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 History of George G. Sharp, Inc.

1920

 

Founded by George G. Sharp, Chief Surveyor of the American Bureau of Shipping

1920's

SS Bear Mountain - River excursion side wheeler

 

State of Delaware & State of Pennsylvania - Delaware River excursion vessels for Wilson Lines

For more on these vessels click here

 

SS Excalibur - One of the "Four Aces" built for American Export Lines

1930's

Prototype Hulls C2 & C3 - Designed for the Maritime Commission under the Merchant Marine Act of 1936

 

SS Sandy Hook - Day steamer for the Central Railroad of New Jersey

1939

SS Panama, SS Ancon & SS Cristobal - First "fireproof" ships, the "World of Tomorrow" ships, built for the Panama Railroad Steamship Line were the first ships to meet the USCG rules for fireproof construction.

"Now and then, some outstanding accomplishment is developed so far ahead of its predecessors as to be instantly identified as the beginning of a new era.  In designing the PANAMA and her sister ships, George G. Sharp had accomplished just this result."

Marine Engineering, May 1939

1940

SS Milwaukee Clipper - Great Lakes ferry for service between Milwaukee and Muskegon

WW II

Victory Ship - Designed for the US Maritime Commission to supplement and replace the Liberty Ship. 534 Victory Ships were built.

 

Escort Aircraft Carrier (CVE) - CVE-55 Casablanca Class ships designed under the Maritime Commission's program for the U.S. Navy.  50 ships were built by Kaiser-Vancouver from July 8, 1943 to July 8, 1944.

 

Bannock Class Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-81) - Class of ten vessels for the U.S. Navy

 

Klondike Class Destroyer Tender (AD-22) - Class of four C3 hull vessels for the U.S. Navy

 

Owasco Class Cutter (WPG/WHEC) - 13 255 foot high endurance cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard.  Most vessels were completed and commissioned post war.

Post War

Passenger/Cargo Liners for American President Lines - Three ships completed as troop transports in the early 1950's for the Military Sea Transportation Service

 

Conversion of Victory Ship and CVE hulls to peacetime use.

Right: Alcoa Cavalier, a
converted Victory Ship

 

Various new designs for passenger/cargo vessels, Great Lakes and river ferry and excursion vessels

 

1950's

USS Rigel (AF-58) - Class of two refrigerated stores ships for the U.S. Navy

1951

MV Carport - First integrated Tugbarge built for Cargill, Inc.

1957

SS Gateway City - First Cellular Containership converted for Pan-Atlantic Steamship Company

1958

USS Wichita (AOR 1) - Class of seven replenishment oilers for the U.S. Navy

1960

MV New Yorker - First Roll-On/Roll-Off Containership built for Containerships, Inc.

1962

NS Savannah - First nuclear powered merchant ship built for the Maritime Administration and the Atomic Energy Commission.  Designated an ASME Historical Mechanical Engineering Landmark.

1970's

USS Virginia (CGN 38) - Class of four nuclear powered guided missile cruisers for the U.S. Navy

 

Andrew J. Barberi - Class of two ferries for Staten Island service for the city of New York

1977

Austral Entente - Largest to date U.S. flag deep freeze containership converted for Farrell Lines

 

1980's & 90's

Alice Austen - Class of two ferries for Staten Island service for the city of New York

 

Combat Logistics Force - Kilauea Class AE's converted for civilian manning for the Military Sealift Command

1999

National Maritime Hall of Fame - George G. Sharp inducted into the National Maritime Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to the maritime industry.  The hall is housed at the American Merchant Marine Museum at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.

 

2000

Fire Boats - For the cities of New York and Boston Click for larger image

2003

New Staten Island Ferry - The new Kennedy Class of three vessels for Staten Island service for the city of New YorkThe first of three Sharp-designed ferries is christened and launched in Marinette, Wisconsin. Click here for details.

2010

Double-hull Fuel Barge - Sharp designs a double-hull fuel barge for NYCDOT. The barge will fuel the Staten Island Ferries.