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Defoe Shipbuilding, Bay City MI

(formerly Defoe Boat & Motor Works)

Most recent update: June 28, 2012.


Defoe Boat & Motor Works was started in 1905 by the unlikely team of Harry J. Defoe, who was a public school principal, his brother Frederick W. Defoe, who was a New York lawyer, and his brother-in-law, George H. Whitehouse, who was in the wholesale fish business.  The name was changed to Defoe Shipbuilding Company at the beginning of WWII.  The shipyard closed in 1976 and the site is now a scrapyard.  See it from the air on Google here.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type Navy Type # GT Feet Delivered Disposition
        Fishing         1905+ First vessels built were fishing skiffs
    Voyager   Yacht     35d 52 1906 To USN 1917 as SP 361, to USCG 1919, designated AB 18 1923, deleted 1935
      Mexican National RR Ferry       68 1908  
  209524 Dora James McGillan Yacht     32 54 1910 Later Killarney 1911, to USN 1917 as SP 219, sold 1919, abandoned 1926
    Sahwa G C Aukam Yacht       35 1911  
    Martha V C A Sharp Yacht       45 1911 Canadian registry
  130615 Dragonfly Louis O Garnett Yacht     15   1911 Canadian registry
    Norma II Herbert Bose Yacht       45 1912  
  210649 Phirenger H B Shulte Yacht     18 47 1912 Later Adelia K 1914, Dorothy L 1926, foundered 1928
  211898 Me Too R D Moon Yacht     18   1913  
  224973 Mariner  Irving Cox Yacht     29 58 1913 Abandoned 1935
    Onward II W S Forsythe Yacht     14 60 1914 To USN 1917 as Onward II (SP 728), returned 1918
  213522 Daisey May W J Boulby Yacht     10 38 1915 To Cuba
  213523 Michigan Patrol No. 4 State of Michigan Patrol Craft     20 43 1913 Later Jo-Jo 1930, Mada 1931, Saldomar 1931, abandoned 1970
    Halcyon G Barnum Yacht       40 1915 To USN 1917 as Halcyon (SP 1658), returned 1917
    GeeBeeTee Geo Turnbull Yacht         1916 Later Effbee, Mabel D II, Van-O-T
  214245 Anna A II   Cargo     28 57 1916 To Canadian registry 1922, ON 138575
    Awaywego AA Anderson Yacht       38 1916  
  214612 Mikawe Thomas H Gill Yacht     41 65 1916 To USN 1917 as Mikawe (SP 309), to USC&GS 1920, lost by fire 1939
    Ojus W A Davis Yacht       45 1916 Later West Wind
    Tartar Ralph Esau Yacht       45 1917  
    Queen C H Speer Yacht       36 1917  
    Wanny H H Meyer Yacht       40 1917 Later Monhegan
  214994 Corlew 11 L L Curtis Yacht     37   1917 Later Scout, Marjelie
      US Navy Torpedo Chaser       40 1917  
      US Navy Torpedo Chaser       40 1917  
      US Navy Torpedo Chaser       40 1917  
      US Navy Torpedo Chaser       40 1917  
      US Navy Torpedo Chaser       40 1917  
  220591 Manitou Frank W Atkins Yacht     30   1920 Later Chancellor, Ah-Wu
51   Lt Col Robert C Gildart  US Army Mineplanter     170d 98 Apr-21 Defoe’s first steel vessel
52   Lt Col Herman C Schumm        ------- US Army Mineplanter     170d 98 Apr-21  
53   Major Carl A Lohr US Army Mineplanter     170d 98 Apr-21  
54   Major Lester E Moreton US Army Mineplanter     170d 98 May-21 Sold 1929 as J J Kinyoun
55 261281 Major Albert G Jenkins US Army Mineplanter     170d 98 May-21 Sold 1951 as Bayou Plaquemine, Courier 1966, abandoned 1972
56   Major William P Pence US Army Mineplanter     170d 98 May-21 Sold 1938 as Helen Miller, Jane Frank 1963
57   Major Clarence M Condon US Army Mineplanter     170d 98 May-21  
58 231367 Major John W McKie  US Army Mineplanter     170d 98 May-21 Sold 1932, abandoned 1940
    One of the above         170d 98 1921 To France (St. Pierre et Miquelon) 1935 as Béarn, Estelle S 1952
59 222231 Detroit  J C Dahmer Yacht     82 62 May-22 Later Iroquois 1954, active
60 222934 Windsor II G W Megeath Yacht     81 93 Jun-23 Later Valkyrie II 1926, Hannah G 1937, Fiesta 1939, Florida 1940, abandoned 1968
61 224288 Herself T F MacManus Yacht     88 93 Aug-24 Later Detrola 1937, Sandoil 1957, Kit 1962, destroyed by hurricane off Miami 26-Aug-64
62 222221 American Girl H F Searfoss Yacht     41 57 Jun-22  
63 222442 Priscilla  K M Devos Yacht     35   Nov-22  
64   Stroller Hoyt Smart Yacht       36 Aug-22  
65   Windsor  G W Megeath Launch       26 1923  
66   Owaissa Alfred Lucking Launch       30 1922  
67   Mabel D III J H Reed Yacht       43 1923 Later Dorothy F II
68     Gillespie Conn Co Lighter       82 Jul-22  
69 223348 Mary Margaret P R Eaglesfield Yacht     54 61 Oct-23 Later Chippewa 1949, active
70 223952 Reomar III R E Olds Yacht     135 97 Jul-24 Later Renmar 1931, Doric 1946, Kasidah II 1948, Celika S 1974
71 223007 Skylark II Geo E Phelps Yacht     32 53 Jun-23 Later Gomol II 1925, Skylark II 1932
72 223077 Charlotte III C E Ingalls, Chicago Yacht     30   Jun-23 Later Margo, Romance
73     Erie RR Co Car Float       184 Jun-24  
74     Erie RR Co Car Float       184 Jun-24  
75     Dodge Boat Co Runabout       23   Multiple hulls built for Dodge Boat Co
76 224019 Yoreda Aaron DeRoy Yacht     34   Aug-24 Later Thalia
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 115 37d 75 1924  
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 116 37d 75 1924  
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 117 37d 75 1924  
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 118 37d 75 1924  
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 119 37d 75 1924  
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 120 37d 75 1924  
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 121 37d 75 1925  
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 122 37d 75 1925  
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 123 37d 75 1925 To USN 1933 as YP 13, sold 1941
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 124 37d 75 1925  
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 125 37d 75 1925  
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 126 37d 75 1925  
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 127 37d 75 1925  
77 255776   US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 128 37d 75 1925 Sold 1948 as Flo-Jac, Seahorse 1953, abandoned 1979
77     US Coast Guard Patrol Craft WPC 129 37d 75 1925  
78     John Guy Monihan  Yacht       38 Oct-24  
79   Northerner E F Cooley Yacht       45 Jul-25  
80   Corwin US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 Nov-25 To USN 1936 as YP 62, sold 1946
81   Dallas US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 Nov-25 To USN 1935 as YP 61, sold 1946
82 255692 Dexter US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 Nov-25 To USN 1936 as YP 63, sold 1946 as Kingfisher, Jamaica II 1961, Trinidad 1963, Buccaneer 1994, reefed near Chicago 2009
83   Eagle US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 Nov-25 To USN 1936 as YP 64, sold 1946 as Eagle
84 259654 Forward US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 Nov-25 Forward (WAGL 160) 1941, sold 1947 as Stanolind 27, Forward 1951
85 292567 Gallatin US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 May-26 To USN 1934 as YP 42, sold 1946 as Orca, Exploration 1963
86   Mahoning US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 May-26 To USN 1934 as YP 41, sold 1946
87 258910 Nansemond US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 Jun-26 Phlox (WAGL 161) 1941, sold 1949 as Salvor, Big Red 1964, foundered 1970
88 253073 Naugatuck US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 Jun-26 To USN 1935 as YP 56, sold 1947 as Shamrock, E D Smith 1948, Sea Eagle 1976, active
89   Patriot US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 Jun-26 To USN 1936 as YT 127, YP 69 1938, sold 1946
90   Perry US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 Jul-26 To USN 1937 as ?
91 262944 Petrel US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 Jul-26 Pine (WAGL 162) 1941, sold 1951 as Pine, Mighty Red 1968, foundered 1977
92 270206 Wolcott US Coast Guard Patrol Craft     210d 100 Jul-26 To USACoE 1936 as Wolcott, sold 1955 as Pacific, Willamette Pacific 1969, Imagineer 1980, Friendship 1980
93 225764 Sylvia Logan C Thomson Yacht     244 123 1926 Later Reomar IV 1930, to USN 1942 as Ability (PYc 28), sold 1946
94     Geo M Kelley Yacht       55 1926  
95 225701 Lassie  J T Van Dorn Yacht     29 53 1926 Later Vindex 1928, White Cloud 1936, Plack V 1955, Ours 1963, Summer Winds 1973
96 226900 Alraja II  Ralph K Rex Yacht     29   1927 Later Arthona
97-110                   No record
111 225819 Bo-Peep II  I M Kirlin Yacht     29 53 1926 Active
112 225903 Francis A VII Alex McLeod Yacht     29 53 1926 Later Frances 1928, Four Winds 1968, deleted 1971
113-117                   No record
118 225787 Charlotte  John J Barlum Yacht     32 63 1926 Abandoned 1946
119 225905 Nomabin C M Whaling Yacht     15 43 1926 Deleted 1935
120 225998 Rosewill Leslie Rands Yacht     58   1926  
121 226316 Helene C E Sorensen Yacht     104 97 1927 Active
122 226398 Comoco R W Judson Yacht     317 131 Jul-27 Later Caronia, to USN 1941 as Guide, Andradite (PYc 11) 1942, to C&GS 1947 as Caronia, sold 1952, burnt and lost at Canton Island 1956
123 227319 Olive K C F Kettering Yacht     108 97 Jun-28 Later Royono 1929, Jamoro 1931, Luanco (Honduras) 1946
124 226952 Elto  Thos A Yawkey Yacht     19   1927 Lost 1927
125 227068 Grathea II E T Strong Yacht     30 54 Apr-28 Later Borenna II 1932, to USN 1941 as YP 120, returned 1945, Sans Souci 1948
126 227670 Memory III A E Fitkin Yacht     306 128 Jul-28 Later Elfreda 1933, Marita II 1940, Caribou 1940, Inca Beatrix 1946, Caribou 1951, deleted 1963
127 227418 Sea Sails III Murray W Sales Yacht     96 78 Jul-28 Later Jerry 1937, Lochinvar 1939, to USN 1942 as YP 210, to MARAD 1946, burnt 1966
128     Ford Motor Co Tug       45 1928 Plus 2 work boats
129 227926 Elise Thomas A Yawkey Yacht     23 55 Oct-28 Deleted 1959
130 227994 Barbett C A Coryell Yacht     85 82 Nov-12 Later Alma F 1932, Pridomar 1938, Pan-Che 1941, to USN 1942 as YP 406, sold 1945 as Elenora A, scrapped 1954
131 228257 Fulmara Aaron Deroy Yacht     116   Jun-29 Later Yoreda
132 228134 Bonny II C W Bonbright Yacht     36 58 May-29 Later Emily M III 1947, Colonel Alabama 1951, Garaye 1955, abandoned 1956
133 228873 Olive K C F Kettering Yacht     451 158 Oct-29 Later pilot boat New Jersey 1940, scrapped 1978
134 228219 Verona-J Albert A Rose Yacht     56 72 May-29 Later Alma F, Pridomar 1938, Pan-Che 1942, to USN 1942 as YP 394, to Cuba 1947
135 228502 Robark K T Keller Yacht     163 127 Jul-29 To USN 1942 as Brave (PYc 34/YP 425), sold 1946
136 229309 Manamo Arthur V Davis Yacht     194 127 May-30 Later Elda, Rose B (Canada) 1936
137 229028 Marnell M H Allworth Yacht     254 124 Nov-29 To USN 1942 as Marnell (PYc 39), scrapped 1947
138 229435 Saramar III Chas T Fisher Yacht     360 143 Aug-30 Later Wild Duck 1935, Husky 1941, Wild Duck 1946, Good Neighbor 1946, to Honduras 1974
139 230245 Thalia Thomas M Howell Yacht     386 154 Oct-30 To USN 1942 as Jet (PYc 20), sold 1947 as Jet, scrapped 1948
140 229312 Cormar R E Klages Yacht     52 73 May-30 Later Hi-Ball III 1933, Olympic Scout 1955, Scout 2000, active
141 229403 Lady Jean II C E Dawson Yacht     59 73 May-30 Burnt 1937
142 229507 Clarinda J G Vincent Yacht     59 71 Jul-30 Later Mary Lou II 1934, Helen H 1935, to USN 1944
143 230131 Janidore I Zellerbach Yacht     320 133 Sep-30 Later Leonore 1945, to USA as FS 27, returned, then Carmac III 1955, Luisa II 1962, Niki 1966, Paget, Fulmara (Panama), R/S Eden
144 229921 Sheila Geo W Loft Yacht     161   Jul-30  
145 230489 Danora D S Eddins Yacht     146 98 May-31  
146 230591 Rosewill II W C Rands Yacht     161 114 Jun-31 Later Burlania 1937, Aloha L II 1938
147 230511 Ber-Clo III A S Close Yacht     119 97 Jun-31 Later Lady Janet 1932, Eleanor 1935, Joanna 1952, Lady Hazel 1963, El Torero 1964, The Everlasting 1965, Polaris 1968, abandoned 1977
148 230877 Lenore Sewell Avery Yacht     88 88 Jul-31 Later Patricia 1950, now Honey-Fitz 1960, Barbara Ann, The Presidents 1971, Honey-Fitz
149   Escanaba US Coast Guard Gunboat WPG 77 718d 165 23-Nov-32 Torpedoed and lost off Greenland 13-Jun-43
150 237812 No 150   Yacht     139   Aug-38 Built on spec, to USN 1942
151   Onondaga US Coast Guard Gunboat WPG 79 1005d 165 11-Sep-34 Scrapped 1954
152 271360 Tahoma US Coast Guard Gunboat WPG 80 1005d 165 22-Oct-34 Later WAGE 80, sold 1950 as Guard, M K Steers 1955, scrapped 1963
153     US Navy Davits         1936  
154   Hollyhock US Coast Guard Tender WAGL 220 989d 173 7-Aug-37 Later WLM 220, sold 1982 as mission ship Good News, reefed 1990
155 235001 O F Mook   Mook Bros Mail Boat     42 61 1936 Later Coral Sea 1930, deleted 1948
156 235774 Fred A Busse City of Chicago Fire Boat     157 87 Apr-37 Retired 1982 but still active as passenger boat
157   Bernadette   Yacht     289 133 1938 Later Lady Maha
158 237327 Bymar Byron Miller Yacht     289 133 May-38 To USN 1942 as Peridot (PYc 18), sold 1946 as Mimosan, Halimede 1953, Zimba 1959, Maha, Al Mojil 5, Matahari, Maha
159   Elm US Coast Guard Tender WAGL 260 75d 159 1-Apr-38 Donated 1970
160 237577 Alma F A J Fisher Yacht     29   Jun-38  
161 237794 Thomas E Moran Moran Towing Tug     158 89 Aug-38 To USN 1940 as Namontak (YN 46/YNt 14/YTB 738), sold 1947 as Thomas E Moran, Harriet Moran 1947, Viking 1975, Sharon Elizabeth 1992, Statesboro, now Barbara Merry Busch
162 237816 William J Moran Moran Towing Tug     158 89 Sep-38 To USN 1940 as Wapasha (YN 45/YNt 13/YTB 737), sold 1947 as Ann Moran 1948, Yankee 1976, scrapped 1993
163 643848 Naugatuck US Coast Guard Icebreaking Tug WYT 92 328d 110 12-Apr-39 Sold 1982 as Timmy B, Jimmy L 1993
164   Raritan US Coast Guard Icebreaking Tug WYT 93 328d 110 11-Apr-39 Decommissioned 1979, to SUNYMC 1988, scrapped 2001
165     City of Detroit Police Boat       35 Sep-38  
166     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 451 374d 162 12-Aug-40 Prototype, to NDRF 1947
167     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 452 348d 174 26-Jul-43 Prototype, reclassified 1944 as Castine (IX 211), to NDRF 1947
168   Toka US Navy Yard Tug YT 149 218d 100 3-Jun-41 To US Army 1983
169 535711 Woyot US Navy Yard Tug YT 150 218d 100 7-Jun-41 Sold 1971 as Shamrock, Tony D 1974, Kate 1988
170 661544 Konoka US Navy Yard Tug YT 151 218d 100 7-Jun-41 Sold 1984 as Emma Brown, sank 2001, raised and scrapped 2003
171   Broadbill US Navy Minesweeper AM 58 890d 221 13-Oct-42 Later MSF 58, scrapped 1973
172   Chickadee US Navy Minesweeper AM 59 890d 221 9-Nov-42 To Uruguay 1966 as Comandante Pedro Campbell (A 24)
173   Nuthatch US Navy Minesweeper AM 60 890d 221 19-Nov-42 Later MSF 60, sunk as target 1966
174   Pheasant US Navy Minesweeper AM 61 890d 221 12-Dec-42 Later MSF 61, sunk as target 1966
175     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 471 463d 173 3-Nov-41 To Free French 1944 as L'Eveille (W 31), scrapped 1963
176     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 472 463d 173 9-Dec-41 To Free French 1944 as Le Ruse (W 41), scrapped 1959
177     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 473 463d 173 9-Dec-41 To Free French 1944 as L'Ardent (W 39), in collision and sank 1945
178     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 474 463d 173 11-Feb-42 To Free French 1944 as L'Indiscret (W 32), sold 1960 as Dragon
179     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 475 463d 173 27-Dec-41 To Free French 1944 as Le Resolu (W 33), condemned 1951
180     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 476 463d 173 18-Mar-42 Scrapped 1948
181     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 477 463d 173 30-Mar-42 Scrapped 1946
182     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 478 463d 173 1-Apr-42 Scrapped 1946
183     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 479 463d 173 30-Apr-42 Scrapped 1946
184     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 480 463d 173 7-Apr-42 To Free French 1944 as L'Emporté (W 43), scrapped 1959
185     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 481 463d 173 24-Apr-42 To Free French 1944 as L'Effronte (W 34), sunk as target 1953
186     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 482 463d 173 30-Apr-42 To Free French 1944 as L'Enjoue (W 44), sunk by u-boat 1945
187     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 542 463d 173 25-May-42 To Free French 1944 as Le Tirailleur (W 102), scrapped 1958
188     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 543 463d 173 26-May-42 To Free French 1944 as Le Volontaire (W 61), reduced to pontoon and scrapped 1964
189     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 544 463d 173 5-Jun-42 To Brazil 1942 as Guaporé (G 1), scrapped 1958
190     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 545 463d 173 27-Jun-42 To Free French 1944 as Goumier (W 91), to Morocco 1960 as Agadir (Q 390), returned and sunk as target 1964
191     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 546 463d 173 8-Jul-42 To Free French 1944 as Franc-Tireur (W 112), sunk as target 1953
192     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 547 463d 173 24-Jul-42 To Brazil 1942 as Gurupi (G 2), scrapped 1959
193     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 548 463d 173 2-Aug-42 Sunk in A-bomb tests at Eniwetok Atoll 1946
194     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 549 463d 173 2-Aug-42 Later PCC 549, scrapped 1948
195     US Navy Oceangoing Tug BAT 7 783d 143 6-Jun-42 To Britain 1942 as HMS Aimwell (W 113), returned 1946, sold 1947 as Patricia Moller, then Golden Cape 1948, Hawkeye 1971, sunk by mine in Mekong River 1975
196     US Navy Oceangoing Tug BAT 8 783d 143 29-Jun-42 To Britain 1942 as HMS Bold (W 114), returned 1946, sold 1948
197     US Navy Oceangoing Tug BAT 9 783d 143 30-Jul-42 To Britain 1942 as HMS Destiny (W 115), returned 1946, sold 1948 as Frosty Moller, then Christine Moller, Oceanus, Gele Zee, Atlas, Atlas II
198     US Navy Oceangoing Tug BAT 10 783d 143 14-Sep-42 To Britain 1942 as HMS Eminent (W 116), returned 1946, sold 1946 as Ming 105, then Ming 305, scrapped 2005
199     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 583 463d 173 2-Sep-42 Sold 1948 as Pan American
200     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 584 463d 173 22-Aug-42 Destroyed by typhoon Louise 9-Oct-45
201     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 585 463d 173 6-Sep-42 Sold 1948
202     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 586 463d 173 5-Oct-42 Named Patchogue 1956, scrapped 1959
203     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 587 463d 173 19-Sep-42 Sold 1948
204     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 1119 463d 173 15-Dec-42 Named Greencastle 1956, scrapped 1958
205     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 1120 463d 173 18-Jan-43 Named Carlinville 1956, sold 1975 as Island Transport, Ohana Kai 1977, scrapped 1991
206     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 1121 463d 173 10-Dec-42 To the Philippines 1948 as Camarines Sur (C 21), struck 1953
207     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 1122 463d 173 1-Jan-43 To the Philippines 1948
208     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 1123 463d 173 5-Feb-43 In collision 1943 and disposed of
209     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 1124 463d 173 24-May-43 Damaged off Leyte 1944 and reclassified 1945 as barracks ship Chocura (IX 206), scuttled 1945
210     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 1125 463d 173 26-May-43 Named Cordele 1956
211     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 1126 463d 173 27-May-43 Later PCC 1126, destroyed by typhoon Louise 9-Oct-45
212     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 1127 463d 173 29-May-43 To MARAD 1946
213     US Navy Sub Chaser PC 1128 463d 173 31-May-43 Destroyed by typhoon Louise 9-Oct-45
214     US Navy