Palmer Johnson Yachts, Sturgeon Bay WI

(formerly Sturgeon Bay Boat Works)

Most recent update: April 18, 2018.


The Palmer Johnson yard was established in 1918 as Johnson and Gmack, to build fishing vessels.  Hans Johnson bought out Herman Gmack after World War One and changed the name to Sturgeon Bay Boat Works.  Johnson's son Palmer bought control in 1932 and later renamed the company Palmer Johnson Yachts.  Palmer Johnson retired in 1959 and sold the company to a group of local businessmen, who sold it in 1961 to Pat Haggerty, of Texas Instruments, who died in 1980, leaving it under the management of Mike Kelsey, Sr.  Then, in 2000, it was sold to Andrew McKelvey, of monster.com, who sold it in 2003 to Timur Mohamed, the famous cricketer.  Finally, in 2015, it was announced that the Sturgeon Bay shipyard would be closed and sold after delivery of its last boat, which happened in 2017: all production operations have now been moved to Europe.  Visit the company at www.palmerjohnson.com, although this is a great example of a really useless web site.  The Sturgeon Bay operation was located at 128 Kentucky Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues: you can see it from the air on Google here.  If anyone can add to the table below, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Customer Type GT Feet Built Disposition
Built by Sturgeon Bay Boat Works
221943 King Victor Johnson Fish Tug  16 36 1920 Abandoned 1974
224148 Golden Girl Alfred Weborg Fish Tug  22 40 1921 Abandoned 1966
225407 Majestic Harry Hagen Fish Tug 17 39 1925 Abandoned 1976
225887 Silver Spray Earl Killoran Fish Tug 15 39 1925 Scuttled 1940s
227024 Palmer Alfred Shellswick Fish Tug 26 44 1926 Active
226980 Fred Roy Richter Fish Tug  23 44 1927 Abandoned 1969
227019 Velox Leon Cornell Fish Tug 18 41 1927  
229906 Lady Jane Ray S. Smith Ketch 28 49 1927 Later Minel III, Heather
286769 Pitt Melvin Shenwether Schooner 15 38 1927 Later Blue Moon, Tombill, Asahi, Heather
  Leila C Leslie Cornell Fish Tug   40 1928 In collision and sank 1928
230410 Lafond George Lafond Fish Tug 24 38 1929  
229221 Jane Nels Sorenson Fish Tug  20 37 1929 Laid up
229246 Ramona Gills Rock Fish Co. Fish Tug 27 42 1929  
230408 Hope Stanley Voight Fish Tug 26 42 1930 In Door County Marine Museum
231279 Pitt George W. Pittenger Sloop 25 43 1931 Later Marjela, Promise, Sally Jo, Apropos, Palmer J
230409 John V. Allie John V. Allie Sons Fish Tug 21 40 1934  
233694 Faith Lawrence Voight Fish Tug 20 36 1934  
234497 F. G. Wilke Fred Wilke Fish Tug 24 38 1935 Later Sunbeam, now Sherry Lynn
236290 Buddy O Ole Olson Fish Tug 17 36 1935 Now at Rogers Street Museum
235714 Lone Eagle Clyde Olson Fish Tug 23 38 1936  
234923 Roamer Johnson Voight Fish Tug 23 38 1936 Burnt 1975
233681 Ranger Adolph Ruzek Fish Tug 23 40 1936  
233683 Sparta Gus Koulentis Fish Tug 23 40 1936  
  235843 Viking Earl Wickman Fish Tug 26 40 1936  
237857 Aloha Lawrence Voight Fish Tug 26 41 1937 Now at Sleeping Bear Dunes
  235759 Islander Albert Goodmander Fish Tug 29 41 1937  
  237012 Victor H Victor Halberg Fish Tug 21 39 1937  
234909 Janice A Charles Anderson Fish Tug 23 38 1937  
236100 Merleen Felix Pearson Fish Tug 17 37 1937  
237401 Gem Glen Weborg Fish Tug 16 34 1938 Abandoned
237935 Allie Roy Nelson Fish Tug 23 38 1938 Active
 238763 Rex Ed Bohman Fish Tug 19 35 1938 Broken up late 1980s
239225 Evelyn S William Selman Fish Tug 30 47 1939 Now at museum in South Haven MI
239935 Alice Calvin Richard Fish Tug 33 47 1940 Active
240146 Mister John DeYoung Fish Tug 20 36 1940 Later Helen W, burnt 1986
  239411 Last Buccaneer L. A. Ferguson Fish Tug 14 42 1940 Later Kuuipo, Buccaneer
287866 Northern Light Charles F. Short Ketch 17 41 1941  
289228 Copperhead John Doerr Sloop 13 41 1941 Active
260680 T 8 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 Aug-42 Later Hodge
T 9 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 Sep-42  
T 10 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 Oct-42  
258956 T 60 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 May-43 Later Leda I
253907 T 61 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 Jun-43 Later Lucky Lady
T 62 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 Jul-43  
P 296 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Aug-43  
262608 P 297 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Aug-43  
P 298 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Aug-43  
260926 P 299 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Sep-43  
259634 P 300 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Sep-43  
P 301 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Sep-43  
P 302 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Oct-43  
P 303 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Oct-43  
P 304 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Oct-43  
266595 P 305 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Nov-43  
P 306 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Nov-43  
P 307 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Nov-43  
P 308 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Dec-43  
P 309 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Dec-43  
P 310 US Army Rescue Boat   42 Dec-43  
256546 P 452 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Feb-44 Later Dahlia
P 453 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Mar-44  
P 454 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Mar-44  
254853 P 455 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Apr-44 Later Albatros, Southwind
P 456 US Army Rescue Boat   45 May-44  
P 457 US Army Rescue Boat   45 May-44  
P 458 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Jun-44  
P 459 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Jul-44  
P 460 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Jul-44  
P 461 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Aug-44  
273645 P 462 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Sep-44 Later Mendota
P 463 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Sep-44  
P 464 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Oct-44  
P 465 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Nov-44  
P 466 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Nov-44  
P 467 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Dec-44  
P 468 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Jan-45  
P 469 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Jan-45  
P 488 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Feb-45  
P 489 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Feb-45  
P 490 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Mar-45  
275753 P 491 US Army Rescue Boat   45 Mar-45  
Bess Emily Yacht        
        Sloop   27 1946-1947 21+ boats of the Stout Fella 27 design
  282350 Arrowhead George Kress Yawl 11 37 1946 Active 
    Flying Swan H. J. Hagemeister Yawl   37 1947  
548038 Taltohna Edgar B. Tolman Yawl 16 45 1947 Active
509008 Gal O'Gallee Angelica Adams Yawl 18 45 1950 Active
Built by Palmer Johnson Yachts
    Aderyn IV Stephen R. Davis Sloop   30 1956  
    Wind Song Clark R. Taylor Sloop   29 1958  
    Restless Walter Bissell, Jr. Sloop   33 1959  
  623011 Victory C. C. Harrison Yawl 14 38 1960 Active
2 ? 1251701 Semira David Bricker Yacht 6 38 1961 Active
4 ? 539275 Deb-Al Chris. Guyette Yacht 21 41 1961 Now Southern Cross
Pique Yacht     1961 Now Resurgence
  Kuwi R. N. Whitrock Yawl   38 1961 Now Whisper
  501468 Peleia Howard J. Hansen Yawl 10 38 1962 Later Barbara, Reverie, now Theiris
  293677 Isanti Richard E. Barton Yacht 26 49 1963 Active
  296360 Bay Bear Navy Sailing Fdn. Yacht 22 33 1964 Active
  503169 Missi New Orleans Y.C. Passenger 13 31 1966 Active
  962442 Marquis Robert A. Miller Fishing 12 34 1966 Active
  510806 Firebird Ben M. Carter, Jr. Passenger 71 74 1967 Active
  517307 Nomad Carl Kettler Yacht 32 48 1967 Active
512428 Bay Bea II Pat Haggerty Yacht 19 49 1968 Later Cogg-Nizant, Bay Bea
  515711 Marguerite Jerico Towing Passenger 82 57 1968 Now Hobbit (Canada ON 835465)
  514676 Dyna II Clayton Ewing Yacht 36 51 1968 Now Hope
  519500 Falcon Benj. Heineman Yacht 35 51 1969 Active
  530878 Bandit Albert Van Meter Yacht 35 51 1969 Active
  526570 Locura Carr McCormack Yacht 52 55 1970 Now Dora
  530089 Yankee Girl David Steere Yacht 30 56 1970 Active
Canada Charisma Jesse Philips Yacht 27 56 1970 Later Sunbird, now Charisma of Vancouver (Canada O.N. 368377)
  534242 Cygnus Peter J. Lange Yacht 15 40 1971 Active
115 Aura III Wallace Stenhouse Yacht 19 49 1971 Later Tuia
Canada Scaramouche V Chuck Kirsch Yacht 19 49 1971 No longer active (Canada O.N. 828080)
  540061 Kahili II Axel E. Rosenblad Yacht 52 61 1972 Later Akka, now Kahili II
Dora IV Lynn Williams Yacht   62 1972 Later Tenacious (Fastnet Race winner), now War Baby
109 Fantasia Eve Pearson Yacht   36 1974 Now Insatiable
    Marguerite Joel Martino Ketch   59 1973 Later  Sun Chaser, Whisper
    Wa Wa Too III Fernando Nabuco Sloop   53 1973 Active (Brazil)
  548711 Anjacaa Anjacaa LLC Passenger 41 53 1973 Active
123 552740 Twilight Salem Marine Yacht 10 84 1973 Now Le Club Tarpon
  560668 Kialoa III Trade Wind Nav. Yacht 101 78 1974 Active
    Tempest Eric Ridder Yacht   79 1974 Later Jader
    Robin Ted Hood Yacht   36 1974 Later Hubbub
  556395 Way Point Marian S. Breslar Yacht 24 41 1975 Active
  565500 Love Machine John W. Hoskins Yacht 23 36 1975 Now Intention 2
    Marrakesh Express John Bushnell Yacht   36 1975 Later Talaria II
132 1149443 Hawkeye Orange Coast Coll. Passenger 25 53 1974 Later Bumble Bee, Congere, Windancer 4, No Quarter, Bumblebee
    Silver Apple Hugh Coveney Yacht   37 1975 Active (Ireland)
    Mach II J C LaPort Yacht   38 1975 Active (Brazil)
    Peanut Brittle   Yacht   38 1975 Active
    Golliwog Art Wullschlager Yacht   41 1975 Later Fire One, Maestro
    Ricochet Lloyd Ecclestone Yacht   41 1975 Active
    Barbarian   Yacht   41 1975 Active
    Wizard Lou Kagen Yacht   41 1975 Active
140 631398 Damn Yankee Arthur L. Doering Yacht 13 35 1975 Active
141 570153 Jabula Bruce A. Ross Yacht 17 41 1975 Active
  577430 Ocean Star Mark A. Wargelin Yacht 34 46 1976 Now Ocean Phoenix
    Love Machine 2 Richard Hokin Yacht   41 1976 Active
144 576796 Susan B Anthony Du-Pol Enterprises Yacht 18 41 1976 Now Rubicon
145 586522 Encounter Gerald Simonis Yacht 48 53 1977 Active
  575039 Siren Song Thomas A. Merlin Yacht 17 41 1976 Active
147 573568 Patriot Steven J. Foley Yacht 34 46 1976 Later Sentient, now Tanuki
148 573966 Destination Russel Hoyt Yacht 34 46 1976 Later Donnybrook, Carina, now Puffin
149 573121 Arieto Albert H. Schofield Jr Yacht 34 46 1976 Later Eighty Six, Veritas, now Belle
150 579548 Falcon II Ben W. Heinemann Yacht 40 62 1977 Now Balance
151 972048 Zephyr Eugene Sydnor Yacht 21 46 1976 Later Spitfire
152   Merrythought Jack King Yacht   46 1976 Later Invader
    Rattler John Kirk Yacht   46 1976  
154   Albatross Walter Fischer Yacht   36 1977  
155   Tatoosh Robert Hutton Yacht   47 1977  
    Sleeping Bear Midge VerPlanck Yacht   42 1977  
157 579564 Bay Bea Bay Bea Corp. Yacht 18 45 1977 Later Woodstock, now Bay Bea
158 1056835 L'Escapade Octopus Inc. Yacht 34 56 1977 Later Coral Sea
  Canada Scaramouche II Chuck Kirsch Yacht 19 43 1977 Active (Canada)
  1228821 Caribana Ocean Alliance Inc Yacht 39 64 1977 Now Martin Sheen
  583006 Chiron David A. Porter Yacht 39 47 1977 Now L Chaim
  597700 Albemarle Pippin (40-8) Robert B. Schulz Yacht 17 40 1978 Now Altair
  597663 Resistance (40-9) Robert L. Burr Yacht 17 40 1978 Later Jubilation, now Blixtar
164 589719 Spring Fever (40-1) David W. Bonner Yacht 17 40 1977 Now Majic
165 Export Fortuna King Juan Carlos Megayacht 101 100 1979 Active (Spain)
  593979 Finesse (40-2) Richard V. Main Yacht 17 40 1978 Active
  593479 Kalevipoeg (40-3) Agu Pert Yacht 17 40 1978 Active
168 602270 Aries Jimmy Shahinian Yacht 20 46 1978 Active
169 669388 Lovesong Bellflower LLC Passenger 144 78 1980 Later Bellflower, now Banyan
  597672 Tatiana (40-4) Charles T. Parrott Yacht 17 40 1978 Active
171 616236 Merrythought Jack King Yacht 19 45 1979 Later Lunatic, now Hinzite
  Canada Tatiana II (40-5) Alan Udale-Clough Yacht 8 40 1978 Active (Canada ON 838463)
     (40-6)   Yacht     1978 Now  
     (40-7)   Yacht     1978 Now  
175 641895 Bambi Chuck Phelan Yacht 41 55 1981 Active
    Mamu V George Stephen Ketch 67 75 1978  
  600594 Tantra Taylor Chewing Ketch 67 75 1978 Later Windsong, Malabar XIV, Amneris (Canada ON 839604)
  608068 Indian Summer (40-) Jerome T. Coe Yacht 17 40 1978 Active
  608063 Daybreak (40-15) James Bendelius Yacht 17 40 1979 Now Islay
  608310 Rage Rage (40-) Paul M. Bloom Yacht 17 40 1979 Now Quickening
  613103 Zephyros (40-) Larry E. Snoddon Yacht 17 40 1979 Active
  621852 Relentless (40-18) Michael L. Stone Yacht 17 40 1980 Now Freebird
Canada Blizzard Ernest Juer Yacht 28 50 1979 Later Toscana, now Maro IV (Canada ON 827521)
Canada Dynamo II Gerhard Moog Yacht   47 1980 Active (Canada)
  624701 Whiplash (43-6) Allen Peat Yacht 19 43 1980 Later Conquest, now Conch Quest
  668703 Ebb Tide H. M. Keller Ketch 24 52 1980 Later Silhouette, Cabaret, now Retriever
    Scaramouche Chuck Kirsch Yacht   45 1981 Later Fury, now Scaramouche
  639046 Ondine V S. A. Long Yacht   79 1981  
180 1025645 Xargo IV Assoc. Mar. Inst. Yacht 98 77 1981 Later Javelin, now Shamalee
181 664451 Ondine VI S. A. Long Megayacht 183 105 1983 Later Magic Lady, Sioma II, now Toto
182 647970 Nirvana Marvin Green, III Yacht 146 72 1982 Active
    Fruition   Yacht   43 1982 Active
  Export White Eagle   Yacht   83 1982 Active (Cayman I.)
  Export Scheherazade Aries Ketch   75 1983 Later Nazenin II (Cayman I.
 185 651144 Evening Star William T. Pascoe Ketch 98 83 1982 Active (Cayman I.)
186 1025688 Centurion Atlantic Star Lines Megayacht 91 121 1983 Now Arabella
187 660340 Congere Andrew R. Martin Yacht 41 62 1983 Later Lybrno, now Merrythought
188 903823 Patsea VI Martha R. Ingram Yacht 119 72 1986 Active
189 672609 Sassy Sassy Marina LLC Yacht 126 78 1984 Later Jullianna, now Cherry
190 674644 Tina E Andrew Wright Yacht 84 76 1984 Now Captivator
191 1053700 Sirocco Ray Villanova Yacht 82 77 1984  
192 686396 Karyatis A.I.M.S. Yacht 83 71 1984 Now Pua Lani
    Pegasus II   Yacht   92 1985 Active
194 693995 Irishman   Yacht 92 76 1987 Later Mistoffolees, now Sunday Morning
195 920400 Time   Megayacht 284 126 1987 Active (Panama)
196 Queen II   Passenger   75 1984 Now at Iowa Great Lakes Mar. Museum
197 939439 Teamwork U-Haul Leasing Yacht 100 73 1988 Now Rainmaker
198 1092159 Conquest Global Yachting Yacht 107 76 1993 Now Prime Time
199 947113 Galileo S/Y Galileo Inc. Megayacht 183 110 1989 Active
  902025 Galatea Don Sher Ketch 88 75 1986 Active
                 
202 963493 Astral   Megayacht 138 106 1990 Now Sirma III (U.K.)
 203                
204 Export Maysylph   Megayacht 164 123 1991 Later Northern Star, Nazenin IV, now Axia (Marshall I. ON 70298)
205 Export Mandalay   Megayacht 228 125 1992 Now Kaori (Cayman I. ON 716323)
206 Export Shanakee   Megayacht 109 107 1992 Later Nipara, now Dance Smartly (St. Vincent)
207 975007 Benjamin F. Bates Alden F. Bates, Jr. Yacht 51 60 1991 Active
208 984426 Ma Mu VI Weber-Stephen Yacht 139 80 1992 Later Hope, now Asha
 209                
210 1085190 Ghost Dancer JD Sailing Megayacht 159 105 1992 Now Knickerbocker
211 1028459 Andale Action Yacht Sales Yacht 95 75 1992 Now Clueless
212 Export Lady Jenn   Megayacht 349 118 1994 Now Syrenka (Marshall I. ON 731302)
213 Export Grand Illusion   Megayacht 349 120 1994 Active (Jamaica ON 16054)
214 1038796 Carolina   Megayacht 327 121 1995 Later Gypsy Girl III, now Costa Brava III (Cayman I.)
215 Export Nazenin III Rahmi Koc Megayacht 114 110 1996 Now Keewaydin (Cayman I. ON 726855)
216 Export Paraffin   Megayacht 389 125 1997 Later Azure Leisure, Pure Bliss, now Lady J (Cayman I. ON 729163)
 217                
218 1058418 La Baronessa   Megayacht 440 151 1994 Now Amorazur II (Malta ON 725633)
 219                
220 1086538 Grazianna Sol Ventures Yacht 144 76 1999 Now Nirvana
221 1055806 Excel Grant Enterprises Megayacht 152 100 1997 Now Moon River
222 Export Our Way   Megayacht 350 103 1998 Active (Cayman I. ON 731121)
    Anna J Megayacht 200 120 2000 Now Strega (Malta)
224 1075636 Twisted Pair Henry T. Hillman Yacht 154 86 1999 Now Madcap
225 Export Mostro   Megayacht 203 115 1999 Now Anna J (Marshall I.)
226 1124657 Arson Bell Stanley S. Hubbard Megayacht 555 139 2002 Now Helios 2 (Cayman I.)
227 Export Cover Drive (120-1)   Megayacht 499 120 2003 Later Birgitta, now Ascari (Cayman I. )
228 Export Beluga   Megayacht 987 195 1998 Later Frequency, La Baronessa, Nira, Shubra II, now Pearl (Cayman I.)
229 1090502 Alexis First Mgmt. Realty Megayacht 267 103 2000 Later Airwaves, Big City, now I See (St. Vincent)
  Export Kimberly   Megayacht 321 128 2000 Active (Marshall I. ON 70427)
230 Export Inevitable   Megayacht 394 131 2000 Later Second Chance, now Rasa (Cayman I. ON 733938)
231 1181848 My Weigh   Megayacht 319 105 2001 Later Mia Elise, now Victory Lane
232 Export Dione Sky   Megayacht 490 138 1996 Later Putty VI, Turmoil, now Pioneer (Cayman I.)
233 1130346 Arrowhead PJ Pacific LLC Yacht 193 94 2002 Active
234 Export Regency   Megayacht 448 142 2004 Now Incentive (Cayman I. ON 738141)
235 1139288 Unity Project Blue, LLC Megayacht 279 120 2003 Active
236 1235269 Milk and Honey EKS Chartering Megayacht 282 116 2003 Active
237 Export Four Wishes   Megayacht 444 129 2004 Active (Jamaica ON 737330)
238 Export Stanley (120-2)   Megayacht 200 120 2005 Now Natalia (Malta)
239 Export Khalila (120-3)