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Barbour Boat Works, Inc. Records, 1943-1998, undated

(Manuscript Collection #758)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Barbour Boat Works, Inc. Records
Creator: Barbour Boat Works, Inc.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Correspondence, contracts, ship plan drawings, manuals, photographs, brochures, and other files pertaining to the construction, repair, and marketing of vessels, both military and civilian.
Extent: 114.0 Cubic feet, 240 archival boxes.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

March 10, 1998, (unprocessed), 15688 items, 124 cubic feet; Records (1945-1971) of New Bern, N.C. boat works, including correspondence, contracts, blueprints, specifications, manuals, photographs, brochures, and other files pertaining to the construction, repair, and marketing of vessels. Donor: Reggie Rivenbark

November 7, 2000, (unprocessed addition 1), 10 items, 0.5 cubic feet; Operator's, Organizational, Direct Support, and General Support Maintenance Manual for Landing Craft, Utility LCU 1667-1670 (1905-00-168-5764); Specifications for Rehabilitation Landing Craft, Utility, LCU 1646 Class FY 87; and computer back-up tapes, ca. 1983, 1987, undated. Donor: Paul Fonteny, North Carolina Maritime Museum

August 10, 2005, (unprocessed addition 2), 3300 items, 45.30 cubic feet; Records (ca. 1940's-1970's) of New Bern, North Carolina boat manufacturing firm, including correspondence, contracts, drawings and blueprints, specifications, manuals, photographs, brochures, and other files pertaining to the construction, repair, and marketing of vessels. Donor: Paul Fonteny, North Carolina Maritime Museum

April 11, 2006, (unprocessed addition 3), 29.0 cubic feet; Records (ca. 1940's-1970's) of New Bern, North Carolina boat manufacturing firm, including correspondence, contracts, drawings and blueprints, specifications, manuals, photographs, brochures, and other files pertaining to the construction, repair, and marketing of vessels. Donor: Bill Rivenbark

September 13, 2006, (unprocessed addition 4), 27.0 cubic feet; Records (undated) including ship plan drawings (ca. 12 cubic feet), customer purchase orders (ca. 9 cubic feet), artifacts (ca. 1 cubic foot), product catalogs (ca. 2 cubic feet), shipping industry manuals (ca. 1 cubic foot), and subject files (ca. 2 cubic feet) of the Barbour Boat Works, Inc., New Bern, North Carolina. Donor: Frances D. Hayden, North Carolina Maritime Museum

October 3, 2007, (unprocessed addition 5), 500 items, 1.83 cubic feet; Collection (ca. 1968-1997, undated) of blueprints, specifications, engineering documents microfilm cards, charts of job accounts, and correspondence relating to United States Navy shipbuilding, ship repair, and ship conversion contracts, especially related to naval landing craft and to closing of the corporation. Donor: Darlene Perry, North Carolina Maritime Museum

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Barbour Boat Works, Inc. Records (#758), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Paul Fonteny
  • Gift of Reggie Rivenbark
  • Gift of Bill Rivenbark
  • Gift of Frances D. Hayden
  • Gift of Darlene Perry

Processing Information

  • Processed by Russ Green, Jeff DiPrizito, Kevin Nichols, Eric Bruning, and Jessica Wallace

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Barbour Boat Works Inc. was founded by Herbert William Barbour in 1932 on the Trent River at New Bern, North Carolina. The company initially specialized in wooden vessels. It remained a small company until the coming of World War II. At this time the company began receiving U.S. Navy contracts for ship construction. They began expanding their facilities and soon had a payroll of over 1200 people. Ships built included salvage ships (among the largest wooden ships built for wartime use), net tenders and mine sweepers. In the coming years, more vessel contracts were obtained from the Navy, Army and Coast Guard. These included a number of 56' troop transport vessels for the Vietnam War effort (five of which were fitted with helicopter landing pads, making them the smallest carriers in the U.S.), a prototype steel fire boat and steel tug boats.

Following the war, the company began construction of both private and commercial vessels. The private vessels included rowboats, racing class sailboats, normal duty sailboats, outboard runabouts and utilities, inboard cruisers and a few larger coastal cruisers. The bulk of the private vessel construction consisted of 14' utilities and 19' and 21' cruisers in both outboard and inboard configuration. These types sold on a worldwide scale. Commercial vessels included trawlers, ferries, tankers, fishing vessels, barges and tugs.

A 155-foot seagoing tanker, delivered in April, 1972, was produced by the company for a major oil company. At the time, this was the largest ship to be built in North Carolina since World War II. The company also produced a number of custom, innovative vessels including PORPOISE II (built for the Marineland Studios in Florida, it featured tanks of circulating sea water allowing transport of sea animal specimens) scallop trawlers, a Navy submersible, demountable submarine tender and a modified hull for the Navy's failed Osprey project.

During the company's long history, a number of subsidiaries were formed by the company. One of these, formed in 1955, was Reggie's Outboard Service. This subsidiary featured a complete stock of boats, motors and sporting goods, as well as a complete shop for servicing outboard motors. Also, in 1957, a complete Diesel Parts Supply division was added. The same year, the shipyard made the transition to steel construction, its first steel vessels consisting of three ferries for the state of North Carolina's eastern ferry system. The company also eventually expanded its services to accommodate repairs and conversions of vessels for both U.S. government agencies and private business. In 1945 a propeller reconditioning shop was installed at the plant, and in 1970, a complete machine shop was relocated there. The company closed in the mid-1990s.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The material includes correspondence, contracts, ship plan drawings, manuals, photographs, brochures, and other files pertaining to the construction, repair, and marketing of military and civilian vessels. The bulk of the correspondence is between the company, dealers and individuals regarding various vessels. Some topics of discussion include boat orders, pricing, modifications, performance evaluations, lumber shortages and shipping methods. Administrative materials include employee records, order books, secretarial notebooks written in shorthand, insurance and pensions files, payroll records, tax information files, shipping and freight cost information, dealer lists by state and boat show information. There are also magazine advertisements, various trade magazines and newspaper articles written on the company and its products. Also included are a number of technical manuals (some related to the U.S. Department of Defense), microfilm, punch cards and backup tapes.

Subject Headings Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 10a#0758.10a
    Plans
    • Folder a#0758.10a.a
      Covered Lighter, Self-Propelled (YF 270, 286, 293); Covered Lighter, Non-Self-Propelled (YFN 1254, 1265)
    • Folder b#0758.10a.b
      Covered Lighter, Self-Propelled (YF 294, 328, 336); Covered Lighter, Non-Self-Propelled (YFN 1265-1276)
    • Folder c#0758.10a.c
      Covered Lighter, Self-Propelled (YF 852,854); 500 Ton Covered Lighter, Non-Self-Propelled (YFN)
    • Folder d#0758.10a.d
      500 Ton Covered Lighter for Missile Handling, Non-Self-Propelled, (YFN)
    • Folder e#0758.10a.e
      42' Crew Boat; Covered Lighter, Self-Propelled (YF 861); Conversion of YC Lighter to Missile Torpedo Transport (YC 1460)
  • Box 37a#0758.37a
    Plans (Landing Craft, Personnel=LCV P; Landing Craft, Personnel, with Ramp=LCP R; Landing Craft, Personnel, Large=LCP L)
Box 158#0758.158
Correspondence: Postcards from Individuals Requesting Product Information, by Date: 1943-1946
Box 159#0758.159
Correspondence: Postcards from Individuals Requesting Product Information, by Date: 1947-1948
Box 160#0758.160
Correspondence: Postcards from Individuals Requesting Product Information, by Date: 1949
Box 161#0758.161
Correspondence: Postcards from Individuals Requesting Product Information, by Date: 1950
Box 162#0758.162
Correspondence: Postcards from Individuals Requesting Product Information, by Date: 1951
Box 163#0758.163
Correspondence: Postcards from Individuals Requesting Product Information, by Date: 1952
Box 164#0758.164
Correspondence: Postcards from Individuals Requesting Product Information, by Date: 1953
Box 165#0758.165
Correspondence: Postcards from Individuals Requesting Product Information, by Date: 1954-1955. Barbour
Box 165a#0758.165a
Boat Works postcards acknowledging Orders: 1955.
Box 174#0758.174
Barbour Boats Plaque
Box 175#0758.175
Administrative Index Cards: Dealers Listed by Location on Index Cards
Box 176#0758.176
Administrative Index Cards: Dealers Listed Alphabetically with Phone Number and Address
Box 177#0758.177
Administrative: Cash Expense Ledger by Date: 1935-1941
Box 178#0758.178
Administrative: Purchase Order Books, by Date: 1950-1951
Box 179#0758.179
Administrative: Purchase Order Books, by Date: 1952-1953
Box 180#0758.180
Administrative: Purchase Order Books, by Date: 1954
Box 181#0758.181
Administrative: Purchase Order Books, by Date: 1955
Box 182#0758.182
Administrative: Purchase Order Books, by Date: 1956
Box 183#0758.183
Administrative: Boat Owners, Dealers, Locations in Ledger, by Date: 1970-1980's
Box 184#0758.184
Administrative: Invoice Ledger: 1996-1997
Box 185#0758.185
Administrative: Notepads Written Partially in Shorthand, by Date: 1949-1955
Box 187#0758.187
Administrative: Employee Earning and History Records, by Date: 1937-1941
Box 188#0758.188
Administrative: Employee Earning and History Records, by Date: 1942
Box 189#0758.189
Administrative: Employee Earning and History Records, by Date: 1942
Box 190#0758.190
Administrative: Employee Payroll Ledger with Names, Departments, Hours Worked, Earnings and Check Numbers: by Date: 1942
Box 191#0758.191
Administrative: Employee Earning Record with Individual Cards for Employees: July-Sept: 1942
Box 192#0758.192
Administrative: Employee Earning Record with Individual Cards for Employees: October-December: 1942, Badge Numbers 1-431
Box 193#0758.193
Administrative: Employee Earning Record with Individual Cards for Employees: October-December: 1942, Badge Numbers 433-856
Box 194#0758.194
Administrative: Employee Earning Record, Individual Cards, Not Filed in a Ledger, July-October: 1942
Box 195#0758.195
Administrative: Employee Earning Record/Daily Time Reports, March-December: 1952
Box 196#0758.196
Personnel: Alphabetical Index of Employees and their Addresses by Date: 1942-1943
Box 197#0758.197
Administrative: Notes and Accounting Expense Ledger, by Date: 1930-1940's
Box 198#0758.198
Administrative: Employees Tax Withholding Receipts (W-2), by Date: 1944-1945
Box 199#0758.199
Personnel: Alphabetical Index of Employees: A-Q, Most Hired in 1940's, Includes Some Discharges
Box 200#0758.200
Personnel: Alphabetical Index of Employees: R-V, Most Hired in 1940's, Includes Some Discharges
Box 201#0758.201
Administrative: Alphabetical List of Employee Payroll Cards: A-L
Box 202#0758.202
Administrative: Alphabetical List of Employee Payroll Cards: M-Z
Box 203#0758.203
Administrative: Employee Final Earning and Discharge Slips, Alphabetical Listing: A-C
Box 204#0758.204
Administrative: Employee Final Earning and Discharge Slips, Alphabetical Listing: D-G
Box 205#0758.205
Administrative: Employee Final Earning and Discharge Slips, Alphabetical Listing: H-M
Box 206#0758.206
Administrative: Employee Final Earning and Discharge Slips, Alphabetical Listing: N-Z
Box 207#0758.207
Department of Defense: Microfilm and Punch cards of Various Vessels
Box 208#0758.208
Department of Defense: Microfilm and Punch cards of Various Vessels
  • Box 212#0758.212
    Department of Defense: Various Naval Ships Technical Manuals; Military Standards Regulations
    • Folder a#0758.212.a
      Military Standard: Fabrication, Welding, and Inspection of Ships Structure
    • Folder b#0758.212.b
      Naval Ships Tech. Manual- Nondestructive Testing of Metals
    • Folder c#0758.212.c
      NAVSEA Tech. Pub. - Requirements for Fabrication Welding and Inspection...for Machinery Piping and Pressure Vessels
    • Folder d#0758.212.d
      NAVSEA Tech. Pub. - Requirements for Welding and Brazing Procedure and Performance Qualifications
    • Folder e#0758.212.e
      Military Standard: Nondestructive Testing Acceptance Criteria
    • Folder f#0758.212.f
      Military Standard: Schedule of Piping, Valves, Fittings, and Associated Piping Components for Naval Surface Ships
    • Folder g#0758.212.g
      Military Standard: Fabrication, Welding, and Inspection of Ships Structure
    • Folder h#0758.212.h
      Military Standard: Studs, Bolts, Hex Cap Screws, Socket Head Cap Screws and Nuts
    • Folder i#0758.212.i
      Military Specification: Cork and Rubber Composition Sheet; For Aromatic Fuel and Oil Resistant Gaskets Surface Ships
Box 223#0758.223
NAVSEA: Service Manual Model 12007M - Marine Propulsion Unit
Box 266#0758.266
Ship Photographs, Printed forms & Museum objects (n.d.)
Box 267#0758.267
Ship Photographs, Printed forms & Museum objects (n.d.)
Box 268#0758.268
Ship Photographs, Printed forms & Museum objects (n.d.)
Box 269#0758.269
Ship Photographs, Printed forms & Museum objects (n.d.)
Box 270#0758.270
Marine Trading Corp. file (ca. 1948-1988)
Box 271#0758.271
Barbour Boat Works Tax & Financial records (1977-1997)
Box 272#0758.272
Barbour Boat Works Ledgers, Deeds, Stock certificates, etc. (n.d.)
Box 273#0758.273
Barbour Boat Works Ledgers, Deeds, Stock certificates, etc. (1982-1998)
Box 274#0758.274
Barbour Boat Works Payroll journals & Histories etc. (1992-1995)
Box 275#0758.275
Barbour Boat Works Correspondence (n.d.)
Box 277#0758.277
Barbour Boat Works Accounts receivable ledgers, no. 1 (A-L) - 2 (M-Z) (1977-1994)
Box 278#0758.278
Barbour Boat Works Reports & Accident reports (n.d.); Barbour Boat Works Specifications & Test sheets (n.d.); Barbour Boat Works Asbestos, Fire control, Navy (n.d.)
Box 279#0758.279
Barbour Boat Works OSHA, Hazmat Hearing (1981-1998)
Box 280#0758.280
Barbour Boat Works Delmar discrimination file (1998); Barbour Boat Works Final sale & Close out files (1998); Barbour Boat Works Insurance policies (1991-1998)
Box 281#0758.281
Barbour Boat Works Insurance policies (1985-1991)
Box 282#0758.282
RRR [Reggie R. Rivenbark] Personal files (1991-1997)
Box 283#0758.283
RRR [Reggie R. Rivenbark] Personal files (1991-1997); RRR [Reggie R. Rivenbark] Tax records (1991-1997)
Box 284#0758.284
RRR [Reggie R. Rivenbark] Jacques Cousteau books (1975) 20 vols.
Box 285#0758.285
RRR [Reggie R. Rivenbark] Janes Fighting Ships, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, etc. books (1959-1982) 8 vols.
Box 286#0758.286
RRR [Reggie R. Rivenbark] PROGDUNGS (?) (n.d.)
Box 287#0758.287
RRR [Reggie R. Rivenbark] PROGDUNGS (?) (n.d.)
Box 288#0758.288
Barbour Boat Works Terminated Pension Plan information (n.d.); Barbour Boat Works Inventories (1991-1997); Barbour Boat Works Sales tax records (1992-1998)
Box 289#0758.289
Barbour Boat Works Ledgers & Record books (1991-1998)
Box 290#0758.290
Barbour Boat Works Ledgers & Record books (1991-1998)
Box 291#0758.291
Barbour Boat Works Ledgers & Record books (1991-1998)
Box 292#0758.292
Barbour Boat Works Ledgers & Record books (1991-1998)
Box 293#0758.293
Barbour Boat Works Miscellaneous: VHS Videocassettes, Plaques, Tools, Equipment, Pamphlets, Photograph, etc. (n.d.)
Box 294#0758.294
Barbour Boat Works Photographs (n.d.)

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