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Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay WI

(formerly Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding & Dry Dock [formerly Rieboldt, Wolter & Co., Universal Shipbuilding Co. and Sturgeon Bay Dry Dock Co.] and

formerly Christy Corp. [formerly Leathem D. Smith Towing & Wrecking Co., Leathem D. Smith Dock Co. and Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.])

Most recent update: July 19, 2014.


Bay Shipbuilding was created in 1967, when Manitowoc Corporation closed its yard in Manitowoc and acquired two adjacent shipyards in Sturgeon Bay WI - Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding and Christy Corp.  Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding dates from the late 19th century, passing through several owners and corporate identities.  Christy Corp. was previously Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding, which was started at the outbreak of World War One and became a major figure in the Great Lakes maritime industry: after Leathem Smith's death in 1948, the yard was sold to its management and renamed Christy Corp.  The yard is now the last active builder of large ships on the U.S. Great Lakes, although it hasn't actually built a large ship, as opposed to a large barge, since the 1980s.  In 2008, Manitowoc Corp.  sold its Marine Group, which also includes Marinette Marine and Cleveland Ship Repair, to Fincantieri and it is now called Fincantieri Marine Group.  Visit the shipyard at www.bayshipbuildingcompany.com and see it from the air on Google here.

Hull #
O.N. Original Name Customer Type Gov't. Type or Design # # GT Feet Delivery Disposition
Built by Rieboldt, Wolter & Co. in Sheboygan
  95868 H. M. Van Ellis   Tug     28   1885  
  116093 Sheboygan   Tug     63   Jun-86  
  95970 Helena   Cargo Vessel     2,083   Aug-88  
    Cataract City of Milwaukee Fire Boat     129   1888  
  81203 Welcome   Launch     10   1888  
  81218 W. H. Simpson Milwaukee Tugboat Line Tug     49   May-89  
  92099 Milwaukee   Tug     52   1889  
  92102 Marion    Cargo Vessel     1,206   Jun-89  
  116269 Starke   Tug     49   1889  
  76883 John Schroeder   Cargo Vessel     372   Jun-90  
  81258 Welcome   Tug     78   Apr-90  
  96063 Hoffnung Bros.   Tug     56   1890  
  145600 Two Brothers   Fishing Vessel     38   Sep-91  
  164562 No. 5       Barge     94   1891  
  164561 No. 6       Barge     94   1891  
  163077 No. 7   Dredge     292   1891  
  164054 No. 7   Barge     151   1892  
  164055 No. 8   Barge     158   1892  
  136315 E. A. Shores Jr.   Cargo Vessel     520   Aug-92  
  141224 Luise M   Fishing Vessel     19   1892  
  150577 P. Reckinger   Fishing Vessel     43   1892  
  164056 No. 8   Dredge     385   1893  
  130654 James Foley City of Milwaukee Fire Boat     136   1893 Later No. 17
  86236 Gunderson Bros.   Tug     46   Jan-93  
  164028 No. 1   Barge     200   1893  
  164029 No. 2   Barge     200   1893  
  164053 No. 3   Barge     190   1893  
  116628 Satisfaction   Tug     48   Jun-94  
    No. 1 USACOE Pile Driver       66 1894  
    Drydock No. 1 Rieboldt, Wolter & Co  Floating Dock       215    
    Drydock No. 2 Rieboldt, Wolter & Co Floating Dock       170    
    Drydock No. 3 Rieboldt, Wolter & Co  Floating Dock       150    
    Drydock No. 4 Rieboldt, Wolter & Co  Floating Dock       100    
Built by Rieboldt, Wolter & Co. in Sturgeon Bay
  130711 August F. Janssen City of Milwaukee           1896 Later No. 23
        Piledriver Scow       60 1896  
      Pankratz Lumber Co. Barge       150 1900  
      Pankratz Lumber Co. Barge       150 1900  
      Pankratz Lumber Co. Barge       150 1900  
      Pankratz Lumber Co. Barge       150 1900  
  162499 Porto Lapidum   Barge     722   1900  
  77521 J. Bonner   Tug     74   1901  
  136927 Elsie Neil   Fishing Vessel     41   1901  
  117140 Sylvia   Fishing Vessel     48   1902  
  203279 Junior   ??     339   1906  
  203898 Peter Reiss C. Reiss Coal Co. Tug     95   1906  
    No. 2 USACOE Pile Driver       60 1906  
  163629 Andrew   Barge     383   1908  
    No.2 USACOE Derrick Barge       84 1908  
    Riprap USACOE Barge       140 1911  
  209271 A. W. Luebke Luebke & Luebke Tug     52   1911  
  164792 No. 1   Dredge     293   1911  
  211740 Charles M. Hyttel   Fishing Vessel     62   1913  
        Barge         1914  
        Barge         1914  
        Barge         1914  
      Wisconsin Dredge & Dock Barge       125 1914  
  173489 No. 9   Barge     240   1915  
  213686 Chief   Fishing Vessel     25   1915  
      National Brick Co. Barge       120 1916  
  216276 Sturgeon Bay Lake & Ocean Navigation Cargo Vessel     2,500   1918  
Built by Universal Shipbuilding
1 222863 Commodore USSB Tug 1055 2478 763   1919 Sold 1923 as Waukegan
2 222887 Commander USSB Tug 1055 2479 763   1919 Sold 1923 as Kenosha
3 222985 Lieutenant USSB Tug 1055 2480 763   1919 Sold 1923 as Sheboygan
Built by Sturgeon Bay Dry Dock
4 221409 M. H. Stuart Traverse City Tptn. Cargo Vessel     192   1921  
5 223706 Gilbert Lake Sand Corp. Dredge     1,108   1924  
6   DSS 3 USACOE Scow       80 1924  
7   DSS 4 USACOE Scow       80 1924  
8   FLS-31 USACOE Scow       81 1924  
Built by Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding & Dry Dock
9 258629 Neenah USACOE Tug     46 60 1928 Sold as Shamrock
10 227538 Edward E. Gillen Edward E. Gillen Towing Tug     68   1928  
11 228581 Welcome William Jepson Passenger     58   1929  
12     USACOE Derrick Barge         1930  
Built by Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding & Dry Dock (under new owners)
101 237885 Cheerio Richard Jacobsen Fishing Vessel     22 36 1935 Now Resolute
102 235715 Manville L. Manville Lafond & Sons Ferry     30   1936  
103 236809 F. de Vet & Sons Frank De Vet & Sons Ferry     34   1937  
104   Algoma  USACOE Tender       45 1939  
105 239265 Dam Yank Lynch Bros. Co. Towboat     47   1939  
106 239198 Tadpole  Lea River Lines Towboat     47 61 1939 Later Martee, Herman K, Sue Ann, Jess Lee, Mean Gene, now Ralph Sykes
107 240091 Polliwog Lea River Lines Towboat     84 53 1940 Now Principio
108 240194 Frog Lea River Lines Towboat     82 53 1940 Now Marsha L
109 294428 Holland USACOE Tender     27 45 1940 Sold 1997 as Captain Roy
110   Pep  Mid-Continent Barge Lines Towboat       42 1942 Built on spec.
111   Pard  Mid-Continent Barge Lines Towboat       42 1942 Built on spec.
112 240191 Neptune II Wallace Green Fishing Vessel     28   1940  
113 240269 Bullfrog Lea River Lines Towboat     111 76 Jan-41 Later Chief Powhatan, Nancy Jene, now Bullfrog
114 240858 Anker L. Christy Pure Oil S S Co. Towboat     250 102 Jul-41 Later Kay D, Chief Reelfoot, Miss Birdie Mae, Carl
115   Capt. Hemenway USACOE Tender       53 1941  
116   Greer USACOE Tender       53 1942  
117   Moore USACOE Tender       53 1942  
118 240518 Inca Indian River Line Towboat     78   1941  
119 240540 Waterbug Petroleum Carriers Corp. Tug     33   Apr-41  
120     USACOE Tug         Dec-41  
121 518955   USAQMS Dist. Box Boat L 92   64 Nov-41 Sold 1969 as Kathy L
122     USAQMS Dist. Box Boat L 93   64 Nov-41  
123     USAQMS Dist. Box Boat L 94   64 Nov-41  
124     USAQMS Dist. Box Boat L 95   64 Nov-41  
  287429 Ex-L-boat ?   Freight Ship     61 60 1941 Later T-473, Mariner, now ABC-1
  532590 Ex-L-boat ?   Tug      58 60 1941 Sold 1971 as Dawn, later Fawn, Acushnet.
125 240679 Cajun Petroleum Carriers Corp. Tug     55 56 1941 Sold to USACOE 1945 as Fife
126     USAQMS Dist. Box Boat L 96   64 Mar-42  
127     USAQMS Dist. Box Boat L 97   64 Mar-42  
128     USAQMS Dist. Box Boat L 98   64 Apr-42  
129     USAQMS Dist. Box Boat L 99   64 Apr-42  
130   Owen M Frederick USACOE Tug     56 64 Jan-41  
131 505517 Pina USACOE Tender     29 49 1941 To US Army as ST 900, to USACOE as Elsie, sold 1966, later R H Vaughan, Lauren E, now Shenandoah
132 241943 Chas. W Snider Pure Oil Co. Towboat     292 108 Jan-41  
133     USAQMS Retrieving Vessel H 2 493 158 Jan-43 Later Morrow
134     USAQMS Retrieving Vessel H 3 493 158 Dec-42 Later Van Nostrand, Ensenada II (Mexico)
135     USAQMS Retrieving Vessel H 4 493 158 Jan-43 Later Miller, Babun (Honduras)
136     USAQMS Retrieving Vessel H 5 493 158 May-43 Later Beck
137     USAQMS Retrieving Vessel H 6 493 158 May-43 Later Colgan, Aleutian Queen
138     USAQMS Retrieving Vessel H 7 493 158 May-43 Later Chandler, Jean Arnoux
139     USAQMS Retrieving Vessel H 8 493 158 May-43 Later Bane, Rene Nicolau
140     USAQMS Retrieving Vessel H 9 493 158 Jun-43 Later Bower
141     US Army Coastal Freighter F 5 168 99 Jun-43  
142     US Army Coastal Freighter F 6 168 99 Jun-43 To the Philippines as Governor Forbes
143     US Army Coastal Freighter F 7 168 99 Jul-43  
144 201731   US Army Coastal Freighter F 8 168 99 Aug-43 Later Dona Rosario
145     US Army Coastal Freighter F 9 168 99 Aug-43 To the Philippines as Governor Wood
146     US Army Coastal Freighter F 10 168 99 Aug-43  
147     US Army Coastal Freighter F 11 168 99 Aug-43  
148     US Army Coastal Freighter F 12 168 99 Sep-43 To Surinam as Albina
149     US Army Coastal Freighter F 13 168 99 Sep-43 Later Vestrefjord, Tyfon Sjovik
150     US Army Coastal Freighter F 14 168 99 Sep-43  
151 244705 Sturshipco William J. Wolter Tug     19 41 1943 Now Bayship
152     USAQMS Retrieving Vessel H 10 493 158 Jul-43 Later Stone, Avis (China)
153     USAQMS Retrieving Vessel H 11 493 158 Aug-43  
154     US Army Tug ST 171   45 Feb-43  
155     US Army Tug ST 172   45 Feb-43  
156 966982   US Army Tug ST 173   45 Mar-43 Sold as Robert Purcell
157 252691   US Army Tug ST 174   45 Mar-43 Sold as Kenneth
158 250473   US Army Tug ST 175 18 45 Mar-43 Sold 1946 as Jane T, now Gretchen B
159     US Army Tug ST 176   45 Apr-43  
160     US Army Tug ST 177   45 Apr-43  
161 250830   US Army Tug ST 178   45 Apr-43 Sold as Lakewyn
162     US Army Tug ST 179   45 Apr-43  
163     US Army Tug ST 180   45 May-43  
164     US Army Coastal Freighter F 126 168 99 Oct-43  
165     US Army Coastal Freighter F 127 168 99 Oct-43  
166     US Army Coastal Freighter F 128 168 99 Oct-43  
167     US Army Coastal Freighter F 129 168 99 Oct-43  
168     US Army Coastal Freighter F 130 168 99 Dec-43  
  911172 Ex-ST ?   Tug     28 45 1943 Now Barry J
    Ex-ST ?   Tug     18 42 1943 Now James Harris
    Ex-H-boat?   Fishing Vessel     490 148 1943 Now Sea Fisher
  509766 Derrick No. 43 Roen Salvage Company Derrick Barge     139 75 1944  
169     USAQMS Retrieving Vessel H 12 493 158 May-44  
170 288164   US Army Coastal Freighter FS 361 560 176 Mar-44 To USN 1947 as Ryer (AG 138), later AKL 9, sold 1962 as Ahti
171 202803   US Army Coastal Freighter FS 362 560 176 Mar-44 To the Philippines as Grace I
172     US Army Coastal Freighter FS 363 560 176 May-44 To China as Poppy
173 212220   US Army Coastal Freighter FS 364 560 176 Mar-44 To Guam as FS 364, later Sirena
174 205597   US Army Coastal Freighter FS 365 560 176 Apr-44 Later Governor Wright
175 203623   US Army Coastal Freighter FS 366 560 176 Apr-44 To the Philippines as Sorsogon
176     US Army Coastal Freighter FS 367 560 176 May-44 Retained by USA
177 315884   US Army Coastal Freighter FS 368 560 176 Jul-44 To USN 1950 as AKL 26, namrf Temac 1952, struck 1959, later New Providence
178     US Army Coastal Freighter FS 369 560 176 Jul-44 To USN 1950 as AKL 27, struck 1966
179     US Army Coastal Freighter FS 370 560 176 Jul-44 To USN 1947 as AKL 28, named Brule 1952, to Korea 1974
180     US Army Coastal Freighter FS 371 560 176 Aug-44 To USN 1950 as AKL 29, later Menara Mas (Panama)
181 205499   US Army Coastal Freighter FS 372 560 176 Aug-44 To the Philippines as Victor
182 205597   US Army Coastal Freighter FS 373 560 176 Sep-44 Later Governor Wright
183 288598   US Army Coastal Freighter FS 374 560 176 Oct-44 Sold as fishing vessel Midas, now Akutan
184     US Army Tug ST 879 148 86 Apr-45 Now ASC Legazpi
185 293577   US Army Tug ST 880 148 86 May-45 To USACOE as Avondale, sold 1964 as Adrienne-B, now Old Mission
186     US Army Tug ST 881 148 86 Jul-45 Later TD 43
187     US Army Tug ST 882 148 86 Jul-45 Sold 19xx as Miguelito (Dom Rep)
188     US Army Tug ST 883 148 86 Jul-45  
189     US Army Tug ST 884 148 86 Aug-45 To Turkey 194x as Pilot I. then 2008 yacht Marinel 1, lost 2010
190     US Army Tug ST 885 148 86 Apr-46 To China as No. 10
191     US Army Tug ST 886 148 86 May-46 To China as No. 11
192     US Army Tug ST 887 148 86 Jun-46 To China as No. 12
193     US Army Tug ST 888 148 86 Jul-46 To China as No. 13
194 289334   US Army Tug