired: 19 August 1942
In service: 1942
Out of service: 1946
Fate: Sold
General characteristics
Type: Tanker
Tonnage: 712 gross register tonnage
Length: 184.6 feet (56.3 m)
Beam: 36.1 feet (11.0 m)
Draft: 11.9 feet (3.6 m)

John B. Caddell, formerly YO-140, is a 712 gross register tonnage, 185-foot (56 m), previously United States-flagged water tanker.[1][2] The ship was wrecked on Staten Island due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy.


The ship was originally built as the oil tanker John B. Caddell at RTC Shipbuilding of Camden, New Jersey, in 1941 for Chester A. Poling Inc.[3] The ship was constructed as a single hull tankship, 184.6 feet (56.3 m) long, beam of 36.1 feet (11.0 m), and draft of 11.9 feet (3.6 m).[4] She was documented by the United States Coast Guard (Official No. 241204) for coastwise unrestricted voyages.[4]

The reason for the choice of the ship's name is not known. A Nova Scotian, John B. Caddell founded what is now the Caddell Dry Dock and Repair Co., Inc. in New York City in 1903, and the company is headed by his grandson John B. Caddell II.[5]

On 19 August 1942, John B. Caddell was acquired by the U.S. Navy and was placed in service with the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Virginia as yard oiler YO-140;[6][7] she was restored to commercial service under her original name in 1946.[3][8][9] She was last registered to Poling & Cutler Marine Transport Co, New York, though her U.S. Coast Guard documentation expired on 30 April 2011.[4] She was sold to Nigerian interests in 2009 but prevented from sailing by the U.S. Coast Guard.[10]

Hurricane Sandy grounding[edit]

On 29 October 2012, during Hurricane Sandy, John B. Caddell was pulled from her moorings and driven ashore about a mile away onto Front Street in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island, New York City.[2][11] She suffered numerous hull breaches on her starboard side and one on her port side. The U.S. Coast Guard, assisted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, took responsibility for her removal as an environmental and navigational hazard since no owner came forward.[12]

In February 2013, a court declared the vessel abandoned and ordered her sold at auction. John B. Caddell was stored at a marine facility in Rossville until she was purchased for $25,000 on 6 June 2013, by Donjon Marine Co. Inc., owner of the storage yard. She will be dismantled and scrapped.[13]


  1. ^ "John B Caddell". Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b "A 168-foot water tanker, the John B. Caddell ..." Yahoo News. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b "RTC Shipbuilding, Camden NJ". Shipbuilding History. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "Coast Guard Vessel Documentation". National Marine Fisheries Service. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Our History". Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  6. ^ Mooney, James L, ed. (1968). Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. 3. Washington, D.C.: Naval Historical Center. p. 523. OCLC 2794587.
  7. ^ NavSource Online. "YO-140". NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive. NavSource Online. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  8. ^ "John B Caddell - 5173204 - Tanker". Maritime Connector. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  9. ^ "John B. Caddell, Liquid Oil Tanker (Oil/Chemical) Vessel". U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  10. ^ Johnston, Garth (12 December 2012). "Tanker Dragged Ashore By Sandy Finally Hauled Away". Gothamist LLC. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Sandy impressively runs 700-ton tanker ashore on Staten Island". MSN Now. 31 October 2012. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  12. ^ "Unified Command developing plan for John B. Caddell removal" (Press release). United States Coast Guard. 1 December 2012. Archived from the original on 17 December 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  13. ^ Donnelly, Frank (6 June 2013). "Beached tanker, symbol of Hurricane Sandy's wrath on Staten Island, is auctioned for $25K". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved 17 August 2013.

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Coordinates: 40°37.39′0″N 74°4.28′0″W / 40.62317°N 74.07133°W / 40.62317; -74.07133