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Beacon Boat Company (1953-1960): The Beacon Boat Company, headed by Orville Munkwitz, rented the Campbell yard in 1953, then purchased it outright later that year. During its short life the company built small and large sailboats, and powerboats for private consumers as well as wooden mine sweepers and utility boats for the US Navy during and after the Korean War. The company closed its doors in 1960.

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Beacon Boat Company Launch of Navy Utility Boat, c. 1956 (top) Joint Archives of Holland

Chris-Craft Landing Craft #8000 (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