A Benefit For Members Only: The Terbrueggen Photographic Collection

The Terbrueggen Photographic Collection represents the work of Joel Terbrueggen of Cincinnati, Ohio, who was a surveyor and restorer for many years.

Mr. Terbrueggen is a native of Lake St. Clair, Michigan and has spent nearly 60 years working with wood boats! He helped establish the restoration shop for the Antique Boat Center in Cincinnati. Mr. Terbrueggen also taught restoration classes for over 20 years. His work can also be seen in the early ACBS videos.

This collection of over 22,000 photographs represents years of inspections and surveys done by Mr. Terbrueggen for prospective buyers. These photos represent the current condition and, generally, the correct characteristics for that particular boat.

ACBS is very appreciative of Mr. Terbrueggen’s willingness to share his photographic library with our members. We feel this will be a very valuable benefit to the ACBS members.

Easy way to find what you are looking for:

  1. Click to open a spreadsheet which lists every photographed boat, alphabetized by manufacturer, then year. 
  2. Find the boat you want to inspect. Note the Folder and File #.
  3. Click on “Members Only” (very top of this website page).
  4. Sign in as a member using your email address.
  5. In the Members Only Online Directory, click on the RESOURCES tab and choose PHOTO GALLERY.
  6. The Folder and File # will lead you to the collection you want.
    1. example: 06-121 go to folder for year 2006, then choose file 121
    2. this particular file is for a 1951 18′ Chris Craft Sportsman
    3. this one file has 42 detailed pictures taken as the boat was being inspected

There are 440 files, each containing 20-80 photos.  Enjoy and learn from the show.


Learn more about the benefits of ACBS membership including other resources that are part of the RESOURCES section of the Members Only section of the website.


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