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George Carpenter (1825-?)
Born in New York, early shipbuilder in Bay City.
  • Added April, 2014.
  • Directory of Bay City, Portsmouth, Wenona and Bangor, Michigan 1868-69.

    GEORGE CARPENTER

    Boat Building
    Bay City

    We cannot leave this branch of industry without introducing the name of George Carpenter, who is so favorably known for an industrious, skillful mechanic in this line; he was born a Carpenter but he has improved his calling and name until both are noted.

    Mr. Carpenter has the reputation of being the best boat builder in the Saginaw Valley; the fishing boats which he has built are said to be the best on the river, and this department of the business, it is well known, requires very skillful labor. We found him at work on a schooner here – which is pronounced a master-piece – and had an opportunity of conversing with him, and learned that he moves about from point to point on the river and builds when, where, and what is required of him. He is a resident of Bay City and came from Cleveland, Ohio.

    The Detroit Tribune, June 7, 1886.

    Ship-building at Bay City.

    It was not until 1869, however, that any vessels of extensive proportions were commenced. In that year George Carpenter laid the keels, completed and launched two barges, which were considered at the time large vessels; they were named the Samuel Bolton and J. L. Ketchum, were 1,000 tons burthen each, and their combined cost was $60,000, or $30,000 a piece. This was considered a large undertaking at the time, and aroused anticipations in regard to the future, but the finish of the contract closed Mr. Carpenter's labors at Bay City as a shipbuilder.

    Detroit Tribune, 10 June 1886.

    Ship-building at Bay City

    (Excerpt)

    It was not until 1869, however, that any vessels of extensive proportions were commenced. In that year George Carpenter laid the keels, completed and launched two barges, which were considered at the time very large vessels; they were names the Samuel Bolton and J. L. Ketchum, were 1,000 tons burthen each, and thier combined cost was $60,000, or $30,000 a piece. This was considered a large undertaking at the time, and aroused great anticipation in regard to the future, but the finish of the contract closed Mr. Carpenter's labors at Bay City as a shipbuilder.

    Additional Notes:

      1854 – History of Bay County, 1905
      John A. Weed and George Carpenter built the first ship in Lower Saginaw (Bay City), it was a fishing schooner named “Java.”

      1863-4 – Directory: Michigan State Gazetteer and Business.
      Carpenter, George – ship builder, Bay City

      1870 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Carpenter, George - age 45, b. New York - ship builder.
      Harriet, wife - age 43, b. Conn.
      Edward, son - age 23, b. Ohio - sailor.
      Frank, son - age 17, b. Mich.
      Rollie, son - age 12, b. Mich.
      Anna, dau - age 9, b. Mich.

      1880 - Census: Fair Haven, Huron, Mich.
      Carpenter, George - b. 1825, New York - farmer.
      Harriet, wife - b. 1828, Conn.
      Frank, son - b. 1853, Mich. - sailor.
      Rollo, son - b. 1858, Mich. - sailor.

      1900 - Michigan Marriages: Hancock, Houghton, Mich.
      Date: Feb. 3, 1900.
      Groom: R. George Carpent, age 41, b. Bay City, son of George Carpenter and Harriet Batty.
      Bride: Sophia Spriess, age 29, b. Mich., daughter of Jacob Spriess and Catherine Starana

      1918 - Michigan Deaths: Meade, Huron, Mich.
      Death of Annie Clendney, widow, age 57, b. Mich., daughter of George Carpenter and Harriet Batty.

      Great Lakes Shipwrecks.
      Ship "George Carpenter" built 1864 by George Carpenter, lost in 1893.
      Ship "Java" built 1854 by Weed & Carpenter, lost Oct. 8, 1858.
      Ship "Jay Bird" built 1869 by Geo. Carpenter, lost 1896.



    Reference Notes & Pages


    Related Pages:
    Weed, John A.
    People Referenced
    Batty. Harriet (wife)
    Clendney, Mr. (son-inlaw)
    Carpenter, Anna (dau)
    Carpenter, Edward (son)
    Carpenter, Frank (son)
    Carpenter, Geo. (subject)
    Carpenter, Rollie (son)
    Spriess, Jacob
    Spriess, Sophia (dau-inlaw)
    Starana, Catherine
    Weed, John A.
    Subjects Referenced
    Bay City, MI
    Bay Co., MI
    Cleveland, OH
    Connecticut
    Fair Haven, MI
    Hancock, MI
    Huron Co., MI
    Houghton Co., MI
    Lower Saginaw, MI
    Meade, MI
    New York
    ohio
    Saginaw Valley, MI
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.