Joseph “Joe” Fellows, Sr. was born in Barth, England in 1865. He and his family immigrated to the Midwest of the United States, and in the 1890s he learned the craft of boat building on large fishing vessels in Seattle and San Francisco. Fellows moved to Southern California and took advantage of the new demand for recreational boats. In 1896, he opened the Joe Fellows Boat Shop and began building yachts, speed-boats, and sailboats. As a tribute to his successful career, California Shipbuilding Corporation built and named the Liberty Ship JOE FELLOWS in his honor in 1944.
Of all the boats built by Joe Fellows, his prototypical racing sailboats, motor cruisers and speedboats are now classic designs.
Read more about Joe Fellows in the series “Your Right of Passage” appearing in the Library’s blog.