MOUNDSVILLE FERRYBOAT “PAM” built in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1958 and named for Pam Ruble by John Bowman
PAM was built by YATES MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. (Yates, Jack) in Wheeling, (Wheeling Island) West Virginia in 1958 as a steel-hulled single prop Diesel Ferry Towboat with a General Motors 3-71 100 hp diesel engine for Rosswell E. Ruble of Powhatan Point, Ohio, Rosswell named the boat for his daughter, Pam Ruble. Ruble owned the Moundsville Ferry Co. that offered ferry service from Moundsville, West Virginia to Dilleys Bottom, Ohio. Pam, length 30’ width 10’ hull depth 3.5’. PAM was listed in the 1985 INLAND RIVER RECORD with the number 281606.
Source: Owen, Daniel C., INLAND RIVER RECORD 1985 A Publication of the Waterways Journal St. Louis, MO.
JAMES a FERRY FLAT BARGE built in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1958
YATES MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. (Yates, Jack) built JAMES in Wheeling, (Wheeling Island) West Virginia in 1958 as a Ferry Flat Barge for Rosswell E. Ruble of Powhatan Point, Ohio. Barges have names too. JAMES capable of hauling six vehicles was coupled with PAM in this photo.
YATES MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. (Yates, Thomas ‘Jack’ and Pluckebaum, Arthur) began building diesel towboats, ferry flats and barges in Wheeling, (Wheeling Island) West Virginia in 1953. Yates and Pluckebaum had worked in the Louisville, Kentucky, Jeffersonville, Indiana boat yards, and in 1953, they decided to go out on their own. That year, they came to Wheeling where they established a boat yard on Wheeling Island.
Source: Bowman, John, WHEELING THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMERICAN STEAMBOAT 2008 Wheeling, West Virginia