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Carroll Tugboat Towing, founded 1882 in Red Hook Brooklyn

John Carroll born c 1848 Ireland - died 1916 Brooklyn

John Carroll founded Carroll Towing in Red Hook Brooklyn in 1882.

Birth: 1848 - Limerick, Ireland (per birth cert of Joseph in 1889) - John Frederick Carroll (per 1915 engagement announcement of his youngest son, Joseph Frederick Carroll)


Civil War: (New York Grand Army of Republic Records 1866- 1931) 398 John Carroll - GAR muster - age 57 Brooklyn N. Y - occupation engineer - entry to service - 19th March 1865 - private Co. E --- of N J vol art - discharged July 11, 1865 - private

Marriage: May 4, 1873 St. Peter's R. C. Church Brooklyn (Ancestry.com document - Department of Interior Bureau of Pensions) - Catherine Ganley (Kate), born West Meath Ireland (per birth cert of Joseph in 1889) circa 1847

1931: Catherine Carroll the widow of John Carroll died at her home at 528 9th street after a two month illness on 29 April 1931 age 87. She was survived by five sons of her seven sons: Martin J., James, T., Richard S, Eugene H. and Joseph F.

Children: John Carroll and his wife, Catherine Ganley had seven sons.: Martin J 1874, James T. 1875, John O. 1878, Richard S 1880, Eugene H 1884, William A. 1888 and Joseph F 1889.

  1. Martin J Carroll - born March 7, 1874 - died 29 June 1950

    Marriage 1900: Helen Gertrude Peppard - aka Nellie

    Martin J Carroll, 24 Jan 1900, Kings, New York, USA, Spouse: Helen Peppard, Certificate Number: 2402


    1. Edmund/Edward J. c. 1901 - tug captain - died 1963

      Edmund J. Carroll, operated Amboy Towboats from 1926 until Moran acquired the company, just 30 years later. (Tow Line), Vol 12-17 19959)
      Marriage: Edna Lovell
      Died: Edna Lovell dob circa 1901 New York died November 19, 1974 Delray, Florida - formerly of Spring Lake NJ mass, St. Catherine's Spring Lake - buried St Catherine's Cemetery, Sea Girt NJ.


      1. Martin J. married Mary Louise --- (born Brooklyn died Red Bank July 2001)

        1968: Martin J. Carroll was elected vice president of MoranTowing Corporation and Moran Towing & Transportation co. Inc.. He had joined the Moran organization in 1956 and "was born into family with a long background in the marine towing field."His father Edmund J Carroll had been the president of Amboy Towing.

        1968 Martin J Carroll - Maritime Reporter

        1973 - Martin J Carroll and his wife sailed from Manhattan to the West indies on the Leonardo Da Vinci

        Death 2008: CARROLL--Martin J., Red Bank, NJ retired Executive Vice President of Moran Towing and Transportation died Friday, February 15, 2008. Surviving are his nine children and spouses Cathleen Carroll, Ocean Grove, NJ, Edmund and Sharon Carroll, Leesburg, VA, Martin and Hilary Carroll, Holmdel, NJ; Lederle and Kent Eberhardt, State College, PA; John and Lisa Carroll, Phoenix, AZ; Karen and Ben Yang, Medford, NJ; Tim and Marianne Carroll, Fair Haven, NJ; Marie Louise and Bob Lutkewitte, Colts Neck, NJ; and Helen Carroll, Nutley, NJ; fourteen grandchildren; two sisters and brother-in-law Marilyn and Gerald Quinn and Anne Carpinello. Visitation will be from 6 to 9pm Monday, February 18 at St. Mary's Church, Colts Neck, followed by a prayer service and tribute. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30am Tuesday at St. Mary's Church, Colts Neck. Interment will be at St. Catherine's Cemetery, Sea Girt. Published in The New York Times on Feb. 18, 2008.

      2. Marilyn - married Quinn - lived Haddon Heights NJ

      3. Joan - married Lt. Frederic J. Henjes 3rd January 1953 - lived Haddonfied NJ

      4. Ann - married Carpinello - lived Spring Lake NJ

      More: Lived in Spring Lake J and later Delray Beach, Fla.

      Edmund Carroll was the owner of the Carroll Tug Boat Co. and Amboy Towboat Company of Staten Island

      In 1937 the Amboy Towboat company bought the Sampson built in 1919. She was renamed the St. George. Length 95.5 feet tonnage 177.

      The tug Racehorse built in 1920 was later bought by the Amboy Towboat Company. She was renamed the St. Charles.

      The Amboy Towbaot company also owned the St. Lawrence.


      December 1963 - Captain Edmund J. Carroll age 63, of 204 Venetian Dr. Delray Beach, Fa. died December 12 at his home after a long illness. He was born in New York and lived in Spring Lake, N J and Staten Island for many years. He moved to Delray Beach four years before his death. He was the former owner and president of Amboy Towboat Co. in Staten Island which he sold 7 years before his death at his retirement. Survived by his wife, a son, Martin J. Carroll, three daughters, and 18 grandchildren. Mass at St. Catherines's Spring Lake. (Red Bank Register December 23, 1963)

    2. John M. 1903 - tug captain

      John Carroll 09 Feb 1903 Brooklyn, father Martin Carroll age 28, mother Helen Gertrude Peppard age 26, (LDS)

      John Carroll, dob February 9, 1903, 159 Carroll Street, father, Martin Carroll, age 28 mother, Helen Gertrude Peppard, age 26, one previous child (Ancestry.com)

      1930: Clarkson ave, Brooklyn, John M Carroll 37, harbor pilot, marine transportation shipping, Dorothy S Carroll 35, private secretary, securities John Lee Carroll 8, Peter Carroll 6, Dorothy Anne Carroll 1

      1940: Staten Island, Richmond, Guyon Avenue owned, John M Carroll 37, harbor pilot, Dorothy S Carroll 35, John Lee Carroll 8, Peter Carroll 6, Dorothy Anne Carroll 1

    3. Maria c 1906

      Marie Carroll 15 May 1905 Brooklyn father Martin J Carroll age 31, Mother, Helen G. Peppard age 28 (LS)

      1926: June 12, 1926 Miss Marie Carroll, daughter of Martin J Carroll treasurer of Carroll Towing, received a degree from Georgian Court College run by the Sisters of Mercy. (Standard Union)

      Married Frank B. Gallagher

    1900: 159 Carroll street Martin J Carroll, salesman thermometers, dob Apr 1874, Helen G. wife, dob Nov 1877

    1905: 43 First Place Martin J Carroll 30, salesman, Hellen G Carroll 24, Edmund Carroll 4, John Carroll 2, Marie Carroll, Theresa Duffy 40, servant - at same address different household Peppard, Hattie age 30 and Lilly age 27 - at 16 First Place was the family of the Carroll's towing competitor Eugene Moran. See Moran

    1910: 32 2nd place Ward 6 Brooklyn Martin J Carroll 36, Salesman, Industry: Thermometer Mfg, Wage Earner, Nellie Carroll 34, Edward Carroll 9, John Carroll 7, Maria Carroll 4, Sarah Barrett 26

    1915: 595 7th street, Martin J Carroll 40, salesman thermometers, Helen G Carroll 34, Edmund Carroll 14, John Carroll 12, Marie Carroll 10, Hattie Peppard 43, Lillie Peppard 36, Sarah Barratt 36, servant

    1920: 595 7th street, Martin J Carroll 45, Occupation: Secretary Industry: Towing Co. Employment Field: Employer Helen A Carroll 45 Edmund J Carroll 18, deck hand tow boat, John M Carroll 16, Marie G Carroll 14, Hattie M Peppard 50 sister in law, Lillian V Peppard, 47 sister in law,

    1925: 595 7th street Martha J Carroll 51, ship owner, Helen G Carroll 48, Edmund J Carroll 24, office clerk, John M Carroll 22, clerk Marie G Carroll 20, daughter, Hattie M Peppard 55, Lillian V Peppard 51, Bridget Relly 24 servant

    1930: 595 7th street Brooklyn, $20,000. Martin J Carroll 56, treasurer towing company, Helen G Carroll 52, Marie G Carroll 24, Secretary, Industry: D. R. E. Club, Bridget Kelly 29, servant

    1940: 595 7th street, M. J. Carroll age 66, contractor (cannot read), Helen wife age 65 and a maid

    Death 1950: Martin J Carroll, Gender: Male, Race: White, Age: 76, Birth Date: 7 Mar 1874, Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, Death Date: 29 Jun 1950, Death Place: Rural Barrett, Monroe, Pennsylvania, USA, Buck Hills Farm Inn, Father: John Carroll, Mother: Catherine Ganley, Certificate Number: 52910 - address 595 7th street Brooklyn, cause of death cerebral hemorrhage, hypertension, occupation Marine Towing.

    "Martin J. Carroll left $220,930 to wife 3 children" Martin J. Carroll of 595 7th street Brooklyn president of Amboy Tugboats of Staten Island died June 29, 1950 and left $220,930 to his estate - about $91,000 to his widow Helen and about $30,000 plus shares in the residuary estate each to his sons Edmund J of 126 8th street, New Drop, S. I. and John M Carroll of 303 Guyon Ave., Oakland Heights S. I. and his daughter Mrs Marie G. Gallagher of 1 Longview Place, Great Neck. He also bequeathed $1,200 to the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America. He had been associated with the Taylor instrument Co., Knights of Columbus and the Elk Lodge of brooklyn.

    He was survived by his widow, two son (Capt. Edmund J. ad Capt. John M. - both connected to the tugboat industry) and daughter, Mrs. Frank B. Gallagher, and 11 grandchildren

  2. James Thomas Carroll born December 4, 1875 - died 1935

    Marriages: Margaret before 1902 and Mary Fennelly 1912

    First marriage: Margaret McHale - Date unknown circa 1900. After the 1900 census.

    Margaret McHale was a local Brooklyn girl who was listed with her widowed mother, Margaret age 49, brother Thomas age 20 and sister Sarah age 16 at 212 Union street in the 1900 census.

    Her mother, Margaret McHale of 212 Union died July 22, 1902, age 55, wife of T. J. McHale. Mass St. Stephen's. Buried Holy Cross.

    Children by Margaret McHale - 1st wife:

    1. Thomas J. - 30 January 1902

    2. Winifred - c. 1905 - married Colligan

    3. Margaret - 4 November 1906 - married Scott

    4. Elenor 21 May 1908 - died before 1910

    5. Irene c 1910

    Note - Four children were still alive at the time of her death in 1911.

    Death of Margaret McHale Carroll: Suddenly on Sunday February 12, 1911 Margaret V. beloved wife of James T. Carroll at her residence 1565 Dean street, survived by four children, a sister Sarah and brother, T. J. McHale. Mass at Holy Rosary. Buried Holy Cross.

    Margaret Carroll, Age: 32, Birth Year: abt 1879, Death Date: 12 Feb 1911, Death Place: Kings, New York , USA, Certificate Number: 3297 Find a Grave: Holy Cross Cemetery

    2nd marriage 1912: 16 February 1912 - Brooklyn - James T Carroll age 35 widow, son of John Carroll and Katherine"Gannly" to Mary A. Fennelly single age 33 father Timothy, mother, Margaret Dunn (LDS)

    Mary Fennelly

    Mary was the daughter of Timothy Fennelly. Timothy Fennelly retired engineer died age 69 in May 1916 at his residence 1656 Dean Street. He was born in Tipperary, Ireland and had lived in Brooklyn for 45 years. He was an "active politcal worker" in the 10th Ward. His first wife was Margaret Dunn. His second wife was Ellen McGarry.

    He left 2 daughters (including Mrs. James T Carroll) and eight sons.

    The marriage of Mary Fennelly and James T Carroll does not appear to have been a happy one.

    Child by second marriage: James T. Jr. circa 1919

  3. 1905: Jas T Carroll 30, marine engineer, Margaret Carroll 27, Thomas Carroll 3, Winfred Carroll 0/12, Thomas Mchale 25, brother, manager ---- co.

    1910: Dean street, Brooklyn, James T Carroll 34, engineer janitor school house, Margaret V Carroll 31, married 9 years 4 children 4 living, Thomas Carroll 8 Winifred Carroll 5 Margaret Carroll 3 Irene Carroll 1 Sarah W Carroll 26, sister in law, widow, operator telephone co., John J Carroll 4, nephew

    1919: Brooklyn Eagle October 2, 1919 "WANTED, a middle-aged white woman for general housework in family of five, with or without washing; must have references; 279 Argyle road.

    1920: Argyle Road, Brooklyn James T Carroll 41, engineer marine, Mary A Carroll 40, Thomas J Carroll 17, app engineer marine, Winifred Carroll 15, Margaret Carroll 12, Irene Carroll 10, James T Carroll 1

    1930: 279 Argyle Road Brooklyn, James T Carroll 53, real estate broker, married at age 23, Mary A Carroll 52, wife, James T Carroll 12, son, own home value $15,000

    1933: James T. Carroll "of towboat fame" was ordered to pay $200 a month alimony to his wife, Mary Carroll of 279 Arglye Road. Mary Carroll had field a petition of seperation claiming her husband had left her in March and had failed to provide for her and her son. In addition she asserted he had acted cruelly and had struck her when she hid the liquor. A daughter from a previous marriage had sided with Mr. Carroll and had hit Mrs. Carroll with a shoe. To provide for herself and her son she had gotten a mortgage on the house but the money had run out. James T. Carroll did not respond to the charges. (BDE, 17 November 1933)

    Death 1935: James Thomas Carroll, shipping magnate, of 682 Ocean Ave. Brooklyn, age 60, vice president of The Carroll Oil company of Brooklyn died in Midwood Hospital Brooklyn 28 November 1935 of injuries due to an automobile accident. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery. He was vice president of the Carroll Oil Company, a director of the Carroll Towing company and the secretary-treasurer of the Rockaway-Canarsie Amusement and Navigation company. He was survived by two sons, Thomas J. and James T. Jr. of Brooklyn, and three daughters, Mrs. Winifred Colligan and Miss Irene Carroll of Brooklyn and Mrs. Margaret Scott of Sunnyside, L. I. plus four brothers, Martin, J. Eugene H Joseph F and Capt. Richard Carroll all of Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle 20 November 1935)

    1935: Mr. Carroll was injured by an automobile on November 11. His daughter Mrs. Sarah Colligan of 682 Ocean Ave. took him to her home after the accident. He had been living with her for four years before his death. James Carroll and his second wife, Mary, were separated three years before his death but they were not divorced. They had been married for 22 years. An order for contempt had been issued against Mr. Carroll for being in arrears in alimony payments of $1,000. Mary Carroll of 279 Argyle had not been consulted about the funeral arrangements and James Carroll's first family did not want to include her in the funeral proceedings. Mrs. Carroll swore a writ asking that the four children of the first marriage "be enjoined from retaining possession of the body". The court ruled in favor of the children of the first marriage. However, the court ordered that Mary Carroll be allowed to attend the viewing at the home of Mrs. Colligan on Thursday morning and the wake on Thursday evening. She was also to have a place of honor in the funeral cortege. She was not permitted to enter the house of the deceased on Friday morning. Services were held at Holy Innocents Church, Beverly Road. Mrs Carroll did ride in the funeral coach to the cemetery but went home with friends by car. (BDE various dates)

    1932, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939: Brooklyn Eagle "Flatbush - 279 Argyle Road; large furnished room, adjoining bath, stall shower; attractive house; near subway"

    1937: William P. Fennelly, age 62, Mary Carroll's brother, was killed by an elevated train at the Troy avenue station in July 1937. He was living with his sister at the time of his death. He was married with two sons and a daughter.

    1938: Mary A. Carroll of 279 Argyle rd. brought suit against the Prudential Life Insurance Company of America to recover $55,000 on four policies. The company contended that Mr. Carroll had not paid the premiums before his death in 1935 and therefore the policies were void. The cout ruled agains Mrs. Carroll. (BDE 7 April 1938)

    1940: Mrs. James Thomas Carroll was still living at 279 Argyle rd. in September 1940 when she went to visit friends in boston (BDG)

    1941: "Flatbush - 279 Argyle Road Private Mortgagee must sacrifice detached 10 room, 2 all tile baths, shower and kitchen. Steam heat, Large plot. Double garage."

    1942 July: James Thomas Carroll jr. visited his mother at 279 Argyle rd. before going to Arkansas where he was to be stationed. He had been with the 102nd Observation Squadron, U. S. Army Air Corps, Fort McClellen. (BDE)

  4. John O. F. Carroll - September 25, 1878 - died 1906

    John Carroll, Birth, 25 Sep 1878 Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Father's Name John Carroll, Mother's Name Catherine Ganly

    In 1900 census with his parents.

    Marriage: Sarah McHale (sister to Margaret McHale the fist wife of James T. Carroll.)

    Sarah McHale Marriage Date: 24 Aug 1903 Marriage Place: Kings, New York, USA Spouse: John Carroll Certificate Number: 5943


    1. Catherine/Kathryn c 1904

      Death: Age 69 dob May 25, 1904 dod Feb 1973

      1973 Kathryn H. Carroll on February 7, daughter of the late Sarah McHale and John Carroll, sister of the late John J. Carroll, Aunt of Joan J. Carroll and Susan Spangler. Buried Holy Cross.

    2. John T circa 1906

      Married: After 1930 -


      1. Joan J. Carrol


      2. Susan Carroll Spangler

    1905: 275 Union Street, John O Carroll 26, captain tug boat, Sarah Carroll 21 Catherine Carroll 1 (Jun 2019 - Correct page does not come up on Ancestry.com. It is several pages further on.)

    Death: 1906 After a short illness on Tuesday September 18, John Carroll, Jr. husband of Sarah McHale Carroll. 212 Union street mass at St Stephen's (September 20, 1906 Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

    1910: Sarah Carroll and her son were living with her sister and brother in law.

    Dean street, Brooklyn, James T Carroll 34, engineer janitor school house, Margaret V Carroll 31, married 9 years 4 children 4 living, Thomas Carroll 8 Winifred Carroll 5 Margaret Carroll 3 Irene Carroll 1 Sarah W Carroll 26, sister in law, widow, operator telephone co., John J Carroll 4, nephew

    1920: 49 Carroll street,

    Sarah W Carroll 34, widow, married age 18, operator telephone co., Catherine M Carroll 15, daughter, clerk telephone co., John T Carroll 14, son Mabel Griffith 28, boarder

    1930: Carroll street, Sarah Carroll 46, operator telephone, Catherine Carroll 25, clerk, bank John Carroll 24, trader brokerage office

    1940: 105 E 18th street, Brooklyn, Kathryn Carroll 33, secretary, stockbroker, Sarah Carroll 56, mother, widowed

    1952 Death: Sarah Winifred Carroll [Sarah Winifred McHale] , Birth Date: 8 Sep 1883, Birth Place: Brooklyn Kings, New York, Father: Thomas McHale, Mother: Margaret McNulty, SSN: 070283816, Notes: Feb 1952: Name listed as SARAH WINIFRED CARROLL

  5. Richard Stephen Carroll birth August 22, 1880 - death 1953

    Richard Carroll born 22 Aug 1880, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Father's Name John Carroll, Mother's Name Catherine Ganly

    In 1905 and 1910 censuses with his parents. At 91 Woodhull at the death of his father in 1916.

    1917: WWI Draft Registration - Richard Stephen Carroll 422 7th st Kings County, dob August 22, 1880 manager Carroll Towing company ft Court street, Kings, next of kin mother, Catherine Carroll, 422 7th st, Brooklyn, short, slender built, blue eyes, black hair

    Marriage: Anna

    Richard S Carroll, Marriage License Date: 26 Dec 1922, Marriage License Place: Brooklyn, Spouse: Anna V Butler, License Number: 20468

    Children: None

    1925: 529 Ninth street Richard S Carroll 43, manager towing co., Anna Carroll 40 Catherine age 83,

    1930: 529 9th street Richard S Carroll 49, own $13,000, proprietor shipping, age at 1st marriage 42, Anna V Carroll 47, age at first marriage 40, Catherine Carroll 85, mother, widow, Mary Hines 55, maid

    1942: WWII Draft Registration 529 9th street age 29, dob Aug 22, "1882" next of kin Eugene H. Carroll 149- 82nd street Brooklyn self employed ft of 43rd street, Brooklyn

    Death: 1953: Richard Stephen Carroll, Birth Date: 22 Aug 1882, Birth Place: New York, United States of America, Death Date: 10 Mar 1953, Death Place: Volusia County, Florida, United States of America, Cemetery: Edgewater New Smyrna Cemetery, Burial or Cremation Place: Edgewater, Volusia County, Florida, United States of America, spouse, Anne Carroll

    1973 Death of Anna Carroll: Anna V. Carroll, Birth Date: 11 May 1884, Birth Place: New Jersey, United States of America, Death Date: 20 Nov 1973, Death Place: Volusia County, Florida, Cemetery: Edgewater New Smyrna Cemetery, Burial or Cremation Place: Edgewater, Volusia County, Florida, Spouse: Richard Stephen Carroll, URL: https://www.findagrave.com/me

  6. Anne - 1882 - died before 1892

    Anne Carroll Birth 18 Jul 1882 Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States Gender Female Father's Name John Carroll Mother's Name Catherine Ganly

    Not listed in 1892 census.

    1882??: Death, Anne Carroll 24 July 1882 Brooklyn, born 1882, father's and mother's birthplace - Ireland

  7. Eugene Howard Carroll July 18, 1884 - died 1960

    Birth: July 18, 1884

    Marriage 1: Sara/Sarah Gillen


    1. Sarah/Sally 1908 - married LaBorne

      Sarah Carroll, Birth, 14 Apr 1908, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, Father's Name Eugene Carroll, Mother's Name Sarah Gillen

    2. John Carroll Death 16 May 1910 Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States Gender Male Age 0 Marital Status Single Birth Year (Estimated) 1910 Birthplace U.S Burial Date 18 May 1910 Cemetery Holy Cross Cemt Father's Name Eugene H. Carroll Father's Birthplace U.S. Mother's Name Sarah Siden sic Mother's Birthplace

    Death of Sarah Carroll: 1918 - see below

    2nd Marriage: Jane

    Eugene H Carroll, Marriage License Date: 13 Jan 1921, Marriage License Place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, Spouse: Jane V Gray, License Number: 690


    1. John A c 1922

      John A. Carroll, president of the Carroll Towing line 149 82nd street, married Jean Driscoll of the Driscoll Construction co 597 2nd st. in St. Saviour's R. C. Church 6th and 9th streets. They honeymooned in Nassau. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle 17 April 1953)

      Jeanne Marie Driscoll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Driscoll Jr. of 597 2d St., married John A. Carroll, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene H. Carroll of 148 82nd st. The bride wore a princess gown of candlelight satin and Chantilly lace with a cathedral length train falling from a matching lace cap. A reception was held at the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan. She carried a bouquet of white orchids and stephanotis. Her mad of honor was he sister, Adele. Adele wore a gown of hyacinth-blue tulle over taffeta with a matching cap and carried a cascade of dusty pink African daisies. Sarah Jane LaBorne, niece of the bridegroom and Harriet Driscoll, sister of the bride, were junior bridesmaids. Eugene Carroll brother of the groom was best man. The couple received a papal blessing. The groom was a graduate of Brooklyn Preparatory School and the United states Naval Academy in 1944. He was vice president of Carroll Towing Company. (Brooklyn Eagle April 1953)

      In 1954 John was the vice president of Carroll towing.

    2. Eugene H, Jr. c 1924

      Eugene H. Carroll, Jr. married Joan Marie Meehan in 1953. Eugene was a graduate of the Brooklyn Preparatory School, had attended Manhattan College and graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Services. He served in the Pacific with the 38th Infantry. In 1953 he was the treasurer of Carroll Towing.

    1910: 3rd Place Brooklyn, Eugene H Carroll Head M 25 New York, bookkeeper towing company, Sarah E Carroll Wife F 30 New York, married 3 years one child one living, Sallie Carroll Daughter F 2 New York

    1915: 77th street, Brooklyn, Eugene Carroll 32, tug boat company manager, Sarah Carroll 34, Sarah Carroll 7

    1917 WWI Draft Registration: Eugene Howard Carroll dob July 18, 1884 tow boat manager own employer, foot Court st Brooklyn wife sarah E Carroll 5 Fulton street Hemptead, tall, medium build, blue eyes brown hair

    1918 - Death of Sarah/Sara E. Gillen Carroll:

    Mrs Eugene Carroll

    A requiem mass celebrated at the Church of Our Lady of Refuge, Ocean and Foster avenues for Mrs Sara E. Carroll wife of Eugene Carroll president of the Carroll Towing Company and the Richmond Tow Boat Company. Mrs. Carroll died at St. Catherine's Hospital after a short illness. She was the daughter of the late Capt. Henry Gillen of Hempstead, L.I. "who was a prominent figure in the lighterage business in New York Harbor." She was survived by her husband, a daughter, her mother, two sisters and two brothers. Buried Calvary Cemetery. (New York Herald)

    November 1918 In loving memory of my deceased mother, Sarah E Carroll who departed this life November 17, 1918, Sally M. Carroll

    In loving memory of my deceased wife, Sarah Carroll who departed this life November 17, 1918, Eugene H. Carroll (Brooklyn Eagle Nov 17, 1927)

    Also in Memory in 1925, 1928 and 1931.

    Probate: 115 8th ave Sarah E. Carroll died St. Catherine's Hospital Brooklyn November 17, 1918 $2916, husband Eugene H Carroll daughter Sally M. Carroll "an infant under the age of 14" June 3, 1919

    1920 : Eugene listed as a widow with his brother Joseph

    1921 Marriage: Jane born June 28, 1891 per 1928 ship manifest

    Jane V Gray Gender: Female Marriage License Date: 13 Jan 1921 Marriage License Place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA Spouse: Eugene H Carroll License Number: 690


    The Standard Union, 09 February 1921 newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Eugene H. Carroll on their honeymoon with "Freckles" Wesley Barry of motion picture fame.

    1921: April 26, Eugene Carroll of 155 Sixty-seventh street, manager of Carroll Towing, "one of the largest concerns of the kind", was the object of a blackmail scheme. Three young men demanded $100 in hush money sending several notes to Carroll or "you will wish you were dead". One of the notes included a crude drawing of a skull and crossbones surrounded by a revolver, bullets, a blackjack and a dagger. Carroll who had recently married initially treated it as a joke but encourage by his wife reported to the police and hired a private detective. The detective hid on the verand of Carrol's house and waited for the three to come along and caught them in the act of leaving another note. They were taken to Ft. Hamilton street police station where they pleaded innocent. They were held in lieu of $1,000 bail

    1922: Eugene Carroll, Arrival Date: 23 Oct 1922, Birth Date: 1884, Birth Location: New York, Birth Location Other: New York, Age: 38, Gender: Male, Port of Departure: Hamilton, Bermuda, Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Fort St George also Jane age 32 155 67th st Brooklyn

    1924: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Carroll and family spent the summer in Sayville L. I. and returned to their home in Bay Ridge in early September 1924.

    1925: Brooklyn, Eug. H Carroll 40, towing company Jane Carroll 34 Sally M Carroll 17 John Carroll 03 Eng H Carroll 01 Johanna Bakken 23, maid

    1928: Brooklyn Eugene Carroll Arrival Date: 2 Jul 1928 Birth Date: 18 Jul 1884 Birth Location: New York Birth Location Other: Brooklyn, New York Age: 43 Gender: Male Port of Departure: Galveston and Havana Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Shawnee - also Jane dob June 28, 1891 and Sally dob April 11, 1908

    1930: 82nd street, Eugene H Carroll 45, $15,000, owner steamboat, Jane G Carroll 39, wife, Sally M Carroll 22, John Carroll 8, Eugene H Carroll 6, Rita Marten 25 servant born West Indies, Katherine Gray 63, mother in law, born New York

    1931: Eugene H. Carroll was the president of Carroll Towing (Brooklyn Eagle, 26 March 1931)

    1940: 149 82nd street, $20,000, Carroll, Eugene "K" head 55 tug boats, Jane wife, John 18, Eugene Jr. 16 two servants

    1942: Eugene H Carroll, 149 82nd street Brooklyn, age 57 dob July 18, 1884 New York Richard S. Carroll 529 9th street, owner Carroll towing company Bush Terminal pier 5

    1960 Death of Eugene H. Carroll Senior of 149 82nd street, Brooklyn president of Carroll Towing of 17 Battery Place died at Victory Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He had been in the towing business for 60 years in the firm founded by his father John Carroll. He left a wife, Jane G., two sons John A and Eugene H. Jr., a daughter, Mrs Sally La Borne, a brother, Joseph F. and six grandchildren

  8. William Arthur Carroll August 17, 1887 - died 1915

    Tug boat pilot at age 28

    Birth: August 1, 1887 father John Carroll age 40 mother Kate Ganty age 42,

    Marriage: Ida McAllister


    1. Eugene William Carroll - 1914

      Brooklyn Birth cert. Eugene Carroll born February 17, 1914, 159 Carroll Street, father William Carroll age 26, mother Ida McAllister age 23

    2. Rita 1915

      Death: Rita Carrol 28 October 1916 Brooklyn age 1, date of birth 02 February 1915 father William Carroll mother Ida McAllister

    1915: 159 Carroll st, Carroll, William A age 27, captain on tug, Ida age 24, Eugene age 1

    Death: 1915

    William Carrole, 25 Dec 1915, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, Gender Male, Age 28, Marital Status Married, Race White, Occupation Pilot, Birth Date 1887, Birthplace US, Burial Date 28 Dec 1915, Cemetery Holy Cross Cem, Father's Name John Carroll, Father's Birthplace USA, Mother's Name Catherine Ganley, Mother's Birthplace Ireland

    1915: December 26, William A. Carroll, captain of the tugboat Caroline and the youngest licensed New York Harbor pilot died December 25th of pneumonia age 28 at his home at 159 Carrol st. He was born in Brooklyn and attended the local schools. He joined the family towing business as a mate. He was employed by the Carroll Towing company with office at Bush Terminal Brooklyn and 17 South street, Manhattan.

    He was a well known figure in the shipping district and was a member of the Independent Harbor Association no.1. He was ill for only a few days. The son of John and Catherine Carroll he was survived by his wife, Ida, a son Eugene and a daughter, Rita. Mass St. Stephen's buried holy Cross. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

    1920: Cole st Brooklyn, Ida Carrol 28, widowed, Eugene Carrol 5

  9. Joseph Frederick Carroll born June 8 1889 - died 1971

    Joseph Carroll, Birth, 08 Jun 1889, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, Father's Name John Carroll, Father's Birthplace Limerick, Ireland, Father's Age 41, Mother's Name Kate Ganly Carroll, Mother's Birthplace West Meath, Ireland, Mother's Age 44

    Marriage: Helen Cecelia Lauretta Joyce born circa 1894 - Engagement September 1915 - John Frederick Carroll youngest son of John Frederick Carroll of 91 Woodhull street, Brooklyn (BDE).

    Married June 7, A quite wedding with a nuptial mass at St. Francis Xavier Church. Eugene Carroll was best man. The bride wore a gown of soiree satin embroidered with silver with a "convention court train." Her veil was tulle "caught with sprays of orange blossoms." She carried orchids and lilies of the valley. Her sister, Anne, was her bridesmaid. Anne wore a white leghorn picture hat, a peach taffeta and tulle gown and carried sweet peas.


    1. Joseph circa 1917

    2. Richard/John c. 1921

      Marriage: John Arthur Carroll Marriage 31 Dec 1943 Craven, North Carolina, United States Gender Male Age 22 Birth Year (Estimated) 1921 Father's Name Joseph A Carroll Mother's Name Helen A Carroll Spouse's Name Elizabeth S Dreer Spouse's Gender Female Spouse's Age 21 Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated) 1922 Spouse's Father's Name Andrew Dreer Spouse's Mother's Name Elizabeth Dreer

    3. Joyce c 1922 - married William O'Neil

      Death: O'NEIL--Joyce Carroll, died on February 28, 2008, in Atlantis, Florida. Mrs. O'Neil's husband, William C. O'Neil, predeceased her in 1991. Mrs. O'Neil survived her brothers, Joseph and Richard Carroll, and her sister, Claire Carroll. Survivors include her nephews, Joseph F. Carroll, III and Stephen L. Carroll. A Brooklyn native, Mrs. O'Neil's family owned The Joseph F. Carroll Towing Co., a tugboat operator in Brooklyn. Mrs. O'Neil graduated from St. Saviors High School and Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart. Mrs. O'Neil resided in New York City, where she served as a Past President of the St. Vincent's Hospital Auxiliary and a Board Member of The Ladies of Charity, until she and her husband relocated to Palm Beach in the early 1980s. A wake will be held at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home at 1076 Madison Avenue at 81st Street on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 from 7-9pm. Mrs. O'Neil will be buried on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 11:00am at the Holy Cross Cemetery, 3620 Tilden Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11203. (New York Times)

    4. Claire c 1929

    1917: WWI Military Service Carroll - Jospeh Frederick Naval Rendezvous Brooklyn, N. Y. Chief Yoeman Brooklyn Naval Yard form 12-14-1917 to 11-11-1918 - age 28 years and 6 months - 12-13-1917 - service no 120-64-40 (a Yeoman is an enlisted member of the Navy that performs administrative and clerical work)

    1920: 115 8th ave., Brooklyn Joseph F Carroll Head M 30 New York, secretary towing company, Helen J Carroll Wife F 26 New York, Joseph G Carroll Son M 2 New York, Eugene H Carroll Brother M 35 New York, widowed, president towing company, Ellen M Joyce Mother-in-law F 57 New York, widowed, Anna M Joyce Sister-in-law F 27 New York, John F Joyce Brother-in-law M 24 New York, superintendent rubber goods, William R Joyce Brother-in-law M 23 New York, salesman publishing, Lillian S Carr Servant F 24 Virginia

    1930: Rockville Centre, Nassau, New York, USA Hillside ave. Joseph Carroll "40", secretary transportation, age at first marriage 27, Helen J Carroll "28", age at first marriage "14", Joseph Carroll 13, Richard Carroll 9, Joyce Carroll 8, Claire Carroll 1, John Joyce 35, brother in law, Anna Joyce 33, sister in law

    1940: 8th street $10,000, Joseph F Carroll 50, towing water transportation, Helen Carroll 40, Joseph E Carroll 23, clerk water transportation, Richard J Carroll 19, Joyce Ann Carroll 18, Claire Carroll 11

    1942 Draft Registration: Joseph F. Carroll 115 8 ave. Brooklyn, born June 8, 1889 Brooklyn, wife, Helen J Carroll work Carroll Towing, Pier 5 Bush Terminal

    1948: Joseph F Carroll was president of the Carroll Towing Line (Brooklyn Daily Eagle 22 December 1948)

    Death 1971:

    Joseph F. Carroll a retired towing-company executive died Thursday in Lenox Hill Hospital. He was 82 years old and lived at 160 East 48th Street.

    Mr. Carroll son of John Carroll founder of the Carroll Towing Company had been director also of the Richmond Towboat Corporation, the Carroll Oil Terminal and the Carroll Petroleum Corporation. Surviving are two sons, Joseph F. Jr. and Richard J. Carroll; two daughters Mrs. William C. O'Neil and Miss Claire M. Carroll, and two grandchildren. NY Times August 21, 1971, Page 30

1880: 3rd ave. Brooklyn John Carroll 31, engineer, born Ireland, Catherine Carroll 33, born Ireland, John Carroll 2, Martin Carroll 7, James Carroll 5, Ann Carroll 19, sister, seamstress, rest born New York

1892: Ward 6 Brooklyn, Carroll, John age 43 engineer, born US, Kate age 43 Ireland, Martin J 18 clerk, James 16, John 14, Richard, 12, Eugene 8, William 4, Joseph 2, Ann 32 born US.

1894 & 1897: John Carroll 91 Woodhull engineer

1900: 91 Woodhull street, Ward 6 Brooklyn, John Carroll 50, immigrated 1855, engineer, Kate Carroll 53, born Ireland 10 children 7 living, James Carroll 23, engineer, John Carroll 22, pilot, Richard Carroll 19, telegraph, Eugene Carroll 15, Willie Carroll 13, Joseph Carroll 12, Annie Carroll 34, cousin, born New York

1905: Voters registration - John Carroll 91 Woodhull st. Brooklyn, Republican

1905: List of enrolled voters: 91 Woodhull street, Brooklyn, John Republican Eugene Republican Richard D. Republican

1904: CARROLL - March 22. 1904 Annie sister of Michael and the late Martin Carroll, residence 91 Woodhull street. Funeral St. Stepen's

1905: Carroll, John, 91 Woodhull st Republican (Board of Elections)

1905: 91 Woodhull street, Brooklyn, John Carroll 61, retired, Kate Carroll 59 Richard S Carroll 24, machinist, Gene H Carroll 21, ins collector, William Carroll 17, machinist, Joseph Carroll 15 - Four listings at 91 Woodhull.

1906 City Directory: Carroll, John towing - 31 South Mhtn, h. 91 Woodhull - John boat capt. h 212 Union - Martin J salesman h 34 1st place

1906: 8 February - Board of Education janitor engineer, James T. Carroll of 212 Union street, Brooklyn

1906: 13 June Woodbine B. B. C. played the Far Rockaway team and tied. Contact for games R. S. Carroll 91 Woodhull street.

26 June - The Woodbine B. B. C. was open for games June 30, July 1 and July 4 Contact R. S. Carroll 91 Woodhull or phone 524 J Hamilton.

The Woodbines of South Brooklyn were an amateur baseball team.

1906: 27 June - The body of a drowned man about 40 years old, 5 ft 8 inches, was found by John Carroll of 212 Union street in the Buttermilk Channel.

1910: Brooklyn Ward 6, 91 Wood hull street, John Carroll 63, Captain steamboat, Kate Carroll 63, 10 children 6 living, married 37 years, Richard Carroll 30, clerk steamboats William Carroll 23, pilot steamboats, Joseph Carroll 21, clerk carpets, Kate Carroll 5, g daughter, Mary Campbell 27, servant

1915: Carroll Towing Co, Inc (N Y) John Carroll Pres Jos F Carroll Sec, Martin J Carroll Treas. Capital $15,000. (Polk's)

1915: Carroll Towing Company, of New York, has contracted to have a new wooden tug built by A. C. Brown...Philadelphia Inquirer (Newspaper) - June 06, 1915, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1916 - Death of John Carroll: January 1, 1916

John Carroll Birth Date: 22 Feb 1848 Death Date: 1 Jan 1916 Cemetery: Holy Cross Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, United States of America - Find A Grave

1916: Obit The Standard Union January 2nd:


Capt. John Carroll, one of the best known men in shipping circles in Brooklyn, died yesterday ignorant of the death of his son, William, one of the youngest pilots in New York Harbor, who passed away on Christmas Day. The elder Mr. Carroll expired at his home, 91 Woodhull street. He was stricken with a cold which developed into pneumonia and other complications twelve days ago. He had been unconscious since the death of his son. Although final arrangements for the funeral had not been made last night, it will probably be held Tuesday morning from his late home, thence to the Church of St. Stephen's, Hicks and Summit streets, where requiem mass will be celebrated. Burial will be in Holy cross cemetery. Capt. Carroll was born in County Limerick, Ireland sixty-eight years ago. He came here as a boy and made his home in Brooklyn. When the Civil war broke out he was under age and although he applied for enlistment he was refused. In 1864 he enlisted in Battery E of the First New Jersey Artillery and served until the close of the war. He returned to Brooklyn and for some time was associated with John W. Ambrose and William M Tebo in the development of the Gowanus section. Until the time of his death he had been interested in the development of this and the Bay Ridge waterfront. In 1882 he established the Carroll Towing Company and until his last illness was the active head of the business. His son William was associated with him in the later years. The firm had offices at pIer 5, Bush Terminal and 17 South street, Manhattan."

He was active in church work at St. Stephen's. Survived by hia widow, Catherine Ganley and five sons, Martin, James, Richard, Eugene and Jsoeph. He was a member of the Rankin Post G. A. R.

Will: John Carroll 595 7th street, Brooklyn - personal property $37,000 - Catherine Carroll widow 91 Woodhull st; Martin J. Carroll son 595 7th; Richard S Carroll 91 Woodhull st, son; Eugene H Carroll 17 South st, son; Joseph F. Carroll 91 Woodhull st, son; John Carroll -- Loretta, Staten Island, a grandson; Catherine Carroll 343 9th st granddaughter; Eugene Carroll 82 2nd st grandson; Rita Carroll a granddaughter, Sarah Carroll 242 9th st widow of a deceased son; Ida Carroll of 82 2nd st widow of a deceased son.

1919 Harbor Strike: January 9, 1919 - Fifty men employed by Carroll towing went out on strike - leaving ten boats tied up and shutting business down. At least 20 men in other companies walked out in sympathy.

March 8th 1919 - The March strike order was more widely effective than the January strike. All tugs of the Carroll Towing company at the foot of Court street were tied up. All businesses along the Brooklyn waterfront were at a standstill. All ferries stopped running. No attempts were made by strike breakers. Joseph F Carroll of Carroll Towing estimated that at least 400 tugs "had been deserted by crews." The Carroll Towing company had 12 boats out. (Brooklyn Times Union) The strike spread as far as New Jersey and Long Island.


"The marine strikes include that on New York harbor craft, tying up some 600 boats with aprpoximately 16,000 men out for 13 days. A further marine strike occurred in July with a general tie-up of shipping on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Some 25,000 men were out for about three weeks."

(The American Contractor, Volume 40)

By The Associated Press. New York. March 8 - The Marine Workers Affiliation decided tonight to accept the terms offered by the Railroad Administration for a settlement of the strike which has paralyzed trans-Atlantic and coastwise shipping since Tuesday morning. The Railroad Administration operates 40 per cent, of the boats in the harbor. Under the terms of the agreement the men will have a basic eight hour day and will receive an increase in wages. Ferryboats, tugs and lighters will resume operations tomorrow." (Cornell Daily Sun - March 8, 1919)

1925: November 28 Pier 3 and 4 Steam tug M. J. Carroll mentioned in Aug 11, 1930 court order.

1926: January 1926 saw the end of a five year battle against federal tow boats operating in the New York Harbor. The federally run tow boats were competing with the private towing lines. Carroll towing was reported to have ten tugs. (Standard Union)

1930: 9th street Brooklyn, Carroll Richard, $13,000, age 49, proprietor shipping, Carroll Anne wife, age 47, Catherine mother age -5 born Ireland Mines, Mary age -5 ward, maid

1930: May 23 - fire destroyed the barge Seaboard at the foot of Court Street and spread to another barge owned by the Carroll Towing company. Another reports says the fire started on the Carroll barge and destroyed both barges. Barges valued at $5,000. The docks were saved by the quick and efficient work of the firemen.

1930: Petition for exoneration or limitations of losses against the steam tug "M. J. Carroll" between piers 3 and 4 Brush terminal on or about the 28th of November 1925. The value of the pending freight, vessel and her equipment was fixed by the court at $15,069.50. All persons having claims were to file before 27 August 1930.

1941: Ad Carroll Towing Co. Inc. - established 1882 - Pier 5 Bush Terminal - Brooklyn, N. Y. - - Shifting at steamship piers a specialty - Telephone Sterling 8-3200

Other family: John Carroll had a sister, Ann/Anne/Annie, born New York circa 1861. She was listed, age 19, seamstress, with John and his family in the 1880 census.

Annie Carroll of 91 Woodhull street died in March 1904. Listed in her obit were a brother, Michael Carroll and a brother "the late" Martin Carroll. John Carroll was not mentioned. The Woodhull street address is relevant.

Carroll towing


The ferryboat, Baltimore, the schooner W. S. Tompkins, and the tugs Clifton* and Walter J Tice collided. All parties were deemed to blame and were told to share in damages and costs. BDE - October 23, 1886

*A Carroll tug.

1894: Tug Carroll boys

"About noon on the 12th of September, 1894, as the libellant's schooner, George Hurst, was going around the Battery from the East into the North River, in tow on a hawser from the steamtug M. E. Laughlin, she came in collision with the barge M. G. Leonard, which was in tow of the steamtug Carroll Boys, which had crossed the North River from the Jersey Central piers, Jersey City, and was bound up the East River in the last of the ebb tide. The stem of the barge struck the port side of the schooner, aft of the mainmast, at an angle of about five or six points, in consequence of which she sank in a few minutes. The above libel was brought to recover the damages.

"The libel charged that the collision was caused by the negligence of the barge M. G. Leonard in not following the course of her tug, the Carroll Boys, but in allowing her to take a sheer to port shortly before the collision. It is contended that the two tows, but for that sheer, would have passed clear of each other, as the tugs had done, by a fair margin of from seventyfive to one hundred feet. The answer of the barge denied any negligence or any sheer, and alleged that the fault was in the tug in not keeping the tow sufficiently away; and under Admiralty Rule 59 the barge brought in the two tugs as additional defendants, both of which denied fault and assigned the alleged sheer of the M. G. Leonard as the cause of the collision."


The responsibility for the collision seems to me to lie with the Carroll Boys alone. It was the Carroll Boys that was bound to keep out of the way. When the signal of one whistle was given, viz., when the tugs were from three hundred to five hundred feet apart, it became the duty of the Carroll Boys not only to keep to the right, as her whistle indicated she would do, but to keep far enough to the right, and to direct her tow to take that course early enough, to prevent any swing by the barge upon the course of the M. E. Laughlin and the schooner, which were already quite near the shore. The barge was a long boat and not quickly handled like a tug. Her wheelman was not chargeable with knowledge of the tide currents to the same extent as the pilot of the tug, and cannot be charged with negLigence for not porting until he had some notice that he was required to do so, either by some direction from the tug or by seeing the tug port. He was watching the tug, and he ported as soon as he saw the tug port; and no signal at all was given to him by which he might have been apprised of the need of porting earlier. The true cause of the collision was that the Carroll Boys delayed her own porting, and omitted signaling to the other tug, or to give directions to her own tow until it was too late for the tow to clear. She was going toward the lefthand side of the East River for the benefit of the slack water there, and no doubt miscalculated or neglected to consider the space necessary for the turn of the barge in going through the slack water. This evidently was a risk of the tug and not of the tow.


Decree for the libellant against the Carroll Boys, with costs; dismissal of the libel as against the barge and the M. E. Laughlin, with costs ; and an order of reference to compute damages if not agreed upon."

On December 9, 1895, a final decree was entered, and from this decree the claimant of the steamtug Carroll Boys appealed to this court.

(United States Courts of Appeals Reports: Cases Adjudged in the ..., Volume 51 By United States. Courts of Appeals, Samuel Appleton Blatchford)

On June 30, 1900 there was a catastrophic fire on the Hoboken piers. Many lives were lost amd major damage was done to multiple vessels. The New York Tribune on July 4, 1900 listed several tugs owners who filed for damages against the steamers of the North German LLyod company.
John Carroll, owner, of the tug Seven Brothers, against the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. Tug value $8,000.

John Carroll owner of the tug Carroll Boys against the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. Tug value $$4,500

Hoboken Pier Fire

Attempting to cover the Hoboken fire a reporter for the New York tribune went on board the tug Seven Brothers:
"Several tugs made a dash into the conflagration in order to save either one of the burning ship, but the fiery wind sweeping down from the south baffled their attempts. The river had now become so rough from the swashing of the tugboats that the reporter's rowboat was almost upset. It was filling with water rapidly, however, that the reporter went on board the tug Seven Brothers" (New York tribune July 1 1900)
Brooklyn Daily Eagle May 28, 1901 - George Nadille age 32 fell off the ferryboat Farragut as the boat was entering the slip on the Manhattan side. He was rescued by Captain Simmons of the tug Carroll Boys.

1902: 26 February 1902
"Daring River Thieves

Stole Bags of Saltpeter and Then Stole a Tugboat to Transport the Booty"

On Monday the 24th of February somebody stole the tugboat Carroll Boys from her wharf at the Atlantic dock, used her to transports some stolen goods, and then returned her to her berth. The tug was owned by Carrol Bros of 91 Woodhull street who did not realized the tug had gone missing until Tuesday morning when it was discovered that salt water had been used in her boiler resulting in a great deal of damage. Two detectives from the Hamilton street police station were sent to investigate. A watchman on the docks said he had seen four men board the tug and head towards Manhattan. At the Erie basin the detectives discovered a trail of saltpeter which led from the breakwater to the mainland where there were ruts in the snow. The detectives concluded that that the thieves used the tug to transport the saltpeter from Manhattan to the Erie Basin and then hauled it away by wagon. Thirty-six bags of saltpeter had been stolen from Pier 39 on the East River. Two men were arrested. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A subsequent article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle stated that James Whitmore, age 40, of 39 Walcott street, a steamboat captain, was accused of taking the Carroll Boys without the owners permission to convey saltpeter from a lighter in Manhattan to Brooklyn. He claimed he was hired to run the boat and was not aware any problems.

A March 2, 1902 article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported it was easy for river thieves to steal tugboats.

"The tugs are tied up at a pier and with fires banked are left to their chances." However, it would take someone with knowledge of the opperation of tha tug to cast off the lines, rake up the fire, get up steam and back her out of the slip and go "pirating on the river".

October 8. - About 1 p. m. ferryboat New York collided with tug Carroll Boys off Pier 3, East River, causing slight damage to both vessels. Accident due to go-ahead chain slipping on the Carroll Boys. No one hurt." (Annual Report of the Supervising Inspector General, Steamboat Inspection ... By United States. Steamboat Inspection Service)

BDE May 4 and NYT May 5, 1904 - Four men were painfully injured - two of them seriously - when the upright boiler of "donkey engine" on the large Postal Telegraph steam lighter (or scow) Thomas E.Jennings exploded off Liberty Island. The lighter was in tow by the tug Seven Brothers of the Carroll towing company under the command of John Carroll. They were on their way from Bedford Island to Staten Island (or Carteret, N. J.) where the American Telephone and Telegraph Cable Company planned to repair cables . The Pennsylvania tug Belvedere/Belvidere (sic) was "running alongside" (or about 100 feet away) from the Thomas Jennings when the deck hands on the Belvedere saw and heard the explosion.

Two of the injured men were on the roof of the deckhouse when the explosion occurred. They were hurled high in the air. (Ten feet high according to one report.) One landed back on the deck the other landed in the water. The other two men were beside the boiler. One of them received a compound fracture of the left thigh and severe wounds to the head. He was not expected to survive. The other man was bleeding from the mouth and ears. All four suffered burns. The man who was blown overboard had the least severe injuries and burns.

The accident occurred at a time when the harbor was very busy. The Belvedere rescued the injured men and took them to Pier A and thence they were taken to the Hudson Street Hospital, Manhattan. The Seven Brothers and the Belvedere towed the Jennings to Pier A in Manhattan. The fire boat New Yorker quickly put out the fire on the Thomas e. Jennings. The reason for the explosion was unknown. The engineer testified that everything had been in order minutes before the explosion.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle 23 May - the tug Carroll Boys was reported sunk at the foot of Bowne street. She went to the bottom where she rested in 30 feet of water. A watchman was on board when she started to sink and he went ashore. The tug belonged to John Carrol of 91 Woodhull street.

1909: The Trow Corporation Dictionary
Carroll Towing Line (T. N.) (John Carroll) 37 South
Carroll Brothers (towing) (dissolved) 37 South
The Carrol Towing Line has established a new station at Pier 6, Bush Term. Docks. The tugs: Sterling, Seven Brothers and Carroll Boys are stationed there continually, offering excellent service to their patrons. All the boats are equipped with fire and wrecking apparatus. (The Nautical Gazette, Volume 79)

1912: The Nautical Gazette, Volume 82

The American Fleet was a display of American naval power in the New York Harbor. "The Carroll Bros had their tug "Caroline" out with a party."

On March 31, 1913 the tug Seven Brothers was sunk by the large powerful coal company tug Edwin J. Berwind. As the tug Seven Brothers under the command of Captain Henry Free rounded the Battery from the North River to the East River in dense fog she was rammed midship by the tug Edwin J. Berwind coming from Brooklyn and proceeding between Governor's Island and the Battery. According to court testimony the fog was so thick one could not see Governors Island from the Battery. The Berwind had been very close to the Staten Island Ferry slips. Both boats had sounded fog whistles. Captain Free tried to reverse engines but it was too late. Captain Henry Free and his crew of three (Charles Free, Thomas Saddle and a deckhand) were thrown in the water and the tug sank immediately to the bottom of the bay in twenty-five feet of water. Life perservers held the Carroll crew afloat until they were picked up by the crew of the Berwind. The sunken tug lay in a position which blocked the revenue cutter Hudson from her berth.

In a subsequent legal suit the court held in favor of John Carroll the owner of the tug Seven Brothers and concluded that the Berwind was going at an excessive speed for the condition.


June 6, Philadelphia Inquirer - The Carroll Towing Company of New York contracted to have a new wooden tug built by A. C. Brown & Sons of Tottenville, Staten Island, N.. Y.


There was a probability of a general strike of New York Harbor tow boat workers- including deckhands, cooks and firemen. About 40 workers of the Carroll Towing Company threatened to strike for better wages - asking $60 a months for all hands. (The Standard Union)

1917: Johnson's Marine Manual

Carroll Towing Co. Inc 17 South Street, Mnhattan - Eugene H Carroll mgr.

Caroline - built 1875 Brooklyn tug, 72.5 feet, boiler
William A. Carroll - build 1888 Tottenville, N Y., 71 feet tug boiler
Golden Rule - built 1891 Noank Ct., 57 feet, tug boiler
Seven Brothers - built 1899 Athens, New York, 48 feet, tug boiler
John O Carroll - built 1906 New Baltimore, 61 feet, tug boiler
Carroll - built 1907 New Baltimore 66 feet, tug boiler
Carrollton - built 1916 New Baltimore 76 feet, tug boiler

1920: Johnson's Marine Manual

Carroll Towing Co. Inc foot of Court street, telephone Hamilton 2408 Eugene H Carroll mgr.

Caroline - built 1875 Brooklyn tug, 72.5 feet, boiler
Richmond - built 1875 Philadelphia, tug 82 feet, boiler
Clifton - built 1883 Brooklyn, sug, 49.9 feet, boiler
William A. Carroll - build 1888 Tottenville, N Y., 71 feet tug boiler
Golden Rule - built 1891 Noank Ct., 57 feet, tug boiler
Alfred J Murray - built 1892 Brooklyn, 47 feet tug boiler
Seven Brothers - built 1899 Athens, New York, 48 feet, tug boiler
Sara E Carroll - built 1905 New Baltimore, NY. 65 feet, tug boiler
John O Carroll - built 1906 New Baltimore, 61 feet, tug boiler
Carroll - built 1907 New Baltimore 66 feet, tug boiler

For Information on Hull size, tonnage and more see - Johnson's Marine Manual

1922: December 17 -
A fire in the number 4 hold of the steamship Vaba, which was in dock, wrecked the ship and endangered other big ships. The Vaba was owned by the Italian Commercial Oil Company. A 7,828 ton vessel she was undergoing repairs and was not carrying any cargo at the time of the fire. An "armada" of fireboats and tugs hurried to the scene but the gates that gave access to the steamer were locked and caught on fire so the tugs could not tow her out to into the open water. Four alarms were called.
" In Dock No 3. on one side of the Vaba, lay the steamship Espalsa of the United Fruit Line near her the steamship Limon and in Dry Cock No. 5 the President Arthur. The Espalsa was scorched by the flames, but she and the Limon were pulled to safety by the prompt action of the tugs M. J. Carroll, Richmond, Joseph F Carroll and William A. Carroll of the Carroll Towing Company, the William A. Carroll doing the bulk of the work."
1922: Carroll Towing Company Inc. respondent v. Franklin Fire Insurance co. appellant. November 17, 1922 -
The plaintiff was entitled to recover on a marine insurance policy for a broken propeller shaft and other damage caused to its boat by contact with some floating or water-borne object other than a vessel, for the contact between plaintiff's vessel and the floating object constituted a collision within the meaning of that word as used in a provision in the policy exempting the defendant from liability for breakage of machinery unless caused by "collision."

The word "collision" is not now confined to the strict nautical and legal acceptation, meaning the impinging upon one another of vessels while being navigated, but by common usage the application of the term as used in marine insurance policies has been so far extended as to include the impact of a vessel with any other floating object.

APPEAL by the defendant, Aetna Insurance Company, from a determination of the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court, First Department, entered in the office of the clerk of the county of New York on the 14th day of March, 1922, modifying and, as modified, affirming a judgment of the City Court of the City of New York in favor of the plaintiff. (Reports of Cases Decided in the Appellate Division of the ..., Volume 203)


The 1930 fiscal year contract for "lightering" ammunition from the Raritan Arsenal was awarded to Amboy Towboats headquartered in Tottenville, N. J. - owned and operated by Edmund J. Carroll. (the Courier - News Bridgewater, N. J.15 July 1929)

Brooklyn Daily Eagle 24 July The Carroll Towing company, run by the four Carroll brothers, had offices at the tip of pier 5 Brooklyn - Bush Terminal. Bush Terminal pier was 1,350 feet long - one of the longest in the country.

Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit Jul 23, 1941

SWAN, Circuit Judge.

On June 9, 1939, the appellant's tugs St. Vincent and St. Lawrence towed the wooden steamship Corone to public anchorage grounds off Kreisherville, Staten Island, and placed her alongside the libellant's barge Anna O'Boyle. This was a large, ocean-going barge which had been lying in the anchorage for many months and had been purposely sunk to the bottom to preserve her wood, while awaiting reconditioning. At high tide her main deck was awash. Mooring lines were put out from the Corone to the O'Boyle and, after making them fast, the tugs departed. No damage was done to the barge by the initial placing of the steamer alongside but at some unidentified date thereafter the O'Boyle did sustain damage by reason of the strain exerted by the mooring line running to her stern bitt and the riding of the floating steamer against the starboard side of the stationary barge. The district judge was of opinion that the mooring was negligent and that the tugs as well as the steamer must be held responsible because "the tugs supervised the handling of the lines" and the Corone, at the request of her owner, was tied up to the barge "without authority and against the protest of the watchman on board." [ 30 F. Supp. 209, 211.]

The towage and the mooring were done under the direction of Captain Joseph Carroll, a licensed pilot, who was on the bridge of the Corone during the entire towage. He testified that he gave orders to the tugs and directed what mooring lines should be put out and where they should be placed. He was in the employ of Amboy Towboats, Inc., but he was not a member of the crew of either tug, nor on board either at any time. Despite the testimony of the pilot, the district court not only made the finding already quoted respecting the tug's supervision of the handling of the lines but also stated specifically that the mooring lines "were handled under the direction of the captain of the tug St. Lawrence." The master of this tug was Richard Carroll, a brother of Joseph Carroll, the pilot. Since the pilot's testimony that he gave the orders was undisputed, the appellant contends that the district judge must have confused the identity of the two brothers in making his findings as to who directed the mooring. It then argues, in reliance on The Sarnia, 2 Cir., 261 F. 900, and similar cases, that in rem liability cannot be imposed on the tugs for errors in a mooring directed by the pilot from the bridge of the Corone. These cases establish the rule expressed in the phrase "The tug could only be held liable in rem for the faults committed by it." The W.L. Steed, 2 Cir., 79 F.2d 2, 5. The typical application of the doctrine involves a situation where, as in The Sarnia, supra, the master of a tug, who leaves his tug to act as pilot of the vessel in tow, is negligent in navigating such vessel, while the tug's navigation is faultless. But personification of the tug as the tort feasor must not be pressed to the point of supposing that in rem liability requires the libellant's damage to result either from physical movement of the libelled vessel or from conduct of her master or crew only when aboard her. Cases relating to faulty mooring demonstrate the contrary. The towing contract creates the duty to bring the tow to her destination and secure her in a seamanlike manner, and for the master's negligent performance of that duty the tug is subject to in rem liability. The May McGuirl, 2 Cir., 256 F. 20; The Mary Ethel, D.C., 290 F. 458, affirmed, 2 Cir., 5 F.2d 1013; O'Boyle v. Cornell Steamboat Co., 2 Cir., 298 F. 95. The doctrine of The Sarnia, supra, does not support the appellant's contention that orders given by the pilot of the Corone to moor to the sunken barge are enough to relieve the masters of the tugs from the duty of seeing to it that the lines were so secured as not to endanger the barge. The record adequately sustains the findings as to their negligence in participating in a mooring which would put an improper strain on the stern bitt and permit the rubbing of the steamer against the side of the barge upon foreseeable changes of tide and weather. In our opinion the tugs were properly held liable in rem, if the negligent mooring caused the damage.

Note: Italics mine, MLB

1946: Ad- celebrating the 300 anniversary of Brooklyn as an organized community.

Carroll Towing Co. Inc, South Brooklyn and Harbor Towing, 17 Battery Place, New York, Established in 1882 serving Brooklyn for 64 years. "In 1914 the company was chartered by the Secretary of State."
1949: 16 November 1949 -
Rod Steiger and Treva Frazee acted in the "City at Midnight" a "live" crime drama filmed at Pier 27 at the foot of Baltic st. The tugs used in some scenes were those of the Carroll towing Company The show was aired on WNBT from 11 to midnight. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Arranged in a picturesque backdrop were the 14 tugboats of the Carroll Company under the direction of John A. Carroll, son of the president of the firm."

"By JOHN A. CARROLL FOR several years Carroll Towing Co., Inc., observed with interest the successful operation of two way radio in the trucking, bus, taxi cab and many other fields throughout the country. From then on we closely followed the rapid changes and improvements being made in 2-way radio for marine use." (Marine News)

Installations of the CR-103 have also been planned for the M. Moran and Margot Moran. Carroll Installs Radiophones Three tugs of Carroll Towing Company. Inc., are now dispatched throughout New York harbor by Raytheon 2-way radio (Rivers and Harbors - Volume 35 - Page 48)

1950: In February 1950 VHF radiophone was installed on three of Carroll Towing's 12 tugs: "J. F. Carroll, Jr.," "Richard S. Carroll" and the "Carroll", (marine News)

The offices of the Carroll Towing Company were at 17 Battery Park, Manhattan. 17 Battery Park also housed the offices of the Moran Towing Company and other marine related companies.

Some Carroll Tugs

  1. Steam Tug Carroll Boys

    1894: The barge Mary G. Leonard, ladened with railroad and bridge iron going from the Central Railroad of the New Jersey wharves to the East River, was in tow of the Carroll Boys when the Leonard veered and ran into the two masted schooner, George Hurst, which was ladened with sand and in tow of the tugboat Mary E. Laughlin. The George Hurst of Port Eaton, L. I. had passed through the Hell's Gate earlier in the day and was headed to the North River on her way Kingston, N. Y. Her Captain was Hurbert Caffrey. The George Hurst sank under full sail with a large hole in her port side. She was in twelve feet of water with greater portion of her masts and sails out of the water. Large crowds gathered to see the sight and Battery boatman were busy taking hundreds of people out to the wreck for a closer look. A lantern with a fixed red light was hung from the foremast of the George Hurst.

    The crew of the George Hurst blamed the lighter (barge) Mary G. Leonard.

    Plans were to raise the Hurst after fifty or sixty tons of sand were removed from her hull Pontoons were placed on either side of the vessel to be raised by the Baxter Wrecking Company..

    See 1894 under Carroll Towing above.

    Byron Stebbins was the captain of the Carroll Boys.

    The Carroll Boys was described in the World as "one of the most diminutive and fussy of harbor craft". She "clambered by the schooner in good shape and there was every prospect of her tow doing the same."

    The Schooner George Hurst partly sunk off the battery in New York Harbor. (The World September 13, 1894)

    Note: The schooner George Hurst under Captain Caffrey sunk in the Stamford Connecticut canal with a cargo of cement in Mary 1893. She was raised. (The Boston Globe)

    1900: Aftermath of the Hoboken Pier Fire of 1900 - John Carroll owner of the tug Carroll Boys against the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse - value $4,500.

    1902: Captain Simmmoms of the tug Carroll Boys rescued George Nadille age 32 after he fell from the ferryboat Farragut as it entered the slip in Manhattan.

    1903: October 8 "About 1 p. m. ferryboat New York collided with tug Carroll Boys off Pier 3, East River, causing slight damage to both vessels. Accident due to go-ahead chain slipping on the Carroll Boys. No one hurt" (Annual Report of the Supervising Inspector General, Steamboat Inspection)

    1906: Carroll Boys - 21 ton tow - 48 feet built 1892 Brooklyn, home port New York (Merchant Vessels of the United States 1906)

    1906: The tugboat Carroll Boys owned by John Carroll of 91 Woodhull street sprang a leak and sank to the bottom resting in 30 feet of water.

    1907: May 2, 1907 Tug CARROLL BOYS sold to Philadelphia parties. Owned by Samuel Davis of philadelphia.

    1907: July 11, a 21 ton towing steamer Carroll Boys of Philadelphia while tied up for the night in Alloways Creek N.J. sank for an unknown cause. No injuries. Congressional Edition, Volume 5491

    1907: July 17 the tug Carroll Boys of Philadelphia which sank in Alloway Creek N. J. was raised - Reedy Island July 16 and "proceeded up in tow". (Philadelphia Inquirer)

    1920: The Carroll Boys was not listed in the 1920 list of Carroll boats.

  2. Towing Steamer Sterling

    1906: Carroll Brothers' Sterling, formerly of Old Dominion Steamship Line. February 8, 1906 (Nautical Gazette)


    The fishing schooner Natalie B. Nickerson loaded with 21,000 mackerel entered the lower bay "with a smashing breeze astern" in mid April 1906. She was hoping to be the first of the fishing fleet to arrive at the Fulton Fish Market. The tug Sterling managed to catch up and get her tow line after both vessels were inside "the Hook". Unfortunately, two other fishing boasts had arrived the day before. (The Sun, 15 April 1906)

    1911: June 13, "About 7.30 a.m., while the towing steamer Sterling was turning around in slip at Bush Docks, Brooklyn, N.Y., she collided with the work boat of steamship Eugenia, slightly damaging same. (Annual Report of the Supervising Inspector-general)

    1911: Members of the Carroll family including, Mr. and Mrs. John Carroll, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Carroll, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Carroll, Joseph Carroll, William Carroll, and their guests spent a "very enjoyable evening" aboard the towing steamer Sterling "viewing the illuminated war vessels anchored in the North River". (The Standart Union, 3 November 1911)

    The party to view the illuminated warships was hosted by Eugene Carroll.

    1916: April 1 - A major fire on the Brooklyn docks at the foot of 48th street caused: severe injury to two men, the sinking of the canal boat Maggie D and the destruction of the Carroll steam tug Sterling. Damages were estimated to be $25,000.

    The fire was believed to have started on the Sterling which was docked at pier 3 Bush Docks. Several fire boats rushed to the scene. Before the fire boat Mayor Gaynor/William J Gaynor could make its way through the crowd of boats the fire had spread to the lighter Raymond. By that time the Sterling was beyond help. In a effort to save the Raymond the fire tug rammed the canal boat Maggie D. Several boats were thrown together and this was when two firemen of the Engine Company no 228 were jostled from the Raymond and got caught between two boats resulting in injury to both men. They were squeezed between the two lighters until the boats were forced apart and they could be released. One suffered a crushed chest and the other a fractured shoulder and ankle.

    The Maggie D sank with her cargo of 1,000 cases of shoes bound for England (or copper wire, or fuses and other war material). The total loss on the Maggie D. and cargo was valued at $8,000 (or $15,000).

    The Sterling, valued at $9,500 (or $10,000), was completely destroyed .

    Damages on the Raymond were not estimated at the time of the articles.

    The cause of the fire was unknown.

    (Brooklyn Times Union, Brooklyn Eagle, the Sun, and the Evening World)

    1916: April 2, 1916 - The tug Sterling owned by the Carroll Towing Line was damaged by fire - part of the deck and the house badly damaged. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

    1920: Not on the 1920 list of Carroll boats.

  3. Steam tug John O. Carroll

    Steam tug John O. Carroll buit in 1906 at New Baltimore, NY, 61 feet (in 1920 fleet of Carroll tugs)

    1919: Carroll Towing Co. v. Aetna Insurance

    About March 10, 1919, in consideration of the payment of the premium of $429, the defendant insurance company issued in favor of plaintiff a policy of marine insurance covering the steam tug John O. Carroll in the sum of $6,000 for the period of one year.

    On February 2, 1920, the tug was going at a slow speed in the slip at pier 4, Bush Terminal, borough of Brooklyn. A shock was felt on board, the engine started to turn 175 to 200 revolutions a minute (instead of the normal 75) and steam was shut off and the boat stopped. On investigation it was found that the propeller wheel had been carried away, together with a part of the shaft to which it was attached; the shaft broke in the stern bearing and the break was new and there was no flaw visible. Further, a plank was broken at the stern directly above the propeller wheel and the copper sheathing over it which had been in good condition before was rolled up and bent in.

    There was testimony, wholly uncontradicted, from qualified witnesses that the break was such as would be caused by contact with some floating or water-borne object, and that issue was found in favor of plaintiff by the jury, and the finding is not now attacked.

    1922: March 25, 1922 - Judgement filed Manhattan debtor Aetna Ins, Co to Carroll Towing Co. Inc. $1,539.74 and "same" $1,245.00. (New York Herald)

    1923: About March 10, 1919, in consideration of the payment of the premium of $429, the defendant insurance company issued in favor of plaintiff a policy of marine insurance covering the steam tug John O. Carroll in the sum of $6,000 for a period of one year.

    "On February 2, 1920, the tug was going at a slow speed in the slip at pier 4, Bush Terminal, borough of Brooklyn. A shock was felt on board, the engine started to turn 175 to 200 revolutions a minute (instead of the normal 75) and steam was shut off and the boat stopped. On investigation it was found that the propeller wheel had been carried away, together with a part of the shaft to which it was attached; the shaft broke in the stern bearing and the break was new and there was no flaw visible. Further, a plank was broken at the stern directly above the propeller wheel and the copper sheathing over it which had been in good condition before was rolled up and bent in.

    There was testimony, wholly uncontradicted, from qualified witnesses that the break was such as would be caused by contact with some floating or water-borne object, and that issue was found in favor of plaintiff by the jury, and the finding is not now attacked.

    The only question involved in the appeal is one of law and is as follows: Does accidental contact between a vessel and a floating but non-navigable object constitute a "collision" within the meaning of that word as used in a policy of marine insurance?"

    (Reports of cases heard and determined in the Appellate Division Volume 203)

    1927: Carroll Towing Co. owners of the Steam Tug John O Carroll filed a petition for exemption and limitation of liability for losses to have occurred aboard the tug John O. Carroll on or about March 29, 1926 on the East River. Value of the vessel $5,075.00. All persons having claims agains the tug were required to make such claims before June 1, 1927.

    1944: On September 29, 1944 the tug John Carroll had in tow two wooden deck scows, The L. K. Christie and The South Bend. These scows were on the tug's port side, with The L K. Christie forward and The South Bend behind her. (Federal Supplement: Cases Argued and Determined in the District Courts of the United States and the Court of Claims, with Key Number Annotations, Volume 78)

    This litigation involves a collision between the tug Fred B. Dalzell and a scow in the tow of the tug John Carroll which occurred in the East River about 1:30 P. M. on September 29, 1944, off Piers 16 and 17. (The federal reporter, Volume 180)

    1945: March 30, While working on the boiler of the tug John Carroll owned by the Carroll Towing Company the boiler exploded injuring two tugboat firemen. They were taken to Long Island College Hospital.

    1949: On June 8, 1949 and thereafter the plaintiff has been unable to operate the tug "John Carroll" because the defendant union has ordered and directed the crew not to work unless the plaintiff employed a crew of seven, the seventh man to be a cook. (Labor Cases, Volume 16)

  4. Tug Catherine Carroll

    Named for the wife of the founder of Carroll towing.

    Catherine Carroll, 68.6 feet, built Tottenville, NY 1921 for Carroll Towing co., New York, (Merchant Vessels of the United States)

    1942: The tug Catherine Carroll had in tow the Howlett No. 15 and the Howlett No 28. in the early morning of October 18, 1942 and was proceeding with the tide north in Newark bay. She sounded her horn to request the opening of the Central Railroad company bridge. Something went amiss and the the Howlett No. 28 hit the rack of the bridge.

    1943: 27 May, 10 June, and June 24, 1943 Eastern District of New York Legal Notice. Petition for limitation of liability filed May 20, 1943 that the Carroll Towing company owners of the steamtug Catherine Carroll assert the right to limit liability to all claims arising fromt he disaster of October 17, 1942 while the steamship Catherine Carroll was towing the hoisters Howlett No 15 and Howlett No 28 from New York Harbor to Port Newark. Persons with claims must prove them by June 30, 1943. (BDE)

    1952: Two tugs of the Carroll Towing company were damaged by fire while moored on the East River at the foot of Warren street. A fire broke out around eleven thirty at night in the engine room of the Ella Carrol. The flames spread to the nearby Catherine Carroll. The Elle Carroll sufferd "considerable damage." The Catherine Carroll was only slightly damaged. Two fire boats were at the scene. (BDE March 24)

    1952: May 10, 1952 the tug Catherine Carroll rescued two men - one had fallen in the North River at the battery and the second had jumped in to save him. (NY Daily News)

    1957: Dismantled 1957 (the Mariners Museum and Park)

  5. Steam Tug Seven Brothers

    Named in honor of the seven Carroll brothers. Seven sons has a powerful connotation in Irish folklore.

    1899: Built 1899 Athens, New York, 48 feet, tug boiler (in 1920 fleet of Carroll tugs) - Seven Brothers, tow, 32 tons 22 feet built 1899 Athen New York (Merchant Vessels of the United States 1906)


    On May 4th a boiler exploded on the scow Thomas E. Jennings being towed by the tug Seven brothers opposite Liberty Island in the New York Harbor. Four men were scalded but otherwise uninjured.

    1907: Around 8;15 in the morning the tug Seven Brothers was towing the coal barge Eureka toward the Hamberg America Lines lower slip in Hoboken. The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western ferryboat Orange was making a run from Manhattan to Hoboken with 500 passengers on board. The Orange trying to avoid a collision with the Eureka rammed the Hamburg-American Line pier 4 and "did much damage". "The Eureka at the end of the tow line of the Seven Brothers become unmanageable and pounded into the starboard quarter of the Orange." Several people were injured. (Baltimore Sun, May 5, 1907)

    1913: In 1913 the tug Seven Brothers was sunk by the coal company tug Edwin J. Berwind. As the Seven Brothers rounded the Battery from the North River to the East River in dense fog she was rammed midship by the tug Edwin J. Berwind coming from the opposite direction. Captain Free tried to reverse engines but it was too late. Captain Henry Free and his crew of three were thrown in the water and the tug sank immediately to the bottom of the bay in twenty-five feet of water. Life perservers held the Carroll crew afloat until they were picked up by the crew of the Berwind. (BDE) March 31, 1913

    According to a 1930 interview with skipper John Saddle the tug Seven brothers was sunk by the coal company tug Edward J Berwind in 1913.

    "She pushed her bow into our port side right to the boiler. She kept her engines going ahead her bow into the wound, so no water could get in and we all walked right over the niggerhead* to safely the last one buing Nellie , our black and tan dog. Then the Berwind backed away and the Seven Brothers went down."

    *"the bit on the stern"Just infront of this "bit" are the tangled ropes that act as a fender and give a tug a characteristic look.

  6. Tug James Mc Donough

    1894: Annual Report of the Supervising Inspector General, Steamboat Inspection ... By United States. New York District Steamboat Inspection Service - "December 15, 5.5O p. m. - In upper bay, New York, the steamship Yorktown struck the tug James McDonough in the stern, cutting through the plank-sheer and striking propelling wheel, breaking it."

    1895: December 13, 3:30 p. m. In the upper bay New York the streamship Yorktown struck the tug James McDonough in the stern, cutting throug the plank-sheer and striking the propelling wheel breaking it. (Annual Report of the Supervising Inspector-general)

    1897: August 12 - The double decker Ellis Island ferryboat John G Carlile on her way from Ellis Island to the Barge Office collided with and sank a lighter near the barge office at the battery around 7 o'clock in the morning. The tug James McDonough was towing a lighter on a long hawser and crossed the Carlile's path. The tug passed but the hawser caught. It was so long that it could not pull the lighter away in time. The lighter had a large hole on the port side. The three man crew of the lighter escaped but the lighter went down.

    1906: November 18 "The tug Volunteer proceeding up the East River collided with a barge in tow of the tug James McDonough coming down the river opposite pier 7 Brooklyn resulting in considerable damage to the barge. Damage to the Volunteer slight. No lives lost nor persons injured. Investigated December 19. Decision rendered December 31. Case dismissed.

    1916: April 18 an unusually severed sudden gale at the foot of 43rd street in Brooklyn swamped the Carroll Towing company tug James McDonough. The tug's cook was swept overboard and the tug sank "in less than one minute." The rest of the crew of five men, including Captain Willliam Fitzsimmons, of 14th street Brooklyn were saved. The captain estimated that the wind was blowing at about 68 miles per hour and it simply overpowered the small vessel.

    "Within a few yards of the Bush Terminal piers, a wave much larger than the rest, struck the craft abeam and breaking over the sides, filled the hold, putting out the fire under the boiler, and keeling the tug upon her beam ends." (BDE)

    The boat described as a "little vessel" was on her way to the Bush Terminal from Weehawken, New Jersey.

    The sudden gale was reported to have resulted in two deaths (including that of the cook on the James McDonough) and five injuries. The second death was of a small child who was swept into the Passaic River. The wind which started in the early morning continued until midnight.

  7. Tug Alfred J. Murray

    1895: Captain Ferguson was the skipper and owner of the tug Alfred J Murray.

    1906: 20 January - The tug Alfred Murray was moored at the Atlantic Basin, foot of Court street, when a man working on the tug was stricken with apoplexy and died. (BTU)

    1913: "Tug "Alfred J. Murray" broke her shaft and wheel recently by striking a submerged obstruction." (The Nautical Gazette, Volume 84)

    1917: New York - rocks at city Island, New York Harbor located with wire drag; shoals and pinnacle rocks in East River located with wire drag; obstruction in Newtown creek struck by the tug Alfred J. Murray. (Reports of the Department of Commerce 1913-20)

    1917: The tug Alfred J. Murray, owned by the Carroll Towing Company, of South Brooklyn, was sunk on Saturday, August 18th, by one of the Thirty-ninth street ferry boats. The crew of five saved themselves by climbing aboard the ferryboat. A mistake in signals is said to have cause the accident 200 feet off Coffey street.

    The Merritt-Chapman Wrecking Company was ordered to raise the tug as she lay in the "fairway of navigation along the Brooklyn shore" (NYT). (New York Times and the American Marine Engineer, Volume 12)


    "On March 3, 1921, the tug "Alfred J. Murray" was navigating at a slow speed in the slip at Pier No. 4, Bush Docks, Brooklyn. When about fifty feet from the end of the pier a shock was felt and the engine started to race. A subsequent examination showed that one of the propeller blades had been broken off and the propeller shaft was broken. (New York Supreme Court)

  8. Tug Richard Carroll

    Richard Carroll was the forth of the Carroll boys. He was born in 1880 and died in 1953.

    1919 as tug Active US Shipping board. Navy boat Active from 1925 to 1946 when it was struck from the Naval Register. (NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive)

    Registered to Carroll Towing Co., New York, NY 1948

    NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive Dismantaled in 1957.

  9. The Richmond

    Built 1875 Philadelphia, tug 82 feet, boiler (in 1920 fleet of Carroll tugs)

    1894: The crew of the tug Richmond picked up survivors of the sunken oyster sloop Ben Horner after she capsized in the narrows in September 1894. The Ben Horner had encountered heavy "seaway" all the way from Rockaway Inlet to the lower New York bay. A sudden squall caused the cargo of oyster (which were piled on deck) to shift and the boat capsized. The men were landed at fort Hamilton. (The Standard Union 28 Sept 1894)

    1922: In 1922 the Richmond got $12,000 in salvage for helping put out a fire on the steamer Vaba at the Robins drydock.

    1930: In 1930 the Richmond tied up at pier 5 at the foot of 43rd street. John Saddle was the skipper.

    According to a 1930 article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle the Richmond had once been a police boat on the Potoma River.

  10. Roseland

    1923: The tug Roseland, tied to the wharf at the foot of Court street, caught fire and lit up the skies over Red Hook on the night of May 13, 1923. The Fireboat John Purroy Mitchel got the flames under control before too much damage was done to the tug. Boatmen and firemen managed to pull the tug away from the wharf before the docks caught fire. The boat was owned by the James Carroll Towing Company. The fire was believed to have started in the kitchen of the tug. Total damage was estimate at $10,000.

  11. Caroline

    - built 1875 Brooklyn tug, 72.5 feet, boiler (in 1920 fleet of Carroll tugs)

  12. 1915: William A Carroll was the captain of the tugboat Caroline when he died in December 1915.

    1922: Port of New York April 27, 1922 activity - tug Caroline towing two barges.

    1922:August 7, 1922 Brooklyn Times Union - Tug boat Caroline owned by the carroll Towing company was lying at the foot of foot of Court street when it was badly damaged by fire. The origin of the fire was not known.

  13. Clifton

    - built 1883 Brooklyn, sug, 49.9 feet, boiler (in 1920 fleet of Carroll tugs)

    1886: The ferryboat, Baltimore, the schooner W. S. Tompkins, and the tugs Clifton and Walter J Tice collided. All parties were deemed to blame and were ordered to share in damages and costs. BDE - October 23, 1886

  14. William A. Carroll

    The William A. Carroll was originally named the Sterling. A 61 foot steam tug it was built in 1888 at A. C. Brown and Sons tottenville N. Y. It was most likely named for William A. Carroll who died age 28 in 1915.

  15. 1918 Nautical Gazette - WILLIAM CARROLL - Tug, was sunk at pier No. 33, Brooklyn, on January 1; all hands saved.

    1922: William A. Carroll, M J Carroll, Richmond, Joseph F Carroll all listed as tugs in the fleet of the Carroll Towing company that came to the aid of the Vaba.

    1922: August - Change of masters James A Cummings succeeded Edward J Carroll command steam screw William a Carroll. New York Tribune

    1953: On the 1953 list of Carroll Tugs.

  16. Golden Rule

    built 1891 Noank Ct., 57 feet, tug boiler (in 1920 fleet of Carroll tugs)

    1911: In 1911 the tug Golden Rule blew out her cylinder head and wrecked her engine while entering Flushing Bay with two barges in tow. (The Nautical Gazette, Volume 80) Was she owned by Carroll Towing at this time?


    "THE GOLDEN RULE. (Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. January 18, 1922.) No. 148. Appeal from the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York. Libel by Katherine Dunnigan and others against the steam tug Golden Rule, of which the Carroll Towing Line, Incorporated, was claimant, in which suit the Associated Operating Company was impleaded under the fifty-ninth rule. From a decree dismissing the libel and petition the libellants appeal. Affirmed. Macklin, Brown & Purdy, of New York City (Pierre M. Brown, of New York City of counsel), for appellants. Burlingham, Veeder, Masten & Fearey, of New York City (Chauncey I. Clark and Ralph W. Brown, both of New York-City, of counsel), for appellee. Before ROGERS, MANTON, and MAYER, Circuit Judges." (The Federal Reporter, Volume 278)

  17. Alfred J Murray

    - built 1892 Brooklyn, 47 feet tug boiler (in 1920 fleet of Carroll tugs)

    In 1913 the "Tug "Alfred J. Murray" broke her shaft and wheel recently by striking a submerged obstruction. A submerged obstruction in the upper bay was struck by several boats recently. The Norwegian steamer "Norden" first reported it. ." (The Nautical Gazette, Volume 84)

    In 1917 "Rocks at City Island, New York Harbor, located with wire drag; shoals and pinnacle rocks in East River located with wire drag; obstruction in Newtown Creek struck by tug Alfred J. Murray" (Reports of the Department of Commerce. Report of the Secretary of Commerce ) In 1917 "The tug Alfred J. Murray, owned by the Carroll Towing Company, of South Brooklyn, was sunk on Saturday, August 18th, by one of the Thirty-ninth street ferry boats. The crew, of five saved themselves by climbing aboard the ferryboat. A mistake in signals is said to have caused the accident." (The American Marine Engineer, Volume 12)

    In 1921 On March 3, 1921, the tug "Alfred J. Murray" was navigating at a slow speed in the slip at Pier No. 4, Bush Docks, Brooklyn (fols. 160-161). When about fifty feet from the end of the pier a shock was felt and the engine started to race (fols. 162-163). A subsequent examination showed that one of the propeller blades had been broken off and the propeller shaft was broken (fol. 163). The theory of the plaintiff-respondent's case was that the propeller hit a floating or waterborne log or similar object. No evidence was offered, however, that the damage was actually caused by such contact. (New York Supreme Court)

  18. Sara E Carroll AKA Sarah Carroll

    Most likely named for Sara, the first wife of Eugene Carroll, who died in 1918.

    - built 1905 New Baltimore, NY. 65 feet, tug boiler (in 1920 fleet of Carroll tugs)

    1930: June 18 -1930 - The Sarah Carroll of the Carroll Towing line was part of a marine pageant in New York Harbor - June 1930.

    1953: Listed as a Carroll Towing company tug.

  19. Carroll

    - built 1907 New Baltimore 66 feet, tug boiler (in 1920 fleet of Carroll tugs)

  20. Ella Carroll

    - suffered considerable fire damage in March 1952

  21. Joseph F. Carroll

    Carroll Towing Tug build Tottenville 1921 for the Carroll Towing company.

    AKA J. F. Carroll

    1943: Claim of Carroll Towing Co., for damage to the tug J. F. Carroll, Jr., caused by the U. S. S. Staten (YFB-S6) on March 26, 1943. (United States Congressional serial set, Volume 10773)

    1944: On January 4, 1944 the barge "Anna C." had been loaded with a cargo of flour owned by the United States and moored 2 for two days at Pier 52 on the North River. Several barges were tied up at the pier. The steam tug "Joseph F. Carroll" owned by the Carroll Towing Co., was sent to a pier directly adjacent to Pier 52 to tug another barge from that pier. In order to access the barge to be pulled by the Carroll tug some ropes were released. Somehow the ropes were not correctly retightened and ships on Pier 52 broke loose. The "Anna C" (whose captain was not aboard at the time) collided with the propeller of a tanker. The barge was damaged and sank. The setting adrift of the boats from Pier 52 was due to the negligence of the tug Joseph F. Carroll. It became a big legal case.

    See Conners Marine Co. v. Pennsylvania R. Co.

    1944: August 1, - legal notice of a petition for limitation of liability in the name of the Carroll Towing company owner of the steam tug Joseph F. Carroll for the disaster that occurred on January 4, 1944 at Pier 52 in the North river. All claims had to be filed by 23rd August, 1944.

  22. Anne Carroll

    The "Anne Carrol", a 1910 steam powered tug of the Carroll Towing Line, ran in the two mile Hudson River Tug Races in August 1952. There were three steam powered tugs in the races - all the rest were diesel powered.

    Listed as a Carroll tug in 1953.

  23. Sally Carroll

  24. M. J. Carroll

    Carroll Towing Tug - build Tottenville 1921 for the Carroll Towing company.

  25. Advance

    The Advance was a US Navy single screw steam tug built in 1918 in Philadelphia. Sold to Martin J. Carroll, Brooklyn 14 June 1934 - 107 feet (Navy Source Online)

    Another web site says the Advance was built in 1911.

    Acquired by the Amboy Towboat Company of Perth Amboy and renamed the st. Vincent.

    Scrapped in 1956 - owned by Moran towing.

tugster: a waterblog Has an image of the J. F. Carroll, Jr., Sally Carroll, Richard S. Carroll, and Anne Carroll with comments on their origines and demises.

1944 United States v. Carroll Towing Co. (Cases and Materials on Torts By Richard A. Epstein, Catherine M. Sharkey)

The Carroll Towing company's steam tug Richmond and skipper John Saddel - 1930

Carroll Towing Company Workers

John Saddle/Saddel

In July 1930 John Saddle was the skipper of the Carroll tug the Richmond. In an interview with the Brooklyn Daily Eagle he enumerated some of the things a skipper could expect to happen:

"A liner may take a sheer and slice the corner off a pier, a man may attempt suicide form a ferryboat, a freighter may become a volcano with the explosion of cargo, a collision ma occur any minute."
1917: John William Saddel 109 Commerce st Kings dob October 7, 1885 licensed pilot Carroll Towing Co, foot of court street, nearest relative, Mrs Henry Reinhold, Philadelphia, Penn. tall,stout blue eyes brwon hair

1920: 109 Commerce st, Brooklyn, Bertha Dunning 47, widow John W Saddel 34, lodger born Pennsylvania, single, pilot, steam towing, Daniel Ryan 44, lodger, Romeo Di Cisare 20, lodger, Joseph Schlecht 43, lodger, Edwin Louis Rumpf 22, lodger

1921: Marriage - John H Saddle, 28 Oct 1921, Bronx, New York, USA, Spouse: Amelia M Hanel, Certificate Number: 4759

1925: Richmond, Staten Island John Saddell 39 captain tug boat, Amelia Sadel 20, silk weaver, Gerard Sadel 03, Joseph Ledogar 66, Anna Ledogar 60

1930: Richmond John Saddel 44, tug boat captain, born Pennsylvania own home, married age 35, Amelia Saddel 34 Gerard Saddel 7 Anna Ledogar 65, mother in law, practical nurse

Captain James Bergen

1900: 64 Luquer st, James Berejen 28, steam boat pilot, Mary Berejen 27, Marrea Berejen 2, Sarah Berejen 0/12

1905: Gurtrude Cecelia Bergen born March 28, 1905, Brooklyn, father James F Bergen age 32 born New Brunswick, NJ, mother Mary Griffin age 31 born Elizabeth, NJ (LDS)

1910: Luquer street, James F Bergen 38, captain steam boat, born New Jersey, Mary Bergen 37, 5 children 3 living, married 16 years, Sarah Bergen 10, Gertrude Bergen 5, Julia Bergen 0

1915: 89 Luquer st. James F Bergen 42, boat captain, Mary Bergen 41, 3 children 2 living, Sarah Bergen 15, Gertrude Bergen 10, Julia Bergen 5

1916: March 10, - Capt. James Bergen of the Carroll Towing Co. died at his home 89 Luquer street. Requiem mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea. Survived by wife, Mary, three daughters, Sadie, Gertrude, and Juliette, his father, James Bergen, and a sister, Julia. He was born in New Brunswck, N J and had lived in Brooklyn for 22 years.

1916: James F Bergen, Age: 43, Birth Year: abt 1873, Death Date: 9 Mar 1916, Death Place: Kings, New York, USA, Certificate Number: 5711

Social Security claim 1946: James F Bergen Spouse: Mary Griffin Child: Julia R Hayes

James Francis Bergen Birth Date: 8 Jan 1874 Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York Claim Date: 23 Sep 1946 SSN: 180149552 Notes: 06 Dec 1976: Name listed as JAMES FRANCIS BERGEN

Tug Captian, Elias E Scherer

1910: 11th street Brooklyn, rent, Elias E Schever 30, pilot tug boat, married 5 years, Edna K Scherer 27, 2 children living, Elias Scherer 4, Frances M Scherer 1

1917/u>: wWI Draft Registration: Elias Eugene Scherer, Birth Date: 10 Mar 1880, Street address: 1026-47 St, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA, Relative: Edna Scherer, Wife - master pilot on steam boat Stanley H Miner, 17 Battery Place New York medium height, medium built blue eyes black hair

1920: Elis Scherer 40, pilot ships Edna Scherer 36, Elis Scherer 13, Milton Scherer 10, Bernard Scherer 8, Edna Scherer 4

1930:Brooklyn 120 78t street, Own home $15,000, Elias Scherer 49, tug boat pilot, born Germany, Edna Scherer 46, wife Elias Scherer 23, bond salesman, brokerage, Milton Scherer 21, clerk Bernard Scherer 18, mechanic automobiles, Edna Scherer 14

1944: Elias E. Scherer, age 63, of 120 78th street, a tugboat captain with the Carroll Towing company died at the Marine Hospital on Staten Island. Survived by a daughter, Mrs. Edna Froman and three sons, Elias J., Milton and Bernard and seven grandchildren. Mass at St. Anslems R. C. burial Holy Cross.

Social Security claim : Elias E Scherer Birth Date: 10 Mar 1881 Birth Place: Greenport, New York Death Date: 27 Feb 1944 Claim Date: 12 Apr 1944 SSN: 099140134 Notes: 24 Sep 1976: Name listed as ELIAS E SCHERER

Deckhand Alex Nelson

1900: 656 Henry street, Alex Neilson 30, lighterman, Marie Neilson 26, Ewald Neilson 1, Sarah Neilson 8/12

1905: Brooklyn, Ward 12, 660 Henry, Alex Nelsen 35, boatman, born Norway, Maria Nelsen 31, wife, boen Norway, Ewald Nelsen 7 Sallie Nelsen 5 Martin Nelsen 4/12 Chas Hansen 33, roomer, Denmark, 1910: 660 Henry Aley J Nelson 40, Norway, laborer boats, Marie H Nelson 36, married 13 years, 4 children 3 living, Edward N Nelson 12 Sallie H Nelson 10 Arthur H Nelson 1 Ole Myhre 44, roomer

1915: 656 Henry st., Alexander Nelson 47, born Norway, deckhand, Edward Nelson 17, clerk in store, Sallie Nelson 16, Arthur Nelson 6, Martin Thompson 48, boarder born Norway, deckhand

1918: Alek Nelsen of 656 Henry street was born in Norway circa 1870 and lived in Brooklyn for 25 years. He was employed by the Carroll Towing Company, a member of the Sayville Lighterage Benevolent Association, the Jarvic Lighterage Benevolent Association and the Harbor Boatsmen's' Union. He was serviced by two sos, a daughter and three brothers. Buried Evergreen Cemetery. (The Standard Union, 05 Sept 1918)

Moran Towing
Red Hood Brooklyn Industry mid to late 1800s
Life in Red Hood mid to late 1800s
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