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 History of George G. Sharp, Inc.



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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.



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


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.


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