Paasch Marine Services, Erie PA

Most recent update: March 26, 2015.


John D. Paasch, the son of a shipbuilder from Kiel, started this business in 1866 and was followed in 1893 by his sons, William, Fred and John, who named the enterprise Paasch Bros. Boat Works.  In 1947, Harold Paassch took over and changed the name to Paasch Marine Services: it closed in 1980, after his death.  The yard was in the east canal basin, at the foot of State Street, right in the center of downtown Erie.  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

Built by Paasch Bros. Boat Works

  204350 Presque Isle   Passenger 41 61 1907 Abandoned 1933
  205389 Mars   Tug 29 62 1911 Abandoned 1938
  208838 Atlas   Fish Tug 33 60 1911 Abandoned 1936
  213162 Edward K   Tug 44 65 1915 Abandoned 1942
  214319 Despatch   Fish Tug 16 47 1916 Later Atlantis, destroyed by storm 1958

Built by Paasch Marine Services

  251939 Robert & Richard J. J. Parris Fish Tug 66 56 1947 Now Susie Q
  252010 Judy Meigs J. Grow Fish Tug 13 36 1947 Active
  253549 Flying Duck   Passenger 7 38 1947 Active
    G-4 Goff & Sons Fish Tug   57 1947 Active
  255805 Joetta   Fish Tug 13 37 1948 NLD
  255827 Betty Mae Buckeye Fisheries Fish Tug 15 40 1948 Now Rae Ann
  256582 Favorite   Fish Tug 17 37 1948 NLD
  256657 Ronnie - S.   Fish Tug 14 36 1948 Active
  257367 Big Bertha Steve Horvath Fish Tug 14 38 1949 NLD
  257809 Esther A   Fish Tug 13 37 1949 NLD
  258117 Widgeon Genesee Marina Inc Tug 13 37 1949 Later Helix, now Aquatic I
  258486 Rose   Fish Tug 13 37 1949 Active
  258721 Sea King Dissen & Juhn Corp. Tug 14 36 1949 Active
  258859 J. W. Westcott II J. W. Westcott Co. Passenger 14 44 1949 Sank off River Rouge 2001 but recovered and reactivated
  258953 Favorite Too   Fish Tug 17 37 1949 Active
  259462 Brenda T Circle Fish Co. Cargo 9 45 1950 Later Shannon, NLD
  259463 Avis J Barcelona Fish Co. Fish Tug 12 50 1950 NLD
31 259635 Ada John Skrovan Oil Recovery 19 45 1950 Later Sancho, now Sancho Diver
  260415 Nellie III John D. Ross Research 18 48 1950 Later Buffalo Port, Little Toot, now Environaut
  260603 Captain Jim II Stephen Milewski Fish Tug 8 44 1950 Later Hunter R.V., now See Diver
  261453 Dorothy B John J. Brice Fish Tug 18 40 1951 Later Betty J. III, St. Paul, Judy, Pam Marie, now Sally Jo Irwin
  261489 Ethel S   Fish Tug 17 37 1951 Active
  262642 Big Ben   Fish Tug 17 37 1951 NLD
  262768 Favorite Won Kfloe Ltd Yacht 17 39 1951 Active
  263286 Reliance II   Tug 17 37 1951 NLD
  263288 Whip   Fish Tug 17 37 1952 Active
  264006 Cedar Point G. A. Boeckling Co. Passenger 11 59 1952 Later Arrow, Pocahontas II, now Nightingale
  265733 James Morick   Unclassified 28 48 1952 Active
55 265221 Nip   Fish Tug 17 38 1953 Active
  265732 Cedar Point II G. A. Boeckling Co. Passenger 12 59 1953 Later Dispatch, now Sawmill Explorer
  266890 Paul A. Schoellkopf Niagara Mohawk Power Tug 50 54 1953 Later Tug No. 2, now Mell C
  267220 Ship   Fish Tug 14 36 1954 Active
  268238 Wan-El Wan-El Marine Services Passenger 7 45 1954 Now Edward John
  268373 The Clevelander City of Cleveland Fire Tug 28 58 1954 Active
  268635 My-Favorite Favorite Fisheries Fish Tug 17 37 1954 Later yacht Felia F, now Lady of Commerce
  269845 Three Sons John E. Lampe Tug 10 37 1955 Now Pilot
  269888 Huron Arnold Transit Company Passenger 99 86 1955 Active
  660323 K. Sea Underwater Construction Corp Unclassified 18 51 1957 Active
  276850 Portlaw   Yacht 14 42 1958 Later Masker, NLD
    Perca Penna. Fish & Boat Comm. Police Boat 20 50 1959 Active (PAFBC research vessel on Lake Erie) 
  278860 Ottawa Arnold Transit Company Passenger 81 91 1959 Now Diamond Queen
  279864 Tonne Henry W. Luetkemeyer Yacht 55 51 1959 Later Mesoma III, NLD 1977
132 281386 Good Time II Goodtime Transit Recreational 81 85 1960 Later Liberty Belle II, Vegas in Venice, Pair-o-Dice
  281864 American Venus International Boat Tours Inc. Passenger 93 65 1960 Now Miss Christin
  569528 Capn Nelson Smith Brothers Inc Tug 31 50 1960 NLD
137 290776 Anthony J Celebrezze City of Cleveland Fire Boat 42 61 1961 NLD
    Caltex Lumba Lumba Caltex Passenger 101 75 1961 Later Canadian II, now Bella Bella
139 286075 Algomah Arnold Transit Company Passenger 81 85 1961 Active
140 287494 Island Beach Town of Greenwich CT Passenger 87 66 1961 Active
141 288825 Chippewa Arnold Transit Company Passenger 81 84 1962 Active
  289133 Courthouse   Yacht 56 54 1962 NLD
  294407 Calypso II Caneel Bay Plantation Passenger 72 62 1963 NLD
153 295280 American Neptune International Boat Tours Inc. Passenger 82 65 1964 Later Island Hopper, Miss Clayton III, now Express Shuttle
  297174 Grey Ghost Vanderburgh Johnstone Yacht 62 64 1964 Now Randy VI
159 1136729 Haendel U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Survey Boat 22 45 1965 Active
  298405 Capt Esco Dredge & Fill Tug 26 47 1965 Later Anna, now Jeanne G
    Nanticoke II   Passenger     1965  
  1091846 Frank Dunham Albany Port District Commission Police Boat 32 65 1966 Now Spirit of Albany
  na Laidly U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Survey Boat na 54 1967 Active
  523525 Big Lou Maryland Dept. of Chesapeake Affairs Tug 26 50 1967 Active
  517294 Capt Erie Navigation Tug 27 47 1968 Later Big Toot, Gene, now Robert Steers
  517409 Jacksonville St. Johns Bar Pilots Pilot Boat 38 53 1968 Now Tampa
  1072285 Northwestern Northwestern Michigan College Unknown 36 56 1969 Active
  na North Central U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Survey Boat na 54 1969 Active
169 527751 H. J. Elser Maryland Dept. of Chesapeake Affairs Tug 32 49 1969 Active
  529121 Mayjac   Yacht 56 63 1970 Active
  1092215 Knight Life Dependable Marine Services Passenger 19 42 1971 NLD
  532245 Legend   Yacht 28 46 1971 NLD
  536306 Georgetta George E. Sarant Yacht 99 62 1971 Now St. Gennaro
179 536942 Ursa Treasure Coast Yacht Charters Passenger 58 63 1971 Active
181 541389 American Adonis II International Boat Tours Inc. Passenger 82 65 1972 Island Princess, NLD
  549596 Tortue Marion Osborne Black Yacht 17 44 1973 Active (U.K.)
  550877 Cecil II Maryland Dept. of ? Police Boat 13 31 1973 Retired in 1980s
    Frances Bellamy Port of Tampa Fire Boat   68 1974  
188 560341 Port Endeavor Maryland Dept. of Transportation Passenger 43 44 1974 Active
189 566192 Port Reliance Maryland Dept. of Transportation Tug 13 34 1975 Active
  570754 Northern Exposure   Yacht 113 80 1975 Later Indiscretion, Seaquel, now Sur
  577015 Magothy River Maryland Dept. of Nat. Res. Police Boat 15 31 1975 Active
  577016 Anne Arundel Maryland Dept. of Nat. Res. Police Boat 15 31 1976 Active
  577959 Wicomico Maryland Dept. of Nat. Res. Police Boat 15 31 1976 Retired in 1980s
  611119 Joann M Munch Fisheries Fish Tug 18 50 1980 NLD