STANDARD SAND & GRAVEL CO. WHEELING Towboats, Derrick Boats, and Sand Dredges by John Bowman

Standard Sand & Gravel Co. of Wheeling, West Virginia, was established in 1922.  The company started out with the sternwheel, wood hulled, gas-engined towboat Sandow built at Clarington, Ohio, which they converted to a 120 hp Bethlehem diesel in the 1930s.  In the 1930s, Standard Sand & Gravel Co. had the Sandow, the 1916, sternwheel, steel-hulled diesel-powered towboat Sand Boy, the 1925 wood-hulled, steam-powered derrick-boat The King, the steam-powered sand-dredge Standard Dredge No. 1.  They had a Pittsburgh District U.S. Engineer ‘USE’ boat in the 1950s.

Sandow Towboat Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, W. Va. photo by John Bowman
Sand Boy Towboat Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, W. Va. photo by John Bowman
The King Derrick Boat Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, W. Va. photo by John Bowman
Sand Dredge No. 1 Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, W. Va. photo by John Bowman
Sand and Gravel Dredge Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, W. Va. photo by John Bowman

Standard Sand & Gravel Co. added the 1925 sternwheel, steel-hulled, 120 hp Fairbanks-Morse diesel-powered towboat Susie purchased in 1946, the 1937 sternwheel, steel-hulled, 160 hp Fairbanks-Morse diesel-powered towboat Dixie upgraded to 210 hp in 1948.  The 1952 twin-prop, steel-hulled, D-397 Caterpillar twin diesel-powered Chuckie D., the 1968, Yates Marine Construction Co. built, twin-prop, steel-hulled, D-343 Caterpillar twin diesel-powered Max K. 

Susie Towboat Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, W. Va. photo by John Bowman
Chuckie D. Towboat Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, W. Va. photo by John Bowman
Max K. Towboat Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, W. Va. photo by John Bowman

In 1985, Standard Sand & Gravel Co. owned these towboats, the Max K., and the 1951, twin-screw 1,066 hp Superior twin diesel-powered Elizabeth M., the 1952, twin-screw, 330 hp GM 6-71 twin diesel-powered Stephanie M., and the 1949, twin-screw 1,800 hp Red 2.5:1 twin diesel-powered Trade Winds.

Elizabeth M. Towboat Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, W. Va. photo by John Bowman
Stephanie M. Towboat Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, W. Va. photo by John Bowman
Trade Winds Towboat Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Wheeling, W. Va. photo by John Bowman

Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Boats Listed

Chuckie D. Towboat, Dixie Towboat, Elizabeth M. Towboat, Max K. Towboat, Sand Boy Towboat, Sandow Towboat, Standard Sand and Gravel Dredge, Standard Dredge No. 1. Sand Dredge, Stephanie M. Towboat, Susie Towboat, The King Derrick Boat, and theTrade Winds Towboat

Standard Sand & Gravel Co.  advertised in the 1985 “Inland River Record” Standard Sand & Gravel Co. Thirty-Fourth and Market Streets Wheeling, West Virginia Towboats, Derrick boats, Wharfage, Harbor Service at Ohio River mile 91.8. Wheeling, W.Va.  Standard Sand & Gravel Co. had no listing in 1986

Sources:

  1. Bowman, John, A Pictorial History of Wheeling and Ohio River Steamboats 2009 Wheeling, West Virginia
  2. Way, Frederick, Jr. with Rutter, Joseph W., Way’s Steam Towboat Directory 1990 Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen Ohio University Press, Athens

Photos are the property of John Bowman Many photos taken at Ohio River mile 87.6

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