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UH - Houston History Project. Kelly, Thomas - Kelly audio, 1 of 2. February 28, 2007. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 24, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory/item/320/show/317.

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Title Kelly, Thomas
Creator (LCNAF)
  • UH - Houston History Project
Interviewer (LCNAF)
  • Theriot, Jason P.
Date February 28, 2007
Description Tom Kelly was a long-time boat builder. He was vice-president of operations at Seward Seacraft in Morgan City in the early 1970s. He owned and operated his owned companies, mostly for boat repair. He was also a commercial fisherman and served on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. Kelly grew up in Shell Oil's Black Bayou community and learned at a very young age (5 years old) how to operate and maintain boats through his father, who ran boats for Shell in the marsh. He learned how to weld and repair boats and trailers in Vinton High School. He started at Consolidated Shipyard in Orange, TX in the 1950s building barges. After military service, he transferred to Morgan City to run Shell's boat repair yard. In 1966, he was hired as a supervisor for Seward Seacraft, aluminum crew boat builders in Morgan City. He eventually became vice-president of operations. When Seward Seacraft closed its doors in 1974, Kelly opened his own business, and then started a boat repair yard next to Gulf Craft, Inc in Patterson. He ran that business until 1992. Company significance/history: Fred Seward of Seward Seacraft began building boats in the late 1940s. He was contracted by oil companies and boat rental companies to design and build steel-hull crew boats for the offshore industry in the 1950s. In 1960, Alcoa Aluminum manufacturing approached Seward to experiment with aluminum boats. Seward built a number of aluminum crew boats for Tidewater Marine and in 1968 got a huge government contract to build the infamous Swift Boats for the Vietnam War. Later, problems developed with the new technology that caused the boats to break apart. After modifications to the material and design, Seward continued building aluminum crew boats into the early 1970s.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Energy development
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Kelly, Thomas
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Jeanerette, Louisiana
Genre (AAT)
  • interviews
Language English
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  • audio/mp3
  • application/pdf
Original Item Location ID 2006-005, Box 10, HHA 00604
Original Collection Oral Histories - Houston History Project
Original Collection URL http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=231
Digital Collection Oral Histories from the Houston History Project
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
Use and Reproduction Educational use only, no other permissions given. Copyright to this resource is held by the content creator, author, artist or other entity, and is provided here for educational purposes only. It may not be reproduced or distributed in any format without written permission of the copyright owner. For more information please see the UH Digital Library Fair Use policy on the "About" page of this website.
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  • MMS/University of Houston
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Title Kelly audio, 1 of 2
Date February 28, 2007
Original Collection Oral Histories – Houston History Project http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=231
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Use and Reproduction Educational use only, no other permissions given. Copyright to this resource is held by the content creator, author, artist or other entity, and is provided here for educational purposes only. It may not be reproduced or distributed in any format without written permission of the copyright owner. For more information please see the UH Digital Library Fair Use policy on the "About" page of this website.
File name hhaoh_201207_225a.mp3