I have been enjoying exploring your excellent website. I registered and will be back regularly. In doing research on the fish tugs of Two Rivers, WI I may have come across information on some of your "Fish Tugs of Unknown Origin." My records show the following. :
-- The PEGGY S. (#249031): Built as the THERESA, 1945 by Burger Boat, Manitowoc, WI for Nelson LeClair, Two Rivers. Dimensions: 37.42’ long x 12’ wide X 4.66’ draft; steel hull; original Kahlenberg engine replaced, 1954, with Cummins diesel. Owned by LeClair, Two Rivers, 1945-54; subsequent owners: Albert F. Koski, Aura, MI, Roy Koski, Aura, MI, James Wiita, Lake Linden, MI, Philip Anderson, Kewaunee, WI, Steve Slupik, Kenosha, WI, Raymond E. Slupik, Jr., Ronald Grovogel, Jacksonport, WI, Chris L. Petersen, Dennis W. Hickey. Post 2005: no documentation. Last port: Bailey's Harbor, WI. 1971, renamed, MARY ANN; 1992, renamed JEAN RENNAE; 2000, renamed PEGGY S.; after 2000, renamed J.R. PETERSEN; after 2000, renamed TRYGG: final documented name. (Sources: Harvey Hadland, Bowling Green University, NOAA/Coast Guard registration)
--The PATHFINDER (#252169): Built as the BARBARA II, 1947, Bessemer, MI for Martin Christianson, Black River Harbor, MI. Dimensions: 36’ long x 11’ wide x 4.5’ draft; white oak hull later covered with steel; Model D4600 Caterpillar diesel. Owned by Christiansen, Black River Harbor, MI, 1947-68; subsequent owners: Arthur Kron, Bayfield, WI, Gordon Topel, Oconto, WI, Hickey Bros., Baileys Harbor, WI, Richard Kusiak, Two Rivers. 31 March 1992: documentation expired. Renamed PATHFINDER by the Hickey Bros. (Sources: Harvey Hadland, NOAA/Coast Guard registration)
--DOUGHBOY JR.: I have a DOUGHBOY (#226201) without the JR., but it a 1926 boat. Do you think this could be the same one?
--MERLEEN: Built, 1937, Sturgeon Bay Boat Works, Sturgeon Bay, WI for Felix Peterson, Naubinway, MI. Dimensions: 40’ long x 12’ wide; 30-36 Kahlenberg oil engine replaced in 1974 with a Perkins diesel. Owned by Pearson, Naubinway, MI, 1937-39; subsequent owners: Smith Bros. Fishery, Port Washington, WI, Nial Gates, Two Rivers, Reuben Peterson, Manistique, MI, Russell and Robert Jensen, Manistique, MI; sold out of the fishery. (Source: Harvey Hadland)
--ALLIE BROTHERS (#233516): This is a Two Rivers boat. The Allie Brothers were distant relatives. It was built for Walter and Elmer Allie, 1933, Peterson Boat Works ,Sturgeon Bay, WI. Dimensions: 37’ long x 11.2’ wide x 4.8’ draft; white oak hull with steel sheeting added later; 2-cycle 30-36 hp. Kahlenberg oil engine; re-powered with GM3-71 diesel at Port Wing. Owned by Allie Brothers, Two Rivers; subsequent owners: Percy J. Peterson, Milwaukee, WI; Jacksonport, WI owner; Norman & Harris Johnson, Port Wing, WI; Marvin Morris, Red Cliff, WI; Troy Hanson, Bayfield, WI. (Sources: Harvey Hadland, NOAA/Coast Guard registration, Merchant Vessels of the United States, 1960)
--SELLMAN BROS. (#236718): Built in 1937 as the MEYER BROTHERS, Burger Boat Co, Manitowoc, WI for Charles Meyer, Harbor Beach, MI. Dimensions: 47.2’ long x 14.5’ wide x 6.1’ draft; steel hull; 100-120 Kahlenberg oil engine; re-powered in 1974 with a 250 hp. Cummins diesel. Owned by Meyer, 1937-42; subsequent owners: U.S. Maritime Commission, John Meyer, Harbor Beach, MI, Everett LaFond, Two Rivers, Harold Sellman, Manistique, MI, Arthur B. Atkinson, Waukegan, IL / Chicago, IL. Post 2005: no documentation. During World War II, taken over by U.S. Government; converted for use as fire-boat at Detroit; 1949-55, renamed SENATOR; 1962-74, renamed SELLMAN BROS.; 1974, renamed CLIFFORD J. (Sources: Harvey Hadland, Bowling Green University, NOAA/Coast Guard registration)
I hope this is of interest. Let me know if any of it is clearly inaccurate, or if I can be of help with information on any Two Rivers tugs. My research is still very much in its early stages. Take care--