In 1940, Leroy M. Robinson (president), George R. Taylor (Vice-president), and John P. Carson (secretary and treasurer) formed RTC Shipbuilding Company in Camden, New Jersey. All three men were former executives at J.H. Mathis Company. After the death of Robinson and the retirement of Taylor in 1946, Carson became the firm’s president and assumed sole ownership. Prior to World War II, the yard produced two oil barges, one tugboat, and six oil tankers. During World War II, 28 self-propelled oil tankers were built for the U.S. Navy. For excellence in workmanship and its high rate of production, the company received two Army-Navy “E” awards, each with four stars. After the war, the yard returned to commercial work and developed the largest trade in repair of medium size work boats and naval vessels in the Delaware Valley area.
This collection is scheduled to be arranged and described. Please stay tuned for updated collection information. This is a collection of records of the RTC Shipbuilding Company. Materials include: plans and specifications for vessels built, repaired, and repowered by RTC (#134-243, not complete); a variety of calculations including hold and tank capacities, displacement, rudder torque, and power and weight; cost estimates for materials and labor; proposals; a small amount of correspondence with parts and equipment suppliers, customers, and the American Bureau of Shipping; materials orders and receipts; product brochures for RTC vessels; trial trip notes; newspaper clippings; and a listing of hulls built by RTC (#131-211). Vessels represented include tugs, barges, yachts, fishing vessels, cruisers, tankers, seine boats, and fire boats. The collection also includes photographs and negatives, 1930s and 1940s, for hulls 131-237 (not complete). Photos document launchings, vessels during construction, vessels on the river, the shipyard, group portraits of staff, launching party guests, and the awarding of the “Army/Navy ‘E’” banner to RTC. Subject files in the collection include shipbuilder product brochures, plans, magazine articles, and general design information on yachting, yacht machinery, design, hull data, spar sails, rigging, and ice skimming boats (mid-1930s to mid-1940s). The collection also includes glass plate negatives of ship prints (Jean-Jerome Baugean engravings, and others).
- Naval architecture–Designs and plans
- Shipbuilding–New Jersey–Camden
- Glass plate negatives
- Negatives (Photographic)
- Ships plans
- ISM: Taylor family collection of RTC Shipbuilding Company records
- American Bureau of Shipping (A.B.S.) (?)
- RTC Shipbuilding