Other Pre-WWI Inland and Great Lakes Shipbuilders

Most recent update: May 3, 2016.


This table attempts to cover those other shipbuilders located on the Great Lakes and Inland Waterways that were active in the years between the Civil War and World War One.  If anyone has any data to add to this table, please send it to me at timcolton@aol.com

Shipbuilder Location Hull # Original Name Original Owner Type LDT Built Disposition
Allen and Blaisdale South St. Louis MO   Santiago     168 1881  
Allen and Blaisdale South St. Louis MO   Susie Hazard     98 1881  
Allen and Blaisdale South St. Louis MO   Kansas Millers     34 1885  
Anderson, L. Fort Howard WI   Mentor   Cargo Ship 230 1881 Hulked 1916
Arnold, T. East Saginaw MI   H. D. Coffinberry C. G. King & D. K. Clint Cargo Ship 858 1874 Scrapped 1917
Arnold, T. East Saginaw MI   C. H. Green L. P. Mason, G. Corning & C. H. Green Cargo Ship 920 1881 Abandoned 1935
Bay City DD Bay City MI   George L. Colwell G. L. Colville Cargo Ship 490 1880 Foundered Cape Romain SC 1899
Butler, J. Manitowoc WI   Mystic Star Michael Cummings Schooner 339 1873  
Butler, J. Manitowoc WI   Rube Richards J. Richards Cargo Ship 815 1881 Abandoned 1911
Callister, J. W. Grand Haven MI   Samuel Marshall T. W. Kirby Cargo Ship 775 1888 later Brantford 1921, abandoned 1924
Cameron, A. New Jerusalem OH   Music   Cargo Ship 320 1874 Burnt at Onekama MI 1899
Chouteau, Harrison St Louis MO   Bessie     99 1876  
Chouteau, Harrison St Louis MO   Indianola     52 1877  
Chouteau, Harrison St Louis MO   Sigma     36 1879  
Clark, J. P. Detroit MI   John Pridgeon, Jr. J. Pridgeon Cargo Ship 1,211 1875 Foundered near Cleveland OH 1909
Clark, J. P. Detroit MI   Pearl   Passenger 551 1875 Later Crystal 1901, abandoned Buffalo NY 1907
Cole, E.J. Green Bay WI   George Burnham C. F., G. & J. Q. Burnham Cargo Ship 332 1872 Abandoned 1921
Columbia IW St Clair MI 1 Winnebago Iroquois Transit Co Cargo Ship 1,091 1903 Wrecked Point Arena 1909
Columbia IW St Clair MI 2 John C. Howard Hall Coal Co Cargo Ship 1,244 1903 Later Melville Dollar 1908, Jinyo Maru 1917, Shin Ping 1920, scrapped 1930
Crosthwaite Bay City MI   Queen of the West J. Kelderhouse Cargo Ship 818 1881 Foundered off Fairport OH 1903
Crosthwaite Bay City MI   Robert A. Packer J. Kelderhouse Cargo Ship 921 1881 Later Batchwana 1906, burnt Coppermine Point 1907
Crosthwaite Bay City MI   Nevada   Cargo Ship 779 1882 Foundered off Two Rivers 1890
Crosthwaite Bay City MI   Oregon   Cargo Ship 944 1882 Wrecked and burnt Thessalon ON 1908
Daley Mount Clemens MI   Virginius W. Daley & P. Shook Schooner 422 1881 Later Thomas D. Stimson 1887, burnt St Clair Flats 1903
Denis, J. Green Bay WI   W. S. Taylor Nau Tug Line Tug 318 1907 Abandoned 1931
Detroit Boat Works Detroit MI   Visitor     70 1892  
Detroit Boat Works Detroit MI   Cynthia   Yacht 103 1895  
Dimmers, Charles Cleveland OH   Grouper   Tug   1912  
Dulac, W. Mount Clemens MI   A. Weston Chicago Lumbering Co Cargo Ship 672 1882 Later Congercoal 1909, burnt Sodus Bay NY 1917
Dulac, W. Mount Clemens MI   Canisteo   Cargo Ship 595 1886 Stripped and abandoned 1921
Dulac, W. Mount Clemens MI   F. R. Buell Chicago Lumbering Co Cargo Ship 1,438 1888 Later Nagaho 1920, foundered near Port Colborne 1922
Dulac, W. Mount Clemens MI   Byron Whitaker B. Whitaker & Sons Cargo Ship 1,539 1890 Later Marian W 1916, burnt Quebec 1920
Dulac, W. Mount Clemens MI   Norwalk Shoal Water Tptn Co Cargo Ship 1,007 1891 Foundered near Cozumel 1917
Dunbar & Sullivan Buffalo NY   Hurricane   Dredge 191 1909  
Dunbar, Harris T. Buffalo NY   Gold Standard   Barge 222 1895  
Dunbar, Harris T. Buffalo NY   Cuba Libre   Barge 195 1895  
Dunbar, Harris T. Buffalo NY   No. 1     232 1895  
Dunbar, Harris T. Buffalo NY   Protective Policy   Barge 339 1896  
Elliott, J. Allegan MI   C. W. Moore W. Turnbull & C. W. Moore Passenger 383 1881 Abandoned 1922
Elliott, J. Saugatuck MI   Frank Woods R. C. Brittain Cargo Ship 269 1888 Abandoned Chicago 1940
Elliott, J. Saugatuck MI   Charles McVea R. C. Brittain Passenger 264 1888 Stripped and abandoned 1928
Elliott, J. Saugatuck MI   R. C. Reid R. Reid & R. C. Brittain Passenger 322 1889 Later City of Louisville 1895, Harriet A. Hart 1902, burnt Detour Village 1905
Fabricated SB Milwaukee WI   Gen. W. P. Randolph U.S. Army Minelayer 1,000 1918  
Fabricated SB Milwaukee WI   Colonel Clayton U.S. Army Passenger 535 1919 Deleted 1954 and used for a clubhouse
Fabricated SB Milwaukee WI   Brig. Gen. Edmund Kirby U.S. Army Minelayer 694 1919 Later Ilex 1920, burnt Kingman's Cove NL 1948
Fabricated SB Milwaukee WI   Colonel Card U.S. Army Passenger 535 1919 Later Mackinaw City 1923, Brig. Gen. William E. Horton 1940, wrecked Raritan Bay 1952
Fabricated SB Milwaukee WI   General Rochester U.S. Army Passenger 357 1919 Later Michael Perkins 1923, scrapped 1950
Fabricated SB Milwaukee WI   Colonel Pond U.S. Army Passenger 535 1919 Later Saint Ignace 1923, Brig. Gen. Arthur W. Yates 1940, wrecked Raritan Bay, 1952
Fitzgerald, J. Milwaukee WI   Geo. C. Markham   Cargo Ship 304 1883 Later John W. Cullen 1917, abandoned 1932
Fries, V. Abbot Bridge OH   William Edwards V. Fries Cargo Ship 1,336 1879 Foundered off Cape Pine NL 1917
Green Bay Vessel Green Bay WI   Orion Green Bay Vessel Co Cargo Ship 2,283 1901 Later Wesee 1920, burnt off Middle Sister Is 1923
Hall Bros Eagle Harbor MI   Arctic   Cargo Ship 202 1913  
Heath, E. W. Benton Harbor MI   Mabel Bradshaw T. J. Waters & H. E. Bradshaw Psgr/Cargo 331 1889 Later Soo City 1907, barge 1917, abandoned 1918
Hill, J. J. Marine City MI   Santa Maria H. B. Ledyard Cargo Ship 982 1893 Later L. Edward Hines 1903, foundered off Belize 1916
Hingston & Co. Buffalo NY   Theodore E. Cowles     33 1905  
Hingston & Co. Buffalo NY   Trenton     517 1905  
Hitchcock Buffalo NY   Keystone J. S. Duncan Cargo Ship 722 1880 Probably a rebuild of a ship built in 1866, burnt near Big Summer I. 1898
Johnson, A. Green Bay WI   Philetus Sawyer   Cargo Ship 449 1884 Burnt Toledo OH 1922
Johnson, A. Green Bay WI   John Duncan J. Duncan Cargo Ship 1,267 1891 Later Howard W 1916, scrapped 1923
Johnson, A. Green Bay WI   W.L.Brown Nat. Finance Co Cargo Ship 336 1880 Foundered Peshtigo Reef 1886
Johnson, A.R. Fort Howard WI   Maggie Duncan J. Duncan Cargo Ship 535 1890 Later Mohawk 1906, wrecked Castle Hook NJ 1922
Johnson, S. Green Bay WI   W. L. Brown Nat. Finance Co Cargo Ship 336 1880 Foundered Peshtigo Reef 1886
Jones, F. N. Buffalo NY   Clyde F. L. Danforth Cargo Ship 1,549 1881 Later Stanstead 1914, Colin W 1917, scrapped 1921
Kenyon, A.P. Saginaw MI   Charles H. Davis J. H. Price Barge 390 1881 Powered 1893, foundered off Cleveland 1903
King, G. Marine City MI   Kate Buttironi K. & H. Buttironi Cargo Ship 865 1881 Later Falcon 1901, wrecked on South Fox I. 1909
Kirby, F. W. Grand Haven MI   Mark Hopkins M. Hopkins Cargo Ship 732 1888 Later Myron 1902, foundered near Crisp Point, 1919
Kirby, T. W. Grand Haven MI   H. S. Pickands   Passenger 625 1884 Burnt Fairport OH 1912
Laprise, M. Mount Clemens MI   R. McDonald Torrent & Farr Cargo Ship 338 1881 Later Ida M. Torrent 1883, Burnt Cross Village MI 1893
Lawler's Marine Clifton NY   Southfield   Ferry 758 1882 Hulked 1908
Lester, D. Marine City MI   C. F. Curtis   Cargo Ship 691 1882 Foundered near Grand Marais 1914
Lester, D. Marine City MI   Toltec Marine Transi Cargo Ship 767 1889 Burnt at Windmill Point 1919
Lester, D. Marine City MI   Aztec Marine Transit Cargo Ship 834 1889 Burnt in the Bell River 1923
Lester, D. Marine City MI   Iroquois M. P. Lester Cargo Ship 1,769 1892 Later Windsor 1910, wrecked off Duck I 1920
Lester, M. P. Marine City MI   Pawnee Pawnee Boat Co Cargo Ship 821 1888 Later Maplegulf 1920, wrecked Lake Ontario 1920
Lester, M. P. Marine City MI   Cherokee J. Hagan Cargo Ship 1,002 1889 Later Maplegrove 1919, Jed 1920, abandoned on Lake Ontario 1921
Lester, M. P. Marine City MI   Mohegan Miami Tptn Co Cargo Ship 1,219 1894 Exploded in Rio de Janeiro 1919
Martell, J. B. South Haven MI   H. W. Williams H. W. Williams Psgr/Cargo 249 1888 Later Tennessee 1910, Pere Marquette 8 1913, burnt at Manistee 1927
Martell, J. B. South Haven MI   City of Kalamazoo W. H. Williams Tptn Line Passenger 728 1893 Burnt at Manistee 1911
Mechanics DD Grand Haven MI   H. C. Ackley R. W. Kirby & H. C. Ackley Cargo Ship 1,187 1881 Foundered near Holland MI 1983
Mechanics DD Grand Haven MI   J. C. Ford T. W. Kirby & others Cargo Ship 520 1889 Burnt at Detour MI 1924
Miller Bros Chicago IL   Boscobel The Peshtigo Co Cargo Ship 610 1881 Later Ottawa 1904, burnt in Redcliff WI 1909
Mills, R. Buffalo NY   Monteagle   Cargo Ship 1,273 1884 Burnt Mud Lake, St Mary's River, 1909
Mills, R. Buffalo NY   Wyoming Lackawanna Tptn Co Cargo Ship 1,492 1887 Later Mapleglen 1920, scuttled Lake Ontario 1925
Mills, R. Buffalo NY   Robert Mills J. Rice & others Cargo Ship 1,790 1888 Later Fellowcraft 1918, scrapped 1928
Mills, R. Buffalo NY   Florida Lackawanna Tptn Co Cargo Ship 2,103 1889 Sank between Middle I and Presque Isle, 1897
Mork, J. E. Sandusky OH   A. Wehrle, Jr. A. Wehrle Jr Passenger 421 1889 Hulked 1920
Murphy & Miller Cleveland OH   Aurora J. Corrigan Cargo Ship 2,282 1887 Burnt Amhurstburg 1898, converted to barge
Oades, J. Detroit MI   Minnie M.   Passenger 447 1884 Later Rising Sun 1913, wrecked off Pyramid Point 1917
Oades, J. Detroit MI   Chenango C. D. & J. W. Waterman Cargo Ship 938 1887 Later Lizzie Madden 1891, burnt Saginaw Bay 1907
Oades, J. Detroit MI   Charles Hebard C. Hebard Cargo Ship 763 1888 Wrecked Point Mamainse 1902
Oades, J. Detroit MI   John Oades H. W. Dyas Cargo Ship 1,455 1890 Barge 1925, deleted 1931
Ohio SB Cleveland OH A Penguin   Trawler 378 1919 Later La Servannais 1940, scrapped 1946
Perene, J.C. South Haven MI   J. D. Marshall J. C. Perene Cargo Ship 531 1891 Capsized near Gary IN 1911
Presley-Globe Cleveland OH 1 Smith Moore H. H. Brown, F. W. Pelton Cargo Ship 1,191 1880 In collision and sank Munising 1889
Presley-Globe Cleveland OH 2 Republic Republic Iron Co Inc Cargo Ship 1,343 1881 Later Marquette 1890, foundered off Michigan Is 1903
Presley-Globe Cleveland OH 3 Columbia J. C. Lockwood & others Cargo Ship 1,373 1881 Later Dougalmac 1920, scrapped 1921
Presley-Globe Cleveland OH   Specular   Cargo Ship 1,741 1882 In collision and lost on Lake Erie 1900
Presley-Globe Cleveland OH   Continental   Cargo Ship 1,586 1882 Wrecked near Twin River LH 1904
Presley-Globe Cleveland OH   Colonial   Cargo Ship 1,501 1882 Wrecked off Rondeau ON 1914
Rand & Burger Manitowoc WI   City of Ludington Goodrich Tpt Passenger 842 1880 Later Georgia 1898, hulked 1924, scuttled 1932
Rand & Burger Manitowoc WI   J. C. Perrett   Tug 537 1882 Later J. C. Ames 1896, scrapped 1923
Randall, J. H. Benton Harbor MI   Lora   Cargo Ship 616 1882 Later Alice Stafford 1897, Manistee 1905, burnt Ferrysburg 1914
Randall, J. H. Benton Harbor MI   City of St. Joseph   Psgr/Cargo 464 1883 Later S. K. Martin 1888, foundered near Erie PA 1912
Rieboldt & Wolter Sheboygan MI   Helena C. H. Starke Cargo Ship 2,083 1888 Wrecked Sunken Chicken Reef 1918
Rieboldt & Wolter Sheboygan MI   Marion J. E. Danaher Cargo Ship 1,206 1889 Later Charles Horn 1922, burnt Point Peter 1926
Rieboldt & Wolter Sheboygan MI   John Schroeder J. Schroeder Cargo Ship 372 1890 Later William A. Hazard 1911, abandoned 1934
Rieboldt & Wolter Sheboygan MI   E. A. Shores, Jr C. H. Starke Cargo Ship 519 1892 Scrapped 1936
Rieboldt & Wolter Sturgeon Bay WI   Sturgeon Bay U.S. Shipping Board Cargo Ship 2,402 1918 Scrapped 1928
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Emma Della     7 1905  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Carrie Lee     11 1906  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Delena     14 1908  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Jinks   Yacht 17 1910  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   J. Frank Hicks     11 1910  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Hustler     9 1910  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Nixona     11 1910  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Pontiac     8 1910  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   War Chief     10 1910  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Dooley     9 1911  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Mira     18 1912  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Doraetta     8 1912  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Sheldonia II     9 1912  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Irene     9 1913  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Redwing     9 1913  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   J. B. Haverstick     10 1913  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Kate     11 1914  
Ripley Hardware Grafton IL   Lady     8 1914  
Rogers & Bird Saugatuck MI   City of Holland Holland & Chicago Tptn Passenger 439 1893 Later Melbourne 1910, Clarence E. LeBeau 1919, burnt Toledo OH 1922
Root, H. D. Lorain OH   H. Luella Worthington G. H. & J. M. Worthington Cargo Ship 375 1880 Later N. J. Nessen 1903, wrecked in Pigeon Bay, Lake Erie, 1929
Root, H. D. Lorain OH   H. S. Hubbell   Cargo Ship 398 1882 Exploded and burnt off Poverty Island 1888
Root, H. D. Lorain OH   D. Leuty   Cargo Ship 646 1882 Wrecked Light House Point, Marquette 1911
Root, H. D. Lorain OH   W. P. Thew   Cargo Ship 139 1884 In collision and lost off Thunder Bay Island 1909
Root, H. D. Lorain OH   Albert Y. Gowen Kelley Island Lime & Tpt Co Cargo Ship 213 1888 Converted to dredger 1896
Shipowners DD Cleveland OH   Pasadena M. A. Bradley Cargo Ship 1,760 1889 Wrecked in Portage Lake Canal 1906
Shipowners DD Cleveland OH   Hesper M. A. Bradley Cargo Ship 1,858 1890 Wrecked on Silver Bay Reef 1905
Shipowners DD Chicago IL   Ohio   Tug   1903  
Shipowners DD Chicago IL   No. 15 - M.F.D.     194 1903  
Smith, J. P. Chicago IL   Vernon   Passenger 694 1886 Foundered off Two Rivers 1887
Smith, L. P.& J. A. Cleveland OH   Margaret Olwill L. P. & J. A. Smith Cargo Ship 925 1887 Capsized and sank off Lorain 1899
Southern Boiler Memphis TN   Iola   Tanker 14 1909  
Southern Boiler Memphis TN   Bob Lee, Jr. Lee Line Steamers Passenger 200 1911  
Springfield Boiler Springfield IL   Erastus Wells     541 1907  
St. Louis Steel Barge St Louis MO   McDougall   Tug 562 1900  
Standard Contract Cleveland OH   James H.Cassidy   Tug 110 1912  
Strong Tptn Co Tonawanda NY   Eliza H. Strong W. H. Strong & others Cargo Ship 781 1899 Burnt off Port Sanilac 1904
Thompson, C. Manitowoc WI   Francis Hinton H. Truman & others Cargo Ship 417 1889 Wrecked near Manitowoc 1909
Thrall, P. F. Green Bay WI   Preston P. F. Thrall Cargo Ship 575 1891 Later Harlow 1902, scrapped 1927
Thrall, P. F. Green Bay WI   Normandie P. F. Thrall Cargo Ship 567 1894 Later Marysville 1920, foundered near Belle River 1928
Toledo Foundry Toledo OH   Brian Boru   Dredge 348 1889  
Universal SB Sturgeon Bay WI   Kenosha   Cargo Ship 763 1919 Scrapped 1940
Universal SB Sturgeon Bay WI   Sheboygan   Cargo Ship 763 1919 Completed by Sturgeon Bay SB, scrapped 1940
Universal SB Sturgeon Bay WI   Waukegan   Cargo Ship 763 1919 Completed by Sturgeon Bay SB, scrapped 1940
Unknown Buffalo NY   Alaska   Cargo Ship 1,288 1871 Scrapped 1893
Unknown Cleveland OH   James Pickands   Cargo Ship 1,545 1886 Abandoned 1914
Unknown Port Huron MI   Marigold (WAGL 235) U.S. Revenue Service Tender 587 1890 Sold 1946
Unknown Wyandotte MI   Hyacinth (WAGL 221) U.S. Revenue Service Tender 950 1903 Sold 1946
Unknown Cleveland OH   William A. Field   Tug 114 1909  
Unknown Grafton IL   Minneapolis   Tug 250 1915 Later Bunker Power
Unknown Grassy Point OH   Richard F. Young   Cargo Ship 268 1915  
Unknown Grafton IL   Le Clair   Tug 175 1915  
Unknown Buffalo NY   Alaska   Cargo Ship 1,288 1871  
Unknown Clayton NY   St.Lawrence   Passenger 312 1884 Scrapped 1926
Unknown Clayton NY   Ontario   Passenger 444 1884 Later Protector 1891, Isla da Cuba 1903, deleted 1913
Wheeler, C. East Saginaw MI   Hiram W.Sibley B. Boutell Cargo Ship 1,418 1890 Wrecked South Fox Is 1898
Wisconsin Stm Yacht Milwaukee WI   James H. Shrigley J. Cornfield & J. H. Shrigley Cargo Ship 459 1881 Beached off Braddock Point I. 1920