Barbour Metal Boat Works, St. Louis MO

Most recent update: August 30, 2016.


Barbour Metal Boat Works was originally Barbour Metal Boat Company, which appears to have been formed in 1913.  The name was changed in 1925 and this may have been the point in their history when they shifted from small recreational boats to commercial vessels, primarily towboats.  They started off on the Meramec River, in Valley Park MO: the yard was just east of the railroad bridge, on the river side of Marshall Road.  They moved to Oakville MO in 1950: this yard was on the Mississippi, at 7598 Nellie Avenue.   Finally, they moved to downtown St. Louis in 1959, to a site at the foot of Washington Avenue.  The company closed in 1985.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Built Disposition
Built in Valley Park MO
    Dixie Joseph Breeck Sternwheeler 35 1929 Still active in Webster Lake IN
 

236693

Happy Bob James Grimmett Towboat 9 1937  
 

236958

Illini Starved Rock Scenic Boat Co. Passenger 13 1937  
 

237499

Ho-Hum Vincent P. Ring Yacht 23 1938  
 

237973

Iroquois Starved Rock Scenic Boat Co. Passenger 13 1938  
 

239215

Chief Starved Rock Scenic Boat Co. Passenger 13 1939  
 

174825

Canton Ferry Allen Blackmore Ferry Barge 24 1940  
 

175288

West Point Ferry Ellis Inman Ferry Barge 24 1941  
240710 Norma II Central States Dredging Towboat 14 1941  
240891 Harbour I. Gillen Towing Towboat 12 1941  
260072 Trojan Serodino, Inc. Towboat 19 1942  
175791 Herman Herman Pohlman Ferry Barge 26 1943  
952 256920 Ste. Genevieve Norman Bros. Towboat 15 1943  
  245976 Sheplor J. E. Taylor Towboat 14 1944  
  247231 Billy Hooten Massman Construction Towboat 14 1944 Later Big River
 

252207

Panama Hough-Cowgur & Co. Towboat 20 1944  
 

249220

Alfred B Fred J. Roberts Towboat  23 1945  
 

249482

Merry Maid Merry Shipping Co. Freighter  48 1946  
 

249699

McBride    Illinois Central Railroad Towboat  24 1946  
 

251178

Ed Brockenridge Missouri River S. & G. Towboat  26 1946 Later Hannah Cole
 

252360

Bobby   Massman Construction Towboat  16 1946  
 

Colombia

  Tropical Oil Co. Towboat    1947  
 

Colombia

  Tropical Oil Co. Towboat    1947  
 

Colombia

  Tropical Oil Co. Towboat    1947  
 

Colombia

  Tropical Oil Co. Towboat    1947  
 

Colombia

  Tropical Oil Co. Towboat    1947  
 

Colombia

  Tropical Oil Co. Towboat    1947  
 

Colombia

  Tropical Oil Co. Towboat    1947  
 

252800

Little Dick Marquette Cement Mfg. Towboat  18 1947 Later B K Too  
253787 Gloria Ahern Hobac Veneer & Lumber Co. Towboat 16 1947  
254859 Leona C Hough-Cowgur & Co. Towboat 18 1948  
256432 Cary L Mid-South Equipment Towboat 23 1948  
1039 257117 Henry J II Quincy Sand Co. Towboat 17 1948  
258046 Tennco L. E. Willson Towboat 22 1948  
258935 Roy Minneapolis Dredging Towboat 14 1949  
259023 Kampsville State of Illinois Passenger 10 1949  
1059 259446 Vickie Ann Luhr Bros. Towboat 14 1950  
259622 Lulubelle Mid-South Equipment Towboat 20 1950  
Built in Oakville MO
  260450 George G   Gestring Towing Co. Towboat  38 1950 Active
  260957 Barbour   Towboat  24 1950 Later Capt. Louie
  261339 Valken Mt. Carmel S. & G. Towboat  15 1951  
  261386 Gail L. R. W. George Towboat  19 1951 Later Clinton Perry, now Willie Franklin
1067 262147 Grafton Norman Bros. Passenger 14 1951 Later Benny S
1071 262991 Mountaineer Charles K, Inc. Towboat 22 1951 Later Sunshine
1072 263368 Meramec    Gestring Towing Co. Towboat  28 1952 Active
  263530 Geo. G. Winter Winter Bros. Co. Towboat  14 1952  
  263589 Rose-T H. C. Camien Towboat  14 1952  
  264448 Peggy Massman Construction Towboat  14 1952  
  1062462 Blue Water    Tennessee Valley Auth. Towboat  29 1952 Later Gene Ready
  265025 Totem Kole Coastal Marine Transport Towboat  27 1953  
1076 265225 Billy Gene   Luhr Bros., Inc. Towboat  68 1953 Active
  266162 Black Diamond   Peabody Coal Co. Towboat  31 1953 Now Tennessee Pearl
  266627 Trailblazer    Paradise Collieries Inc. Towboat  36 1953 Active
1084 266986 Custer Kanawha Sand Co. Towboat  41 1954 Later Edwin B, now Chipper
  267590 Philip Sporn Ohio Power Co. Towboat  22 1954 Later Philip S, Donna N, Ken J, Marietta, Anne Leslie
1089 268164 Miss Marilyn Two Rivers Excursions, Inc Towboat 10 1954  
  268457 Yankeetown    Edward F. Peppard Towboat  48 1954 Active
  268570 The Clifty Creek  Indiana & Kentucky Electric Towboat  27 1954 Now Sage Johnson
  268784 Kyger Creek   Ohio Valley Electric Corp. Towboat  27 1954 Active
  269137 White Rock   Owensboro Riv. Sand & Gravel Towboat  70 1955 Active
  269138 Joppa Griffin Marine Terminal Towboat    1955 Later Kay-Bob
  269150 Sandy Iron City Sand & Gravel Towboat    1955 Later Lil Nick
  269616 Capt. Reggie M. Dales Merry Shipping Co. Towboat  53 1955  
  270009 Jimartgo James W. Reid Recreational 37 1955 Later Lazy Lay, now Lower Unit
 

270249

Canton Ferry Allen Blackmore Ferry 28 1955  
 

270419

Speck Criss Kanawha Sand Co. Towboat  39 1955 Later Jimmy Earl, now Robert E
1100 270560 John Paul Jones  Powers Thompson Construction Towboat  13 1955  
 

270994

Miss Jessie Green River Towing Corp. Towboat  66 1956 Later Lilian G, Mickey Dawson, City of Hickman, Stephen W, now Gorgas
 

271035

Missouri    Norman Bros., Inc. Towboat  22 1956 Active
 

271238

Parkersburg    Kanawha Sand Co. Towboat  44 1956 Active
1105 271552 Old Abe Peabody Coal Co. Towboat 48 1956 Active
  272064 Sooner   Towboat  52 1956 Later Captain Otto
1107 272318 Vienna Kanawha Sand Co. Towboat  46 1956 Now Bonnie J. Johnson
1108 273483 Timmy    Campbell Barge Line Towboat  74 1956 Active
  273586 Empress II Gateway Clipper Inc Towboat 38 1957 Active
  274040 Frankie & Johnnie Memphis Boat Refueling Towboat  48 1957 Now Earl C
  274586 Belpre  River Tptn. Co. Towboat  38 1957 Now Gateway Liner  
1112 275502 Ida Crown   Material Service Corp. Towboat  85 1957 Later Lois E, now Amy M

1113

281231

Joe Lucas Ohio River Sand & Gravel Co. Towboat  92 1960 Later New Martinsville, now Jessie R. Johnson
  275638 Mr. Sam Mary Construction Towboat  15 1958  
 

276762

Omal Ray B. Potts Towing Co. Towboat  48 1958 Later Ormet, Hannabelle, now William H
 

277057

Number Ten State of Louisiana Towboat  34 1958  
 

277374

J. E. Potter  Arrow Transportation Co. Towboat  36 1958 Active
1119 277606 Alcosan    Alleghenny Co. San. Auth. Towboat  21 1958 Active
 

277918

Mississippi III   Mississippi Lime Co. Towboat  33 1959 Active
  278353 Ruby G Magnolia Marine Transport Towboat 17 1959 Later Mr. Bill
  278502 Emma Coffey Tennessee Valley S. & G. Towboat 13 1959  
Built in St. Louis MO
 

280184

Norbroco Norman Bros., Inc. Towboat  54 1959 Now Patricia Lynn
 

281164

Okaw    Atlas Towing Co. Towboat  15 1959 Active
 

282261

Twyla Marge   Luhr Bros., Inc. Towboat  95 1960 Active
 

283841

St. Marys Ohio River Sand & Gravel Co. Towboat  86 1960 Later Justin Hudson, now Sonny J
 

278673

Tanners Creek No. 2 Indiana & Michigan Electric Towboat  47 1959 Active
 

279067

Decatur Decatur Sand & Gravel Co. Towboat  51 1959 Later Panama, now Ernie D
1135 284600 Jay Gene   Luhr Bros., Inc. Towboat  62 1961 Active
  285542 Su-Mac Su-Mac Towing Co. Towboat  22 1961 Later Annie S, NLD
  286482 Bingo Capt. Edward F. Smith Towboat  80 1961 Now Lauren Allyssa
  287078 W. H. Shaver, Jr. Tri-State Materials Towboat  104 1961 Later Amber Johnson, now Ralph B
  287517 Totem Kole II  Ameren U. E. Towboat  62 1962 Active
1140 287949 Albob Luhr Bros Inc Towboat 117 1962 Active
1141 289302 Atlas    Norman Bros., Inc. Towboat  140 1962 Active
1142 289936 Barbara Ann   Central States Dredging Co. Towboat  35 1963 Active
1143 290618 Shelby Su-Mac Towing Co. Towboat  71 1963 Later Bill B, now Barbara Lynn
  291752 Fines Bluff Gestring Towing Co. Towboat  33 1963 Later Peggy, now Miss Susan
  292001 Nancy E II  Columbia Sand Co. Towboat    1963 Active
  292790 Siola    Luhr Bros., Inc. Towboat  71 1963 Active
1147 294048 Tom, Jr. Campbell Barge Line Towboat  168 1964 Now John L. Rozance
1148 295401 Edward Perry   Davis Construction Co. Towboat  81 1964 Active
1149 297256 Taylor Renee Superior Marine Ways Inc Towboat 88 1964 Later Tanners Creek III, now Metropolis Terminal II
  299166 Nadine Baker   Crounse Corp. Towboat  136 1965 Active
1152 501619 Betty Feagin   Crounse Corp. Towboat  137 1965 Active
1153 502706 Paul D   Kanawha Sand Co. Towboat  84 1966 Active
  504661 D. L. Johnson  Campbell Transportation Co. Towboat  170 1966 Active
1155 506165 Philip S II  Ohio Power Co. Towboat  66 1966 Active
 

506729

Cardinal I  Ohio Power Co. Towboat  64 1967 Now Savanna Elise
 

508550

Zelda Humphrey   Crounse Corp. Towboat  136 1967 Active
 

510982

Fred R. Shedd  Ohio Valley Electric Corp. Towboat  63 1967 Active
 

512006

Jean McDowell Peabody Coal Co. Towboat  73 1967 Now Bus Brown
1160 514016 Brenda Edwards Crounse Corp. Towboat  136 1968 Now Alice
1161 516767 White House   Ray B. Potts Towing Co. Towboat  101 1968 Active
  518332 Genevieve Crounse Corp. Towboat  136 1969 Now Joe T
1163 558680 Hatfield's Ferry West Penn Power Co. Towboat  38 1969 Now Mitchell
  522728 Hartford Beaver    Dayton Power & Light Co. Towboat  43 1970 Now ZMS
  524004 Frank Pitz   Massman Construction Co. Towboat  43 1969 Active
1166 526809 Boonesboro    O. F. Shearer & Sons Towboat  169 1970 Active
  529793 Ray Pensrum   Massman Construction Co. Towboat  44 1970 Active
  531951 Dutchman    Massman Construction Co. Towboat  44 1971 Active
  531997 Lenard    Luhr Bros., Inc. Towboat  38 1971 Active
  535654 Mitchell I   Ohio Power Co. Towboat  68 1971 Now Rockport
  538137 Lisa Ann   Southern Illinois Sand Co. Towboat  94 1972 Active
1172 544879 General Gavin   Ohio Power Co. Towboat  69 1972 Active
1173 545971 Phoebe Mercer   Universal Towing Co. Towboat  95 1973 Now Eddie B. Marsh
  549296 George B   Marine Equipment Co. Towboat  47 1973 Active
 

552935

Mississippi IV   Mississippi Lime Co. Towboat  59 1973 Active
 

556668

Jess Wooldridge   Massman Construction Co. Towboat  99 1974 Active
 

560551

Tripper    Universal Towing Co. Towboat  91 1974 Active
 

564092

Metropolis Term. Cook Coal Terminal Towboat  69 1975 Later Lakin Terminal, now Joe Narcisse
 

568900

Mountaineer    Weirton Steel Co. Towboat    1975 Active
1180 571722 Charlie B   Inland River Service Co. Towboat  47 1976 Active
  581151 L. P. Wright  Massman Construction Co. Towboat  99 1977 Active
  589435 Imogene C Machovec's Marine Supply Towboat  91 1977 Later Sadie Mae, Speranza, now Alan Albright
  593057 Patricia B   Inland River Service Co. Towboat  61 1978 Active
1184 602779 Janet R   Limited Leasing Co. Towboat  52 1979 Active
1185 613405 Ole Bob K Kelly's Peoria Harbor Service Towboat  51 1979 Later Pammy K, now Maud
1186 622534 Danny Lee Partridge Marseilles Marine & Fleeting Towboat  52 1980 Now Harvey C
 

645649

Catherine-John Missouri Towing & Barge, Inc. Towboat  52 1982 Later Joanne V, now Explorer
1189 649038 Bill Penix Waterfront Services Co. Towboat 78 1982 Later Governor Jim, Carolyn B, now Delta Kelly J
 

671279

Mary B   Inland River Service Co. Towboat  68 1984 Active