|Fate||Still in operation|
|Predecessor||Howard Shipyard, Jeffersonville Boat Company|
|Founded||1834 as Howard Shipyard in Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.A.|
Jeffboat is a shipyard in Jeffersonville, Indiana founded by James Howard in 1834, a builder of steamboats. The company was owned by the family until it was sold leading up to World War II. More recently known as Jefferson Boat Company and shortened to Jeffboat, the company is the largest inland shipbuilder in the United States and the second-largest builder of barges.
Jeffboat was originally established as the Howard Shipyards in 1834 by James Howard when he started his first boat, the Hyperion. The Howard family controlled the company for 107 years, building over 3,000 ships.
The Joe Fowler is a former steamboat built at the Howard Shipyard in 1888. The sternwheeler was designed for packet service between Evansville, Indiana and Paducah, Kentucky. Joe Fowler was a United States Mail carrier, and after seven years of service, had logged over 327,000 miles and transported over 152,000 passengers without a fatal accident. In 1914, new owners replaced the steamer with high-pressure boilers desigined for the western rivers. After this time, Joe Fowler ran excursions around the Pittsburgh and Wheeling, West Virginia areas, before hosting a cruise down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers for Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and a long summer cruise from Pittsburgh to St. Paul, then back to Louisville. After 1917, it was sold, refitted to better serve excursions, and renamed Crescent.
The Emily is a former sternwheeled steamboat built at the Howard Shipyard in 1891. The single-boiler steamer began in ferry service at Kenova, West Virginia, and later operated at Wheeling, West Virginia. Emily was sold three times, starting in 1902. The third buyer was was Henderson Ferry Company of Henderson, Kentucky, which renamed it the Dixie Bee Line. It burned in Henderson in 1926. After a rebuild, it ran as the ferry Ohio No. 2. In the 1930s, it was renovated for packet service, and renamed Joe Curtis, and plied the waters near Memphis until it struck ice and sunk on January 25, 1940.
During World War II, it built 123 Landing Ship-Tanks (LSTs), 23 submarine chasers, and numerous other craft. Post-war, the shipyards built customized crafts, but specialized in barges and towboats. In 1957, the official name was changed to Jeffboat.
Production was stopped from 1986 to 1989.
A union decertification petition was circulated in the fall of 2006. The petition required 30% of bargaining unit employees to sign to schedule a decertification election. The election was held on December 7, 2006, and the employees voted overwhelmingly (NLRB certified results 649 to 190) to retain Teamsters Local 89 as their union.
As of 20 June 2015, the 68-acre Jeffboat shipyard is owned by American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL), a company also based in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Mark Knoy is the CEO. In turn, Platinum Equity owns ACL, the largest inland shipbuilder in the United States, building both river barges and ocean barges.
Ships built in the yard include (in alphabetical order):
|Name||Origin||Year||Power||Propulsion||tonnage||Length||Beam||Draft||Out of service||Notes|
|A.D. Allen||Built||1901||Single steam boiler||Sternwheeler||125||23||2.5||1929 or later||Arkansas River|
|A.M. Halliday||Built||1903||Single boiler steam||Centerwheel||121||59||7.7||1954||Steel, double-hull. Ferry. Dismantled.|
|A. Baldwin||Built||1905||Dual boiler, steam||Centerwheel||127||58.9||7.5||1971||Steel-hull. Catamaran. Ferry.|
|Acadia||Built||1860||Steam||Sternwheeler||188||35||7||1863||Burned in the Civil War|
|Alberta||Built||1880||Steam||Sternwheeler||150||18.5||3.5||Arkansas and White rivers|
|Alberta No. 3||Built||1884||Steam||Sternwheeler||145||28||3.6||White River|
|Alex Perry||Built||1891||Dual boiler, steam||Sternwheeler||149.9||18.5||3.5||1896||Lost to fire|
|Alex. Scott||Built||1842||Steam, six-boilers||Sidewheeler||266||34||8||St. Louis–New Orleans|
|Algiers||Built||1925||Steam, dual boilers||Sternwheeler||144||55||7.7||After 1958||Dual, steel hull. Catamaran. Ferry. New Orleans.|
|Aline||Built||1858||Steam||Sternwheeler||125||30||6||New Orleans–Opelousas (1859). Confederate service (1861)|
|Alma||Built||1900||Triple-boiler, steam||Sternwheeler||311||220||36||5||1861||Missouri River|
|Alonzo C. Church||Built||1893||Triple-boiler steam||Recess wheel||59||7.7||1954||Steel, double-hull. Ferry. Dismantled.|
|A. Baldwin||Built||1905||Dual boiler, steam||Centerwheel||172.3||43.3||6.5||1914||Dismantled and converted to wharf boat.|
|Alonzo Child||Built||1857||Steam, six boilers.||Sidewheeler||236||38||7||After 1863||St. Louis–Omaha. St. Louis–New Orleans.|
|Alton||Built||1906||Steam||Sidewheeler||241.1||38||7.3||1918||St. Louis–Alton. Excursions. Lost in ice.|
|America||Built||1898||Triple-boiler, steam||Sternwheeler||200||38||6.5||1926||Ouchita River (1898). Mississippi River (1904).|
|America||Built||1917||Steam, five boilers||Sidewheeler||285||45||6||1930||Converted wooden hull from Indiana. Lost to fire.|
|Andrew Christy||Built||1897||Triple-boiler, steam||Sidewheeler||170||48||7.4||Renamed Henry Watterson|
|Archie P. Green||Built||1873||Steam||Sternwheeler||110||22||3||1880||White River. Sunk near Batesville, Arkansas.|
|Arkansas City||Built||1882||Steam||Sidewheeler||1,236||273||44||7||1896||Destroyed in tornado|
|Ashland City||Built||1892||Steam||Sternwheeler||120||20||3.9||After 1900||Nashville–Clarksville (1892). Paducah–Danville.|
|Assumption||Built||1875||Steam||Sternwheeler||151||35.8||6.5||1895||New Orleans–Thibodeaux (1878). New Orleans–Bayou Lafourche (1880).|
|B.B.||Built||1899||Steam||Sternwheeler||Ferry at Warsaw and Quincy|
|B.H. Crooke||Built||1873||Steam||Sternwheeler||151||30||4.5||1880||Evansville–Nashville. Dismantled.|
|Bayliss Lee||Built||1899||Steam||Sternwheeler||190||38||5.8||Memphis. Paducah–Waterloo. Memphis–Vicksburg.|
|Belle Lee||Built||1868||Eight boilers, steam||Sidewheeler||1,284||291||2.4||8.4||1876||Refabricated and renamed Mary Bell|
|Belle Memphis||Built||1866||Steam||Sidewheeler||260||40||7||1980||St.Louis–Memphis. Dismantled.|
|Belle Memphis||Built||1880||Five boilers, steam||Sidewheeler||267||42||7.5||1897||St. Louis–Memphis. Hit snag near Chester, Illinois.|
|Belle of Alton||Built||Six boilers, steam||Sidewheeler||229||34.5||6||1871||Alton–St. Louis (1868). New Orleans–Grand Encore (1870). Fire.|
|Belle of the Bends||Built||1898||Three boilers, steam||Sidewheeler||210||32.6||7.4||Vickburg–Greenville (1898). Sank and raised twice. Renamed Liberty.|
|Ben Franklin||Built||1869||Four boilers, steam||Sidewheeler||261||37.5||6.1||1881||Cincinnati–Madison. Sank in 1878, but recovered.|
- "About Us | History". Jeffboat. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
- "The Howard Saga". Howard Steamboat Museum. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- Frederick Way, Jr. (1994). Way's Packet Directory, 1848–1994. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. p. 248.
- Way (1994), p. 148.
- Way (1994), p. 248.
- Sam Stall (20 June 2015). "Barge builder embraces stability". Indiana Business Journal. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
- David Mann (9 December 2017). "Union doesn't jump ship at Jeffboat". News and Tribune. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
- Frederick Way, Jr. (1994). Way's Packet Directory, 1848–1994. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. pp. 1–34.
- Frederick Way, Jr. (1994). Way’s Packet Directory, 1848–1994. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press. pp. 34–64.