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Donovan Construction Company, Burlington

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Title: Donovan Construction Company, Burlington


  • McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

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Publisher: University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections


Four boats seen positioned between pilings. Yard tugs, 66 feet in length,YT-297 and YT-298, are in front with two others directly behind them. They are 66 foot and built by Donovan Construction Company of St. Paul, Minn. at the Shelburne Shipyard. Company locally called Donovan Contracting. Several Vermont firms contributed to their construction including Gebos' sawmill processing oak from Ferrisburgh. Other businesses were Stevens Machine Shop of Winooski, Vermont Structural Steel Company of Burlington, and Haigh Lumber Company. Bunting and American flags adorn the bows. Location may be Shelburne Shipyard and date may be spring 1940s. Patches of ice float in the water. Photo 9.

Genre(s): photographs, black-and-white photographs



Type of Resource: still image

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Donovan Construction Company, Burlington, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library, (accessed October 06, 2015)

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I just came across a piece of the Ferrisburg Oak and on it was tied the launch ribbon that was on the champagne bottle that launched the YT 295296 ,297 & 298. It was dated April 18 ,1943 The writing on it is clean and full of launching information , and names. For more info contact me on EBAY with the name of subsrfun. Aug.8,2011

- G. Gilbert