The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Work at the Shipyard
Door County Democrat (Sturgeon Bay, WI), 11 May 1917, p. 8, column 2

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Men, and Lots of Them, Wanted at Once—Shipyard Busiest Place in Town.

Another raise in wages has gone in effect at the Rieboldt & Wolter shipyard and this last raise is a very substantial one being about 50 cents. This is the third raise in pay the men at the yard have received in the last year and the total raise for the year amounts to about a dollar a day.

Men, and lots of them, are wanted at the shipyard. One hundred or more men could be put to work at once. The shipyard is the busiest place in this locality at the present time. Besides the work of building the $250,000 steambarge for the Crosby people the yard is filled with boats waiting, for repairs.

The steambarge Matthew Wilson was docked Tuesday for about $15,000 worth of work. The Wilson was recently sold and is now the property of the Johnswood Lumber company of Drummond Island, Mich. Big tug J. C. Ames, property of the Nau tug line of Green Bay, which was rebuilt last winter is also in the boxes having frames fastened and planking laid.

Towbarges Alice B. Norris and J. I. Case of the Hamilton fleet are at the shipyard, the former to have repairs made to bow and the latter for a general rebuild. The steambarge Buehl of the same fleet left the yards Tuesday, having had repairs on frame work and work done on stern bearings.

Barge Halstead left during the week in tow of the Buckley. The Halstead had been at the yard since last fall undergoing a general rebuild and left here a new ship. The Buckley had new frames put in while here. Both boats are the property of the National Transit company of Gary, Ind.

Tug Gifford, Capt. Eli Garrett, of Thompson, Mich., is at the yard waiting for considerable work, most of which will be done under the boilers.

The old canal schooner Leathem, now the property of Artesian Stone and Lime company of Chicago, is expected to be taken away this week by the tug Bruce. The Leathern has been here since last fall and was repaired during the winter.

The Boyne City, a small passenger boat from across the lake, the passenger steamer Bon Ami of the Hart line and the passenger boat Columbia of Charlevoix, Mich., are billed for docking during tho next week.

With her escort, the Delta, the Louis Pahlow was in port the fore part of the week with a load of timbers to be used in tho repairs to the other Hamilton boats here. Capt. Higgle, of the Pahlow, wanting a competent ship carpenter and caulker to do some work on the deck of his boat induced Wallace Oram, secretary and treasurer of the Tug Firemen local, to make a trip with him. The Pahlow is going as far as Manistique.

"Bill" Rieboldt is back on the job at the shipyard after an absence since last fall. "Bill" went to work in a Milwaukee yard and returned home about seven weeks ago with a badly bruised countenance, having been hit with a falling block while at work on a boat. Charles Armstrong, who also worked in a Milwaukee shipyard the last winter, is back on the job here again.

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Date of Publication:
11 May 1917
Personal Name(s):
Garrett, Eli ; Higgie, Capt. ; Rieboldt, William ; Armstrong, Charles ; Oram, Wallace
Corporate Name(s):
Rieboldt & Wolter ; Johnswood Lumber Company ; Nau Tug Line ; National Transit Company ; Artesian Stone and Lime Company
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  • Wisconsin, United States
    Latitude: 44.83416 Longitude: -87.37704
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Work at the Shipyard