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Jesiek Brothers Shipyard (1912-1973): In 1910, brothers Joseph Jr. and Otto Jesiek moved from Grand Rapids to Jenison Park, on Black Lake to form a boat livery and build clinker-style rowboats. They later moved to Macatawa Park and built launches, charter boats, yachts, sailboats, and hydroplanes. After World War II, they concentrated on building small, one-design sailboats and their growing marina business. In 1973, they sold the business to the Eldean family.

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Fire at the Jesiek Brothers Shipyard, 1913 (top) Joint Archives of Holland

Launch at Jenison Park by Jesiek Brothers Shipyard, 1911 (bottom) Joint Archives of Holland

From Craft to Industry: The Boat Builders of Holland was an exhibition at the Holland Museum on display from June 14, 2013 through December 30, 2013. Materials for the exhibit were used from both the Joint Archives of Holland and Holland Museum.


From Craft to Industry: The Boat Builders of Holland was underwritten in part by proceeds from an endowed gift to the Holland Historical Trust from The Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation. This exhibition and related programming were made possible by the generous gifts of time, goods and services of Geoffrey Reynolds, Guest Curator; Grand Rapids Public Museum; David Scholten, Firehouse Boat Works; Land and Sea Upholstery; Holland Area Historical Society; The Joint Archives of Holland; Our Brewing Company.


Boat Builders of Holland, Chris Craft, Boating Industry in Michigan, West Michigan Boats, Lake Michigan, Lake Macatawa, Faculty Exhibits, Hope College, Joint Archives of Holland