such as Chris Craft, Hacker, Roamer, Higgins, Lyman, Elco, and
Thompson are familiar to most boating enthusiasts as makers of
pleasure craft. However, during times of national conflict and
perceived national threat, many pleasure-boat manufacturers
patriotically switched gears and made boats for the military.
Thompson Brothers made boats and paddles for the Navy during
both World Wars. During World War II, a builder on the
Minnesota River, south of Minneapolis, made barges for the
Navy. Larson Boats of Little Falls, Minnesota also made craft
for military use during WWII.
Minesweeper built by
Peterson Builders, Inc. Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Launching Ceremony of USS
Conflict, a wooden minesweeper.
Forward frames of a 57 foot
Following is a partial listing of boat yards that were making
vessels for the military in 1952. It is interesting to note
that the supposed "commercial" yards were also
contracting to make boats and ships for the US Navy, Army,
Marine Corps, and Air Force. Remember that this was during the
Korean War era.
A complete listing was published by The Boating Industry, a
trade paper located at St. Joseph, Michigan as a service to
the trade in cooperation with the Bureau of Ships, US Navy.
The list identifies the builder, the branch of the military it
was built for and the type of vessel.
Chris Craft Corporation, Algonac, MI
Navy - 50'-55' ARB, 105 Harbor Picket Boats
Army - Between 1942 - 1945, 12,000 craft e.g. 22
Aircraft Crash Boats; 30Target Boats; 42 Aircraft
Rescue Cruisers, 725 30 LCPRs (Landing Craft
Personnel Ramp), 400 LCVs (Landing Craft Vehicle)
C. Grebe & Co., Chicago, IL
Hacker Boat Co., Mt. Clemens, MI
Navy - 45' Picket Boats
Army - 40+ crash boat, 20 sedan utility, target
Higgins, Inc., New Orleans, LA
Navy - over 25,000 craft : AM & 36' LCPL (landing
craft), PT (patrol torpedo), 54 MTB (motor torpedo
Army - 70' Landing Craft LCM, 65' passenger cargo boats,
100' harbor tug, & 120' refrigerated cargo barge
Hodgdon Bros., Goudy & Stevens, Boothbay, ME
Kargard Boat & Engine Co., Marinette, WI
Tahoe Marine & Supply, Lake Tahoe, CA
Matthews Co. - Port Clinton, OH
Yacht Company, Inc., Baltimore, MD
Roamer Boat Company, Holland, MI
Stan-Craft Boat Co., Somer, Montana
Century Boat Co.
Thompson Bros. Boat Mfg Co., Peshtigo, WI
John Trumpy & Son, Inc., Annapolis, MD
Ventnor Marine, West Atlantic City, NJ
Navy - 24 plane personnel boat
Army - assault & landing craft, tow boat, crash boat
Lyman Boat Works
Army Air Force - 33 plane rearming boats, 24 plane
personnel boats, 17 live handling boats, 8 sailing
dingies, M-2 assault vessels
Correct Craft Plywood pontoon boats for bridges
ELCO (10) 70 PT boats, (28) 77 PT boats, (377) 80 PT
*Meanings of abbreviations for many of the listed vessels are
unknown.There are more than 80 types of acronymns.
Alexandria Boat Works Expanding Facilities According to
the November 1952 issue of The Boating Industry magazine,
Alexandria Boat Works of Alexandria, Minnesota had just
completed a building addition to its factory. The new 8,000
square foot expansion was built two and a half miles east of
Alexandria on the north side of highway 52. Formed in 1885,
the company built boats that were shipped to all parts of
North America. At the time of the expansion, Jack Morvold was
eldest of the three brothers that ran the company.
Tomahawk Boat Names Manager Tomahawk Boat Manufacturing
Company of Tomahawk, Wisconsin named Lloyd G. Mitchell its
assistant manager according to the November 1952 issue of The
Boating Industry. Mitchell took over the duties of F.P.
Winter. Winter would devote his full efforts to future
development and general management of the boat building