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Framed old copy of the plan of a Great Lakes steel harbor tug hand drawn by "R.E." of the Johnston Brothers of Ferrysburg, Michigan

Ferrysburg 1911 Plan is oblong, approximately 12 x 19" (not examined out of frame), printed on tan paper, ink stamp on the Johnston Brothers, frame 13 x 20" with glass, recent wood frame stained dark brown with inner black trim, framer's sticker on back. Plan has fold creases, soiling, staining to the center, light wrinkling (from dry mounting?) else good to very good condition. Frame has light wear, very good condition. Show is "Profile Starboard Side", above it is the "Deck Plan Port Side." At the bottom is noted the length, beam, depth and draft of water. At the lower right corner is the Johnston Brothers stamp with lines only partially filled in e. type -steel harbor tug, size, scale, drawn by, sheet no. (1) and date issued- July 19, 1911. Unfortunately the name of the tug or whom she was built for is not listed. John Watt Johnston founded the Johnston Boiler Company in 1864 in Ferrysburg, Michigan. Observing the booming lumber industry J.W. seized the opportunity to start a successful boat building business. After his retirement his sons took over running the company, later changing the name to Johnston Brothers Boiler Works in 1891. In 1898 they produced the first all steel tug, the C.J. Bos. A few years later in 1907 came the all steel passenger steamer, the Mackinac. They were still building vessels as late as 1917 as witnessed by an ad in the Marine Review: "Modern Marine Boilers and Steel Ship Building. Tugs, Passenger Steamers and Special Construction." The family company was sold in 1974 and remains in business today under the name of Johnston Boiler Company. Very little is known of the original company, especially the boat building part- exactly when did they start making/ stop making boats? Boat memorabilia of any kind from Johnston Brothers is extremely SCARCE.


Book Id: 99-4426

Price: $95.00

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