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Wooden Boat Builders of the Past

List of Wooden Boat Builders

Albany Boat Co.

Albright Boat & Marine Co.,
Charlotte, NC.

Aeolian Company
Bbuilder of ACO Seaboats

Andress Boat Co.
Rockport, Ontario

Atlas Boat Corp.
of Menominee, Michigan

Boesch Boats

Century Boat Co.
of Manistee, Michigan

Chris Smith & Sons Boat Co., Later called Chris Craft

Chris Craft

Dart Boat Co. of Toledo, Ohio
About 30 to 40 Dart Boats survive today. The company was in business for about eight years, but closed in 1931 during the depression. First known as Indian Lake Boat Co., the rights to build the Dart Runabout were sold in 1928. Meanwhile, Indian Lake Boat Co. continued to build outboard boats and fishing boats through about 1955.

Dee-Wite Lumber Co.,
Detroit, Michigan

Dingle Boat Works
St. Paul, Mn.

Ditchburn Boats, Ltd.
Gravenhurst, Ontario

Horace E. Dodge Boat & Plane Corp.
Builder of Dodge Boats

Dowsett Boat Co.
Portland, Ontario

Duke Boat Co.
Port Carling, Ontario

Dunphy Boat Co.
Oshkosh, WI.

Eckfield Boat Co.
Algonac, Michigan

Faul of Horgen

Fetthall Boats
Gravenhurst, Ontario

Fay Bow Boats
Geneva, New York

Fitzgerald and Lee
New York

Gar Wood Boat Co.
Algonac, Michigan

Gilbert Boat Co.
Brockville, Ontario, Canada

Globe Mastercraft

Greavette Boats, Ltd.

Gregory's Belle Isle Boat & Engine Co.

Grew Boat Co.
Plenetang, Ontario

Hacker Boat Co.

Hafer Craft Boat Co.

Higgins, Inc.

Hunter Boats, Ltd.
Orillia, Ontario

Hutchinson Boat Works
New York

Lacaille Boat Co.
Magog, Quebec

Larson Boat Works

Ludington Boat Div. of Ludington Aircraft, Inc.
Rhode Island

Mac-Craft Corp. Ltd.
Wallaceburg, Ontario

Mariner of Michigan

Mason Boat Co.
Montreal, Quebec

Mayea Boat Works
Fairhaven, Michigan

Meteor Boats
Piqua, Ohio

Midwest Boat Co.
Neenah, Wisconsin

Minett Shields, Ltd.

Morehouse Boat Co.
Cayuga lake, New York

North Star Marine Construction Co.
Holland, Michigan

Northwestern Boat & Mfg. Co.
Builder of "Curly Craft"

Ontario Boat and Engine Co.
Wallaceburg, Ontario

Penn Yan Boats
Penn Yan, New York

Peterborough Canoe Co.
Peterborough, Ontario

Philbrick Boat Co.

Port Carling Boat Works, Ltd.
Port Carling, Ontario

Ramaley Boat Works
White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Rio of Italy

Riva Boat Co.
Lake Sarnico, Italy

Robinson Seagull

Scott Boat Co.
Toronto, Ontario

Lyon-Tuttle Corp.
New York. Builder of Sea-Lyon.

Shepherd Boats, Ltd.

Stan Craft Corp.
Formerly in Montana, now in Idaho

Stephens Marine

Stockton, California. Founded in 1902 by Thode and Roy Stephens.

Streblow Custom Boats
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Sunflower Boat Works

Thompson Brothers Boat Mfg. Co., Peshito, Wi. and Cortland, New York
Thompson Boat Co. Peshtigo, Wisconsin and St. Charles, Michigan
Thompson Marine Products, St. Charles, Michigan
Thompson Boat Co. of New York, Inc., Cortland, New York
Thompson Royal-Craft, Inc., Cortland, New York
Thompson by Chris-Craft, Cortland, New York
Cruisers, Inc., Oconto, Wisconsin
T & T Boats, Inc., Wausaukee, Wisconsin
Grady-White Boats, Greenville, North Carolina
Thompson Skis, Inc., Crivitz, Wisconsin (water skis)
Tonka Craft Boats
Built by Minnetonka Boat Works, Wayzata, Minnesota


Vanguard Power Boats
Auburn, Indiana

Van-Craft, Wallaceburg, Ontario

Ventnor Boat Works

Ventnor, New Jersey
Founded by Adolph Apel. Ventnor specialized in building competition racing boats and their boats won many awards and set new speed records for their high profile and famous customers. The company was moved to a larger facility in Atlantic City, NJ. at the outset of World War II. There they built boats for the Army and Navy. After the war, Ventnor returned to building pleasure craft, including race boats, cabin cruisers, yacht tenders, skiffs, rowboats and sail boats.

Wallace Boat Works
, Rice Lake, Ontari