Racine Boat Mfg. Co. - 1893-1904 Racine, Wisconsin & 1904-1915 - Muskegon, Wisconsin


Known production automobile body builder in 1912. (I believe they also made bodies for the Ford Model T in 1914-1915, but can't locate the reference).

The Racine Boat Manufacturing Company relocated from Racine, WI to Muskegon, MI in 1904. Although Racine newspapers had been speculating about the move for some time, it did not take place until a disastrous fire destroyed the yard, the landowner refused to renew the lease, and Muskegon offered free land, tax breaks and $20,000 in cash.

Distinguishing between the wood and canvas canoes built by the Racine Boat Manufacturing Co. of Muskegon (1893-1916) and the Racine Boat Co. (1906-1927) of Racine is almost as difficult as untangling the intertwined histories of the two companies. (The progenitor of both companies, the Racine Hardware Manufacturing Co. (RHMCo.) did not build wood and canvas canoes.)



For more information please read:

Racine Heritage Museum - 701 South Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin

Gunther, Fred - Old-Boats-Old Friends in Racine - Focus on Racine History -

Wheeler, Stephen E. - The Forgotten Boat Companies of Racine, Wisconsin. Manuscript furnished by the Racine Heritage Museum

Peter Thompson - Selection and Firm Survival: Evidence from the Shipbuilding Industry, 1825-1914 - Review of Economics and Statistics

Beverly Rae Kimes - The Classic Car

Beverly Rae Kimes - The Classic Era

Beverly Rae Kimes - Packard: A History of the Motorcar and Company

Beverly Rae Kimes & Henry Austin Clark Jr. - Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942

Richard Burns Carson - The Olympian Cars

Raymond A. Katzell - The Splendid Stutz

Marc Ralston - Pierce Arrow

Brooks T. Brierley - There Is No Mistaking a Pierce Arrow

Brooks T. Brierley - Auburn, Reo, Franklin and Pierce-Arrow Versus Cadillac, Chrysler, Lincoln and Packard

Brooks T. Brierley - Magic Motors 1930

Nick Georgano - The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile: Coachbuilding

John Gunnell - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1946-1975

James M. Flammang & Ron Kowalke - Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1976-1999

Daniel D. Hutchins - Wheels Across America: Carriage Art & Craftsmanship

Marian Suman-Hreblay - Dictionary of World Coachbuilders and Car Stylists

Michael Lamm and Dave Holls - A Century of Automotive Style: 100 Years of American Car Design

Thomas E. Bonsall - The Lincoln Motorcar: Sixty Years of Excellence

Fred Roe - Duesenberg: The Pursuit of Perfection

Arthur W. Soutter - The American Rolls-Royce

John Webb De Campi - Rolls-Royce in America

Hugo Pfau - The Custom Body Era

Hugo Pfau - The Coachbult Packard

Griffith Borgeson - Cord: His Empire His Motor Cars

Don Butler - Auburn Cord Duesenberg

George H. Dammann - 90 Years of Ford

George H. Dammann & James K. Wagner - The Cars of Lincoln-Mercury

Thomas A. MacPherson - The Dodge Story

F. Donald Butler - Plymouth-Desoto Story

Fred Crismon - International Trucks

George H. Dammann - Seventy Years of Chrysler

Walter M.P. McCall - 80 Years of Cadillac LaSalle

Maurice D. Hendry - Cadillac, Standard of the World: The complete seventy-year history

George H. Dammann & James A. Wren - Packard

Dennis Casteele - The Cars of Oldsmobile

Terry B. Dunham & Lawrence R. Gustin - Buick: A Complete History

George H. Dammann - Seventy Years of Buick

George H. Dammann - 75 Years of Chevrolet

John Gunnell - Seventy-Five Years of Pontiac-Oakland


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