Roamer Boat Company, Holland MI

Most recent update: August 25, 2014.


The Roamer Boat Company was founded by Robert R. Linn in 1946 and built a variety of cruisers in sizes from 32 feet to about 75 feet, in both steel and aluminum, as well as a surprising volume of commercial and military vessels.  It was sold to Chris-Craft in 1956 and became their Roamer Steel Boats Division, (later the Roamer Yachts Division), but continued to build boats in Holland.  The hulls were assembled in a manufacturing facility at 961 Michigan Avenue, then transported about four miles west along 32nd Street to Jesiek's Boatyard, (now the Eldean Shipyard), at 2223 South Shore Drive, where they were launched and completed.  MVUS lists over a thousand yachts that were built in Holland and that were of the size built by Roamer, but it's impossible to determine which were built by Roamer and which by other boatbuilders.  Those listed in the table below are known to have been built by Roamer but clearly represent only a small fraction of Roamer's output.  If anyone knows of any more boats that should be included in the table, please send your info to me at timcolton@aol.com      

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
1   ST 2016 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953  
2   ST 2017 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953  
3   ST 2018 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953  
4   ST 2019 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953  
5   ST 2020 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953  
6 292438 ST 2021 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USAF as TG8-1924, sold as Allison M, later Miss Lisa, now Miss Hattie
7   ST 2022 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953  
8   ST 2023  US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE as Bayfield, now a museum in Duluth MN
9   ST 2024 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USA
10 608533 ST 2025 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 Sold 1979 as Michael
11   ST 2157 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953  
12   ST 2158 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE as Anchor Bay, exploded 1968 but rebuilt, now GLMA training ship
13   ST 2159 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953  
14   ST 2160 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953  
15 1107311 ST 2161 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE as Tawas Bay, now freight barge Sarah B
16   ST 2162 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE as Oconto, now preserved at Indiana Harbor IN
17   ST 2163 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE as Cleveland, later Fairchild, scrapped 2006
18   ST 2164 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE
19   ST 2165 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE
20   ST 2166 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE
21 967931 ST 2167 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE, sold 1990 as Jupiter, deleted 2004
22   ST 2168 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE as Thunder Bay, sold
23 603272 ST 2169 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE, sold as Rambler, deleted 2003
24   ST 2170 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE as Hammond Bay, active
25 600393 ST 2171 US Army Tug 122d 45 1952 To USACE as Sunfish, sold, deleted 2008
26   ST 2172 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE as Bass
27   ST 2173 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE
28   ST 2174 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE as J E Colombe, sold 200x
29   ST 2175 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE as Crappie
30   ST 2176 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE
31   ST 2177 US Army Tug 122d 45 1953 To USACE as Bluegill
    [one of above] US Army Tug 21 45 1953 To USACE as Fleming, sold 2005
  1159134 [one of above] US Army Tug 21 45 1953 Sold, now Krystal
  268950 [one of above] US Army Tug 21 45 1953 Cancelled, completed as W P Coppens, later Capt Art Lapish, now Heather B
  269258 [one of above] US Army Tug 21 45 1953 Cancelled, completed as Donald C, later Donald C Mac Donald, Jana, now Resolute
  506702 Deep Six Salvage V Deep Six Salvage Tug 17 37 1951 Deleted 1990
  1233562 C-15xx US Navy Tug 28 45 1952 Sold as Sea Bear, now Mako III
  917023 C-1508 US Navy Tug 28 45 1952 Sold as Sea Horse, deleted 2008
  511143 C-1509 US Navy Tug 21 45 1953 Sold, now Andy Jr.
  1180001 C-1510 US Navy Tug 28 45 1953 Sold, now Sandra Jeanne
  562732 C-1511 US Navy Tug 20 45 1953 Sold, later Sea Jay, Hendricks Head, now Hilton Head
  624704 C-1512 US Navy Tug 20 45 1953 Sold 1980 as Cape May, deleted 1990
320 1217455   US Navy Tug 25 45 1953 Sold to Norfolk Dredging, now Palmyra
  1174813 C-8194 US Navy Tug 29 45 1944 Sold to Norfolk Dredging, now Captain Billy
  1174816 45WB710 US Navy Tug 29 45 1953 Sold to Norfolk Dredging, now Captain Sam
  1174815 45WB711 US Navy Tug 27 45 1953 Sold to Norfolk Dredging, now R J Thorne
  1155142 45WB831 US Navy Tug 29 45 1953 Sold to Norfolk Dredging, now Duke
  1132925 45WB832 US Navy Tug 15 45 1953 Sold to CML Equipment, now Ethel G
  1155359 45WB833 US Navy Tug 24 45 1953 Sold to Washburn & Doughty, now Little Toot
  268480 Char-Leann II Raymond A. Plaunt Tug 14 41 1954 Deleted 1991
  275122 Intrepid Harbor Boating Passenger 11 50 1955 Deleted 2012
  274834 Invincible Harbor Boating Passenger 11 50 1955 Deleted 2010
35-0015 286581 The Marlin Ralph M Keeney Yacht 15 33 1955 Deleted 2009
35-0023 276482 Blue Chip   Yacht 13 33 1955 Deleted 2003
  287032 Our Son   Yacht 25 39 1955  
35-0081 284266 Harmony   Yacht 13 32 1957 Active
35-0107 288206 Riptide   Yacht 16 34 1957 Deleted 2009
  281540 Cap'n Woody   Yacht 23 40 1957 Deleted 1985
  292165 Deems I   Yacht 27 39 1958 Deleted 2009
  282065 Meditation   Yacht 40 50 1959 Deleted 2002
35-0296 504506 Initiatives Reward Initiative's Retreat Llc Yacht 15 35 1960 Active
35-0303 500737 Moonlighter III   Yacht 13 33 1960 Active
35-0311 291930 Christina   Yacht 18 34 1960 Deleted 2006
  502733 Shibui   Yacht 28 42 1960 Active
  282375 Bel Canto   Yacht 28 42 1960 Deleted 2006
  294083 Sirena   Yacht 25 40 1960 Active
  292990 Belgian Queen   Passenger 22 34 1960 Deleted 2004
31-0220 511595 The Roamers   Yacht 10 31 1961 Deleted 2004
  286380 Lori Kaye   Yacht 15 35 1961 Active
  287427 Patriot   Unknown 27 42 1961 Deleted 2007
  291151 Victory Girl   Yacht 51 62 1961 Deleted 2011
  288675 Door Diver   Passenger 15 35 1961 Deleted 2009
  288155 Fourplay   Yacht 16 34 1961 Active
36-0214 297334 Dream Catcher   Yacht 17 36 1962 Active
  291472 Elizabeth S   Yacht 46 55 1962 Deleted 2007
  507663 November's Lady   Passenger 14 32 1962 Deleted 1977
  292121 Ashley   Yacht 44 55 1963 Deleted 2005
56-0302 291491 Bet-A-Bil   Yacht 44 55 1963 Active
  293821 Round Two   Yacht 10 26 1963 Active
56-0602 505792 Tom Cat   Yacht 46 55 1963 Deleted 2005
  295107 The Kristin   Yacht 32 45 1964 Deleted 2011
  296889 Sea Lion   Yacht 24 35 1964 Active
37-0109 297860 Even Flow   Yacht 17 36 1965 Deleted 2008
  502133 Lighten Up Atlas Marine Llc Yacht 50 55 1965 Deleted 2008
  500797 Loredi Loredi Cruisers Yacht 33 47 1965 Deleted 2007
  299641 Reveler   Yacht 45 56 1965 Active
  298173 Keo   Yacht 33 47 1965 Deleted 2009
48-2404 502086 Scorpio   Yacht 31 47 1965 Active
  504290 Dolphin   Yacht 33 47 1965 Deleted 2001
  501799 Sherijen   Yacht 13 32 1965 Deleted 2011
48-3501 505276 Carpe Diem   Yacht 34 47 1966 Active
  506927 Miss Vicky aka KMB   Yacht 22 37 1966 Deleted 2005
37-2035 505596 Politically Incorrect   Yacht 17 36 1966 Active
37-2039 502846 Margaret E   Yacht 17 36 1966 Deleted 2010
57-0504 505179 Bella Nave   Yacht 45 56 1966 Active
37-2510 505815 Caledonia   Yacht 19 36 1966 Active
37-3501 535986 Halcyon   Yacht 17 37 1967 Deleted 1990
48-3001 508547 Charybdis   Yacht 33 47 1967 Active
60-0514 562444 Sunsea Sunsea Charters Passenger 58 60 1973 Active
  569969 High Tide   Yacht 58 60 1975 Now Twice Blessed