Fellows and Stewart, Inc.

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Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library Collection 3

Portrait of Rusty Fellows, circa 1933.

Rusty Fellows, circa 1933.

The following is excerpted from the finding aid for the collection.

Title: Papers of Fellows and Stewart, Inc.

Dates: 1900-1967

Creator: Fellows and Stewart, Inc.

Extent: approximately 50 cu. ft. and ships lines

Physical characteristics:
Correspondence, documents, ships lines, photographic prints, published ephemera

Contains papers of the corporation: accounts, sales transactions, letters of agreement, ships plans, photographic prints, inquiries and day to day correspondence, stock certificates and legal documents, correspondence, naval architectural drawings and photographs of the shipyard located in Los Angeles Harbor between early 1900 and 1967. Also contains professional photographic portraits of Fellows family members dating from the late 19th to the middle of the 20th century.

Biographical Notes:
Joe Fellows, Sr. (1865-1942) was a designer of sailboats for yacht racing, sail and motor cruisers, and speed boats. He opened a boat shop on Terminal Island, California, in 1896: it was to grow from a very small operation into a well-known boatbuilding, repair and refurbishing concern until 1967 when the company was sold to Harbor Boatbuilding. Of the boats designed by Joe Fellows, his prototypical racing sailboats, motor cruisers and speedboats became nationally recognized classic designs.

In 1917 the company became known as Fellows and Stewart, Inc., incorporating business partner Victor Stewart’s name. Stewart was to stay with the company until 1945. Joe Fellows’ son Richard Joseph Fellows (1912-1962), known as Rusty or Joe, lead the corporation after his father’s retirement in 1937. His wife, Lois Fellows became President after Rusty’s death until the firm was sold in 1967.

Administrative Information:
Repository: Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Access, Use: Prior arrangement with Librarian, Curator, or Museum Director
Preferred Citation for Reference Requests: Papers of Fellows and Stewart, Inc.
Copyright Notice: Copyright restrictions may apply. See the copyright notice here.

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