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Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works, Dubuque IA

Most recent update: August 5, 2016.


This yard was started in 1852, as Rouse & Dean, a name that was later changed to Iowa Iron Works.  Its assets were sold to John F. Killeen in 1904 and reconstructed as Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works.  Initially it was located at Eagle Point, then, from 1882 on, in the Ice Harbor, where the National Mississippi River Museum is now.  It closed in 1972.  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 Feet Built Disposition
Built by Iowa Iron Works 
  125086 Clyde Ingram & Kennedy Steamboat  79 125 1870 First iron-hulled boat built for the Mississippi River
    W. M. Hopkins   Barge 27   1871  
    J. G. Chapman   Lumber Steamer 94   1872  
      King of Siam Yacht     1876  
  231017 Fury W. A. Blair Towboat 120 113 1881  
  120445 Hallie Kanawha River Co. Towboat 239 137 1881 Later Wabash
    Queen Lake Okoboji  Excursion Boat      1884 In service 1960s 
  100353 Ida Patton Patton-Tully Tptn. Co. Towboat 39 75 1884 Later Napoleon
  76589 J. K. Graves Diamond Jo Line Raft Boat 96 117 1885  
  76760 Jeanne Hopkins   Towboat 10 45 1888  
  126510 Cherokee Cherokee Packet Company Packet 631 216 1888  

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120810 Ferdinand Herold Herold & Hauptman Packet 900 244 1890  
  110878 Reliance Magnolia Petroleum Towboat 150 96 1890  
  na Dubuque US Navy Torpedo Boat 1,085d 150 1891  
  na James B. McPherson Corps of Engineers Snag Boat   175 1891  
  76942 Joy Patton Patton-Tully Tptn. Co. Passenger 63 100 1891  
  141349 L. E. Patton Patton-Tully Tptn. Co. Towboat 94 126 1894  
  230425 Windom US Coast Guard Revenue Cutter 670d 170 11-May-96 Later Comanche 1915, sold 1930, Turquino 1933, deleted 1951
  20611 J. S. Streckfus Steamers Passenger  806 265 1896 Later Quincy
  127188 Charles H. Organ Memphis & Hopefield Point Ferry Ferry 166 135 1897 Converted 1918 to towboat Dan Quinn
  na Ericsson (TB 2) US Navy Torpedo Boat 120d 149 18-Feb-97 Sunk as target 1912
  81635 William K. Kavanaugh   Towboat 203 124 1898  
  141584 L. S. Thorne La. & Miss. Valley Transfer Co  Rail Transfer 1,217 304 1898  
  3779 Betsy Ann John I. Kay Co. Steamboat  295 165 1899  
  na Gen. John Newton Corps of Engineers Towboat 221d 175 1899  
  107763 Annie Russell   Yacht 127 125 1902  
  117174 Sprague Mon. River Coal & Coke Towboat 1,479 276 1902 Sternwheeler, museum 1948, burned 1974
  150979 Pelican La. & Miss. Valley Transfer Co  Rail Transfer 1,079 304 1902  
  111468 Robert E. Carr   Tug 30 74 1903  
  200094 St. Paul Streckfus Steamers Passenger  832 277 1903  
  228140 Louise Quincy Steamship Co. Towboat 28 65 1905  
  201932 Mary Stewart   Towboat 62 92 1905 Later Kinser, Mary Frances, scrapped 1916
Built by Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works 
  204086 Albatross La. & Miss. Valley Transfer Co  Rail Transfer 1,557 305 1907 Later casino vessel Admiral 1940, scrapped 2011
  na Number Five Corps of Engineers Cutter Dredge 815d 222 1908 Later Fort Chartres
  256022 Number Six Corps of Engineers Cutter Dredge 815d 222 1908 Later Fort Gage, sold as freight barge Fort Gage, active
    28 barges Miss. River Gas-Elec. Nav. Co. Freight Barge   145 1909  
  206747 Ruth Yourtees-Roberts Sand Towboat 89 100 1909  
  208382 B. F. Yoakum La. & Miss. Valley Transfer Co  Rail Transfer 1,103 308 1910 Later Willard V. King
  238816 Helen Z Point Towing Towboat 168 116 1911  
  na Lieut. Augustine Corps of Engineers Towboat 197d 138 1911  
  na Lieut. Gurney Corps of Engineers Towboat 197d 138 1911  
  na Lieut. Lewis Corps of Engineers Towboat 197d 138 1911  
    Henderson   Tanker 82   1912  
  na Waterway Corps of Engineers Dredge  529d 163 1912  
  na Iroquois Corps of Engineers Towboat 176d 148 1912  
  na Scioto Corps of Engineers Towboat 229d 158 1912  
  na Augustus J. Nolty Corps of Engineers Towboat 194d 139 1912  
  na W. M. Rees Corps of Engineers Towboat 197d 139 1912  
  169532 Burlington Standard Dredging Dredge 759 152 1913  
  na Tollinger Corps of Engineers Towboat 510d 171 1913  
  na H. S. Taber Corps of Engineers Cutter Dredge 754d 233 1914  
  na Robert McGregor Corps of Engineers Cutter Dredge 769d 208 1914  
  na Denison Corps of Engineers Snagboat 232d 137 1915  
  na Comanche Corps of Engineers Towboat 200d 141 1915  
  na Marietta Corps of Engineers Dredge 297d 140 1915  
  na Warioto Corps of Engineers Towboat 365d 141 1915  
  215092 G. H. Tamble Warner & Tamble Towboat 73 84 1915  
   214015 Rockport Crescent Navigation Ferry 13 62 1916  
  214016 Queensboro Crescent Navigation Ferry 27 53 1916 Later Tiger
  na SC 149 US Navy Sub Chaser 85d 110 15-Jan-18 Sold 1921
  na SC 150 US Navy Sub Chaser 85d 110 15-Jan-18 Sold 1921
  na Kankakee US Coast Guard Tender 383d 182 19-Oct-19 Sold 1936
  na Yocona US Coast Guard Tender 383d 182 19-Oct-19 Sold 1925
  222546 Mississippi Mississippi Lime Co. Dredge 116 126 1922 Active 
  222803 Kiwanis Cairo Ferry Co. Ferry 142 140 1923 Later Evergreene
  na John C. Irwin Corps of Engineers Towboat 143 98 1924  
  222882 Mary K Kelly Sand Co. Towboat 40 69 1923  
  248835 Clipper Crain Bros. Towboat 100 80 1924  
  269880 425   Tank Barge 184 100 1924 NLD
  269881 426   Tank Barge 184 100 1924 NLD
  226813 General Ashburn Inland Waterways Corp Towboat 319 130 1927  
  226812 C. C. Webber Upper Mississippi Barge Line Towboat 319 130 1927  
  226471 S. S. Thorpe Upper Mississippi Barge Line Towboat 319 130 1927 Later George M Verity, preserved in Keokuk IA 1961 
  227321 John W. Weeks Upper Mississippi Barge Line Towboat 319 130 1928  
  na Willow (WAGL 253) US Coast Guard Tender 1,070 200 4-Oct-27 To Corps of Engineers 1945 as quarters boat (QB 2732), sold 1962
  241209 Kilbuck Crain Bros. Towboat 139 108 1929  
  229905 James W. Good Ross Coyne Freighter 530 90 1930  
  229908 Patrick J. Hurley Inland Waterways Corp. Freighter 530 90 1930  
  230804 New Orleans Mississippi Valley Barge Line Towboat 1,090 215 1931 Later Herbert Hoover
  na Myrtle (WAGL 263) US Coast Guard Tender 186d 92 1932 Sold 1964 
  na Todd Corps of Engineers Cutter Dredge 770d 222 1932  
  296504 Sea Inspector Tideland Specialty Crew Boat 136 88 1932  
  232599 Amos K. Gordon   Towboat 695   1933  
  na Pine Corps of Engineers Flood Control Boat     1934  
  na Oak Corps of Engineers Flood Control Boat     1934  
  na Sergeant Pryor Corps of Engineers Survey Boat     1935  
  264658 Chaperon Brokamp & Bressler Towboat 150 76 1935  
  na Del Commune Corps of Engineers Towboat 525d 161 1937  
    Mobile Federal Barge Lines Tug     1938  
  238007 Charles Zubik Charles Zubik Towboat 517 137 1938  
  na Goldenrod (WAGL 213) US Coast Guard Tender 170d 104 2-Jun-38 Later WLR 213, to NSF 1973
  na Poplar (WAGL 241) US Coast Guard Tender 170d 104 1939 Later WLR 241, to NSF 1973
  504543 Bluebonnet (WAGL 257) US Coast Guard Tender 184d 85 4-Nov-39 Later WLI 257, sold 1966 as fishing vessel Tiffany, now F V Tiffany
  1028354 Dogwood (WAGL 259) US Coast Guard Tender 230d 109 17-Sep-41 Later WLR 259, sold 19xx as tug Dogwood
  na Sycamore (WAGL 268) US Coast Guard Tender 230d 114 9-Sep-41 Later WLR 268, decommissioned 1977
  na Wm. L. Guthrie Corps of Engineers Dredge     1941  
  na L 73 US Army Dist. Box Boat     Jan-42  
  na L 74 US Army Dist. Box Boat     Jan-42  
  na L 75 US Army Dist. Box Boat     Jan-42  
  na L 76 US Army Dist. Box Boat     Jan-42  
  na L 77 US Army Dist. Box Boat     Jan-42  
  na L 100 US Army Dist. Box Boat     Apr-42  
  na L 101 US Army Dist. Box Boat     Apr-42  
  249923 ST 47 US Army Tug  93d 87 Dec-42 Sold 1946 as Roleta, later Deborah, Ann K

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266922 ST 48 US Army Tug  93d 87 Jan-43 Sold as Fort Norfolk, later Patricia J, Walter Tracy, Micky, Rio Manzanares, Medoro
  249524 ST 49 US Army Tug  93d 87 Jan-43 Sold 19xx as Kings Point, later Atlas, Gatco Maryland 
  na Cosmos (WAGL 293) US Coast Guard Tender 178d 94 5-Dec-42 Later WLI 293, to Colombia 1985
  536115 Barberry (WAGL 294) US Coast Guard Tender 178d 94 3-Jan-43 Later WLI 294, to Maryland 1971, now patrol vessel J Millard Tawes
  1087645 Rambler (WAGL 298) US Coast Guard Tender 178d 94 26-May-43 Later WLI 298, sold 1998 as Devious, active
  662169 Brier (WAGL 299) US Coast Guard Tender 178d 94 2-Jul-43 Later WLI 299, IX 307 1968, sold 1983, now fishing vessel Brier
  na Smilax (WAGL 315) US Coast Guard Tender 178d 94 1-Nov-44 Active
  1098357 Primrose (WAGL 316) US Coast Guard Tender 178d 94 23-Oct-44 Sold 19xx as research vessel Primrose
  592086 Verbena (WAGL 317) US Coast Guard Tender 178d 94 13-Nov-44 Later WLI 317, sold 1978 as fishing vessel Nancy Lee, reefed 1989
  615112 Foxglove (WAGL 285) US Coast Guard Tender 385d 114 1-Oct-45 Sold 19xx as Harvey, now fishing vessel Maranatha
  na Blueberry (WLI 65302) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender 68d 65 1946 Decommissioned 1976, sold 1994 as tug Blueberry
  1244256 Blackberry (WLI 65303) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender 68d 65 25-Aug-46 Sold 20?? as Blackberry, active
  na Chokeberry (WLI 65304) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender 68d 65 30-Aug-46 To Boston Police 2002, sold 2005
  na Loganberry (WLI 65305) U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender 68d 65 29-Aug-46 Decommissioned 1976
247  262523 Quiver Havana Dock Enterprises Llc Towboat  49 45 1951 Active
  262603 Mary Molo Sand & Gravel Towboat  42 47 1951 Later Floyd E Thompson, Jean Ann, Ruby J
  264106 Ferry Barge No. 6 State of Illinois Ferry Barge 40 72 1952  
  1055669 Pathfinder Corps of Engineers Towboat  62 75 1954 Now Dan
  1110137 Tar Heel Star Towing Corporation Towboat  12 36 1955 Active
  269760 Memphis Queen Capt. E. B. Langford Excursion Boat 45 64 1955 Active
  270985 Dorothy A   Allgire Tug Boat Co. Towboat  39 46 1955 Active
  271706 Julie N. Dubuque River Excursions Excursion Boat 13 46 1956 River Belle 1959, now Spirit of Brownsville
  274766 Dell Queen Wisconsin Ducks Inc Excursion Boat 18 55 1949 Active
  275123 Commander Dells Boat Tours Llc Excursion Boat 18 54 1950 Active
  275124 Commodore Dells Boat Tours Llc Excursion Boat 15 54 1952 Active
  287837 Becky Thatcher III Paul L. Adams Recreational 50 39 1956 NLD
159  1105393 Ethlyn P Boh Bros Construction Co Llc Towboat  29 36 1957 NLD
161  1105394 Ida P Boh Bros Construction Co Llc Towboat  29 36 1957 Active
  276241 Ila M Bernhardt Bros. Towing Towboat  27 31 1958  
  1091925 Cecile H Tennesee Valley Authority Towboat  24 36 1958 Now M/V Mary Berry
293 500545 Lilly Belle  R A Hastings Excursion Boat 37 46 1958 Preserved in Dubuque IA
  279163 Coal Queen Bissell Towing Towboat  39 47 1959 Active
    Lucy Woodstock EXPLORE Institute Research Vessel 38 39 1959 Being restored
  281012 Wenonah Grand Portage-Isle Royale Excursion Boat 91 62 1960 Active
  281754 Missouri Belle Interstate Amusement Park Excursion Boat 15 49 1959 Active
  283672 Julie N Dubuque II John N Bull Excursion Boat 59 64 1960 Later Kudzu Queen, scrapped 1980s
  283919 Belle of Hot Springs Belle of Hot Springs Inc Excursion Boat 93 62 1960 Later S.S. Empress
301  284331 Bayou Belle Ralph Martin Excursion Boat 30 39 1959 NLD
    Running River   Excursion Boat     1960 Now The Lady of the Lake?
    Talisman New Salem State Park Excursion Boat   60 1961 Laid up in the 1990s
    Gateway Clipper Gateway Clipper Line Excursion Boat   85 1962 Betty Blake 1980, Oh Susanna
 315 285077 Sunliner Wendella Sightseeing Excursion Boat 35 62 1961 Active
  286486 Commander Ozark Excursions Llc Excursion Boat 35 62 1961 NLD
  286977 Slufoot Charles C. Gram Recreational 21 31 1961 NLD
  287159 Sunline Tptn. Eqpmt. Rentals Excursion Boat 36 62 1961  
  288098 Grove Belle Showboat Anderson Enterprises Excursion Boat 17 50 1962  
  288099 Luella Belle Cal Harbor Excursions Excursion Boat 32 54 1962 City of Nauvoo 1973, City of Champions 1975, Good Ship Lollipop 1982, Countess 2008, active
  288186 Showboat Touristville Boat Co. Excursion Boat 17 50 1962  
  288403 Ole Susannah River Cruises Inc Excursion Boat 59 64 1962 Princess Augusta, First Lady of Jacksonville, now Lady St Johns
  289167 Lady M River Excursions Excursion Boat 44 54 1962 Mark Twain 1975, Spirit of Vicksburg 1983, Mark Twain 1986, active
  289353 Lady Joan   Excursion Boat 40 55 1962 Tom Sawyer, Moon River Queen, Amanda, NLD
  291372 Showboat Rainbow River Tours Excursion Boat 78 83 1963 Now Becky Thatcher
  291591 Prairie Gal River Excursions Excursion Boat 34 55 1963 La Crosse Queen 1965, River Queen 1972, active
  292509 Jubilee I Sun Line Cincinnati Excursion Boat  78 83 1963 Belle of New Bern, Jubilee, NLD
  292991 Mark Twain Riverboat Excursions Inc Excursion Boat 87 85 1963 Active
  295200 Elva Lee Ray Logston Towboat 232 100 1964  
  296555 Mark Twain Streckfus Steamers Excursion Boat 87 83 1964 Huck Finn 1970, Spirit of Jefferson 1995, active
  297336 Memphis Showboat Memphis Queen Co. Excursion Boat 141 103 1964  
  298095 Paddlewheel Queen ICW Entertainment Inc Excursion Boat 87 83 1965 Active
351 298188 Tom Sawyer Loc-Wood Boat & Motors Inc Excursion Boat 33 58 1965 Active
  501068 Showboat II Rainbow River Tours Excursion Boat 97 91 1965 Liberty Belle 1975, Gateway Liberty Belle 1978, Duchess 2008, active
  502261 Biscayne Belle Grey Line Tours  Excursion Boat 78 83 1965 Gateway River Belle 1978, Tunica Queen 2006, active
  503731 Harbour Town Ferry Yacht Time at Harbour Towne Excursion Boat 17 50 1966 NLD
  505895 Tom Sawyer Streckfus Steamers Excursion Boat 99 83 1966 Active
    Prairie Gal II River Excursions Excursion Boat   67 1966  
359 510498 Belle Carol John Halverson Excursion Boat 25 60 1967 River Queen Mary, Lady Ann
  510567 Capt Clark's Showboat Captain Clark’s Boat Line     Excursion Boat 99 84 1967 Commodore 1971, Becky Thatcher 1981, Spirit of Sacramento 1995, laid up 2009, sank 2016
  513700 Miss Green River II M E Nash Excursion Boat 19 59 1968 NLD
362 513701 Lady D   Excursion Boat 19 63 1968 Spirit of Des Moines 1968, sank 1995, rebuilt 2008 as Jon Anderson White, active
  515536 The Sandy Forever/NPC Resorts Llc Excursion Boat 26 40 1968 Active
  534764 Magnolia Blossom Magnolia Blossom Tours Excursion Boat 44 55 1969 Island Queen, Jamestown Queen 1989, Star of Jamestown 1991, Jamestown Queen 1994, NLD
368 524621 Arc L. I. F. E. Tanker 48 57 1969 NLD
369 521612 Border Star Missouri River Nav Co Excursion Boat 45 65 1969 Bonnie Belle 1978, Arawanna Belle 1995, Cocoa Belle 1999, Magnolia Belle 2005, active
370 526450 Jonathan Padelford Padelford Packet Boat Co. Excursion Boat 66 85 1970 Active
371 527679 Lady Mim   Excursion Boat 54 60 1970 Commodore 1972, Captain Ann 1974, Emerald Queen 1995, Bama Belle 2005, NLD
372 541929 Don Rob T Quarry Creek Land Developers Recreational 61 50 1970 Now Iva Ruby
373 531233 Julia Belle Swain Capt Dennis Trone Excursion Boat 98 108 1971 Laid up 2008
377 544036 City of New Madrid St Jude & New Madrid Harbor Towboat  83 65 1971 Active