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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 Original Owner Type 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 L 92 USAQMS Dist. Box Boat   64 Nov-41 Sold 1969 as Kathy L
122   L 93 USAQMS Dist. Box Boat   64 Nov-41  
123   L 94 USAQMS Dist. Box Boat   64 Nov-41  
124   L 95 USAQMS Dist. Box Boat   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   L 96 USAQMS Dist. Box Boat   64 Mar-42  
127   L 97 USAQMS Dist. Box Boat   64 Mar-42  
128   L 98 USAQMS Dist. Box Boat   64 Apr-42  
129   L 99 USAQMS Dist. Box Boat   64 Apr-42  
130   Owen M Frederick USACOE Tug 56 64 Jan-41  
131 505517 Pina USACOE Tender 29 49 1941 To USA as ST 900, to CoE 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   H 2 USAQMS Retrieving Vessel 493 158 Jan-43 Later Morrow
134   H 3 USAQMS Retrieving Vessel 493 158 Dec-42 Later Van Nostrand, Ensenada II (Mexico)
135   H 4 USAQMS Retrieving Vessel 493 158 Jan-43 Later Miller, Babun (Honduras)
136   H 5 USAQMS Retrieving Vessel 493 158 May-43 Later Beck
137   H 6 USAQMS Retrieving Vessel 493 158 May-43 Later Colgan, Aleutian Queen
138   H 7 USAQMS Retrieving Vessel 493 158 May-43 Later Chandler, Jean Arnoux
139   H 8 USAQMS Retrieving Vessel 493 158 May-43 Later Bane, Rene Nicolau
140   H 9 USAQMS Retrieving Vessel 493 158 Jun-43 Later Bower
141   F 5 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Jun-43  
142   F 6 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Jun-43 To the Philippines as Governor Forbes
143   F 7 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Jul-43  
144 201731 F 8 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Aug-43 Later Dona Rosario
145   F 9 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Aug-43 To the Philippines as Governor Wood
146   F 10 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Aug-43  
147   F 11 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Aug-43  
148   F 12 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Sep-43 To Surinam as Albina
149   F 13 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Sep-43 Later Vestrefjord, Tyfon Sjovik
150   F 14 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Sep-43  
151 244705 Sturshipco William J. Wolter Tug 19 41 1943 Now Bayship
152   H 10 USAQMS Retrieving Vessel 493 158 Jul-43 Later Stone, Avis (China)
153   H 11 USAQMS Retrieving Vessel 493 158 Aug-43  
154   ST 171 US Army Tug   45 Feb-43  
155   ST 172 US Army Tug   45 Feb-43  
156 966982 ST 173 US Army Tug   45 Mar-43 Sold as Robert Purcell
157 252691 ST 174 US Army Tug   45 Mar-43 Sold as Kenneth
158 250473 ST 175 US Army Tug 18 45 Mar-43 Sold 1946 as Jane T, now Gretchen B
159   ST 176 US Army Tug   45 Apr-43  
160   ST 177 US Army Tug   45 Apr-43  
161 250830 ST 178 US Army Tug   45 Apr-43 Sold as Lakewyn
162   ST 179 US Army Tug   45 Apr-43  
163   ST 180 US Army Tug   45 May-43  
164   F 126 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Oct-43  
165   F 127 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Oct-43  
166   F 128 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Oct-43  
167   F 129 US Army Coastal Freighter 168 99 Oct-43  
168   F 130 US Army Coastal Freighter 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   H 12 USAQMS Retrieving Vessel 493 158 May-44  
170 288164 FS 361 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Mar-44 To USN 1947 as Ryer (AG 138), later AKL 9, sold 1962 as Ahti
171 202803 FS 362 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Mar-44 To the Philippines as Grace I
172   FS 363 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 May-44 To China as Poppy
173 212220 FS 364 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Mar-44 To Guam as FS 364, later Sirena
174 205597 FS 365 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Apr-44 Later Governor Wright
175 203623 FS 366 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Apr-44 To the Philippines as Sorsogon
176   FS 367 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 May-44 Retained by USA
177 315884 FS 368 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Jul-44 To USN 1950 as AKL 26, namrf Temac 1952, struck 1959, later New Providence
178   FS 369 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Jul-44 To USN 1950 as AKL 27, struck 1966
179   FS 370 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Jul-44 To USN 1947 as AKL 28, named Brule 1952, to Korea 1974
180   FS 371 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Aug-44 To USN 1950 as AKL 29, later Menara Mas (Panama)
181 205499 FS 372 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Aug-44 To the Philippines as Victor
182 205597 FS 373 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Sep-44 Later Governor Wright
183 288598 FS 374 US Army Coastal Freighter 560 176 Oct-44 Sold as fishing vessel Midas, now Akutan
184   ST 879 US Army Tug 148 86 Apr-45 Now ASC Legazpi
185 293577 ST 880 US Army Tug 148 86 May-45 To USACOE as Avondale, sold 1964 as Adrienne-B, now Old Mission
186   ST 881 US Army Tug 148 86 Jul-45 Later TD 43
187   ST 882 US Army Tug 148 86 Jul-45 Sold 19xx as Miguelito (Dom Rep)
188   ST 883 US Army Tug 148 86 Jul-45  
189   ST 884 US Army Tug 148 86 Aug-45 To Turkey 194x as Pilot I. then 2008 yacht Marinel 1, lost 2010
190   ST 885 US Army Tug 148 86 Apr-46 To China as No. 10
191   ST 886 US Army Tug 148 86 May-46 To China as No. 11
192   ST 887 US Army Tug 148 86 Jun-46 To China as No. 12
193   ST 888 US Army Tug 148 86 Jul-46 To China as No. 13
194 289334 ST 918 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45 To USACOE as Lucas, sold 1962 as Keni JW, then Northport Light
195   ST 919 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45  
196   ST 920 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45  
197   ST 921 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45  
198   ST 922 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45  
199   ST 923 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45  
200   ST 924 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45  
201   ST 925 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45  
202   ST 926 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45  
203 282348 ST 927 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45 Sold 1960 as Tom W, then Dorchester, Salem
204   ST 928 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45 To Marad as PF 27, sold 1991 as Little Toot, scrapped 2011
205 287368 ST 929 US Army Tug 45 45 Apr-45 Sold 19xx as James Edward, then David E, then Brandon E, now Danielle E, Heidi?
206 248987 Lucky Star Lester T Vickers Fishing Vessel 119   Nov-45  
207 250390 Barbara C. Angell Wm. Angell Fishing Vessel 119   Sep-46  
208   ??            
209 248986 C.W. Lind Clarence Lind Fishing Vessel 23   1945  
210 248988 Skipper Howard O. Weborg  Fishing Vessel 23   1945  
211 249029 Ruby Ann William Barbeau Fishing Vessel 23 39 1945  
212   ??            
213 252399 John Roen IV Roen Transportation Co.  Tug 592   Jun-47 Completion of LT 833, Tampa Marine's Hull 43 
214 251612 Weatherwood United States Gypsum Towboat 176 85 1947 Later Andrew Louis
215 256805 Derrickboat No.10 Luedtke Engineering Derrick Barge 396 130 1946 Active
216 251041 Silver Bay Silver Bay Inc. Fishing Vessel 163   Dec-46  
217   ??            
218 252094 Sirius Star William J. Wolter Fishing Vessel 198 104 1947 Now Michigan
219 252918 Marjelea Lea River Lines Tug 282   1947  
220 252256 West Shore Bay City Boat Lines Passenger 94 60 1947  
221 253170 Mackinac Islander Arnold Transit Ferry 84 78 1947 Now Drummond Islander
222 255631 Aztec Indian River Lines Towboat 500 110 1948 Later Bill Henry
223     City of Green Bay Scow   26 1948  
224   Kankakee USACOE Launch   46 1948  
225 257910 Bill Wolter William J. Wolter Tug 376   Jun-49 Completion of an LSM
226 257498 Sturgeon Bay Queen Mid-Continent Barge Line Tug 273   May-49  
227 260029 R. H. McElroy Pure Oil Co. Towboat 506 108 Jun-50 Later L W Sweet, Ann Murdock, John Giles Pater, Kevin D, Russell Ray, now Smitty
228 258929 Wisconsin John Roen Fishing Vessel 226   Nov-49  
229 259864 C. G. Richter Washington Island Ferry Ferry 82 65 1950 Now Treasure Seeker
230 261069 Polliwog Lea River Lines Towboat 271 90 Dec-50  
231 261102 Emily Jean G.W. Gladders Towing  Towboat 271 90 Dec-50 Later Rising Sun
232 262300 Inca Indian River Lines  Towboat 271 90 1951 Later Barbara Lee, Inca, Alton Simms, deactivated 2006
234 262467 Petco 20 Petco Corp. Towboat 271 90 Sep-51 Later Clark St Paul, Wisconsin, Sibley
235 266045 Island Creek Island Creek Fuel & Tpt. Towboat 271 90 1952  
236 264096 Irving Crown Material Service Corp. Towboat 271 90 Aug-52 Now David E
237 266363 Inwaco Inlands Waterways Corp. Towboat 397 111 Oct-53 Later Carrie S, Clarke Frame, Cheri Conway, David E, Kristin Lee Hannah
238 283866 Islander III Hugh Lapointe Yacht 51 52 1954 Later Eleanor Lapointe, Black River
239 267685 Wm. M. Miller Lee Miller Passenger 96 60 1954 Now Princess Wenonah 
240 270589 Tugboat Hannah Inland Waterways Tptn. Tug 133 78 1955 Later Tugboat Pantex, Gustavo P.
241 270690 Harbor Ace Chicago Towing Co.  Tug 134 78 1955 Later Gopher State, Miss Peggy, Betty Gale, Hannah D. Hannah, now Coloma L Warner.
242   ??            
243 271911 Shuttler Lea River Lines Towboat 167 84 1956 Later Margaret M Hannah, now Margaret M
244 274924 James J Versluis City of Chicago Tug 126 78 Sep-57 Active
245 272775 Dispatcher Lea River Lines Towboat 167 84 1956  
246 275731 Harbor King Chicago Towing Co. Tug 134 78 1957 Later Red Wing, lost 1999
247 278908 Nokomis Famous Soo Locks Cruise Passenger 70 65 1959 Active
248 279095 La Voyageur Famous Soo Locks Cruise Passenger 70 65 1959 Active
249 278833 Mary P John H. Purves Inc.  Freight Barge 444 140 1959 Active
250 279083 Put-In-Bay Lee Miller  Ferry 98 91