H02-1466.5. Campbell Boat Company (1937-1953). Records, ca. 1930s. 0.25 linear ft.


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The Campbell Boat Company was a boatbuilding firm in Holland, Michigan, Ottawa County, established in September 1937. The company was located at 1691 S. Shore Drive in Holland in a new factory. The company built a small addition to the plant in 1938. In addition to boats, the company also did some steel fabricating. Kenneth H. Campbell, formerly of Calumet, was owner of the firm; H. C. Reynolds was general manager. In 1946, the company had a workforce of 35 males. The company employed only five males and one female in 1950. The company presumably went out of business in about 1953. Collection includes a 1930s photograph album illustrating wooden sailboats and steel boats being constructed inside the company and boats being launched and sailed near the company’s site, and biographical materials on Kenneth Campbell, including his personal copy of The Mechanical Engineers’ Pocket-Book: A Reference-Book of Rules, Tables, Data, and Formulae by William Kent (1916).


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