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Fishing Vessels of the Great Lakes

Compiled by Harvey Hadland

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L. L. A fishing vessel owned by Oswald Anderson, Muskegon, MI in 1950.

L.P. HILL 249636 .Built by Burger Boat Co. in 1946, for Eugene l. Hill, Grand Haven, Mich., the 60 ft. x 15 ft. all steel vessel was equipped with a 100-120 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine. Hill owned the vessel until 1961, when he sold to Charles E. Lixie Port Huron, Mich. MVUS lists the next owners; Richard McNab, Muskegon, 1969-1974; Keith Chanbers, Kenosha, 1975-1981; Lawrence Schweig, Chicago, 1982-1985. Chambers re- powered with a 250 hp. Cummins diesel, and converted her to a research vessel. Schweig restored her as a gill netter and she was subsequently lost on Lake Michigan in December 1985. VIEW PICTURE

LA BELLE 235733 .Built by Burger Boat Co., in 1936, for Thomas W. Brown, Whitefish Point, Mich., 50 ft. x 13 ft, the all steel vessel was equipped with a 90-120 hp. Hill diesel engine rated at 800 r.p.m. At 675 r.p.m. the boat attained 11 miles an hour, consuming slightly over 4 gallons of fuel per hour. The boat has been owned by the Browns since it was built. In 1949 the Hill diesel was replaced with a Caterpillar D333 diesel, rated at 120 hp. Since 1989 the boat has been pulled out of the water at Whitefish Point. VIEW PICTURE

LA BLANCE .Built by Marinette Marine Corp., in 1947, for George LaBlance Sons, Charlevoix, Mich. The 35 ft. x 11 ft. all- steel vessel was equipped with a Chrysler Crown gas engine. Later owned by Jim Petersen, Muskegon, Mich., the boat was re-named BARBARA, and re- powered with a diesel.(make of engine unknown.)

LADY GRACE A 22 ft. open boat owned by Fred A. Hansen, Bayfield, Wis. during the 1920s. Hansen fished from Sand Island, his year-round residence.

LADY ISABEL 249652 .Built at Manitowoc, Wis., in 1907, the wood hulled vessel was 43 ft. x 10 ft. and equipped with a gas engine. Boat was first listed in MVUS in 1949 with Official Number 249652. Owners listed are; George Jepson, Marquette, 1940-1948; Orville Adams, LAnse, 1951-1978; Thomas Poynter, Kearsarge, 1979; and Richard Zaleski, Milwaukee, 1980.

LADY MARIE 38 ft. x 11 ft. vessel owned by Louis Johnson, Sawyer, Wis. in the 1930s. The vessel was equipped with a 20-24 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine.

LAFOND ..Built by Sturgeon Bay Boat Works in 1929 for George LaFond Sons, Algoma, Wis. The 42 ft. x 12 ft. vessel was equipped with a 45-54 Kahlenberg oil engine. Operated until 1940 at Algoma, Son LeLond bought out his father and moved to Milwaukee. In 1944 the boat was sold to Mike Cull of Muskegon, Mich. Following that there were several owners, all in the Muskegon area.

LANGLOIS .Built at Manitowoc, Wis., in 1911, the 55 ft. x 13 ft. steam powered vessel was owned by John G. Muntinga, Racine, Wis., in 1938.

LARK 229212 Built by Burger Boat Co. in 1929, and owned by John Schilbauer, Kewaunee, Wis. in the 1930s and into the mid 1940s. The 34 ft. x 9 ft. vessel was equipped with a 20-24 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine.

LAURIS C. . 280956 Built by T.D. Vinette Co. Escanaba, Mich., in 1958, for Christenson Bros. Fishery, Marquette, Mich. The 43 ft. x 13 ft. steel hulled vessel was originally equipped with a Model DCMR 468 Buda diesel. In 1968 the boat was sold to Frazier Bros., Naubinway, Mich. Fished as a gill-netter for a number of years, the boat was re-powered with a Cummins diesel. Still later the boat was converted to a trap-netter, and again re-powered, this time with a V8 Perkins diesel.

LECLAIR BROTHERS. 236906 .Built by Burger Boat Co., in 1937, for Howard J. and Edward LeClair, Two Rivers, Wis. The 42 ft. x 13 ft vessel was equipped with a 50-60 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine. Leif Weborg, Milwaukee, bought the boat in 1960, changed the name to LINDA E., and repowered with a Cummins diesel. On Dec. 11, 1998 the boat was rammed and sunk by a tug-barge off Port Washington, Wis. Weborg and his two crewmen were lost in the accident, which was not solved until the boat was located almost two years later.

LEILA C. Built by Sturgeon Bay Boat Works, in 1928, for Leslie H. Cornell, Washington Island. The 40 ft. x 12 ft. vessel was equipped with a 30-36 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine. Four weeks after being launched the boat was sunk in a collision with a steamboat of the Hutchinson Line. Reported value of the boat was $8000.

LELAND 207778 A 30 ft. x 10 ft. wood hulled fishing vessel built at Leland MI in 1906. There is no record of ownership. The vessel burned off of Leland on Dec. 20, 1916.

LELOND LaFOND 246802 Built by Kewaunee Shipbuilding Engineering Corp, in 1944, for Lelond LaFond, Milwaukee, Wis., the 52 ft. x 14 ft. all steel vessel was equipped with a Model ME Murphy diesel engine, rated 150 hp. at 1200 r.p.m. The engine has a 6 bore and 6  stroke and through a 3;1 reduction gear, swings a 46 x 40 three blade propeller. The boat is still in the LaFond family, owned by Andy LaFond, Algoma, Wis., and is still powered with the original diesel engine. VIEW PICTURE

LEO Owned by George Senecal, Muskegon, MI in 1940.

LEON J. .249615 Built by Marinette Marine Corp. in 1946, for Charles Coates, Gladstone, MI. In 1949 Melvin Jacobson, Wells, MI acquired the boat, and had ownership until 1954. From 1954 to 1956 Roy Jensen, Escanaba, MI was the owner. The 35 ft, all steel vessel was equipped with a 115 hp. Chrysler Crown gas engine. Alfred Nordstrand, Alpena, MI acquired the boat in 1956 and had her lengthened to 43 ft., and equipped with a 4 cylinder Cummins diesel. In 1971 Emerald LeBlance, Gouli River, Ont., had the boat at Mamainse Harbor, on Lake Superior, and had re-powered with a Perkins diesel. The boat was reported sold to a Panamanian citizen in 1973 and taken out of documentation. In 1979 the boat came back to the U.S. and was owned by Norman Casey, Fairport, MI., and was again re-powered, with a Cummins 555 cu. in. displacement (triple nickel) diesel. The stern pilot house was removed, and a new one built over the engine space. Still later she was at Kewaunee, Wis. In 2000 the boat was cut up for scrap iron.

LEONA G. 228675 .Built at Northport, Mich., in 1928, the 35 ft. x 11 ft. steam powered vessel was owned by Harry L. Orr, Holland, Mich. in 1936.

LEONARD A fish-boat owned by John Gallagher, Munising, Mish. In 1929.Size not known.

LEORA A fishing vessel owned by A.R. Adair, Munising, MI, in 1929.

LESTER H. SMITH See HENRIETTA MARGARET

LESTER K. 56 ft. x 14 ft. fishing vessel, owned by Kishman Fish Co., Vermilion, Ohio, in the 1940s, and equipped with a 60- 70 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine.

LEWIS DONALD A 50 ft. steam powered fishing vessel, owned by John Howard, Alpena, Mich., in 1929.

LIBERTY 233170 Built at Cornucopia, Wis., in 1934 for Waino Wilson, by Thomas H. Jones, Sr. The 45 ft. vessel was equipped with a 150 hp. Cummins diesel in the 1940s. After being converted to a dive boat by an individual from Minneapolis, the boat was idle for a time, then bought by Eugene Shelley, Bayfield, and put back into use as a gill net boat. The boat is presently owned by Joseph Duffy and Ben Gustafson, Bayfield.

LIBERTY Built on Madeline Island in the early 1920s, the 50 ft. gas boat was first used to tow barge-loads of logs from Russell Bay, on Madeline, to Ashland. It also towed a barge, with a capacity of one car, between LaPointe and Bayfield. J.M. Gordon, Bayfield, did freighting among the islands for a number of years, and after sitting ashore for a time the boat was acquired by Laurie Nourse, Sr. and used in the commercial fishing trade. The fantail was shortened by 3 ft. By 1965 the boat had been ashore at Salmo for some time, and was a total wreck. It was eventually burned. VIEW PICTURE

LIBERTY 206895 .Built at Manitowoc by Henry B. Burger, Jr. 1909, for Edward G. Tews, Jr., Milwaukee. The 50 ft. x 13 ft. wood hulled vessel was powered with steam. Tews owned the boat from 1909-1912; William Braeger, Milwaukee, from 1913-1920; Michigan Materials Co., Muskegon, 1921; Construction Materials Co., Chicago, 1925-1945 The MVUS for 1946 lists the vessel abandoned. Except for the first few years it appears the boat was in the towing and construction trade almost exclusively.

LIBERTY 217377 Built at St.James, Mich., in 1918, the 44 ft. x 11 ft. vessel was steam powered, and in 1938 was owned by Harold G. McCann, Charlevoix, Mich.

LILLIAN A. A 44 ft. steam powered fishing vessel, owned by Geo. C. Abbott, Northport, Mich., in 1926.

LILLIAN C. 55 ft. steam powered fishing vessel, owned by Robert Cooper, Frankfort, Mich., in 1929.

LILLIE B. 235149 Built at Waukegan, IL in 1935 by Steve Ceskowski and Fred Alferds, the 55 ft. x 14 ft. steel hulled vessel was equipped with a 100-120 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine. According to Steve Ceskowski, grandson and namesake of the builder, "The Lillie B.'s 100- 120 Kahlenberg was installed by Steve Ceskowski, a Kahlenberg tech, and "Slim" Clifford of Larsen's Boatyard in Waukegan before the pilothouse was completed and installed. Steve Ceskowski and Fred Alferds ran the LILLIE B. until they dissolved their partnership and sold her to Tom and George Johnson." The Johnsons, of Waukegan, Ill., purchased the boat in 1940, replacing their ENERGY. The Johnsons owned her until 1956, when the boat was sold to Guilford W. Falcon, Evanston, IL., converted to a towing tug and renamed G.W. FALCON. VIEW PICTURE

LILLY K. 203029 Built at Manitowoc, Wis., in 1905, the 35 ft. x 9 ft. steam powered, and in 1926 was registered as being owned by Laura Paulson, Manistique, Mich. In 1929 the boat was owned by William Sjoberg, Manistique, powered with a gas engine, and listed as being 39 ft. in length. Also cited as an owner is Walter Gramer, Marinette. In 1939 the boat was sold to Edwin Peterson, LaPointe, Wis.

LILY MAY 252012 Built at Bayfield in 1946 for E. Theodore Nies, Bayfield, by Frank Muhlke; the 40 ft. vessel was equipped with a 120 hp. Graymarine Model 6-330 gas engine. In the late 1960s the boat was owned by Soren Peterson, and operated by Reuben Gustafson. Next acquired by Jack Erickson, the boat was re-powered with a GM 6-71 diesel; re-named DONNA BELLE, and is presently operated by Martin (Marty) Erickson. VIEW PICTURE

LINDA 36 ft. Diesel powered fishing vessel, owned by Kishman Fish Co., Vermilion, Ohio, in 1985.

LINDA E. See LECLAIR BROTHERS.

LINDA JEAN 261667 A 40 ft. x 10 ft. steel hulled fish tug built at Green Bay, WI in 1950. The vessel was owned by William Mikkula, Chassell, MI until 1961. From 1961 to 1974 Herbert Matson, St. Ignace, MI was the owner. After 1974 Seaway Serevices, Duluth, MN had the vessel at Detour, MI as a pilot boat.

LINDA MAE 293513 .Built by T.D. Vinette Company, Escanaba, Mich., in 1963, for George Stark, Cornucopia, Wis. The 38 ft. x 13 ft. steel hulled vessel was equipped with a 120 hp. Graymarine Model 6- 330 gas engine. The boat was trucked to Cornucopia, and passed through Bayfield the day President John Kennedy was assassinated. In the late 1960s the boat was sold to James Erickson, Bayfield, re-named CINDY MARIE, and re-powered with a GM 6-71 diesel. In 1998 Dean Halvorson, Bayfield, bought her from Erickson. VIEW PICTURE

LINDA Owned by Rudolph Nahrgang, Muskegon, Mich. in 1940.

LINDY 227428 Built at Sturgeon Bay, in 1927,by Hans Johnson, for Alick Johnson Sons, Ellison Bay, Wis., the vessel was 39 ft. x 10 ft. and equipped with a 30-36 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine. In 1944 the Johnsons moved to Port Wing, Wis. In 1951 Norman and Harris Johnson took the boat to the Gulf of Mexico and fished there for a short time. The boat was sold to Robert Loveall, Pensacola, Fla., in 1952 and is listed in MVUS as being abandoned in 1963.

LINK, A. M. 212338 A 47 ft. x 13 ft. wood hulled fish tug built at Charlevoix, MI in 1914. There Is no record of ownership. In 1937 the vessel was converted to oil, and abandoned in 1944

LITTLE DIPPER 24 ft. gas boat owned by Roy N. Wood, Grindstone City, Mich., in 1947.

LIZA JANE Owned by Fred Matson, Munising, MI in 1954. Size of vessel is not known.

LLOYD M. 75 ft. steam powered vessel owned by John Mollhagen, St.Joseph, Mich., in 1926.

LOIS MARIE 245090 Built by Peterson Boat Works, in 1943, for Charles Frans and Helmer Norbotten, Manistique, Mich., the 40 ft. vessel was equipped with a 30-36 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine. Eventually acquired by Petersen Fisheries, Muskegon, Mich., the boat has been sitting ashore for a number of years, stripped of its engine and cabin.

LOLA Built at LaPointe, by Ed Valle, in the mid 1920s. Designed for the passenger trade, the 49 ft. vessel was bought by H.W. Elmore, taken to Bayfield, and redesigned as a fish tug. The cabin and pilot house, built by Henry Aiken, was retained for the entire life of the boat. After having many owners, the boat was burned at the foot of Broad Street, in 1968. The many owners included, H.W. Elmore, Sam Hahn, Fred Meyers, Carl Meyers, and the last owner, Wilfred Peterson. VIEW PICTURE

LONE EAGLE 235714 Built by Sturgeon Bay Boat Works, in 1936, for Clyde and Harvey Olson, Ellison Bay, Wis., the 40 ft. x 12 ft. vessel was equipped with a 30-36 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine. Harvey Olson owned the boat until 1971, when it was sold to Peter Gerhart, Algoma, Wis.

LORENA 40 ft. gas boat owned by John LaFond, Two Rivers, Wis. in 1912.

LORRAINE 44 ft. x 11 ft. vessel, owned by Anderson Bros., Manistee, Mich., in the 1940s, and equipped with a 30-36 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine.

LORRAINE K. . 227011Built at Portage Entry in 1927, the 35 ft. x 10 ft. vessel was equipped with a gas engine, and owned by Rudolph Kallianen, Chassell, Mich.

LOTUS A fish-boat owned by Lewis C. Powell, Munising, MI, in 1938. Size of boat is not known.

LOUIS A fishing vessel owned by Basil Bell, Standish, MI, in 1931. Size not known.

LUCILLE 26 ft. gas boat, owned by Patrick Holland, Charlevoix, Mich., in 1930.

LUCILLE H. 222611 A 48 ft. x 12 ft. wood hulled fishing vessel built at Charlevoix, MI in 1922 for Robert Hendricksen, Charlevoix. From 1923 to 1950 she was owned by Rasmus Hendricksen, Charlevoix, MI. Originally equipped with a 3 cylinder, heavy-duty Fairbanks-Morse diesel engine, in 1946 Hendrickson re-powered with a 150 hp., 6 cylinder Cummins diesel, with a 3:1 reduction gear. From 1950 to 1953 Clare Usher, Grand Rapids, MI had the boat. From 1953 to the present Ralph Cross, Cross Village, MI has been the owner. This was one of the first wood hulls encased in steel, with welded seams.

LYCORA 210367 Built at Buffalo, N.Y. in 1912, the 75 ft. x 16 ft. steel hulled vessel was steam powered. From 1912 to 1924 she was owned by Ranney Fish Co., Cleveland OH., from 1925 to 1932 by George Whitten, Alpena, MI., from 1936 to 1940 by Alpena Fisheries, Alpena, Mich. The vessel was converted from gas to steam in 1916. In 1940 she was sold to Canadian owners.

LYNA L. Owned by Robert H. Leitch, Muskegon, MI in 1952. Size of vessel is not known.

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