CHRIS-CRAFT

Algonac MI

Most recent update: August 17, 2015.

Christopher Columbus Smith, the founder of Chris-Craft, built his first boat in 1874, when he was only 13, and by the 1930s his company was the largest builder of mahogany power boats in the world.  The shipyard was on Dyke Road, at the south end of Algonac: see it from the air on Google here.  During WWII, Chris-Craft built thousands of small boats for both the Army and the Navy, many more than are listed below.  After the war, they started several additional boat manufacturing plants - not shipyards - and broadened their market by shifting both to smaller boats and to fiberglass hulls.  In 1972 the Algonac yard built its last boat and, after that, all their boats were built in their plants in Holland MI, Pompano Beach FL, Salisbury MD and Chattanooga TN.  In 1981, Chris-Craft was bought by an investment group headed by G. D. Murray and became Murray Chris-Craft, but this lasted only until 1989, when the company closed for good.  This table just covers the original Algonac yard.  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to me at timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Type GT Ft. Built Disposition
  653044 Capone   Power Boat 6 26 1926 Active
  231134 Wanderlust Henry J. Williams Power Boat 20 47 1931  
    Lillian M Lillian M. Marquette Power Boat   38 1935  
    Haleakala E. Babbette Power Boat   38 1936  
    Scarab   Power Boat   31 1936 Later Holiday II
    Shove Off   Power Boat   31 1936 Later Pickering
    Dot   Power Boat   35 1937 Later Dorothy
  176486 Let's Go   Power Boat 13 40 1937 Later Tomahawk, Malibu, Let's Go
    Moonflodel   Power Boat   32 1937 Later Stella Maria, Nancy Lee III, Oh-Shucks
  260214 Scandal   Power Boat 17 38 1937 Later Bobby Sue
  1072128 Born Again   Power Boat 7 35 1938  
    Emmy   Power Boat   35 1938 Later Joell, Franda II
    Frabar   Power Boat   40 1938 Later Burgo, Fiesta II
    Gladie   Power Boat   36 1938 Later Spectator II
    Ho-Hum Herbert R. Prior Power Boat   40 1938  
  237407 King Edward   Power Boat 17 40 1938 Later Anna Vaughan, Marion, Lucille D, Cla-Mar II
    Lone Star   Power Boat   40 1938 Later Gened II
    Nandijac E. P. Hamilton Power Boat   55 1938  
  237340 Spray II   Power Boat 16 40 1938 Later King Pin
    Alice B III   Power Boat   55 1939 Later Lady Lu, Tarka, Alta Mar
    Allendottie   Power Boat   36 1939 Later Norvaal VII
  238509 Belle Anchor III   Power Boat 20 41 1939 Later Far Fly II
    Bettijack III   Power Boat 20 41 1939 Later Mith II, Melanita III
  238410 Betty R   Power Boat 24 48 1939 Later Brownie, Melody
    Catherine James M. Graham Power Boat   42 1939  
    Cool Breeze   Power Boat   39 1939 Later Swanee Pride, Maytime
    Eulo   Power Boat   41 1939 Later Monaleo II, Phil-Mar 3
    Focus II Peter Barlow Power Boat   17 1939  
  238775 Gonagin III Edward K. Warren Power Boat 31 55 1939  
    Grey-Rock III   Power Boat   41 1939 Later Tanagra, Patricia III
  238510 Half Moon   Power Boat 19 39 1939 Later New Moon
    Hi Ho   Power Boat   42 1939 Later Restless II
    Janie   Power Boat   41 1939 Later Julianna
    Marjon   Power Boat 40 60 1939 Later Benmar, Enchantress
  238367 Marob   Power Boat 19 41 1939 Later Angela J
    Martha D   Power Boat 24 48 1939 Later Malibu Dawn, Lady Windermere II, Bali Hai
    Moon Tide Paul G. Wehle Power Boat   48 1939  
  239038 Nautilus Carlton J. Powers Power Boat 18 42 1939  
    Salty Mills   Power Boat   37 1939 Later Bay Witch III
    Sea Siren Erwin S. Jennings Power Boat   41 1939  
    Tak   Power Boat 32 55 1939 Later Highlander
    Tokay   Power Boat   41 1939  
    Vagabond J. Rufus Doig Power Boat   34 1939  
  238392 Vija   Power Boat 19 41 1939 Later Kodiak Bear, Bracer, Thunderbird, Bali Hai
    White House   Power Boat   41 1939 Later Whitecap, Golden Rocket
  239313 Arrow III   Power Boat 21 42 1940 Later Marie III, Shangrila IV
  239065 Arrowhead   Power Boat 25 48 1940 Later Pearl Necklace, Spindrift, Spendthrift, Ak-Sar-Ben, Skoo-Kum II
    Caroline II   Power Boat   48 1940 Later Desbar
    Halve Maene IV   Power Boat   38 1940 Later Malolo II
  239475 Jama   Power Boat 22 42 1940 Later Restless II, Bobette
    Kathrod II   Power Boat   41 1940 Later Menehune
    Lady Florence   Power Boat   42 1940 Later Bali Ha'I, Tweak III
  175707 Marboy   Power Boat 18 36 1940 Later Wigwam, Malibu, Geva, Wigwam
  239372 Maret II   Power Boat 19 42 1940 Later Mari-B-Marth III
    Mialma   Power Boat   42 1940 Later Skoo-Khum, Willie B II
    Miss Behave III   Power Boat   37 1940 Later Nomad, Margil
    My Kay IV   Power Boat 36 55 1940 Later My Mary Gail, Bonanza
    Nancy Jane   Power Boat   38 1940 Later Gamine II
  282971 Shirley B   Power Boat 17 37 1940 Later Alamag, Marwin II, Rosalind II
  239502 Sinbad III Arthur Robertson Power Boat 21 42 1940  
    Sonny D   Power Boat   42 1940 Later Doryann II, Mary Lynne
    Windward II Chas. W. Gregory Power Boat   42 1940  
    Alice George M. Gross Power Boat   44 1941  
    Bibbus   Power Boat   44 1941 Later Beatrix II
    Buena John H. Scheele Power Boat   38 1941  
    Good Humor II   Power Boat   44 1941 Later Alolga
  246259 Josephine A   Power Boat 23 41 1941  
  240424 Lady Mohr Frank M. Mohr Power Boat 23 43 1941  
    Restless III J. Stewart Carew Power Boat   40 1941  
    Roxana J III   Power Boat   44 1941 Later Janice Gay, No-Wa II, Lady Lucy
    Sea Bird II Alden S. Pinkham Power Boat   36 1941  
    Tops III   Power Boat   38 1941 Later Audrey III
    Bimisi III John M. Young Power Boat   35 1942  
    Donald Duck II   Power Boat   36 1942 Later Cuter, Golden Gate, Kitty P II
    Nancy John II Edward F. Nager Power Boat   45 1942  
    Renejon II   Power Boat   40 1942 Later Sir Robin
  241167 Rubiyat John O. Lorange Power Boat 38 55 1942  
    Vicuna   Power Boat   43 1942 Later Cameo II, Jac-Lyn II
Wartime Construction
    J 101-127 U.S. Army Boat, sh.-drft.   22 1940 27 boats
    J 144-145 U.S. Army Boat, sh.-drft.   30 1941 2 boats
    J 168-196 U.S. Army Boat, rescue   22 1941 29 boats
    J 214 U.S. Army Launch   34 1941 1 boat
    Q 20-23 U.S. Army Launch   60 1941 4 boats
    Q 36-39 U.S. Army Launch   60 1941 4 boats
    Q 40 U.S. Army Launch   55 1941 1 boat
    V 16 U.S. Army Boat, motor   25 1941 1 boat
    P 122-140 U.S. Army Boat, rescue   42 1942 19 boats
    Q 54-66 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.   62 1942 13 boats
    Q 69-77 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.   62 1942 19 boats
    AC 1 - 10 U.S. Army Boat, patrol   43 1943 10 boats
    J 631-661 U.S. Army Boat, rescue   22 1943 31 boats
    J 690-726 U.S. Army Boat, patrol   43 1943 37 boats
    P 151-180 U.S. Army Boat, rescue   42 1943 30 boats
    Q 88-102 U.S. Army Boat, psgr.   62 1943 15 boats
    LCP(L) U.S. Navy Landing Craft 6 37 1943-45 ? boats
    LCP(R) U.S. Navy Landing Craft 6 36 1943-45 ? boats
    LCV U.S. Navy Landing Craft 7 36 1943-45 ? boats
    LCVP U.S. Navy Landing Craft 9 36 1943-45 ? boats
Boats Sold After the War
  269545 Q 94 U.S. Army Boat, psgr. 43 60 1943 Sold as Peter Pan, later Carmen III
  250461 Q 99 U.S. Army Boat, psgr. 43 60 1943 Sold as Sooner, later Yarkon, Delemar
  263031 Carol II   Power Boat 43 60 1943 Later Tempo, Franruss
  255834 Lurlyn   Fishing 10 37 1943  
  260316 Sharon   Power Boat 14 38 1944  
C-22725 273446   U.S. Navy Landing Craft 11 37 1943 Sld as Pik Nik, active
C-71691 288281   U.S. Navy Landing Craft 11 32 1944 Sold as AB 1
C-87278 554035   U.S. Navy Landing Craft 10 35 1944 Sold as E J
C-87498 566406   U.S. Navy Landing Craft 10 34 1945 Sold as Sealife
Post-War Construction
  599577 Calafia   Fishing 13 40 1945  
  256013 Dianna Lynne   Fishing 13 39 1945  
  250450 Clare H III   Power Boat 24 46 1946 Later Dolly E, Seven Up, Three Seas
    Copita   Power Boat   40 1946 Later Iota V
    Gaiwood Gaylord Wood Power Boat   23 1946  
  269156 Grayling William J. Gray Power Boat 23 46 1946  
    Kada III Sidney M. Schramm Power Boat   46 1946  
  253216 Lady J 2   Power Boat 24 44 1946  
    Lydia II   Power Boat   34 1946 Later Happy Pappy II
    Penny Jeff II A. Forziati Power Boat   46 1946  
    Restless V J. L. Tysinger Power Boat   40 1946  
  282553 Ruthanna   Power Boat 13 35 1946  
    Stingray Theodore M. Wilkie Power Boat   23 1946  
    Village Belle   Power Boat   49 1946 Later Fuzzydele
    White Cloud   Power Boat 25 46 1946 Later Barbar II
    Anna B   Power Boat   40 1947 Later Vagabond Too
  179235 Ballygalley Head IV   Power Boat 27 46 1947 Later Caprice III, Cordon Bleu
    Dorothy D   Power Boat   40 1947 Later Vin-Mar, Charlaine
  259879 Dot'n Dash   Power Boat 25 50 1947 Later Windward IV, Bounder III
    Gustel   Power Boat   40 1947 Later Aldo
  276669 Heltom   Power Boat 47 46 1947 Later Golden Strand, Bimini Bum II, Olivia J, Sue-Shan II
    Lazy Lady IV   Power Boat   46 1947 Later Alibubu IV, Avra, Eileen
    Leprechaun   Power Boat   46 1947 Later Deb Bob
    Marjorie   Power Boat   46 1947 Later Sea Wulf, Boots II
    Mary Anne   Power Boat   46 1947 Later Merle V, Martoc
    Mary K   Power Boat   34 1947 Later Ronlen, Cherokee
  276699 Miss Birdie II   Power Boat 32 44 1947 Active
    My Gem IV   Power Boat   46 1947 Later Bicker III, Fram, Venture II, Lou-Inda II
    Niss Melody   Power Boat   46 1947 Later Pamar, Lady Ann II
    Red Kay   Power Boat   46 1947 Later Judy C
    Rita   Power Boat   46 1947 Later Loretto
    Ronnie-Jay II   Power Boat   33 1947 Later Jo-Cath II
    Ruth III N. E. Nielsen Power Boat   46 1947  
    Vagary III Russell T. Branch Power Boat   46 1947  
    Alexandria   Power Boat   30 1948 Later Alfredjon
  264206 Aloel Joe A. Payne Power Boat 24 46 1948  
    Avocette III Fred W. Voges Power Boat   25 1948  
    Bali Hai   Power Boat   40 1948 Later Hellion II
  255464 Bella   Power Boat 23 46 1948 Later Dorleon
    Blue Yonder Robert H. Pinner Power Boat   33 1948  
  280048 Brownie Frank A. Prather Power Boat 16 36 1948  
    Cathery T   Power Boat   36 1948 Later Sujed III, Lydia E II
    Challenger   Power Boat   40 1948 Later Evelyn II
    Corsair Nick Tiburzi Power Boat   33 1948  
  255108 DoMar   Power Boat 23 46 1948 Later Hull's Hull
    Dorie VI   Power Boat   40 1948 Later Shifting Sands, Charbil 3rd
    Electra   Power Boat   46 1948 Later Joybob II
    Essay See   Power Boat   46 1948 Later Adventurer
    Fire-Fly L. W. Hench Power Boat   52 1948  
    Four Buoys & A Bell G. Harold Welch Power Boat   27 1948  
46-104 255464 Grand Cru   Power Boat 23 44 1948 Active
    Janie II George Gibson Power Boat   40 1948  
    Jecana II   Power Boat   46 1948 Later Lucky Star III
  255361 Jeri-Gail H. C. Fraser Power Boat 19 40 1948  
    Kada IV   Power Boat   46 1948 Later Monie III
    Lady Jeanne   Power Boat   46 1948 Later Rose C II, Spook II
  288010 Madame   Power Boat 18 40 1948 Later Miss Tropicana
    Mardie   Power Boat   46 1948 Later Duf-L-Bag III
    Maron   Power Boat   46 1948 Later Geordene
    Maybe   Power Boat   35 1948 Later Kajanrus
    Merry Seas   Power Boat   46 1948 Later Panama
    Mi Sueno Leicester Stanhope Power Boat   40 1948  
    Ninna Lee   Power Boat   40 1948 Later Seacat, Louise
    Olive A George F. Getz Power Boat   25 1948  
    Partner   Power Boat   36 1948 Later Marda II
  255108 Rathlin   Power Boat 23 44 1948  
    Santa Cruz Christian G. Norman Power Boat   40 1948  
    Silhouette   Power Boat   46 1948 Later Luana
    Uptop II   Power Boat   46 1948 Later Rita B
    Aadelyn II Aad J. Dahl Power Boat   47 1949  
    Alice Marie Laurence P. Scofield Power Boat   34 1949  
    Almardon IV Southern Atlantic Co. Power Boat   46 1949  
    Barbet IV Robert Bettman Power Boat   33 1949  
    Ceileta Wm. A. Shannon Power Boat   42 1949 Later Sons Ahoy, Blarney III
  192824 Dalphin   Power Boat 34 50 1949 Later Adaljar III, Caritas
    Donald Duck III Donald C. Holmes Power Boat   40 1949  
    Elmar   Power Boat   46 1949 Later Kai-Rew
    Gene VI   Power Boat   40 1949 Later Bobby
    Hudson Riviera MB Hudson Co. Power Boat   40 1949  
    Jed III John L. Ashby Power Boat   46 1949  
  258674 Jo Ann II   Power Boat 34 52 1949 Later Witch Way
    Key West Riviera MB Hudson Co. Power Boat   25 1949  
    Lee Ann II L. F. Clabots Power Boat   40 1949  
    Madcap   Power Boat   40 1949 Later Lingra II
  283254 Manana   Power Boat 25 46 1949  
    Marlin Riviera MB Hudson Co. Power Boat   19 1949  
    Mate   Power Boat   36 1949 Later Miss T II, Miss T
    Mim-Ro Richard D. Kobley Power Boat   41 1949  
    Nauti-Gal Paul S. Mory Power Boat   30 1949  
    Pegeen   Power Boat   40 1949 Later Java
    Philbet II   Power Boat   40 1949 Later Marie Foley
  193082 Pollywog   Power Boat 21 40 1949 Later Chimere
    Rags Ragland II   Power Boat   46 1949 Later Hel-Jef, Wan Ray
    Restless VII   Power Boat   36 1949 Later Marilyn C, Heaven Can Wait
    Ripanator Hudson S. Moses Power Boat   35 1949  
    Sailfish Riviera MB Hudson Co. Power Boat   19 1949  
    Susan III   Power Boat   46 1949 Later Sea Bee VIII
36-225 258115 Trim Tab   Power Boat 10 26 1949  
    Agatha Ira C. Darling Power Boat   40 1950  
    Agrado George P. Richardson Power Boat   48 1950  
    Almar II   Power Boat   50 1950 Later Bidgee, Helen F IV
    Beamor   Power Boat   41 1950 Later Virginia Jane II
    Blue Fish II Charles C. Harrison Power Boat   41 1950  
    Boby Dol   Power Boat   42 1950 Later Mary Mar IV
    Borko III B. J. Borkowski Power Boat   41 1950  
  269087 Bunty   Power Boat 22 46 1950 Later Gala III
  259631 Cavalla   Power Boat 29 48 1950 Later Mary Lee V. TNT III
    Cyrenus V   Power Boat   34 1950 Later Margie IV
    Decibel   Power Boat   41 1950 Later Elrob, Jicky
  282351 Doll-Lee   Power Boat 23 42 1950 Later Lady-Doris
  259889 Duchess Margaret B. Vorwick Power Boat 23 46 1950  
    Edith Lee III   Power Boat   46 1950 Later Tonka II
    Flying Dutchman Stephen J. Gensinger Power Boat   50 1950  
    Horwin IV E. K. Payntor Power Boat   33 1950  
  261137 Inisfael   Power Boat 20 42 1950  
  261290 Jacaranda   Power Boat 20 39 1950 Active
    Jo-Joe Joseph Eberle Power Boat   46 1950  
    Kela II Cliff C. Archer Power Boat   41 1950  
  261314 Leprechaun George W. Mead Power Boat 55 62 1950  
    Little Viking Charles A. Gross Power Boat   49 1950  
    Marcar III Walter L. Spallholz Power Boat   42 1950  
    Mary Lee Auto Leasing Corp. Power Boat   50 1950  
    Maurine C II   Power Boat   41 1950 Later Ann M
    Memory Lane La Ca Holding Corp. Power Boat   48 1950  
    Miami Riviera MB Hudson Co. Power Boat   52 1950  
    Miss Bingo III J. J. Morris Power Boat   41 1950  
  260058 Missus C. B.   Power Boat 20 41 1950 Later Kalaine
    Mullica II John F. Steinman Power Boat   50 1950  
    Ninovan II M. J. Nevins Power Boat   42 1950  
    Nixie Clifford Bowman Power Boat   33 1950  
  281456 Nor'Wester R. W. Orrell Power Boat 24 46 1950  
    Ocasco   Power Boat   50 1950 Later Double Trouble, Miss Jane III
    Overtaker Nathan P. Cummings Power Boat   26 1950  
    Peggy M   Power Boat   48 1950 Later The Flagler
    Phantom   Power Boat   32 1950 Later Nitewind
    Philbet III   Power Boat   46 1950 Later Winsome, Nan-Lin-Dor
    Puritan   Power Boat   42 1950 Later Jerlee B
    Querida II Elmer L. Reynolds Power Boat   41 1950  
    Red Devil Donald Greene Power Boat   46 1950  
    Sans Souci   Power Boat   48 1950 Later Stand Pat III
    Scheherazade II   Power Boat   41 1950 Later Criteria
  280532 Sea Maid   Power Boat 55 62 1950 Later Helen M III, Salar IV
    Sea Queen   Power Boat   54 1950 Later Magdalene, Sara Lee
    Sonreed   Power Boat   41 1950 Later Kitch IV
    Storm King Timothy G. Stillman Power Boat   46 1950  
    Strike II Arnold Tietig Power Boat   34 1950  
    Triple Ess III   Power Boat   42 1950 Later Starfire, Susie
41-069 546521 United   Power Boat 19 41 1950 Active
  198030 Wanda D   Power Boat 24 50 1950 Later Stowaway III
    Able Minnie IV   Power Boat   42 1951 Later Zara, Helen Diane
    Alipoo Roland H. Babb Power Boat   31 1951  
    Ann IV Faust Qualliotine Power Boat   38 1951  
  283277 Babs-Marie VI   Power Boat 32 47 1951 Later Roving Cs
    Baford   Power Boat   42 1951 Later Lyn-Gar
    Balin IV   Power Boat   42 1951 Later Marwal
    Bernadette III   Power Boat   50 1951 Later Wilda, Tomluwilella, Helen A, Merry Breeze III
    Blue Marlin Willie Walker Power Boat   40 1951  
    Brenda III   Power Boat   42 1951 Later Blitz III
  280294 Bri-Den   Power Boat 38 54 1951 Later Bob-Kat IV
  188751 Capri II R. W. Phelps Power Boat 32 50 1951  
    Carla Faye   Power Boat   40 1951 Later Roberta Ann
    Champagne III   Power Boat   50 1951 Later Betty Dee III
    Charlenan II   Power Boat   38 1951 Later Hedy Kay III
    Cock-A-Doodle   Power Boat   42 1951 Later Kath Cay
  282228 De Kalb II   Power Boat 22 42 1951 Later Kismet IV
    Delver-B Elwin O. Phelps Power Boat   42 1951  
    Doryann II Virgil H. Waite Power Boat   42 1951  
    Eight Bells IV   Power Boat   34 1951 Later Philcy III
  188865 Eva B   Power Boat 22 42 1951 Later Surcouf
    Evelyn "U"   Power Boat   42 1951 Later Diane IV, Flying Dutchman 4th
    Flo-Jack   Power Boat   50 1951 Later Laurelia, Ocean Play, Carousel, Geisha Girl
    Flying Mike   Power Boat   48 1951 Later Jo-Le, Wotnex III
  282659 Fran-Mar   Power Boat 22 42 1951 Later Larede
    Franny Bee   Power Boat   46 1951 Later Marlee, Sally H IV, Bayou Lu
    Funnyface II Jerry Chige Power Boat   42 1951  
    Genie   Power Boat   54 1951 Later Estelle, Lucille D
    Hal Pan   Power Boat   50 1951 Later Larron V
  283992 Jewel Lewis J. Garlick Power Boat 36 50 1951  
    Julia Ann IV   Power Boat   34 1951 Later Dancing Girl