Old Dominion Marine Railway & Hudson Transportation Company.
OLD DOMINION MARINE RAILWAY
HUDSON TRANSPORTATION COMPANY
ALEXANDER WARREN, president of the Old Dominion Marine Railway Corpora- -^-tion, was born in Norfolk, Va., February 13, 1871, the son of Alexander and Hannah A. (Ivins) Warren. He was educated in the Norfolk public schools, finally graduated in 1889. He began his business life in Berkeley, and in 1894 he founded the Old Dominion Iron Works, conducting a general foundry business. He has been very successful in his twenty- five years of active business life, and is now half owner in the old Do-minion Iron Work s, and also in the Old Dominion Marine Railway Corp oration, of which he is president. He is a partner in the Burton Machine Works, of Norfolk, Va., and is a stockholder in the Star Motor Company, of Norfolk, Va. He is a member of the Ironmasters' Association of Norfolk, Va., Masonic Order, and of Khedive Temple, Mystic Shrine.
The Old Dominion Marine Railway Corporation has one marine railway of one thousand tons and another of two thousand tons capacity. It makes general marine repairs on wooden and steel vessels, including engine, boiler, and hull work brass and iron castings, and builds wooden vessels up to 250 feet in length. The directors of the corporation are Alexander Warren, president; George A. Broughton, vice-president and superin-tendent of machinery; W. G. Larmour, general manager and treasurer; S. T. Weil, secretary and purchasing agent; R. A. Hutchins, Jr., yard superintendent; N. G. Holland, superintendent of machinery; P. C. Hastings and J. H. Woodington.
CAPTAIN GEORGE P. HUDSON, president of the Hudson Transportation Company, of Norfolk, Virginia, like his famous ancestor, Hendrick Hudson, had an early desire for sea life, started to sea at sixteen, became licensed mate and pilot at twenty-one, and master at twenty-two. After several years at sea he resigned his position as captain, built several barges for canal trade, and was among the first to develop the trade between Philadelphia, Baltimore. Norfolk and North Carolina with barges carrying 140,000 to 180,000 feet of lumber, and has seen barges grow in capacity from these sizes up to 800,000 feet. When Sanford & Brooks bought and built the Dismal Swamp Canal he became general agent, and for several years handled the traffic through this canal for the company. He was the first to build sea-going flat bottom barges to trade either through canals or, in short, coastwise trade, and this type of barge has been adopted more generally than any other for lumber and coastwise trade.
The Hudson Transportation Company was formed by George P. Hudson in 1887. In 1889, his brother, A. J. Hudson, was taken in, and in 1908 it was
The present officers are as follows George P. Hudson, president; George P. Hudson, Jr., vice-president, and J. Carlton Hudson, secretary and treasurer.
In addition to the general freighting business they make a specialty of the lighterage business at Norfolk, Va.