The Ships of Ira S. Bushey & Sons, 1907-1966

Ira S. Bushey & Sons' was a shipbuilder and oil company based in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Remarkably, the company combined three different endeavors: a shipyard, a fuel terminal, and a fleet of vessels that moved fuel. Busheys built around 200 vessels for the Navy and for private service. These included 57 barges (including 10 tank barges) 21 tankers, 12 yard oilers, and 90 tugs! PortSide’s tanker, the Mary A. Whalen, is one of Bushey's ships, though they didn't build her. She was built for them by a shipyard in New Jersey.  Bushey developed distinctive designs and fabrication methods for its fleet, making this Red Hook company an innovator in shipbuilding of national significance.  

Bushey operated from the early 1900s until 1977 when it was sold to Amerada Hess. Located at the foot of Court Street, the site is now occupied by the Buckeye Energy Services storage terminal. 

For a complete list of vessels built by Bushey built see the website 

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