Toche Brothers Boat Works, Biloxi and Ocean Springs MS

(later Toche Boat Builders, Toche Enterprises, Vickers Industries, Coastal Shipbuilding, Sea-Trac Industries, Toche Marine and Michael Toche Boats)

Most recent update: February 2, 2015.


There have been several boat building companies in Biloxi and Ocean Springs that involved members of the Toche family.  The first, Toche Brothers Boat Works, was started in Biloxi in the 1930s.  It became Toche Boat Builders in 1940 and moved to Ocean Springs in 1955: see it from the air on Google here It was later renamed Toche Enterprises but failed in 1975 and was sold, first, to Jimmy Vickers of Vickers Industries and then, in 1978, to Coastal Shipbuilding, which failed in 1984, with the industry-wide collapse in the market.  Meanwhile, in 1976, Joseph Adaulph Toche Sr., started another Biloxi operation, called Sea Trac Industries, but this failed in 1982: see that site from the air on Google here.  (Incidentally, Joseph Adaulph Toche Sr. was employed by Frank Patti in 1977 to establish Patti Shipyard in Pensacola FL.  He and his son-in-law, James Albert Parker, Sr., designed, laid out and supervised the construction of vessels at Patti Shipyard from 1977 through March 31, 1994.  Joseph’s sons Sidney John and Joseph Jr. (Bubba), and his son-in-law Elwood Joseph Landry were also employed by Patti.Also in 1977, John Anthony Toche started a third yard in Biloxi, on Back Bay: this one, called Toche Marine, also closed in 1982.  Thirteen years later, when the market finally recovered, John Anthony Toche reactivated the Ocean Springs yard as Toche Marine, Inc., but this closed in 1999.  Finally, the next generation of the family reactivated the yard again in 2002 as Michael Toche Boats and began building 220' barges and 52' push boats for the Corps of Engineers: the yard closed again as a result of the damage done by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Built Disposition
Built by Toche Brothers Boat Works in Biloxi MS (1930s)
  235447 Capt T K   Fishing Vessel 21  1936 Active
  236038 Pan American Clipper   Passenger Vessel 53 1937 Active
  237027 Lady Julia   Fishing Vessel 21  1938 Active
Built by Toche Boat Builders, Inc., in Biloxi MS (1940-1955)
  241611 Master P J   Fishing Vessel 19 1942 NLD
  243481 Emma Irene   Fishing Vessel 27 1943 NLD
  246801 Mae Marie   Fishing Vessel 11 1944 NLD
  253285 A. Q. Petersen   Fishing Vessel 31 1947 NLD
  253634 Lady Renee   Fishing Vessel 14 1947 NLD
  235257 Chelsea Nell   Fishing Vessel 30 1948 NLD
  258245 Lauren Jean   Fishing Vessel 30 1949 NLD
  260187 Lady Shelley   Fishing Vessel 25 1950 NLD
  261571 Gypsy Wind   Fishing Vessel 23 1951 NLD
  267183 Clifford Paul   Fishing Vessel 38 1954 NLD
  268294 Miss Sunshine   Fishing Vessel 39 1954 NLD
  270451 Heather Marie   Fishing Vessel 38 1955 NLD
  271062 Capt Quintinn   Fishing Vessel 41 1956 NLD
Built by Toche Boat Builders, Inc., in Ocean Springs MS (1956-1967)
  271485 The Brothers   Fishing Vessel 24 1956 NLD
  273402 Ryan Joseph   Fishing Vessel 42 1957 NLD
  274092 Karen Lee   Fishing Vessel 52 1957 NLD
  274687 F. J. G.   Fishing Vessel 31 1957 Active
  275684 Capt. Gregory   Fishing Vessel 22 1957 Now King Cod II
  276336 Georgia Ruth   Fishing Vessel 61 1958 NLD
  278722 Happy Gal III   Fishing Vessel 35 1959 NLD
  279100 Mary McKay   Fishing Vessel 23 1959 NLD
279803 Miss Debra   Fishing Vessel 31 1959 NLD
323 285938 Lina Marie   Fishing Vessel 23 1961 Active
286379 Miss Port Bolivar   Fishing Vessel 17 1961 NLD
286918 St John   Fishing Vessel 23 1961 NLD
288895 G. S. C.   Fishing Vessel 13 1962 NLD
289538 Cyrus E. King   Fishing Vessel 22 1962 Active
292031 Harbor Queen   Fishing Vessel 27 1963 NLD
294644 Avalon   Fishing Vessel 57 1964 Now Lizzy J
296073 Barry N Connie   Fishing Vessel 20 1964 NLD
333  296590 Fairwind   Fishing Vessel 57 1964 NLD
500114 Lynda Jo   Fishing Vessel 33 1965 NLD
500864 Miss Yvonne   Fishing Vessel 62 1965 Active
501436 Lydia Maria   Fishing Vessel 61 1965 NLD
341 502493 Tiger Shark   Fishing Vessel 63 1966 NLD
506374 Ora Mae   Fishing Vessel 76 1966 NLD
507268 Princess Yasminna   Fishing Vessel 98 1967 Active
508422 Golden Eagle   Fishing Vessel 20 1967 NLD
  508816 Miss Lorraine   Fishing Vessel 25 1967 Active
  510615 Theresa M   Fishing Vessel 24 1967 Later Daddy's Girls
 349 516259 British Rover II Mary S Stephens Recreational 25 1968 NLD
356 521624 Capt Dukes Capt Dukes Boat Svce Fishing Vessel 86 1968 NLD
Built by Toche Enterprises, Inc., in Ocean Springs MS (1967-1975)
1002 508567 Capt Buddy G John E. Graham Tug 35 1967 Active
1003 511175 Mr. Fabre   Fishing Vessel 102 1967 Now Lil Franklin
  511130 Three Jacks   Fishing Vessel 101 1967 Now Princess K
  511318 Fairhope Saunders WG Fishing Vessel 102 1967 NLD
  512307 Anna Riley   Fishing Vessel 99 1968 NLD
  512654 Cumberland Trail   Fishing Vessel 99 1968 NLD
  512897 Genesis   Fishing Vessel 101 1968 Later Josh & Jake, Capable, now Kelly
  514589 Sheila C Creech HO Fishing Vessel 102 1968 NLD
  514718 Blue Angel Kogutt Shrimping Fishing Vessel 101 1968 Active
  515191 Miss Sue Ann   Fishing Vessel 98 1968 NLD
  516195 Blue Diamond Freire Fishing Fishing Vessel 99 1968 NLD
1016 516271 Miss Cecile   Fishing Vessel 22 1968 Later Uncle E, Lucky T & H
  516788 Nancy Pat   Fishing Vessel 100 1968 Now Capt. Dave II
  517039 Lady Eunice   Fishing Vessel 101 1968 Now Capt Wink
  517379 Chief Tall Chief   Fishing Vessel 103 1968 Now Miss Orva
1019 517451 Jason Ray   Tug 35 1968 NLD
1022 517886 Ms A   Tug 36 1968 Later Captain Boo, Jason Ray, now Mason Lee
  518016 King Diamond   Fishing Vessel 104 1969 Later Capt. Grant, now A S Skinner
  518382 Sonny V   Fishing Vessel 103 1969 Now Irene B II
  521738 Teri M Fletcher D Fishing Vessel 102 1969 Active
  521860 Fina V   Fishing Vessel 102 1969 Now Hang Em High
  522766 Roger M   Fishing Vessel 102 1969 Now Karen Marie
   522807 Independence   Fishing Vessel 59 1969 NLD
  Princess Golden Hair   Fishing Vessel 104 1969 Now Aurora
  Liberty Belle Hyde PG Fishing Vessel 103 1969 Active
  523309 Capt. Nini   Fishing Vessel 164 1969 Now Texas Caribbean
1027 519139 Miss Mona Marie   Fishing Vessel 103 1969 Now St John
1028 523932 Norma Catalina Miss Rhonda Amy Fishing Vessel 106 1969 NLD
1034 526736 Donna Marie   Tug

36

1970 Active
  527718 Little Joe Brown RH Fishing Vessel 104 1970 Active
  528842 Twilight Zone   Fishing Vessel 132 1970 Now George Allen
  529397 Outer Limits   Fishing Vessel 132 1970 Later Torre Fuerte, Eunice B, now Elusion
1040 530100 Mr J R   Tug

34

1970 Later Wind Eagle, now Captain LJ
  532083 Helen & Oscar   Fishing Vessel 121 1971 Now Karfaniella
  533785 Capt. Clarence S & H Seafood Fishing Vessel 117 1971 Active
  534115 Misty Dawn Leacq II Fishing Vessel 190 1971 Active
  536852 Our Mother   Fishing Vessel 197 1971 Now Aleutian Beauty
  539167 Three Jaynes   Fishing Vessel 120 1972 Now C-Venture
1048 541432 Woolford   Fishing Vessel 97 1972 Active
1051 544590 Lady Punkin Tran DV Fishing Vessel 116 1972 Active
  544967 Prince of Peace   Fishing Vessel 166 1972 Now Alaska Beauty
  545303 Flaming Star Romero NRE & E Fishing Vessel 129 1973 Active
  545875 Ocean Clipper   Fishing Vessel 163 1973 NLD
1054 546377 Miss Angie Harder J Fishing Vessel 162 1973 Active
  547390 Queen Victoria   Fishing Vessel 162 1973 Now Predator
  548067 Vaia Con Dios   Fishing Vessel 163 1973 Now Roberta B. Kiffe
  548543 Lady Carolyn   Fishing Vessel 177 1973 Now Kirsten Marie
  549506 Vessel of Honor   Fishing Vessel 163 1973 Now San Pedro Pride
1058 550775 Jimmy Dian   Fishing Vessel 119 1973 Now Saint Peter
1060 Bayou Princess   Fishing Vessel 122 1973 Now Miss Liliam
1061 551833 New Horizon Vinaport Vessels Fishing Vessel 162 1973 NLD
  552625 Miss Adella Joe   Fishing Vessel 162 1973 Later Ocean Mariner, Pro"V"ision, wrecked 2004
  553036 Norma Yvonne   Fishing Vessel 163 1973 Later Miss Mary
1067 553746 Gambling Lady Keller's Pride Fishing Vessel 163 1973 Later Bobby Jo, Jet Stream, Keller's Pride, now Caroline
  Miss Katie   Fishing Vessel 146 1973 Now Tri C
  559595 Quiet Waters   Fishing Vessel 166 1974 Now Tina Lynn
  564990 Skip      Towboat 

38

1975 Active
1082 568126 Leslie Geismar     Towboat 

187

1975 Active
1083 569184 Ryan Patrick     Towboat 

171

1975 Later East Wind, now Darlane B
  569363 Chivas Regal Costa JF Fishing Vessel 164 1975 Later Sao Miguel
582617 Lady Elder   Towboat 175 1977 Later Susan W. Hannah, now Bradshaw McKee
Built by Vickers Industries, Inc., in Ocean Springs MS (1976-1978)
  572742 Misty Blue Misty Dawn Fishing Vessel 145 1976 Active
583416 Michael Jr   Fishing Vessel 187 1977 Active
104   Richard M   Fishing Vessel 104 1977 Now Melissa Kim
  583909 Roncador Roncador Fishing Vessel 133 1977 NLD
  594346 Lady Alice Lady Alice Fishing Vessel 160 1978 Active
  597520 Miss Taylor B   Tug 183 1978 NLD
Built by Coastal Shipbuilding, Inc., in Ocean Springs MS (1978-1984)
79-02 616365 Wills Folly   Fishing Vessel 116 1980 Later Bronco II, now Lady Karen II
79-04 619416 Tiger   Fishing Vessel 99 1980 Active
105 630105 PBR/330   Supply Boat 291 1980 Now Bea Tide
103 647298 Cape Scott   Supply Boat 283 1982 NLD
79-10 666946 Capt. Chau   Fishing Vessel 132 1984 Now Sea Queen IV
Built by Sea Trac Industries, Inc., in Biloxi MS (1976-1982)
1 582701 Capt. Nickie   Fishing Vessel 114 1977 Now Miss Tra My
3 587944 Southern Comfort   Fishing Vessel 177 1977 Now Miss Lydia
  596791 Our Father   Fishing Vessel 187 1978 Now Columbia
  Our Mother   Fishing Vessel 187 1978 Total loss
  597520 Bayou Champ Wilcox Shrimping Fishing Vessel 183 1978 Now Miss Taylor B
  600399 Southern Nights Southern Nights Tr. Fishing Vessel 189 1978 Active
10 601549 Vickie Ann   Recreational 117 1979 Later Calvin's Way, now Dona Ann
12 601138 Jambon Researcher   Fishing Vessel 125 1977 Active
102 609940 Polar Lady MGF Fisheries Fishing Vessel 229 1979 Active
Built by Toche Marine, Inc., in Biloxi MS (1977-1982)
589416 Inspector   Fishing Vessel 42 1977 Active
2 592711 Miss Lydia Le Blanc Trawlers Fishing Vessel 40 1978 Now Lady Cynthia
3 585857 Southern Comfort   Fishing Vessel 161 1977 Active
4 590860 Gerald Joe   Fishing Vessel 160 1978 Later Ryia H, now Fivebros
  592390 Mr. Guidry Guidry G Fishing Vessel 161 1978 Now Old Frenchman
6 595326 Miss Lori Dawn IV Gilden Enterprises Fishing Vessel 182 1978 Active
6A 604383 Miss Lori Dawn V Gilden Enterprises Fishing Vessel 173 1979 Active
6B 612524 Miss Lori Dawn VI Gilden Enterprises Fishing Vessel 178 1979 Active
6C 632287 Miss Lori Dawn VII Gilden Enterprises Fishing Vessel 182 1981 Active
7 599525 Miss Charlotte   Fishing Vessel 182 1978 Active
8 598390 Rosemary   Fishing Vessel 162 1978 Now Lady Barbara
9 605963 Classy Lady   Fishing Vessel 162 1979 Now Rebecca
11 613376 Disco Lady   Fishing Vessel 189 1979 Now Rollin Stone
12 611082 Mr. Dupre   Fishing Vessel 125 1978 Later Mr. Verdin, now Capt Glenn
15 614060 Master Dale Master Dale Fishing Vessel 160 1979 Active
  602871 Sandy Mist   Fishing Vessel 102 1979 Now Capt. Greg
  603433 Susan Cheramie   Fishing Vessel 165 1979 Now Rayda Cheramie
17 639308 Miss Lori Dawn VIII Gilden Enterprises Passenger Vessel 92 1981 Active
18 643700 Miss Lori Dawn IX Gilden Enterprises Passenger Vessel 92 1982 Active
Built by Toche Boat Builders, Inc., in Ocean Springs MS (1995-1999)
104 1042462 T. Parnell   Unknown 176 1996 Active
220 1043053 Master Alston Wallis CA Fishing Vessel 137 1996 Active
221 1044077 Mrs. Mina Aparicio A Fishing Vessel 137 1996 Active
222 1041047 Gulf Seal   Fishing Vessel 159 1996 Now Miss Thao Nhi
223 1056352 Mister L E Casterline LE Fishing Vessel 137 1997 Active
224 1045282 Sea Lion I Dang KV Fishing Vessel 157 1997 Active
225 1050697 Lady Josie   Towboat  145 1997 Active
145 1068585 Mary Kay     Towboat  114 1998 Active
228 1072173 Heavy C     Towboat  32 1998 Active
  1087105 CBR 776  Central Barge Rental Freight Barge 856 1999 Active
Built by Michael Toche Boats, in Ocean Springs MS (2002-2005)
  1145394 MBO3 Matthews Marine Freight Barge 145 2003 Active
  1148214 Susan Marie Hickory Island Fishing Vessel 35 2003 Active