State ID: 18CH553
Vessel Type: Merchant vessel (steamship)
Location: 38°28'21.14"N, 77°16'12.14"W (38.47254, -77.27004) (Duke University, 2016)
Length: 281 feet 10 inches
Breadth: 45 feet 2 inches
Deadweight Tonnage: 3,500
Builder: Tampa Dock Company, Tampa, Florida
Owner: Titled to the State of Maryland under the Abandoned Shipwreck Act
Flora & Fauna: None
Significance: United States Shipping Board vessel built for World War I effort
The remains of Namecki are resting on its keel and entirely submerged. The vessel sits in an east to west orientation, with the bow facing toward the shoreline. The vessel has been in its present location since 1929 (Marx and Shomette 2015).
Namecki was built in 1918, by the Tampa Dock Company of Tampa, Florida, for the United States Shipping Board. Namecki was the first Ferris-type ship completed at the Tampa Dock and the first completed on the Atlantic Coast. Ferris-type wooden cargo vessels are named so due to the selected design by Theodore E. Ferris, a senior architect for the United States Shipping Board. Ferris's idea was to standardize these emergency ships with similar designs that could be built at yards all across the United States. Each Ferris-type ship measured approximately the same, 282 feet long, and grossing 3,500 deadweight tons.
Four of these Ferris-type vessels were built at the Tampa Dock Company, including Namecki. The vessel underwent sea trials on August 7, 1918, and following this, Namecki went to Jacksonville, Florida, which became its home port. Namecki made at least one trans-Atlantic crossing to France in 1920, but following its return, was laid up in the James River, Virginia, sometime between 1920 and 1922. Eventually, Namecki was sold to the Western Marine and Salvage Company, moved to Mallows Bay, Maryland, and stripped of all engine and metal parts (Marx and Shomette 2015; Fuss 2021: 48-51).