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Howard Shipyard & Dock Co., Jeffersonville IN

(later Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Works, or JeffBoat)

Most recent update: May 14, 2016.


The Howard shipyard was started in 1834 by James Howard, an Englishman trained in shipbuilding at William Hartshorn's shipyard in Cincinnati.  In 1836, he moved his operation to Madison IN, before returning to Jeffersonville in 1848, when he was joined in the business by his brother Daniel.  In 1865, when more Howards joined the firm, it was incorporated as James Howard & Co.: then, when James Howard died in 1876, control passed to his son Edmonds and the name was changed to E. J. Howard & Co.  Finally, in 1903, it became Howard Shipyard & Dock Co.  The shipyard struggled in the depression years and closed in 1940.  In 1942, however, the Navy, needing to expand the capacity of neighboring JeffBoat, took over the property and leased it to JeffBoat: the two yards operated as one throughout the war and in 1947 JeffBoat's owners, American Barge Line, bought Howard from the Navy and formally merged it with JeffBoat.  Howard's history is memorialized at the Howard Steamboat Museum and its records are in the Lilly Library at the University of Indiana.  If anyone can help make this table more complete, please e-mail your info to me at timcolton@aol.com (To see JeffBoat's record, click here.)
Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
Built by James Howard
    Hyperion   Packet 124 107 1834 Abandoned 1842
    Black Locust   Ferry 106 110 1834 Abandoned 1860
    Tecumseh   Packet 96 115 1835 Snagged 1841
Built by D. & J. Howard
        Dredge     1848  
    Emperor   Packet 396 240 1848 Stranded 1856 off Mobile AL
    Louisiana   Packet 376 240 1848 Exploded 1849 in New Orleans LA
    Mary Foley   Packet 248 200 1848 Abandoned 1857
    Prairie Bird   Ferry 65 100 1848 Abandoned 1860
    Falcon   Packet 295 220 1849 Burnt 1849 in New Orleans LA
    Fanny Smith   Packet 285 220 1849 Abandoned 1854
    Isabella   Packet 248 175 1849 Burnt 1860
    Lexington   Packet 312 220 1849 Exploded 1855 in Rome IN
    St. Charles   Packet 379 230 1849 Captured by CSN 1861
    Blue Wing No. 2   Packet 170 150 1850 Captured by CSN 1861, recaptured 1862, to USAQMD, recaptured by CSN 1862 and burnt
    John Simpson   Packet 228 180 1850 Abandoned 1856
    Swan   Packet 127 108 1850 Foundered1858
    U.S. Survey No. 1   Barge     1850  
    U.S. Survey No. 2   Barge     1850  
    Dr. Smith   Packet 131 120 1851 Abandoned 1858
    Frank Lyon   Packet 446 210 1851 Abandoned 1857
    Glendy Burke   Packet 425 245 1851 Snagged 1855 near Cairo IL
    Kate Swinney   Packet 280 180 1851 Snagged 1855 near Council Bluffs IA
    Lucy McConnell   Ferry 70 100 1851 Snagged 1855 near Mount Carmel IL
    Peter Dalmau   Packet 364 200 1851 Abandoned 1861
    Southern Belle   Packet 525 240 1851 Burnt 1857 in Mobile AL
    Trinity   Packet 238 175 1851 Stranded 1851 on Last Island
    W. B. Clifton   Packet 341 225 1851 In collision 1854 off Columbus KY
    Arthur Wathen   Ferry 157 150 1852 Abandoned 1866
    Brunette   Packet 228 180 1852 Burnt 1859 near St. Louis MO
    Empress   Packet 692 285 1852 Abandoned 1860
    H. M. Wright   Packet 366 210 1852 Snagged 1857 at Haileys Cutoff LA
    Jennie Bealle   Packet 231 185 1852 Abandoned 1859
    Magnolia   Packet 325 180 1852 Abandoned 1867
    Messenger   Packet 389 185 1852 Burnt 1859 off Bayou Sara LA
    Octavia   Packet 189 180 1852 Abandoned 1859
    St. Francis No. 2   Packet 162 150 1852 Foundered 1860 near Memphis TN
    Sam Dale   Packet 276 210 1852 Burnt 1854 in Mobile AL
    W. P. Swinney   Packet 199 170 1852 Abandoned 1857
    Sallie Spann   Packet 190 180 1852 Burnt 1856 in Mobile AL
    Alice W. Glaze   Packet 161 140 1853 Burnt 1857 off Bayou Sara LA
    C. D. Jr.   Packet 347 200 1853 Abandoned 1861
    Ceres   Packet 217 185 1853 Exploded 1862 off St. Joseph I., LA
    Geo. W. Jones   Packet   110 1853  
    Gopher   Packet   110 1853  
    James H. Lucas David Silver Packet 466 230 1853 Scrapped 1861
    J. H. Bell Robert Mills Packet 412 180 1853 Captured from CSN 1861, scuttled 1865
    Lucy Bell   Packet 169 180 1853 Abandoned 1859
    Runaway   Packet 115 125 1853 Abandoned 1857
    S. S. Prentiss   Packet 272 180 1853 Burnt 1858 in Algiers LA
    Southerner   Packet 393 240 1853 In collision 1862 off College Point LA
    Ben Franklin   Packet 732 300 1854 Burnt 1858 in shford MS
    Capitol   Packet 448 235 1854 Burnt 1862 in Liverpool MS
    David Tatum   Packet 373 220 1854 Abandoned 1865
    Fanny Bullitt   Packet 438 245 1854 Snagged 1864 off Napoleon AR
    Marion   Packet 133 230 1854 Snagged 1859 off Soda Lake LA
    National   Packet 248 170 1854 Abandoned 1860
    Rainbow   Packet   235 1854  
    Carrier   Packet 345 200 1855 Snagged 1861 off St. Charles MO
    Diamond   Packet 312 155 1855 Abandoned 1866
    John Tompkins   Packet 199 160 1855 Burnt 1860 in Louisville KY
    P. C. Wallis   Packet 230 160 1855 Captured 1862
    Parker   Barge   130 1855  
    R. L. Cobb   Packet 197 160 1855 Abandoned 1859
    R. M. Patton   Packet   160 1855  
    Scotland Captain Desmukes Packet 567 225 1855 Burnt 1863 in Fort Pemberton MS
    Victoria   Packet 161 140 1855 Abandoned 1858
    Col. Edwards   Packet 216 155 1856 Burnt 1857 near Shreveport LA
    Dove   Packet 176 150 1856 Snagged 1866 in the Pearl River
    Governor Pease   Packet 240 160 1856 Burnt 1858 in the Trinity RiveX
    John Warner   Packet   220 1856  
    Kate Howard   Packet 504 235 1856 Snagged 1859 near Osage City MO
    N. J. Eaton   Packet   220 1856  
    Pete Whetstone   Packet 487 225 1856 Captured 1861
    Princess   Packet 139 155 1856 In collision 1858 near Raleigh KY
    Silver Heels   Packet 267 180 1856 Foundered 1860 near Carrollton LA
    Tom Peacock   Packet   120 1856  
    W. R. Douglas   Packet 167 145 1856 Burnt 1859 in Holcomb MS
    Woodford   Packet 487 250 1856 To USAQMD 1864
    Alonzo Child   Packet 493 236 1857 Captured from CSN 1863
    Diana Edward T. Sturgeon Packet 563 275 1857 To USAQMD 1861, Rosalie Judson 1866
    Jas. G. Smith   Ferry   90 1857  
    Jefferson   Ferry 146 120 1857 Abandoned 1864
    John D. Perry   Packet 382 220 1857 Burnt 1869 near Duvall Bluff AR
    Music   Packet 330 190 1857 Captured from CSN 1862
    New Orleans   Ferry 146 120 1857 Abandoned 1865
    Platte Valley   Packet 394 226 1857 Snagged 1867 off President Island
  22649 South Wester   Packet 418 220 1857 Abandoned 1868
    Twilight   Packet 335 215 1857 Abandoned 1863
    Wiggins No. 1   Barge   150 1857  
    Wiggins No. 2   Barge   150 1857  
    Aline   Ferry 175 125 1858 Captured 1861
    Grand Duke Samuel Applegate Packet 508 205 1858 Captured and burnt 1863
    Judge Porter   Packet 203 140 1858 Burnt 1860 in Lake Pontchartrain
    Rescue   Packet 77 100 1858 Captured 1861
    St. Francis No. 3   Packet 219 160 1858 Captured and burnt 1861
    D. F. Kenner   Packet   215 1859  
  13786 J. D. Swain   Packet 228 150 1859 Stranded 1869 in the Escambia River
    James Woods   Packet 585 257 1859 Burnt 1862 to avoid capture
    Jno. M. Sharp   Packet   155 1859  
  15422 Lafourche   Packet 359 185 1859 Abandoned 1869
  15273 Laurel Hill John A. Cotton Packet 461 200 1859 Abandoned 1869
    Acadia   Packet 343 188 1860 Burnt 1863 off Yalobusha River
  12324 Isaac Bowman   Ferry 281 160 1860 Abandoned 1874
    J. A. Cotton N.O. & Bayou Sara Line Packet 549 248 1860 Burnt 1862 to avoid capture
    J. F. Pargoud   Packet 522 234 1860 Burnt 1863 in Yazoo City MS
    Little Sallie   Packet 71 100 1860 Captured 1861
    Mary T.   Packet 372 185 1860 Captured 1863
    Memphis   Packet 645 263 1860 Snagged 1866 off Island No. 70
    Robert Campbell, Jr.   Packet 421 226 1860 Burnt 1863 at Millikins Bend LA
  17534 Major Anderson U. S. Mail Line Packet 435 245 1861 Burnt 1872 in Cincinatti OH
  10783 General Buell   Packet 515 248 1862 Lost in ice 1872 near Madison IN
  13857 James Thompson   Ferry 280 155 1862 Abandoned 1874
    Ruth   Packet 702 273 1862 Burnt 1863 near Cairo IL
  80184 Wren   Packet 189 150 1862 Lost 1880
  2291158 Blue Wing No. 3   Packet   150 1863 Abandoned 1878
    Bostona No. 3   Packet 375 240 1863 Burnt 1866 in Mayville KY
  13045 Julia George Pegram Packet 623 241 1863 Scrapped 1876
  19000 Olive Branch B. Rush Pegram Packet 697 283 1863 Foundered 1871 off Liberty Island
  24555 Tarascon Louisville & Henderson ML Packet 498 249 1863 Scrapped 1879
    Ida Handy B. Rush Pegram Packet 684 258 1864 Burnt 1866 at Carondelet MO
  17535 Morning Star Louisville & Henderson ML Packet 464 250 1864 Scrapped 1888
    Ruth No. 2   Packet   300 1864  
        Wharf Boat   200 1864  
Built by James Howard & Co.
  18207 North Missouri   Rail Ferry 348 160 1865 Sank 1872 in Ingleside AR
  21343 Ruth Atlanta & Mississippi SS Co. Packet 1,681   1865 Burnt 1869 off Island No. 80
  25627 Virginia   Packet 890 226 1865 Snagged 1867 in Osceola AR
  2271 Belle Memphis Memphis & St. Louis Co. Packet 919 260 1866 Scrapped 1880
  2269 Birdie Brent   Ferry 152 112 1866 Lost 1887 in Boonville MS
    Galveston   Barge   120 1866  
    H. M. Shreve   Packet   198 1866  
  13896 Jessie   Ferry 187 132 1866 Lost 1875 in New Orleans LA
  22642 Stonewall Shaw & Long Packet 879 224 1866 Burnt 1869 near Cairo IL
    Wm. Dwyer   Barge   126 1866  
    Wm. R. Jarmon   Barge   126 1866  
  6648 Dove No. 2   Packet 163 116 1867 Abandoned 1878
  8326 Early Bird   Packet 174 125 1867 Abandoned 1878
  9707 Frank Pargoud John W. Tobin Packet 1,105 255 1867 Abandoned 1883
  10872 Governor Allen John Smoker Packet 886 217 1867 Scrapped 1878
  2643 Belle of Alton Alton & St. Louis Co. Packet 633 227 1868 Barge 1871, burnt 1873
  8526 East St. Louis   Ferry 397 175 1868 Abandoned 1896
    St. Francis   Packet   172 1868  
    Thos. M. Bagley   Packet   166 1868  
    Trade Palace   Packet   160 1868  
    Benjamin Franklin U. S. Mail Line Packet   255 1869 Retired 1881
    Big Sunflower   Packet   125 1869  
    Gladiola   Packet   136 1869  
    La Belle   Packet   176 1869  
    Texarkana   Packet   135 1869  
    Texas   Packet   135 1869  
    Trenton   Packet   130 1869  
    Arkansas Belle U. S. Mail Line Packet     1870 Scrapped 1880
    Bayou City   Barge   125 1870  
    Cherokee   Packet   131 1870  
    City of Chester Anchor Line Packet   241 1870  
    City of Vicksburg Anchor Line Packet   265 1870  
    Diana   Packet   165 1870  
    Dixie   Barge   125 1870  
    Grand Tower   Packet   265 1870  
    Howard   Barge   125 1870  
    Idlewild   Packet   214 1870 Burnt 1881
    James Howard B. Rush Pegram Packet   328 1870 Burnt 1881
    James Wathen   Ferry   150 1870 Later Venice
    Jessie Taylor   Packet   156 1870  
    John Howard   Packet   170 1870  
  54473 Paul   Barge 102 90 1870  
    Beaver   Barge   125 1871  
    City of Helena Anchor Line Packet     1871 Burnt 1885
  8808 Emma C. Elliott   Packet 660 214 1871  
    Grey Eagle   Barge   85 1871  
    Grey Eagle   Packet   238 1871  
    Hornell Millspaw   Wharf Boat   225 1871  
    Houston   Barge   125 1871  
    John Howard   Packet   181 1871  
    Katie   Packet     1871 Dismantled 1878
    Lee   Barge   125 1871  
    Lizzie   Packet   165 1871  
    Otter   Barge   125 1871  
    Rusk   Barge   125 1871  
    St. Mary   Packet   146 1871  
    Tarascon   Barge   85 1871  
    Terry   Barge   125 1871  
      L. & N. and M. & L. RR Barge   100 1871  
        Barge   85 1871  
    Concordia Natchez Ferry Co. Ferry   86 1872  
    John S. Bransford   Packet   150 1872  
    Little Fayette   Barge   130 1872  
  15921 Longfellow   Packet 94 112 1872  
    M.V.T. No. 47 M.V.T. Co. Barge   210 1872  
    M.V.T. No. 48 M.V.T. Co. Barge   210 1872  
    R. T. Bryarly   Packet   150 1872 Sank 1876
      L. & N. and M. & L. RR Barge   120 1872  
      L. & N. and M. & L. RR Wharf Boat   150 1872  
      L. & N. and M. & L. RR Wharf Boat   150 1872  
      Portland Canal Lock Gates     1872  
        Wharf Boat   150 1872  
    Archie P. Green J. W. Lovell Packet   110 1873 Sank 1880
    Arnold Nugent No. 1   Barge   90 1873  
    Arnold Nugent No. 2   Barge   90 1873  
    Arnold Nugent No. 3   Barge   90 1873  
    Atlantic   Barge   160 1873  
    B. H. Cook   Packet   151 1873  
  6766 Dolphin   Packet 156 135 1873  
  95333 H. S. McComb Illinois Central RR Rail Ferry 396 195 1873 Later Henry Marquand, scrapped 1927
  100120 Ida   Packet 38 71 1873  
    John Howard No. 3   Barge   137 1873  
    Little Nell   Barge   135 1873  
    M.V.T. No. 49 M.V.T. Co. Barge   213 1873  
    M.V.T. No. 50 M.V.T. Co. Barge   213 1873  
    Red Cloud Evansville & Tennessee River Pkt. Co. Packet   176 1873 Sank 1882
  145029 Three States   Packet 151 150 1873  
    Z. M. Sherley   Ferry   153 1873  
        Pump Boat   45 1873  
      Portland Canal Lock Gates     1873  
      Portland Canal Lock Gates     1873  
      Portland Canal Lock Gates     1873  
    Emerke   Barge   73 1874  
    Fawn   Packet   180 1874  
  56558 Relief   Barge 121 124 1874  
    Utica   Barge   75 1874  
        Lock Gates     1874  
  105574 Assumption   Packet 238 150 1875 Abandoned 1895
    Bonnie Lee   Packet   165 1875  
  34089 Chicago   Barge 271 175 1875  
    Jim Black   Barge   135 1875  
  75815 Junius S. Morgan St.Louis, Iron Mtn. & Southern RR Rail Ferry 439 195 1875 Sank 1904
    Kate Fisher   Ferry   117 1875  
  90821 May Bryan   Packet 97 115 1875  
    Pin Hook   Barge   80 1875  
    Porter White   Barge   135 1875  
    Rene McCready   Packet   140 1875 Dismantled 1890
    Timmie Blake   Packet   100 1875  
    U.S. No. 17   Barge   135 1875  
    U.S. No. 18   Barge   135 1875  
    U.S. No. 19   Barge   135 1875  
    U.S. No. 20   Barge   135 1875  
Built by E. J. Howard & Co.
    Alberta   Packet   116 1876  
    C. W. Anderson Tom C. Ryman Packet   160 1876 Burnt 1892
    Celina   Packet   140 1876  
    E. B. Stahlman   Packet   145 1876  
    Robert E. Lee   Packet   306 1876  
  120703 Walker Morris U.S. Government Packet 70 96 1876 Later Fred Nellis
    Yazoo Valley   Packet   180 1876  
    Allen Hite   Barge   199 1877  
  105712 Alvin   Packet 202 143 1877  
    Barge No. 1   Barge   100 1877  
    Barge No. 2   Barge   100 1877  
    Barge No. 3   Barge   100 1877  
    Barge No. 4   Barge   100 1877  
    Delner   Towboat   136 1877  
    Dora Cabler James W. Lowell Freighter   155 1877  
    Fashion Louisville & Henderson Mail Line Packet   219 1877 Sank 1890
    G. Gunby Jordan   Freighter   126 1877  
    Headlight   Packet   141 1877  
    James Guthrie Louisville & Henderson Mail Line Packet   240 1877 Scrapped 1892
  46184 James Howard   Barge 219 110 1877  
    John G. Fletcher   Freighter   120 1877  
    Lewis Hite   Barge   199 1877  
  48508 Little Gold Dust   Barge 253   1877  
    Mattie Hays   Freighter   100 1877  
    Stella Clifton   Barge   199 1877  
    Winnie   Freighter   110 1877  
        Wharf Boat   100 1877  
    B. S. Rhea   Packet   162 1878  
    Barge No. 5   Barge   120 1878  
    Barge No. 6   Barge   120 1878  
    Ed Richardson John W. Cannon Packet   300 1878 Scrapped 1888
    Herbert   Towboat   85 1878  
276   J. M. White Greenville & N.O. Pkt. Co. Packet   310 1878 Burnt 1886
  76102 Jesse K. Bell Dick Sinott Packet 922 218 1878 Scrapped 1897
    Jewel   Packet   174 1878  
    John W. Cannon John W. Cannon Packet   252 1878 Scrapped 1888
    Laura Lee   Packet   206 1878  
  51043 MVT Co No 60 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1878 Later StL & MVT Co No 60
  51044 MVT Co No 61 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1878 Later StL & MVT Co No 61
  51049 MVT Co No 62 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1878 Later StL & MVT Co No 62
  51055 MVT Co No 64 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1878 Later StL & MVT Co No 64
  51056 MVT Co No 65 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1878 Later StL & MVT Co No 65
    New Shallcross Louisville Jeffersonville Ferry Ferry   158 1878 Broken up 1891
  115615 St. John     382 176 1878  
  80689 Whisper   Packet 362 181 1878  
  125982 C. N. Davis   Packet 186 150 1879 Later Carrie Caldwell, Carrie Hope
    Charmer   Packet   185 1879  
    City of Greenville   Packet   281 1879  
    City of Yazoo   Packet   200 1879  
  135426 E. H. Barmore   Packet 171 135 1879  
  na General Barnard Corps of Engineers Snag Boat  500d 215 1879  
  51096 MVT Co No 57 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1879 Later StL & MVT Co No 57
  51097 MVT Co No 58 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1879 Later StL & MVT Co No 58
  51102 MVT Co No 59 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1879 Later StL & MVT Co No 59
  51104 MVT Co No 66 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1879 Later StL & MVT Co No 66
  51108 MVT Co No 67 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1879 Later StL & MVT Co No 67
  130171 Napoleon Mullikin   Packet 354 165 1879  
    Rainbow Louisville & Henderson Mail Line Packet   263 1879 Burnt 1890
    Victor   Barge   115 1879  
    Wash Gray   Towboat   87 1879  
  80730 Wm. P. Fagan   Packet 363 165 1879 Later Alto
        Wharf Boat   150 1879  
    Alberta   Packet   150 1880  
    Anchor Line No 1 Anchor Line  Barge 692 166 1880  
  29918 Anchor Line No 2 Anchor Line  Barge 692 166 1880  
  3138 Belle Memphis   Packet 1,223 265 1880  
  125830 City of Providence Anchor Line Packet 1,304 270 1880 Lost in ice 1910
    Clyde Evansville & Tennessee River Pkt. Co. Packet   180 1880 Sank 1893
  125846 Concordia