Palmer Johnson Yachts, Sturgeon Bay WI

(formerly Sturgeon Bay Boat Works)

Most recent update: September 8, 2015.


The Palmer Johnson yard was established in 1918 as Johnson and Gmack, to build fishing vessels.  Hans Johnson's son Palmer took over after World War One and changed the name to Sturgeon Bay Boat Works.  Palmer Johnson retired in 1959 and sold the business: the new owners renamed it Palmer Johnson Yachts and it continued as a well-known builder of megayachts.  In 2015, however, PJ announced that it was moving the business to Europe and the Sturgeon Bay shipyard would be sold.  Visit the company at www.palmerjohnson.com.  The yard is located on 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   36 1920  
224148 Golden Girl Alfred Weborg Fish Tug   43 1921  
225407 Majestic Harry Hagen Fish Tug   39 1925  
  Silver Spray Earl Killoran Fish Tug   43 1925  
227024 Palmer Alfred Shellswick Fish Tug 26 44 1926 Active
226980 Fred Roy Richter Fish Tug   47 1927  
227019 Velox Leon Cornell Fish Tug   44 1927  
Bluebell Yacht     1927 First yacht built
286769 Heather Melvin Shenwether Passenger 15 38 1927 Active
  Leila C Leslie Cornell Fish Tug   40 1928  
  Lafond George Lafond Fish Tug   42 1929  
229246 Ramona Gills Rock Fish Co. Fish Tug   40 1929  
  Hope Stanley Voight Fish Tug   45 1930 In Door County Marine Museum
231279 Promise Fish Tug   43 1931 Active
233694 Faith Lawrence Voight Fish Tug   38 1934  
230409 John V. Allie John V. Allie Sons Fish Tug   42 1934  
234497 F. G. Wilke Fred Wilke Fish Tug   42 1935 Now Sherry Lynn
236290 Buddy O Ole Olson Fish Tug   40 1935 Now ar Rogers Street Museum
235714 Lone Eagle Clyde Olson Fish Tug   40 1936  
  Roamer Johnson Voight Fish Tug   42 1936  
  Sparta Gus Koulentis Fish Tug   42 1936  
237857 Aloha Lawrence Voight Fish Tug   45 1937 Now at Sleeping Bear Dunes
  235759 Islander Albert Goodmander Fish Tug   36 1937  
    Victor H Victor Halberg Fish Tug   42 1937  
  Janice A Charles Anderson Fish Tug   40 1937  
  Merleen Felix Pearson Fish Tug   40 1937  
237935 Allie Roy Nelson Fish Tug 23 38 1938 Active
289228 Copperhead John Doerr Yacht 13 41 1939 Active
  Evelyn S William Selman Fish Tug   50 1939 Now at museum in South Haven MI
    Viking Earl Wickman Fish Tug   43 1930s  
240146 Mister John DeYoung Fish Tug   40 1940 Burnt 1986
    Last Buccaneer L. A. Ferguson Ketch   52 1940 Later Kuuipo, Buccaneer
239935 Alice Calvin Richard Fish Tug 33 47 1940 Active
Northern Light Yacht        
    Kuwi R. M. Whitrock Yawl   38    
Bess Emily Yacht        
T 8 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 8/42-10/42  
T 9 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 8/42-10/42  
T 10 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 8/42-10/42  
T 60 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 12/42-7/43  
T 61 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 12/42-7/43  
T 62 US Army Psgr.-Cargo   65 12/42-7/43  
P 296 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 297 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 298 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 299 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 300 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 301 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 302 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 303 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 304 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 305 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 306 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 307 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 308 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 309 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 300 US Army Rescue Boat   42 6/43-12/43  
P 452 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 453 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 454 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 455 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 456 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 457 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 458 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 459 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 460 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 461 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 462 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 463 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 464 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 465 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 466 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 467 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 468 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 469 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 488 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 489 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 490 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
P 491 US Army Rescue Boat   45 2/44-1/45  
        Sloop     1946-19?? 21+ boats of the Stout Fella 27 design
  282350 Arrowhead George Kress Sloop 11 37 1946 Active 
    Flying Swan H. J. Hagemeister Yawl   37 1947  
548038 Taltohna William Weller Yacht 16 45 1947 Active
509008 Gal O'Gallee Angelica Adams Yacht 18 45 1950 Active
    Aderyn IV Stephen R. Davis Sloop   30 1956  
    Wind Song Clark R. Taylor Sloop   29 1958  
    Restless Walter Bissell, Jr. Sloop   33 1959  
Built by Palmer Johnson Yachts
  623011 Victory C. C. Harrison Yawl 14 38 1960 Active
Pique Yacht     1961 Last wooden boat, now Resurgence
  501468 Peleia Howard J. Hansen Yawl 10 38 1962 Later Barbara, Reverie, now Theiris
  Kuwi R. N. Whitrock Yawl   38 1961 Now Whisper
4 539275 Deb-Al Chris. Guyette Yacht 21 41 1961 Now Southern Cross
  293677 Isanti Richard E. Barton Yacht 26 49 1963 First aluminum boat, 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 Largest alum. yacht in the world, active
  517307 Nomad Carl Kettler Yacht 32 48 1967 Active
  515711 Marguerite Jerico Towing Passenger 82 57 1968 Now Hobbit (Canada)
  514676 Dyna Clayton Ewing Yacht 36 51 1968 Now Hope
  519500 Falcon Benj. Heineman Yacht 35 51 1969 Active
  Bandit Albert Van Meter Yacht   51 1969  
  526570 Locura Carr McCormack Yacht 52 55 1970 Now Dora
  530089 Yankee Girl Paul Quinn Yacht 30 56 1970 Active
    Sunquest III Donald H. Ross Ketch   65 1970  
  534242 Cygnus Peter J. Lange Yacht 15 40 1971 Active
512428 Bay Bea II Pat Haggerty Yacht 19 49 1970 Later Cogg-Nizant
115 Aura Wallace Stenhouse Yacht 19 49 1971 Later Tuia,
na Scaramouche V Yacht 19 49 1971 Active (Canada)
  540061 Kahili   Yacht 52 61 1972 Now Akka
Tenacious Yacht   62 1972 Fastnet Race winner, now War Baby
109 Fantasia Yacht   36 1974 Now Insatiable
Charisma Yacht        
    Marguerite Mr. Joel Martino Ketch   59 1973 Later Sun Chaser, Whisper
123 552740 Twilight Salem Marine Yacht 10 84 1973 Now Le Club Tarpon
  556395 Way Point Marian S. Breslar Yacht 24 41 1975 Active
  560668 Kialoa III Trade Wind Nav. Yacht 101 78 1974 Active
132 1149443 Hawkeye Orange Coast Coll. Passenger 25 53 1974 Now Bumble Bee
  565500 Love Machine John W. Hoskins Yacht 23 36 1975 Now Intention 2
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
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 Donnybrook Charles L. Reed Yacht 34 46 1976 Now Puffin
149 573121 Eighty Six Ketch Veritas, Inc. Yacht 34 46 1976 Later Veritas, now Belle
150 579548 Falcon Thomas H. Tanner Yacht 40 62 1977 Active
151 972048 Spitfire Carmeroto Painter Yacht 21 46 1976 Active
  na Scaramouche II Chuck Kirsch Yacht 19 43 1977 Active (Canada)
  1228821 Caribana Ocean Alliance Inc Yacht 39 64 1977 Active
  583006 Chiron David A. Porter Yacht 39 47 1977 Now L Chaim
157 579564 Woodstock Bay Bea Corp. Yacht 18 45 1977 Now Bay Bea
158 1056835 Coral Sea Octopus Inc. Yacht 34 56 1977 Active
    Mamu V George Stephen Ketch 67 75 1978  
  600594 Tantra Taylor Chewing Ketch 67 75 1978 Later Malabar XIV, now Amneris
164 589719 Spring Fever David W. Bonner Yacht 17 40 1977 Now Majic
40-? 593979 Finesse Richard V. Main Yacht 17 40 1978 Active
40-3 593479 Kalevipoeg Agu Pert Yacht 17 40 1978 Active
40-4 597672 Tatiana Charles T. Parrott Yacht 17 40 1978 Active
40-8 597700 Albemarle Pippin Robert B. Schulz Yacht 17 40 1978 Now Altair
40-9 597663 Resistance Robert L. Burr Yacht 17 40 1978 Later Jubilation, now Blixtar
40-? 608068 Indian Summer Jerome T. Coe Yacht 17 40 1978 Active
40-15 608063 Daybreak James Bendelius Yacht 17 40 1979 Now Islay
40-? 608310 Rage Rage Paul M. Bloom Yacht 17 40 1979 Now Quickening
40-? 613103 Zephyros Larry E. Snoddon Yacht 17 40 1979 Active
40-18 621852 Relentless Michael L. Stone Yacht 17 40 1980 Now Freebird
165 Fortuna King Juan Carlos Megayacht 101 100 1979 Fastest yacht in the world, active
na Blizzard Yacht 28 50 1979 Later Toscana, now Maro IV (Canada)
168 602270 Aries Jimmy Shahinian Yacht 20 46 1978 Active
169 669388 Lovesong Bellflower LLC Passenger 144 78 1980 Later Bellflower, now Banyan
171 616236 Lunatic Charles Hinz Yacht 19 45 1979 Now Hinzite
43-6 624701 Conquest   Yacht 19 43 1980 Now Conch Quest
175 641895 Bambi Chuck Phelan Yacht 41 55 1981 Active
  668703 Ebb Tide H. M. Keller Ketch 24 52 1980 Later Silhouette, Cabaret, now Retriever
180 1025645 Javelin Assoc. Mar. Inst. Yacht 98 77 1981 Now Shamalee
181 Ondine VI S. A. Long Sloop 116 108 1983 Later Magic Lady, Sioma II, now Toto
182 647970 Nirvana Marvin Green, III Yacht 146 72 1982 Active
  651144 Evening Star William T. Pascoe Ketch 98 83 1982 Active (Cayman I.)
    Scheherazade Aries Ketch   75 1983 Later Nazenin II
186 1025688 Centurion Atlantic Star Lines Megayacht 91 121 1983 Now Arabella
187 660340 Congere Andrew R. Martin Yacht 41 62 1983 Now Merrythought
188 903823 Patsea VI Martha R. Ingram Yacht 119 72 1986 Active
189 672609 Jullianna Sassy Marina LLC Yacht 126 78 1984 Now Cheeky
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
  902025 Galatea Don Sher Ketch 88 75 1986 Active
194 693995 Irishman   Yacht 92 76 1987 Later Mistoffolees, now Sunday Morning
195 Time   Megayacht 284 126 1987 Active
196 Queen II   Passenger   75 1984 Now at Iowa Great Lakes Mar. Museum
197 939439 Teamwork U-Haul Leasing Yacht 100 73 1988 Active
198 1092159 Conquest Global Yachting Yacht 107 76 1993 Now Prime Time
199 947113 Galileo S/Y Galileo Inc. Megayacht 183 110 1989 Active
202 Astral   Megayacht   114 1990 Now Sirma III
    Turmoil Gary Comer Sloop   79 1990 Now Putty VI
204 Maysylph   Megayacht 164 123 1991 Later Northern Star, Nazenin IV, now Axia
205 Mandalay   Megayacht 228 125 1992 Now Kaori
206 na Shanakee   Megayacht 109 107 1992 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
210 1085190 Ghost Dancer JD Sailing Megayacht 159 105 1992 Now Knickerbocker
211 1028459 Andale Action Yacht Sales Megayacht 95 75 1992 Now Clueless
212 na Lady Jenn   Megayacht 349 137 1994 Now Syrenka (Marshall I.)
214 na Carolina   Megayacht 327 121 1995 Formerly Gypsy Girl III, now Costa Brava III (Cayman I.)
215 na Nazenin III Rahmi Koc Ketch 114 108 1995 Now Keewaydin (Cayman I.)
216 na Paraffin   Megayacht 389 141 1997 Later Azure Leisure, Pure Bliss, now Lady J (Cayman I.)
218 na La Baronessa   Megayacht 440 150 1994 Now Amor Azur II (Cayman I.)
220 1086538 Grazianna Sol Ventures Megayacht 144 76 1999 Now Nirvana
221 1055806 Excel Grant Enterprises Megayacht 152 100 1997 Now Moon River
222 na Our Way   Megayacht 350 127 1998 Active (Cayman I.)
224 1075636 Twisted Pair Henry T. Hillman Yacht 154 86 1999 Now Madcap
225 na Mostro   Megayacht 203 115 1999 Now Anna J (Marshall I.)
226 na Anson Bell Stanley S. Hubbard, Sr. Megayacht 555 161 2002 Now Helios 2 (Cayman I.)
227 na Cover Drive (120-1)   Megayacht 499 120 2003 Now Birgitta (Cayman I. )
228 La Baronessa   Megayacht   195 1998 Now Beluga
229 na Alexis   Megayacht 267 123 2000 Later Airwaves, Big City, now I See (St. Vincent)
230 na Inevitable   Megayacht 394 131 2000 Later Second Chance, now Rasa (Cayman I.)
231 1181848 My Weigh   Megayacht 319 105 2001 Later Mia Elise, now Victory Lane
232 Turmoil   Megayacht   152 1996 Now Putty VI
233 1130346 Arrowhead PJ Pacific LLC Megayacht 193 94 2002 Active
234 1008061 Regency   Megayacht 448 142 2004 Now Incentive (Cayman I.)
235 1139288 Unity Project Blue, LLC Megayacht 399 120 2004 Active
236 1235269 Milk and Honey   Megayacht 377 116 2003 Active
237 na Four Wishes   Megayacht 444 144 2004 Active (Cayman I.)
238 na Stanley (120-2)   Megayacht 197 120 2005 Now Natalia (Cayman I. )
239 na DB9 (120-3)   Megayacht 200 120 2005 Active (Cayman I. )
240 na Vanquish (120-4)   Megayacht 197 120 2006 Active (Cayman I. )
241 na Hush (120-5)   Megayacht 200 120 2007 Active (Cayman I. )
242 1239123 Alter Ego (123-1)   Megayacht 248 123 2005 Later Finish Line, now Temptation
243 na O'Khalila (150-1)   Megayacht 380 150 2007 Active (Cayman I.)
  1190568 Muse (123-2) Muse Yachting Megayacht 255 123 2006 Now BB3
246 na Hokulani (150-2)   Megayacht 380 150 2007 Active (Cayman I.)
247 na Waverunner  (135-1)   Megayacht 309 135 2007 Active
248 na Dragon (135-2)   Megayacht 350 135 2007 Active
249 na Four Jacks (150-3)   Megayacht 380 150 2008 Active (Cayman I.)
250 na Izumi (120-6)   Megayacht 224 120 2008 Active (Cayman I. )
251 na Clifford II (150-4)   Megayacht 380 150 2009 Active (Cayman I.)
252 na Clifford II (123-3)   Megayacht 160 123 2008 Later Ocean Drive, now Blacksheep
253 na Plus Too (135-3)   Megayacht 309 135 2008 Active
254 na Vitamin (120-7)   Megayacht 200 120 2009 Active (Cayman I. )
255 na Blue Ice (150-5)   Megayacht 380 150 2009 Active (Cayman I.)
256 na Oneness (150-6)   Megayacht 380 150 2009 Active (Cayman I.)
257 na Cover Drive 2 (135-4)   Megayacht 305 135 2009 Later Alpha Sea, now Domino (St. Vincent)
 258 na DB9 (170-1)   Megayacht   170 2010 Active (Cayman I.)
259 na Vantage (150-7)   Megayacht 380 150 2010 Active (Cayman I.)
na   (150-8)   Megayacht 380 150 2010 Active (Cayman I.)
na   (150-9)   Megayacht 380 150 2011 Active (Cayman I.)
  na Griffin (135-5)   Megayacht 305 135 2012 Active
264 na Lady M (210-1)   Megayacht 716 210 2012 Active (Cayman I.)