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Howard Shipyard & Dock Co., Jeffersonville IN

(later Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Works, or JeffBoat)

Most recent update: July 31, 2015.


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 Vessel Type GT Ft. Year Built Disposition
Built by James Howard
    Hyperion   Packet   107 1834  
    Black Locust   Ferry   110 1835  
    Tecumseh   Packet   115 1835  
Built by D. & J. Howard
    Emperor   Packet   240 1848  
    Louisiana   Packet   240 1848  
    Mary Foley   Packet   200 1848  
    Prairie Bird   Ferry   100 1848  
        Dredge Barge     1848  
    Falcon   Packet   220 1849  
    Fanny Smith   Packet   220 1849  
    Isabella   Packet   175 1849  
    Lexington   Packet   220 1849  
    St. Charles   Packet   230 1849  
    Blue Wing No. 2   Packet   150 1850  
    John Simpson   Packet   180 1850  
    Swan   Packet   108 1850  
    U.S. Survey No. 1   Barge     1850  
    U.S. Survey No. 2   Barge     1850  
    Dr. Smith   Packet   120 1851  
    Frank Lyon   Packet   210 1851  
    Glendy Burke   Packet   245 1851  
    Kate Swinney   Packet   180 1851  
    Lucy McConnell   Ferry   100 1851  
    Peter Dalman   Packet   200 1851  
    Southern Belle   Packet   240 1851  
    Trinity   Packet   175 1851  
    W. B. Clifton   Packet   225 1851  
    Athey Watchen   Ferry   150 1852  
    Brunette   Packet   180 1852  
    Empress   Packet   285 1852  
    H. M. Wright   Packet   210 1852  
    Jennie Bealle   Packet   185 1852  
    Magnolia   Packet   180 1852  
    Messenger   Packet   185 1852  
    Octavia   Packet   180 1852  
    Sallie Spann   Packet   180 1852  
    Sam Dale   Packet   210 1852  
    St. Francis   Packet   150 1852  
    W. P. Swinney   Packet   170 1852  
    Alce W. Glaze   Packet   140 1853  
    Atakapas   Packet   180 1853  
    C. D. Jr.   Packet   200 1853  
    Ceres   Packet   185 1853  
    Geo. W. Jones   Packet   110 1853  
    Gopher   Packet   110 1853  
    James H. Lucas David Silver Packet   230 1853 Scrapped 1861
    Josiah H. Bell Robert Mills Packet   180 1853 Scuttled 1865
    Lucy Bell   Packet   180 1853  
    Runaway   Packet   125 1853  
    S. S. Prentice   Packet   180 1853  
    Southerner   Packet   240 1853  
    Ben Franklin   Packet   300 1854  
    Capitol   Packet   235 1854  
    David Tatum   Packet   220 1854  
    Fanny Bullitt   Packet   245 1854  
    Marion   Packet   230 1854  
    National   Packet   170 1854  
    Rainbow   Packet   235 1854  
    Carrier   Packet   200 1855  
    Diamond   Packet   155 1855  
    John Tompkins   Packet   160 1855  
    P. C. Wallis   Packet   160 1855  
    Parker   Barge   130 1855  
    R. L. Cobb   Packet   160 1855  
    R. M. Patton   Packet   160 1855  
    Scotland Captain Desmukes Packet   225 1855 Burnt to prevent capture 1863
    Victoria   Packet   140 1855  
    Col. Edwards   Packet   155 1856  
    Dove   Packet   150 1856  
    Governor Pease   Packet   160 1856  
    John Warner   Packet   220 1856  
    Kate Howard   Packet   235 1856 Sank 1859
    N. J. Eaton   Packet   220 1856  
    Pete Whetstone   Packet   225 1856  
    Princess   Packet   155 1856  
    Silver Heels   Packet   180 1856  
    Tom Peacock   Packet   120 1856  
    W. R. Douglas   Packet   145 1856  
    Woodford   Packet   250 1856  
    Alonzo Child   Packet   236 1857  
    Diana Edward T. Sturgeon Packet   275 1857 Later Rosalie Judson
    Jas. G. Smith   Ferry   90 1857  
    Jefferson   Ferry   120 1857  
    John D. Perry   Packet   220 1857  
    Music   Packet   190 1857  
    New Orleans   Ferry   120 1857  
    Platte Valley   Packet   226 1857 Sank 1867
    South Western   Packet   220 1857  
    Twilight   Packet   215 1857  
    Wiggins No. 1   Barge   150 1857  
    Wiggins No. 2   Barge   150 1857  
    Aline   Ferry   125 1858  
    Grand Duke Samuel Applegate Packet   205 1858 Burnt 1863
    Judge Porter   Packet   140 1858  
    Rescue   Packet   100 1858  
    St. Francis No. 3   Packet   160 1858  
    Bayou City   Packet   165 1859  
    D. F. Kenner   Packet   215 1859  
    J. D. Swain   Packet   150 1859  
    James Woods   Packet   257 1859  
    Jno. M. Sharp   Packet   155 1859  
    Lafourche   Packet   185 1859  
    Laurel Hill John A. Cotton Packet   200 1859  
    Acadia   Packet   188 1860  
    Isaac Bowman   Ferry   160 1860  
    J. A. Cotton N.O. & Bayou Sara Line Packet   248 1860 Sunk by USN 1863
    J. F. Pargoud   Packet   234 1860  
    Little Sallie   Packet   100 1860  
    Mary T.   Packet   185 1860  
    Memphis   Packet   263 1860  
    Robert Campbell, Jr.   Packet   226 1860  
    Major Anderson U. S. Mail Line Packet   245 1861 Burnt 1872
    General Buell   Packet   248 1862  
    James Thompson   Ferry   155 1862  
    Ruth   Packet   273 1862  
    Wren   Packet   150 1862  
    Blue Wing No. 3   Packet   150 1863  
    Bostona No. 3   Packet   240 1863  
    Julia George Pegram Packet   241 1863 Scrapped 1876
    Olive Branch B. Rush Pegram Packet   283 1863 Sank 1871
    Tarascon Louisville & Henderson Mail Line Packet   249 1863 Scrapped 1879
    Ida Handy B. Rush Pegram Packet   258 1864 Burnt 1866
    Morning Star Louisville & Henderson Mail Line Packet   250 1864 Scrapped 1888
    Ruth No. 2   Packet   300 1864  
        Wharf Boat   200 1864  
Built by James Howard & Co.
    North Missouro   Rail Ferry   160 1865  
    Ruth Atlanta & Mississippi SS Co. Packet     1865 Burnt 1869
    Virginia   Packet   226 1865  
    Belle Memphis Memphis & St. Louis Co. Packet   260 1866 Scrapped 1880
    Birdie Brent   Ferry   112 1866  
    Galveston   Barge   120 1866  
    H. M. Shreve   Packet   198 1866  
    Jessie   Ferry   132 1866  
    Stonewall Shaw & Long Packet   224 1866 Burnt 1869
    Wm. Dwyer   Barge   126 1866  
    Wm. R. Jarmon   Barge   126 1866  
    Dove No. 2   Packet   116 1867  
    Early Bird   Packet   125 1867  
    Frank Pargoud John W. Tobin Packet   255 1867 Abandoned 1883
    Governor Allen John Smoker Packet   217 1867 Scrapped 1877
    Belle of Alton Alton & St. Louis Co. Packet   227 1868 Burnt 1873
    East St. Louis   Ferry   175 1868  
    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   Ferry 73 90 1880  
    E. W. Cole   Packet     1880 Sank 1891
  85624 Gus Fowler Gus Fowler Packet 310 160 1880 Sank 1899
  76137 John Bertram   Ferry 390   1880  
    Joseph Henry U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender 348 180 1880 Later Louisiana, Pattona
  91218 Milwaukee   Rail Ferry 349 136 1880  
  51117 MVT Co No 70 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1880 Later StL & MVT Co No 70
  51124 MVT Co No 71 M.V.T. Co. Barge 1,150 136 1880 Later StL & MVT Co No 71