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

Manuscript Collection #758

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Barbour Boat Works, Inc. Records
    Creator: Barbour Boat Works, Inc.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: 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,
  • Description
     

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    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.

  • Administrative Information
     
    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 Fontenoy, 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 Fontenoy, 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

    Acquisition Information

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

    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.

    Processing Information

    Prelimiary inventories by Russ Green, Jeff DiPrizito, Kevin Nichols, Eric Bruning, and Jessica Wallace

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Container List

  • Plans (Cutter, Utility Boat, Life Boat, Buoy Tender, Vessel)
     
    Vessel Pvt. Carl Sheridan; 114' Vessel
    Vessel Q606; 26' Barge; 100' Buoy Tender; Cutter PRIMROSE
    Cutters: 53019, 65303, 65305; Harbor Tug Boat 65' (WYT) 65601
    Miscellaneous Plans
    44' Motor Life Boat; 180' Tender-A-Class; 60'X28' Operations Barge; 30' Utility boat Mk 1 & 2; 30' Utility Boat,
    Plastic, Mk 3; 40' Utility Boat Mk 4; 30; Utility Boat, Mk 1 & Mk 2, MOD 1.
  • Plans (Landing Craft Utility=LCU)
     
    Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) 1667-1679
    56' Survey Boat; Landing Craft Utility (LUC 1671-1679); Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1667-1670
    Landing Craft, Mechanized, Mk VIII Modification 1 (LCM 8 Mod 1)
  • Plans (Patrol Boat)
     
    317 WAGL VERBENA; 100' WAGL; 82' Patrol Boat (WPB); 82' Patrol Boat Class C (WPB Class C)
    95' Patrol Boat
    95' Patrol Boat
    95' Patrol Boat
    95' Patrol Boat
    95' Patrol Boat-A Class
  • Plans (Aircraft Rescue Boat=AVR, Patrol Boat)
     
    95' Patrol Boat (WPB) Class B, C and A-B-C, and standard
    63' Aircraft Rescue Boat (AVR)
    63' Aircraft Rescue Boat (AVR)
    63' Aircraft Rescue Boat (AVR)
    63' Aircraft Rescue Boat (AVR)
  • Plans (DB Boat, Covered Lighter)
     
    64' Personnel "L" Class or DB Boat
    64' Personnel "L" Class or DB Boat
    64' Personnel "L" Class or DB Boat
    64' Personnel "L" Class or DB Boat
    Covered Lighter, Self-Propelled (YN); Covered Lighter, Non-Self-Propelled (YFN 794 & 796)
  • Plans (Covered Lighter)
     
    Covered Lighter, Self-Propelled (YF 270, 286, 293); Covered Lighter, Non-Self-Propelled (YFN 1254, 1265)
    Covered Lighter, Self-Propelled (YF 294, 328, 336); Covered Lighter, Non-Self-Propelled (YFN 1265-1276)
    Covered Lighter, Self-Propelled (YF 852,854); 500 Ton Covered Lighter, Non-Self-Propelled (YFN)
    500 Ton Covered Lighter for Missile Handling, Non-Self-Propelled, (YFN)
    42' Crew Boat; Covered Lighter, Self-Propelled (YF 861); Conversion of YC Lighter to Missile/Torpedo Transport (YC 1460)
  • Plans (Dive Boat, Diesel Tug, Destroyer)
     
    105' Diesel Tug; Destroyer (DD 667 & 710)
    50' Dive Boat Mk 1; Diesel Tug, 105'; Destroyer (DD 667)
    50' Dive Boat, Mk 1
    50' Dive Boat, Mk 1
    50' Dive Boat, Mk 1
  • Plans (Dive Boat)
     
    50' Dive Boat
    50' Dive Boat; Diving Work Boat (DWB)
    50' Dive Boat Mk 1
    50' Dive Boat
  • Plans (Dive Boat)
     
    50' Dive Boat, Mk 1; Diving Work Boat (DWB)
    50' Dive Boat Mk 1
    50' Dive Boat Mk 1
    Diving Work Boat (DWB)
    50' Dive Boat, Mk 1
    Diving Work Boat (DWB)
  • Plans (Dive Work Boat)
     
    50' Dive Work Boat Mk 1
    50' Dive Work Boat Mk 1
    50' Dive Boat Mk 1; DSA
    50' Dive Work Boat Mk 1
    50' Dive Work Boat Mk 1
  • Plans (Fire Boat)
     
    60' Fire Boat
    60' Fire Boat
    60' Fire Boat
    60' Fire Boat
    60' Fire Boat
    60' Fire Boat
  • Plans (Fire Boat)
     
    60' Fire Boat
    60' Fire Boat
    60' Fire Boat
    60' Fire Boat
    60' Fire Boat
  • Plans (Floating Workshop, Freighter, Fuel Oil Barge)
     
    Floating Workshop, Non-propelled (YR 24, YR 24-27, YR 24-25)
    Floating Workshop, Non-propelled (YR 24, YR 24-27, YR 24-25); Fuel Oil Barge, Self-Propelled (YO) 65, 65-68, 107-112); Freighter and Passenger Vessel (114')
    Fuel Oil Barge, Self Propelled (YO 43 & 65)
    Fuel Oil Barge, Self Propelled (YO 43 & 76)
    Fuel Oil Barge, Self Propelled (YO 69, 76 and 98)
  • Plans (Fuel Oil Barge, Garbage Lighter)
     
    Garbage Lighter, Self-Propelled (YG 22); Fuel Oil Barge, Self-Propelled (YO 114, 117, 190)
    Fuel Oil Barge, Self-Propelled (YO 190); Garbage Lighter, Self-Propelled (YG 22, 30, 33)
    Garbage Lighter, Self-Propelled (YG 45, 53)
    Garbage Lighter, Self-Propelled, (YG 53); Gasoline Barge, Self-Propelled (YOG 59, 6, 67)
    Gasoline Barge, Self-Propelled (YOG 67, 78, 87)
  • Plans (Harbor Tug and Barge)
     
    Harbor Tugs (YT 138, 144, 195, 364)
    Gasoline Barge, Self-Propelled and Fuel Oil Barge, Self-Propelled (YOG E 68, YO 107); Gate Craft (YBG); Gasoline Barge Gate Craft (YNG); Gasoline Barge, Self-Propelled (YOG 107-182 1/2'); Harbor Tug (YT) 132 & 133-134
    Harbor Tug (YT 364)
    Harbor Tug (YT 364, 291, 291-320)
    Harbor Tug (YT 291-320)
  • Plans (Harbor Tug)
     
    Harbor Tug (YT 368)
    Harbor Tug (YT 422)
    Harbor Tug (YT 422)
    Harbor Tug (YT 364); Harbor Tug "small" (YTL 423); Harbor Tug, Diesel (YDT-1)
    Harbor Tug, Medium USS DEKANISOR (YTM 252); Harbor Tug "Large" (YTB 129 & 177)
  • Plans (Harbor Tug)
     
    Harbor Tug, Large (YTB 252)
    Harbor Tug, Large (YTB 252, 364, 367, 391, 498)
    Harbor Tug, Large (YTB 498)
    Harbor Tug, Large (YTB 498)
    Harbor Tug, Large (YTB 502 & 505)
    Harbor Tug, Large (YTB ) 505
  • Plans (Harbor Tug)
     
    Harbor Tug, Large (YTB 526, 756, 760)
    Harbor Tug, Large (YTB 760)
    Harbor Tug, Large (YTB 760)
    USS DEKANISOR (YTM 252); Harbor Tug, Medium (YTM 380 & 495)
    Harbor Tug, Medium (YTM 765); Harbor Tug, Small (YTL 232, 423, & 439)
    Harbor Tug Small (YTL 439)
  • Plans (Landing Craft)
     
    Landing Craft, Control Mk 1 (LCC 1 Can Opener) and Landing Craft, Mechanized, Tender Boat (LCM)
    Landing Craft, Swimmer Reconnaissance (LCSR) 52'
    Landing Craft, Swimmer Reconnaissance (LCSR) 52'
    Landing Craft, Mechanized (LCM) 3, LCM Tender Boat; LCM 3 Conversion to Diving Boat
    Landing Craft , Mechanized (LCM) 3 Conversion to Diving Boat
    Landing Craft , Mechanized (LCM) 3 Conversion to Diving Boat
  • Plans (Landing Craft, Mechanized = LCM)
     
    LCM 3, Conversion to Mine Hunter
    LCM 3, Conversion to Mine Hunter
    LCM 3 MOD-1 and LCM 6 MOD-2; LCM 3 conversion to Mine Hunter and Tug Service
    LCM 3 MOD-1 and LCM 6 MOD-2; LCM 3, Well Type
    LCM 3, Well Type
    LCM 3, Well Type
  • Plans (Landing Craft, Mechanized = LCM)
     
    LCM 8; LCM 8 MOD 1; LCM 8 Aluminum
    LCM 8 MOD 1, (245 & 545)
    LCM 8 MOD 1; LCM 8 Aluminum; LCM 8 (145)
    LCM 8 MOD 1 (145); LCM 8 Aluminum
    LCM 8; LCM 8 MOD 1; LCM 8 Aluminum
  • Plans (Landing Craft)
     
    36' LCP L, MK 4
    36' LCP L, MK 4
    36' LCP L and 36' LCP R
    36' LCP L and 36' LCP R
    52' Landing Craft, Swimmer Reconnaissance (LCSR)
  • Plans (Landing Craft, Utility = LCU)
     
    LCU 46 and 501; Test Memorandum
    LCU 509, 588 and 667
    LCU 649, 916 & 1400
    LCU 1466
    LCU 1466 and LCU 1466 Class
    LCU 1466 and LCU 1466 Class
  • Plans (Landing Craft, Utility=LCU)
     
    Action Records and Drawings-LCU 1646, 1653, 1658, 1660; Also 135 LCU 1610, 1627 and 1646.
    LCU 1646; LCU 1664; LCU 1610, 1627 and 1646
    LCU 1646; LCU 1646-1666 and YFU-83 Docking Plan
    LCU 1646
    LCU 1646
    LCU 1646
    LCU 1646
  • Plans (Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel = LCVP)
     
    135' LCU 1646, 1643; Memorandum
    36' Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP)
    36' Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP)
    36' Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP)
    36' Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP)
  • Plans (Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel = LCVP)
     
    36' LCVP
    36' LCVP
    Landing Ship, Utility (LSU) 501; 20' Line Handling Boat
    20' Line Handling Boat
    36' LCVP; 36' LCVP and LCPL (Landing Craft Personnel, Large)
    Landing Craft Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP)
  • Plans
     
    Miscellaneous Plans A-B
    Miscellaneous Plans B-C
    Miscellaneous Plans C
    Miscellaneous Plans C
    Miscellaneous Plans C
  • Plans
     
    Miscellaneous Plans J-L
    Miscellaneous Plans J-L
    Miscellaneous Plans J-L
    Miscellaneous Plans J-L
    Miscellaneous Plans O-P
  • Plans
     
    Miscellaneous Plans L-N
    Miscellaneous Plans O-P
    Miscellaneous Plans O-P
  • Plans
     
    Miscellaneous Plans O-P
    Miscellaneous Plans O-P
    Miscellaneous Plans Q-S
    Miscellaneous Plans Q-S
    Miscellaneous Plans Q-S
  • Plans
     
    Miscellaneous Plans Q-S
    Miscellaneous Plans Q-S
    Miscellaneous Plans Q-S
    Miscellaneous Plans Q-S
    Miscellaneous Plans T-V
  • Plans for Motor Mine Sweepers and Motor Whaleboats
     
    Motor Mine Sweeper, GM Engines Only (AMS 200)
    Motor Mine Sweeper, GM Engines Only (AMS 200)
    26' Motor Whaleboat (MK2, MK 10, Seaplane Tenders)
    26' Motor Whaleboat (MK2, MK 10, Seaplane Tenders)
    26' Motor Whaleboat (Standard, MK2, MK 10)
    26' Motor Whaleboat (Standard, MK2)
    26' Motor Whaleboat (Standard)
  • Plans for Motor Whaleboat
     
    26' Motor Whaleboat (MK's 1, 2, and 5; Mk 2; Plastic)
    26' Motor Whaleboat MK 2
    26' Motor Whaleboat MK 2
    26' Motor Whaleboat (MK) (MK 3, 4, and 5) Plastic
    26' Motor Whaleboat (Standard, Mk 2)
    26' Motor Whaleboat (Mk 2)
  • Plans for Whale Boat and Net Tender
     
    26' Motor Whaleboat MK 7
    26' Motor Whaleboat MK 7
    26' Motor Whaleboat MK 7
    26' Motor Whaleboat MK 10
    Net Tender (YN 22-27) (YN 28-30) (YN 57)
    Net Tender (YN 22-27) (YN 28-30)
  • Plans for Patrol Craft
     
    Patrol Craft (YP 654)
    Patrol Craft (YP 654-665)
    Patrol Craft (YP 654-665)
    Patrol Craft (YP 654-665)
    Patrol Craft (YP 654-665)
    Patrol Craft (YP 654)
  • Plans for Patrol Boat and Personnel Boat
     
    65' Patrol Boat, MK 3
    65' Patrol Boat, MK 3
    28' Personnel Boat MK 6
    28' Personnel Boat MK 6
    28' Personnel Boat MK 6
    26' Personnel Boat; 28' Personnel Boat MK 6
  • Plans for Personnel Boat
     
    40' Personnel Boat, Mk1
    40' Personnel Boat, Mk1 and Mk 2
    40' Personnel Boat, Mk1 and Mk 2
    40' Personnel Boat, Mk1 and Mk 2
    40' Personnel Boat, Mk1 and Mk 2
    40' Personnel Boat, Mk 1&2, Mk 2, and Mk 5
  • Plans for Picket Boat
     
    45' Picket Boat, (Mk 5,4,3,2,1) (Mk 2) (Mk 2 & 3)
    45' Picket Boat (Mk 2 & 3)
    45' Picket Boat (Mk 2 & 3)
    45' Picket Boat (Mk 2 & 4)