Humboldt Boat Service, St. Louis MO

Most recent update: September 1, 2016.


Humboldt Boat Service was started by Kenny Tubbs in 1953.  It stopped building boats in the downturn of the 1980s but is still operated as a repair facility.  It was sold to Budrovich Marine in 2013.  The yard is at 300 Humboldt Avenue: see it from the air on Google here.  The table below is obviously incomplete: if anyone can add to it, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Ship Type GT Delivery Disposition
  269139 Thunderbird    Williams Marine Enterprise Towboat  17 1955 Active
146 573968 Mighty Mite   Central Soya Towboat  10 1955 Now Sir Douglas
  271313 Clyde    Logsdon River Construction Towboat  66 1955 Active
  271756 Lillian West Lake Quarry & Material Ferry 18 1956 Now Deborah A
  274057 Barbara Don State of Tennessee Ferry 21 1957 Now The Houston/Benton County Ferry
  513644 Mike    Luhr Bros. Towboat  11 1958 Active
  276940 Leopard Kenova Coal Terminal Towboat  39 1958 Now Spirit
  277527 Colee I   Dairyland Power Coop Towboat  35 1958 Active
181 277891 Tom Cook   Pfaff & Smith Builders Supply Towboat  23 1958 Active
  278870 Mobile Island Beaver Island Fleeting Towboat  34 1959 Now Eager Beaver
192 280003 Ory B Ory Bros. Marine Towboat  39 1959 Later Phyllis E, Kathy Jo, Addie T, now Sir Kris-tyn
  280603 Elgercliff    Reserve Transportation Towboat  64 1960 Active
  282494 Little Hutch   Hutchinson Barge Line Towboat  11 1960 Retired 2005
  283457 Stephen H Larry Geisler Towboat  28 1959 Later Budd J, Bill Judd, Shawna Marie, now Alana Paige
  283479 Cipsco    CIPSCO Towboat  36 1960 Now Pin Tail
  284399 Ruth E   United Electric Coal Towboat  39 1960 Active
  285608 Kemco Chief II Foote Mineral Towboat  24 1961 Now Sir Earl
  286240 Helen R   Ohio River Dredging Towboat  42 1961 Active
  286797 Lad Lad Towing Towboat  55 1961 Later Arch, Jordan R. Sensibar, Sunflower, now Taylor B
206 286955 Ory J Ory Bros. Marine Towboat  17 1961 Later Mt. Vernon Switcher, now Kaskaskia Switcher
  287257 Mobile Island Economy Boat Store Towboat  35 1961 Now Bunker Beaver
  287816 Maud Sunflower Enterprises Towboat  25 1962 Active
  290832 Willco   Commonwealth Edison Towboat  44 1963 Later Melissa E, now Brandon C
215 297054 Gopher Allied Structural Steel Towboat  37 1962 Later Shirley M. Settoon, now Christie M. Settoon
  297150 Ory B Ory Bros. Marine Towboat  39 1959 Later Mary Sue, now Sir Kris-tyn
218 291298 The Owl Gary Dredging Towboat  37 1963 Now Margaret D
  291670 Lawrence B Bernhardt Bros. Marine Towboat  74 1963 Later Namour, E. E. Crawford, Lisa Michelle, Miss Hannah, retired 2009
  293330 Robert B Amax Coal Towboat  26 1963 Now Hailie-T
222 298369 Little Mike   Great Lakes Dredge Towboat  16 1963 Active
223 294295 Ory F Ory Bros. Marine Towboat  38 1964 Later Miss Lori, now M V Rally
224 295777 Miss Jan   B.N.B. Towing Towboat  61 1964 Active
  299338 Sir James   Canton Marine Towing Towboat  45 1965 Active
227 299017 Ashton Allied Chemical Towboat  48 1965 Now Albert B
228 501258 Ory J Ory Bros. Marine Towboat  58 1965 Later Pammy K, now Midwest II
  504742 Miss June Tower Rock Ferry Towboat  28 1966 Later Donna Lynn, now Charlie D
230 510471 Elba-E Glasgow Sand & Construction Towboat  75 1966 Now Johanna
231 504958 Cassville Ferry Village of Cassville Ferry 56 1966 Active
  509679 Elco    Logsdon Tug Service Towboat  105 1967 Active
234 510815 Charger Gate-Way Towing Towboat  38 1967 Now Sir Richard
  513525 Slave II Smith Towing Towboat  24 1968 Now Norman-Roger
  516860 Jeffrey Lynn   Mount Vernon Barge Service Towboat  45 1968 Active
  522756 J. L. McNealey  Daytona Power & Light Towboat  75 1968 Now Tom Bussler
241 523148 Slave IV Humboldt Boat Service Towboat  41 1969 Now Mr. Mike
  524047 Lot Summers Shappert Engineering Towboat  48 1969 Later Tom Reynolds, now Ellen Marie
244 526400 Ronald Schwebke Shappert Engineering Towboat  48 1970 Now Fred A. Settoon
  528909 Mulroy St. Louis Ship Towboat 48 1970 Later J. C. Gee, now Emma Kate
  532016 June-K   Keller's Harbor Service Towboat  48 1971 Now Patrick Kapper
  535552 Sir Randall   Canton Marine Towing Towboat  63 1971 Active
  538357 Miss Gib Gibraltar Coal Towboat  25 1972 Now Tanner J
  541643 Richard Neale   Neale Towing Towboat  66 1972 Active
  549310 Sprig    Logsdon Tug Service Towboat  111 1973 Active
  553429 Little Wildcat Central Soya Towboat  27 1973 Now Midwest I
  556505 Cindy Lou Tionesta Sand & Gravel Towboat  15 1974 Now Suzie
  560268 Ory M Ory Bros. Marine Towboat  40 1974 Later Rooster, now Gracie M
  560984 Carl B Deneen River Co. Towboat  13 1974 Now Miss T
  566886 Rebecca Ann Bussen Towing Towboat  30 1975 Later Desa Rae, now Nysha Rae
256 579531 Darrell Thompson Dayton Power & Light Towboat  80 1976 Now KTB-1
  617160 Charger II Gate-Way Towing Towboat  39 1980 Now Earl T II
261 637050 Helen Virginia   Missouri Towing & Barge Towboat  39 1981 Active
  678691 Gate-Way    Gate-Way Towing Towboat  46 1984 Now Razorback