The John H. Mathis Co at Point and Erie Streets in Camden, New Jersey, built yachts and also produced ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Famed yacht designer John Trumpy began building yachts at the Mathis yard in 1910, and remained there until he opened his own shipyard in Maryland. During World War II a variety of ships were built by Mathis, including minesweepers, transports, Coast Guard cutters, and ferries, among others. The Mathis Shipyard closed in the 1960s. The Mathis yard was later used by the firm Camden Ship Repair.
This collection is scheduled to be arranged and described. Please stay tuned for updated collection information. This is a collection of plans and records for ships built by Mathis, including barges, tugs, tankers, patrol vessels, cargo vessels, trawlers, yachts, and fireboats. Rolled plans for hulls 93-216 include general arrangement plans (present for most hulls) and inboard and outboard profiles and plans of systems, machinery, infrastructure, ordnance, and other particulars (present for many hulls, with a large number of plans present for hulls 136, 147, 166). In addition there are plans for the minesweeper AM 57 USS Auk; 418, 1942 YO; W2 82/83 US Net Tenders; other ships for which Mathis did design or repair work; and plans of the yard. Folded plans and accompanying records for hulls 96-214 include: drawings and blueprints, notes on measurements; structural calculations; material orders and lists; labor and materials costs; hull and machinery plan lists; inventories of parts, machinery, appliances, and equipment; photographs and negatives; specification books; test notes; correspondence with the American Bureau of Shipping; a small amount of correspondence with suppliers, vendors, and customers; work schedules with estimated completion dates; a printed proposal for bid and specifications for a New York City fire boat, along with the typed Mathis bid; and a specification for bidders from the War Department for a cargo vessel (hull 147).
The collection also features photographs and negatives of hulls 130-185, including images of ships during various stages of the construction and launches; photos of the yard; photos of yard workers; photos of the interior of Mathis Shipbuilding; photos of executive staff; and photos of piers 1, 2, and 4. Additional materials in the collection include: receipts for stocks bought and sold for W.W. Robinson; a small amount of financial information, circa 1945; product brochures; employee identification badges; a small number of newspaper clippings; and an index of plans (not complete).
- Naval architecture–Designs and plans
- Shipbuilding–New Jersey–Camden
- Negatives (Photographic)
- Ships plans
- American Bureau of Shipping (A.B.S.) (?)