Dachel-Carter Shipbuilding, Benton Harbor MI

Most recent update: December 31, 2015.


Dachel-Carter was started in 1915 by Peter Dachel and A. B. Carter, two former employees of Truscott Boatbuilding.  In the 1930s, it struggled to survive and built few boats, but was saved from closing by new investors and had a busy WWII, growing to over 600 employees.  It folded after the war.  The yard was at the west end of West Main Street, on the Benton Harbor Ship Canal: it later became a machining plant for Whirlpool Corporation, whose corporate headquarters are just across the street.  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 Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
    Miss Toledo R. M. Ellery Motor Boat   60 1917 To USN 1917 as SP-1711, returned 1918
  215719 Morning Star   Motor Yacht 38 55 1917 Later Silverheels, Strad II
  220404 Lady Guyon   Motor Yacht 27 60 1917 Later C. P. D.
  216868 B & J Balow & Johnson Fish Tug 43 60 1918 Later Frank Deitch, P. M. Wilson, dismantled 1952
 

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Yankee Boy   Tug 30 47 1918 Later Nassau
 

220494

Badger U.S.S.B. Harbor Tug 176 100 1919 Sold 1922 as Dalzellite, abandoned 1951
  220493 Leopard U.S.S.B. Harbor Tug 176 100 1919 To USCG 1926, sold 1935 as Leopard, later Charles D. McAllister, scrapped 1953
    U.S.S.B. Harbor Tug 176 100   Cancelled
    U.S.S.B. Harbor Tug 176 100   Cancelled
    U.S.S.B. Harbor Tug 176 100   Cancelled
  283170 CG 140 US Coast Guard Patrol Boat 37d 75 1925 To WSA 1946, sold as News-Poster II
  CG 141 US Coast Guard Patrol Boat 37d 75 1925  
  250878 CG 142 US Coast Guard Patrol Boat 37d 75 1925 To USN 1933 as YP 25, sold 1946 as Lady Ann, burnt 1947
  CG 143 US Coast Guard Patrol Boat 37d 75 1925 To WSA 1946
  CG 144 US Coast Guard Patrol Boat 37d 75 1925  
  CG 145 US Coast Guard Patrol Boat 37d 75 1925 To WSA 1946
  CG 146 US Coast Guard Patrol Boat 37d 75 1925 To USN 1933 as YP 46, disposed of 1946
  CG 147 US Coast Guard Patrol Boat 37d 75 1925 To WSA 1946
  CG 148 US Coast Guard Patrol Boat 37d 75 1925 To WSA 1946
  250877 CG 149 US Coast Guard Patrol Boat 37d 75 1925 To USN 1933 as YP 15, sold 1946 as Lady Pauline, scrapped 1964
  Chicago YC Sailboat     1925-26 Six Eagle-class boats
  Privateer R. P. Benedict Schooner   44 1925 Later Poseidon II, Marijon III, Tahoma, Sayonara
  272692 Allana Henry Shurfeldt Schooner   44 1926 Later Admiral, Allana, Velma, Sea-Rip
  Sauk Hubert Smith Schooner   44 1927 Later Spindrift
  Aurora III W. F. Jennison Schooner   44 1927 Later Monsoon, Leading Lady, Our Lady
  227684 Edward L Edward Lutz Fishing 31 52 1927 Later Iva T, Eila Marie, scrapped 1973
236256 Buddy L Edward Lutz Fishing

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35 1936  
  Brunnhilde Ernest Bath Sloop   32 1940 Later Viking
  BYMS 15 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 135 21-Jul-42 To Britain 1942, returned 1946, sold 1947
  BYMS 16 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 135 9-Jun-42 To Britain 1942, returned 1946, to Greece
  SC 664 US Navy Sub Chaser 136d 110 25-Aug-42 To FLC 1946
  SC 665 US Navy Sub Chaser 136d 110 10-Aug-42 Sold 1950
  250638 P 98 US Army Boat, Rescue 139 104 Jan-43 Sold as Poraco VII
  P 99 US Army Boat, Rescue   104 Jan-43  
  P 100 US Army Boat, Rescue   104 Jan-43  
  P 101 US Army Boat, Rescue   104 Jan-43  
  257597 YMS 163 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 135 8-Mar-43 Sold 1946 as Michelle Eve, later Aleutian Reefer
  286385 YMS 164 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 135 27-Mar-43 Later Bobolink (AMS 2) 1947, MHC 44 1955, sold 1960 as Gail Borden
  YMS 165 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 135 3-Apr-43 Scuttled 1948
  261742 YMS 166 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 135 27-May-43 Sold 1946 as Hope
  YMS 167 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 135 31-Jul-43 To Britain 1943 as BYMS 2167, sold 1948 as Rospiggen, sank 1975
  YMS 168 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 135 29-Aug-43 To Britain 1943 as BYMS 2168
  YMS 169 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 135 19-Jun-43 To France 1944 as Amarante (D 301), discarded 1961
  YMS 170 US Navy Minesweeper 278d 135 10-Jul-43 Later Bunting (AMS 3) 1947, MHC 45 1955, struck 1960
  255630 PCS 1417 US Navy Sub Chaser 278d 135 8-Jan-44 Sold 1948 as Shark, NLD
  PCS 1418 US Navy Sub Chaser 278d 135 15-Jan-44 Sunk by typhoon Louise 9-Oct-45
  251850 PCS 1419 US Navy Sub Chaser 278d 135 20-Mar-44 Sunk by typhoon Louise 9-Oct-45, refloated, sold 1947 as Lake Creek, scrapped 1967
  260147 PCS 1420 US Navy Sub Chaser 278d 135 14-Apr-44 Sold 1950 as Lysander, later Catita V, Edgewood, Thoraya I
  ATR 54 US Navy Tug 850d 165 15-Nov-43 Disposed of 1946
  ATR 55 US Navy Tug 850d 165 26-Apr-44 Disposed of 1946
  ATR 56 US Navy Tug 850d 165 28-Jun-44 Disposed of 1946
  ATR 57 US Navy Tug 850d 165 17-Aug-44 Disposed of 1946
  ATR 58 US Navy Tug 850d 165 11-Aug-44 Disposed of 1946
  ATR 59 US Navy Tug 850d 165 7-Dec-44 Disposed of 1946