Built in Biloxi, the Junie-Doffie was the dream-boat of Capt. Eley Ross. During his early fishing career, Eley operated many boats: the Wild Cat, Dorothy T., Peg Ross, Lathie W. and Ethelyn R. But in 1965, his dream of building his own boat was realized with the completion of a 50-foot Biloxi lugger Eley named the Junie-Doffie (named for his two sons). The vessel was launched in Biloxi’s Back Bay with the entire family on hand. He would work fulltime aboard the Junie-Doffie until he was 80 years old. After selling the beloved lugger to a great-nephew, Eley continued to work from a small fiberglass boat until he was 84.
The dimensions of the Junie-Doffie are: length 50.0 feet, breadth 17.0 feet, depth 5.6 feet. Weight 30 gross, 21 net tons with a 165-horsepower engine.