Peterson Builders Offers 56-page Review Of 50 Years Of Boatbuilding History

Peterson Builders Inc., Sturgeon Bay, Wise., is celebrating its 50th year of boatbuilding. Starting in 1933, in the midst of a depression, wooden fish tugs were among the first boats constructed.

Peterson builders today possesses an excellent reputation for quality ships in wood, steel, aluminum and fiberglass for commercial as well as military vessels.

PBI is a prime Navy contractor.

Current Navy work providing a 1986 backlog includes 108-foot wooden Yard Patrol craft, 224-foot wooden Mine Counter Measure ships, 255-foot steel Rescue/Salvage vessels, as well as participation in the design, development and construction proposal for the Navy's new Mine Sweeper Hunters.

During the 1940s Peterson Builders established an outstanding production record for military ships. In the 1950s PBI played an important role in the refinement of aluminum welding technology employed in shipbuilding today.

The 1960s represented physical growth and expansion in the fiberglass field. The many large (up to 300 feet) steel and aluminum ships built during the 1970s included huge tugs, heavy lift cargo ships, passenger ferries, oceanographic research vessels, and the first of the beautiful tuna super-seiners built by PBI. This decade also included construction of over 400 military vessels.

Having taken full advantage of technology available through computerization, PBI employs a complete range of computerized services, and was one of the first U.S.

shipyards to install a computeraided design system (CAD). Direct link of PBI's CAD system to their subcontracted design agents' system on the East Coast provides rapid change of drawing and design data for instant review.

PBI facilities, history and a review of the boats they have built is summarized in their released 56-page anniversary book.

For free copy, Write 55 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 43,  Oct 1983

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