Old Advertising II

This week, we feature a prominent local shipyard – Jakobson Shipbuilding, in Oyster Bay, New York. Jakobson (originally Jakobson & Peterson, located in Brooklyn), moved out to Long Island in 1938, and would become very well known for their quality, and typically overbuilt vessels, especially tugboats.

Jakobson would overtime work very closely with TAMS Inc. Naval Architects, Merritt Demarest, Marine Design Inc. (Joe and Al Hack), Cleveland Diesel, EMD, Moran Towing and many others.

“Southern Kraft #9” was designed by Merritt Demarast, and used for moving pulpwood barges in South Carolina. She was covered in the April 1955 issue of Diesel Times, the Cleveland Diesel newsletter.

Jakobson (very often misspelled Jacobson) would keep busy right until the late 1980’s led by George Hossfeld. Jakobson Shipyard’s last new construction was the tug was the “Consort”, built for Express Marine in 1984.

“Julia C. Moran” (and sister “Eugene F. Moran”), designed by Joe Hack, then working at TAMS Inc., was one of the few new tugs that did not last long at Moran. She was sold to Venezuela by the mid 1950’s and renamed the “Puerto Ordaz”. Moran would replace the tug with the former Lehigh Valley tug “Wilkes Barre”, a nearly identical boat, which they also named “Julia C. Moran”. This has created much confusion for historians over the years. Note that Jakobson is misspelled on the ad.

Ultimately, the yard would be sold to Moran Towing, who used it as their personal shipyard, as well as doing other outside work using their marine railways, and a single small drydock. The yard closed in 1993, and the property sold to the town in 1997, where it is now a park. Very little remains of the original yard.

6 thoughts on “Old Advertising II

  1. I also didn’t know the Moran connection. Interesting bit of history. I really need to visit the yard site next time I’m over that way. On another note, wasn’t the first Julia C one of the “Moran Cadillacs?” I think there might have been 5, built primarily, I think, as docking tugs. I think.


  2. The Julia C. (and Eugene F.) were the “revised” Grace Moran class (the Cadillacs). The big difference was that they had interior passageways, while the original ones did not. Jakobson built those, Levingston built the original 5 down in Texas.


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