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    Default Campbell Boatyard, NJ: Relics and history

    The Campbell Boatyard in Neptune, NJ has a few interesting wooden boats up on blocks in the yard.

    Curious about their history, and potential for restoration. I'm not the owner, just a local who's intrigued.

    I believe at least one of them was built here, but not sure on the details.

    I've got more photos that I'll add into the thread. Can also get additional angles if there are any that would be particularly helpful.

    Will add details and if I learn more!

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    A surprisingly quick search of the registration on this one led to a listing on woodenboat.com with more details:

    https://www.woodenboat.com/register-...oats/redleg-ii

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    Designer: Campbell Boat Works
    Boat Type: Jersey sea skiff
    Location Built: Neptune City NJ
    Year Built: 1959

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    Last edited by theFin; 07-21-2021 at 02:22 PM. Reason: Clarification, adding info for boat with registration listed on woodenboat.com

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    There are four or five boats like this orange one, all trailered up around the yard.

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    Default Re: Campbell Boatyard, NJ: Relics and history

    Paging NedL, paging NedL...

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    Default Re: Campbell Boatyard, NJ: Relics and history

    Well, some of that is a boat graveyard.
    The orange skiffs are likely the remains of a rental fleet.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Campbell Boatyard, NJ: Relics and history

    Haha....

    Redleg II was built right there by Robert Campbell in 1858. She was originally built as an open skiff, then had the wheelhouse added and finally the flying bridge.








    "Mimi", also a Campbell skiff, was built in 1953






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    One boat you didn't see there was "Rocket"

    She is a 20 ft, 1954 Campbell skiff that Robert Campbell built as his own personal boat.





    You didn't see her because she is now in my collection of lapstrake Jersey skiffs.




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    Campbell boat works





    Mimi,




    Red Leg II



    Mimi


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    Bud Campbell in the boat building shop



    Red Leg II I believe



    Boat buildign in the shop






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    The green skiff is (was) a 1935 Hubert Johnson, built in Bayhead N.J.



    Jack 'O' Hearts is a 1953 Campbell skiff








    Here is a half model that was carved by Robert Campbell. I believe Jack 'O' Hearts was built off this.




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    Rocket in 1976, .... next to Red Leg II



    and being built


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    Default Re: Campbell Boatyard, NJ: Relics and history

    Wow, great stuff!

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    Default Re: Campbell Boatyard, NJ: Relics and history

    Very Cool! Thanks for sharing

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    If you had any seriousness in rebuilding one of these surviving Campbell skiffs Mimi would be my choice. She still pretty much has her shape and her planking is in pretty good condition.
    Jack 'O' Hearts would have been a nice one to rebuild, sadly her hull up forward has significantly started to settle over the front set of blocks under her.
    Red Leg II is too far gone, her bottom is a mess of a roller coaster.
    I was offered to save any of the boats there and I chose Rocket because she still has her shape and her bottom is true.
    Any of them would require a minimum of a complete disassembly down to the planked hull, a complete re-ribbing and then start from there.

    Campbell boat works started business in the early 1900's in Neptune building local fishing boats, crabbing skiffs and pound boats to support the local watermen. As the years went on Robert & then Bud Campbell started building 'pleasure' boats. their boats were never high end, but more in the way of commercial boats with little cabins added.

    This is a typical Jersey shore pound boat of the type that Campbell would have built in the 1920's - 1940's.


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    Default Re: Campbell Boatyard, NJ: Relics and history

    Great pictures, thanks!

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