Category Archives: Bellaire Ohio

BOAZ DIESEL TOWBOAT built in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1957 by John Bowman

BOAZ was built by YATES MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. (Yates, Jack and Pluckebaum, Arthur) in Wheeling, (Wheeling Island) West Virginia in 1957 as a steel-hulled twin prop Diesel towboat with two General Motors diesel engines developing 450 hp for the Monongahela and Ohio Dredging Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania length 60’ width 20’ hull depth 7’. BOAZ […]

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SUNNY SOUTH DISH BOAT and a HOUSE or SHANTY BOAT

The SUNNY SOUTH DISH BOAT and a HOUSE or SHANTY BOAT Models by John Bowman The Sunny South was a houseboat or shanty boat with about one third of the interior fitted out as a country store, (Aka) also known as a “Dish Boat” (so called as it featured china from the upper Ohio River […]

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BELLAIRE TOWBOAT

BELLAIRE TOWBOAT Authentic Scale Model Replica by John Bowman The 127.3’ x 24.2’ x 3.6’ shallow-draft, stern-wheel packet Bellaire was built at the Harmar, Ohio Knox Yard in 1887. W.F. Robertson & Co. of Marietta, Ohio built her machinery. She was built for Capt. James S. McDonald to run in the Bellaire-Wheeling trade. In 1890, […]

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ELIZA H. TOWBOAT

ELIZA H. Towboat Bellaire, Ohio’s quintessential Steam-powered Towboat Model by John Bowman Marietta Manufacturing Co. at Harmar, Ohio built the stern-wheel towboat Eliza H. in 1889. Eliza H. was custom built for Jacob Heatherington and named for his wife Eliza Heatherington. She was first registered in Wheeling, W. Va. to the Belmont Coal Co. of Bellaire, […]

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BROWN DICK STERNWHEEL PACKET/TOWBOAT AND B&O RR BARGE No. 2

BROWN DICK B&O R.R. Barge No. 2 Authentic Scale Model Replicas by John Bowman The 56-ton stern-wheel packet Brown Dick was built in McKeesport, Pennsylvania in 1855 for Capt. James Darlington for service on the Muskingum River. Her hull, 95 feet in length and superstructure was built in McKeesport and A.J. Sweeney and Son of […]

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New Orleans The First Steamboat on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers

New Orleans The First Steamboat on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The 1811 New Orleans Model by John Bowman This is a historically accurate model of the steamboat New Orleans. The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania had a replica built at the Elizabeth, Pa. boat yard in 1911 to commemorate the “Centennial Celebration of Steamboating”. […]

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William Manley & Son Bellaire Wharfboat Model by John Bowman

Wm. Manley & Son BELLAIRE WHARFBOAT with the ferryboats Gertrude and Hazel The Manleys, Peter Manley, then William and son John operated Bellaire’s wharfboat from the 1870s into the late 1920s. This Bellaire Wharfboat sat at the Twenty-Sixth Street wharf (known as the lower wharf) built by the city circa 1878. In October of 1883, […]

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WHEELING BUILT STEAMBOATS the St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence A.J. Sweeney and Son built the side-wheel steam-powered packet St. Lawrence at Wheeling, West Virginia in 1879 for Capt. William M. List. The St. Lawrence was 266½’ x 41’ x 6’, three-quarters the length of a football field, the biggest steamboat ever built in Wheeling. Sweeney had her hull built by Dan Morton […]

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OUR RUSH FAMILY IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

                                    OUR RUSH FAMILY IN THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR by John Bowman, the Great Grandson of Salathiel Benjamin Rush Sgt. “F” Co. 63rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry The four sons of Peter Rush and Elizabeth Pew-RUSH of Armstrongs Mills, […]

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