Johnston Brothers, Ferrysburg MI

Most recent update: May 15, 2016.


J. W. Johnston, a direct descendant of the legendary James Watt, started Johnson Brothers Boiler Company in 1864, on Pine Street in Ferrysburg.   The company continues in business today.  The shipyard was next door, where the marina is now: see it from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type GT Built Disposition
  127309 C. J. Bos William Ver Duin Fish Tug 34 1898 I. J. Lyons 1942, NLD 1976
  111311 Rowira   Fish Tug 35 1900 Scrapped 1950
  117013 Sea Bird   Tug 21 1900 Active
  127422 Columbia Sullivan Dredging Tug 114 1900 Scrapped 1960
  163701 No. 35   Scow 420 1900  
  96562 Henry J. Dornbos Ver Duin Bros. Fish Tug 44 1901 Urger 1920, now museum in Waterford NY
  163022 Dredge No. 7   Dredge Scow 826 1901  
  96548 H. Ewig   Tug 62 1901 Col. N. L. Howard 1918, Helen H. Upham 1923, Dispatch 1943, scrapped 1973
  81846 William H. Kinch Frank L. Bapst Tug 58 1902 Scrapped 1951
  163004 Scow No. 14   Scow 427 1902  
  163005 Scow No. 15   Scow 427 1902  
  na Lightship (LV 75) Lighthouse Service Lightship 427 1902 Sold 1939, later St. Clair, abandoned 1977
  3968 Bonita Graham & Morton Tug 58 1903 Chicago Harbor No. 4 1914, Eddie B. 1960, Seneca Queen 1969, Ludington 1970, Seneca Queen 1996
  162321 No. 11   Scow 420 1904  
  na General Ludlow Corps of Engineers Dredge 213 1904 Sold 1921, Pointe Hennepin 1969, scrapped 1969
21 201789 Tessler Charles Tessler Fish Tug 57 1905 Burnt 1949, Upper Mississippi River
22 202285 Frank Perry Perry Lumber Tug 496 1905 Sipsey 1914, to CoE 1942 as Robert H. Rolfe, sold 1946 as Bisso, scrapped 1975
23 203098 Chase S. Osborne Perry Lumber Tug 492 1906 To USN 1918 as SP-1121, later YT 41, sold 1921, Guardian 1922, scrapped 1961
  na Lightship (LV 77) Lighthouse Service Lightship 578 1906 Sold 1940
  206692 James Edward Great Lakes Dredge  Tug 82 1906 Terry E. Buchanan 1952
25 203472 J. P. Manning LS & MI Southern RR Tug 58 1906 B. E. West 1927, abandoned 1980
26 203555 Robert E. Johnston Walsma & Van Toll Tug 22 1906 Abandoned 1974
  163452 Destroyer   Scow 356 1907  
  163205 No. 18   Scow 394 1907  
27 204016 Charles E. Williams Buffalo Dredging Tug 106 1907 Paul W. Dickinson 1935, scrapped 1958
28 204485 C. F. Bielman, Jr. Charles F. Bielman Cargo Ship 33 1907 Dove 1939, deketed 1962
  164000 No. 16   Scow 451 1908  
31 205585 Herbert C. Molhagen Tug 55 1908 H. Ewig 1918, Roy R. Love 1939, Charlevoix 1968, Roy R. Love 1992
32 206346 Francis B. Hackett Hackett Wrecking Tug 194 1909 To USN 1917 as SP-1161, later YT 36, Shenandoah 1920, Choptank 1923, sold 1947, Gloria St. Philip 1969, Choptank 1979, Admiral 1989, scrapped 2006
33 205777 Forelle Tamms Bros. Fish Tug 46 1908 Foundered on Lake Michigan 1923
34 206238 Castanet Ranney Fisheries Fish Tug 46 1909 Donald Wells 1930, abandoned 1931
35 206658 Mackinac Arnold Transit Ferry 350 1909 Woonsocket 1926, training ship 1968, Claude “Sonny” Simmons 1969, scrapped 1994
  207111 A. Fisher Fisher’s Sons Fish Tug 58 1909 Oscar F. Meyer 1912, scrapped 1951
39 na Shearwater Bureau of Fisheries Tug 95 1909 To USCG 1940, sold 1944, later Cindy K. 1961
  207427 John E. Meyer   Tug 133 1910  
  208243 Harvey   Fish Tug 81 1910 Deleted 1951
  164439 Scow No. 37   Scow 457 1911  
45 208478 Andrew H. Green Great Lakes Dredge Tug 115 1911 Scrapped 1957
49 209789 William J. McCarthy Great Lakes Dredge Tug 98 1912 Central 1924, Capt. Frank Becker 1957, Vixen 1968, Alice St. Philip 1972, scrapped 1977
50 252397 Oscar I New Aetna Cement Tug   1911 Later Oscar
56 176251 Handy Andy New Aetna Cement Scow 51 1913 Abandoned 1977
58 274070 Oscar II New Aetna Cement Dredge 50 1913 G.L. 110 1960, scrapped 1978
  212588 Philip T. Dodge International Paper Tug 68 1914 Eugene F. Moran 1919, Schenectedy 1920, Dauntless No. 5 1924, Cathleen E. Moran 1955, Mary D. 1964, Clayton P. Kehoe 1968, Dori 1971, Robert A. Bott
 63 212278 Ottawa GR, H & C RR Ferry 75 1914  
 64 212487 American American Const Tug 88 1914 Fred W. Upham 1922, Lila Haden 1942, N. R. Coppedge 1961, scrapped 1977
 66 213529 J. C. Stewart Stewart Co. Tug 113 1915 To Corps of Engineers 1924 as Col. M.J. McDonough, sold 1946 as J.C. Stewart, scrapped 1965