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Henry C. Grebe & Company, Chicago IL

(formerly Great Lakes Boat Building Corporation)

Most recent update: October 17, 2013.


Henry C. Grebe & Company was the successor to Great Lakes Boat Building, which had started in Milwaukee in 1915 and moved to Chicago in 1921.  Grebe was famous for the style and quality of the boats he designed and built and the yard had many famous customers.  It was located on the west side of the North Branch of the Chicago River, just north of the West Belmont Avenue Bridge: it built its last boat in 1970 but did not finally close until 1994.  The site is now occupied by the Belmont River Club townhouse complex.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Name Customer Type GT Ft. Delivery Disposition
Built in Milwaukee by Great Lakes Boat Building
    Kingfisher E. L. King Power Cruiser   56 1916  
    Sea Tag   Patrol Boat   50 1917  
    SC 328 U.S. Navy Sub Chaser 135 110 20-Oct-17 Sold 1935
    SC 329 U.S. Navy Sub Chaser 135 110 20-Oct-17 Sold 1922
    SC 419 U.S. Navy Sub Chaser 135 110 1919 Never commissioned, sold 1927
    SC 420 U.S. Navy Sub Chaser 135 110 1919 Never commissioned, sold 1920
      Henry Ringling Power Cruiser   48    
    Miss Liberty II   Power Cruiser   62 1920 Capable of 30 knots.
    Frances John F. Dodge Power Cruiser   104 1920 Capable of 30 knots.
    Adroit II         1920 To USN 1942 as YP 188, to MARAD 1947
    Boss   Power Cruiser   42 1921 Active
    Apothecariana   Commuter 33 62 1921 Now Pam
Built in Chicago, at first by Great Lakes Boat Building, later by Henry C. Grebe & Company
    Wasp II Philip D. Wrigley Power Cruiser   65 1923 Capable of 27 knots.
    Solace II L. S. Wallace Power Cruiser     1925 Deleted
    Freedom Sterling Morton Schooner   88 1930 To the USNA 1940, sold 1968
  229927 Halame   Power Cruiser 29 44 1930 Active
    Sunbeam   Power Cruiser   46 1931  
    Venture   Power Cruiser   35 1934 Active
    Devshir   Ketch 41 60 1936 Active
    Scottie Mrs. Grebe Power Cruiser 16 40 1936 Now Robert Allan II
    Rhea III   Power Cruiser   103   To NOAA 1941 as George D. Cowie, sold 1962
  238494 Rusty II Arnold Horween Power Cruiser 32 53 1939 Now Courier
    Sohio S. O. of Ohio Towboat     1939 Later Kestrel
  239548 Awab   Motor Sailer 27 55 1940 Now Flying Gull
    Escapade   Sloop   25 1940 Active
    High Tide   Motor Yacht   71 1941 Now Miss Laura
    YMS 84 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 23-May-42 Mined off Borneo and lost 1945
    YMS 85 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 30-Jun-42 To the USSR as T-604 1945, scuttled 1956
    YMS 171/BYMS 2171 US Navy/Royal Navy Minesweeper 320 136 29-Mar-43 To Greece 1946 as Kefallinia (M 207), struck 1966
    YMS 172/BYMS 2172 US Navy/Royal Navy Minesweeper 320 136 17-Apr-43 To Greece 1946 as Kerkyra (M 208), struck 1960
    YMS 173/BYMS 2173 US Navy/Royal Navy Minesweeper 320 136 1-May-43 To Italy 1947 as Begonia, to Finland 1848, sold as mission ship Ebeneser 1954, sank 1983
    YMS 174/BYMS 2174 US Navy/Royal Navy Minesweeper 320 136 22-May-43 Sold 1947
    YMS 175/BYMS 2175 US Navy/Royal Navy Minesweeper 320 136 5-Jun-43 To Egypt 1949 as Gaza (or Tor?), to Algeria 1962 as Djebel Aures, wrecked 1963
    YMS 176 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 10-Jul-43 Scrapped 1947
    YMS 177 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 18-Jul-43 Struck 1946
    YMS 178 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 27-Jul-43 To the USSR 1945 as T-588, scuttled 1956
    YMS 179 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 14-Aug-43 Reclassified 1947 as Cardinal (AMS 4), to Brazil 1960 as Javari (M 11), scrapped 1970
    YMS 180 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 28-Aug-43 To the USSR 1945 as T-609, scrapped 1956
    YMS 181/BYMS 2181 US Navy/Royal Navy Minesweeper 320 136 12-Sep-43 Struck 1946
    YMS 182/BYMS 2182 US Navy/Royal Navy Minesweeper 320 136 25-Sep-43 To Greece 1959 as Lambadias, struck 1968
    YMS 279/BYMS 2279 US Navy/Royal Navy Minesweeper 320 136 2-Oct-43 Sold 1946 as Rudolf Diesel, later to Germany as Y 289, now in the Netherlands, still active
    YMS 280/BYMS 2280 US Navy/Royal Navy Minesweeper 320 136 16-Oct-43 To Italy 1947 as Verbena, struck 1966
    YMS 405 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 8-Nov-43 Struck 1946, sold 1947, later Leo Huff II, Silver Beach
    YMS 406 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 20-Nov-43 To Norway 1945 as NYMS 406, later Rana (M 330) 1948, struck 1962
    YMS 407 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 8-Dec-43 Sold 1947
    YMS 408 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 18-Dec-43 Sold 1947 as Eva, burnt and lost in the 1980s
    YMS 409 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 1-Jan-44 Foundered in the North Atlantic and lost 1944
    YMS 418 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 21-Sep-44 Sold 1947
    YMS 419 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 28-Oct-44 Reclassified 1947 as Mockingbird (AMS 27), to South Korea 1956 as Ko Chang (MSC 521), struck 1974
    YMS 420 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 5-Feb-45 To Canada 1951 as HMCS Cordova (MCA 158), sold 1970 as Harbour Queen No. 1, then Nakaya, reefed 1992
    YMS 421 US Navy Minesweeper 320 136 3-Mar-45 Foundered off Okinawa 1946
    YTL 199 US Navy Tug 54 61 1942 Sunk 1946
    YTL 200 US Navy Tug 54 61 1942 To France 1951 as Goeland, to Vietnam 1956 as HQ 9503
    YTL 201 US Navy Tug 54 61 1942  
    YTL 202 US Navy Tug 54 61 1942 Sold 1947
    YTL 203 US Navy Tug 54 61 1942 To France 1951 as Heron, to Vietnam 1956
    YTL 230 US Navy Tug 54 61 1943  
    YTL 231 US Navy Tug 54 61 1943 To Colombia 1963 as Teniente Ricardo Sorzano (RM 73)
    YTL 232 US Navy Tug 54 61 1943 To Britain 1943, to WSA 1947?
    YTL 233 US Navy Tug 54 61 1943 Sold 1946
    YTL 234 US Navy Tug 54 61 1943  
  500341 YTL 235 US Navy Tug 54 61 1943 Sold 1946, now S. T. S.
    YTL 445 US Navy Tug 50 61 1944 To Argentina 1969 as Calchaqui (R 6)
    YTL 446 US Navy Tug 50 61 1944 To Vietnam 1963
  299058 YTL 447 US Navy Tug 50 61 1944 Sold 1965 as Eastwind, later Champion, Big Chief, Champion II, now Tugugly
    YTL 448 US Navy Tug 50 61 1945 To Argentina 1965 as Morcoyan (R 19)
    YTL 449 US Navy Tug 50 61 1945 To Philippines 1963 as Aeta (YQ 224)
  506848 YTL 450 US Navy Tug 50 61 1945 Later Goblin, now Vancouver
    YTL 451 US Navy Tug 50 61 1944 To Vietnam 1963
  578032 Samish Dunlap Towing Tug 58 67 1944 Ex-YTL ? active
  536854 John Ackerman   Tug 42 61 1945 Ex-YTL ? active
    YW 117 US Navy Water Tanker 440 174 1945 Sold 1985, now Nooh 4
    YW 118 US Navy Water Tanker 440 174 1945 Scrapped 1974
    YW 119 US Navy Water Tanker 440 174 1945 Scrapped 1982
    YW 122 US Navy Water Tanker 440 174 1945 To Peru 1980
  250274 Comet John P. Wilson Sailing Yawl 24 53 1946 Now Cometa (Mexico)
  252323 Betty Gay I   Power Cruiser 56 65 1947 Later Patrician Lady V, Newmar, Car An II, now Shawnlacesan
  254163 Miss Carol Ann Merritt & Sons Inc Passenger 58 66 1947 Active
152 256636 Marileen O'Shaughnessy Power Cruiser 56 65 1948 Now Harvest Moon
  258197 Wanigan III G. C. Gaudin Power Cruiser 88 83 1949 Now Veritas
  259627 Ilys Frederick J. Roos Power Cruiser 30 53 1950 Now Patriot Seal
  259724 Full Moon General Boat Co Passenger 56 65 1950 Active
157 260671 Water Nymph John Blair Power Cruiser 29 57 1950 Registration expired end-2010
158 na AMS 74 US Navy Minesweeper 405 144 6-Jul-53 To Italy as Castagno (M 5504), to Greece 1995 as Erato (M 60)
159 na AMS 75 US Navy Minesweeper 405 144 2-Feb-54 To Italy as Gelso (M 5509), to Greece 1995 as Euniki (M 62), struck 2007
160 na AMS 76 US Navy Minesweeper 405 144 26-Oct-54 To Italy as Ontano (M 5513), struck 1993
161 269267 Wedac II W. Fondren Jr.    30 51 1955  
162   Neval O. A. Sutton     73 1955  
163       Speedboat   40   Not completed
164   Estella M C. E. Wetherald     47 1956  
165 272072 Isan III H. W. Jackson   25 47 1956  
166   Viobi II W. T. Hales Jr.     53 1956  
167   Sunny K K. K. Knickerbocker     47 1956  
  289746 Christiana   Power Cruiser 17 44 1956 Now My Island
168   Late Tape G. M. Copp     47 1957  
169 274041 Bonte H. A. Gray Jr. Power Cruiser 17  65 1957 Now Nauti Dolphin (Canada)
170 275477 Hummel Hummel II R. O. Schultz   48 57 1957  
171 280259 Conleeda G. W. Deeb Jr.   36 47 1958  
172                
173 276578 Amalia D Antonio Desiderio Power Cruiser   42 54 1958 Later Sea Breeze II, now Leona Mae
174 278033 Congress Queen G. Martin Passenger 45 66 1959 Now Skyline Queen
175 278403 Awab J. A. Simpson Motor Sailer 53 56 1959 Later Sequoia
176   Millie Jean J. Robbins Power Cruiser  48 65 1959 Now Vagabond d’Azur 
177   Florencia K. C. Gifford     65 1960  
178 282354 Mercedes III H. Kresge Passenger 83 68 1959 Later Misty, Ellen Ruth, Mercedes III again, destroyed in a fire 2011
179   Seawalker V M. Walker     54 1960 Later Sans Souci, wrecked in Hurricane Hugo 1989
180 285002 Florencia II K. C. Gifford Power Cruiser 68 75 1961 Owned by Jerry Lewis
181   Shelly K VII J. M. Rich     54 1961  
  1030052 Rushmere Mercury Sightseeing Power Cruiser 41 48 1961 Now Lady Grebe
182   Maruja G. W. Thompson     55 1962  
183 na   Chicago Police Dept. Patrol Boat   20 1962  
184 na   Chicago Police Dept. Patrol Boat   20 1962  
185 na   Chicago Police Dept. Patrol Boat   20 1962  
186 289670 Sequoia II J. N. Spear Motor Sailer 38 50 1963 Active
187 291543 Jewel L. Garlick Passenger 50 57 1963 Now Lady Hornblower 
188 603461 Goblin III J. N. Gamble Motor Sailer 42 42 1963 Later Sundu, now Nepenthe
189 293024 Elda Maria J. R. Perini Power Cruiser 58 60 1963 Later Capri V, now Traviata
190 295124 Westlake II L. Norton Power Cruiser 47 55 1964 Later Pusseaphut, now Elegante
191 297112 Maruja II G. W. Thompson    62 65 1964  
192 297278 Maurine III D. Weir   48 57 1964  
193 298987 Princess Marina J. W. Cox Power Cruiser 50 55 1965 Later Lucky Six, inactive
194 500214 Iroquois J. B. Poole Power Cruiser 46 55 1965 Now Box Office
195 501695 Sundancer F. A. Sunderland Power Cruiser 46 53 1965 Later Amanda Blaire, now Daddy's Money
196 503441 Arrowhead E. Flint Power Cruiser 46 55 1966 Later Life of Riley, Northstar, now Scarlet Sophia
197   SPR(L) IV H. Joy     60 1967  
198 665796 36SR681 U.S. Navy LCSR 14 36 1969 Now Leanna Katherine
199 na         60   Not built
200 524070 Karen J S. Spitzer Power Cruiser 64 65 1971 Now Santee