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