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Old 11-21-2008, 07:38 PM
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Default boatyard at Grafton, Illinois 1870's

I found in the inspection notes from St. Louis in the 1870's several boats built at Grafton. would love to know who built them.
Sophie ferry boat built 1871
Anna ferry boat built 1871
Ella ferry boat built 1870 still operating 1876
Lucy Lee ferry boat built 1870 still operating 1874
J. F. Furgason ferry built 1876
Ida May ferry built 1875
Grafton towboat built 1872 dismantled 1882
Piasa towboat built 1873 off records 1889

I believe this pre-dates Rippley Hardware Co which went to Midwest Boat Co and then became Grafton Boat works.
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