Category Archives: Civil War Ironclad

THE CIVIL WAR STEAMER SULTANA by John Bowman

The 1863 660-ton side-wheel steamer Sultana (the fifth of that name)[1] was built for Capt. Pres Lodwick at the Cincinnati, Ohio John Litherbury yard, and launched January 3rd, 1863.  Moore and Richardson of Cincinnati built her machinery, boilers and engines.  Sultana was 260 feet in length, and 42 feet in width, her hull was 7 […]

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BOOKS by WHEELING AUTHOR John Bowman

John Bowman Author, Historian, West Virginia History Hero and Steamboat Model Builder. John’s writings concentrate on Wheeling’s boat history.  Wheeling began building boats, Barges, Bateaux, Flatboats, Keelboats, and Pirogues in 1774, the first Ohio River city to build boats, and the third settlement on the ‘Western Rivers’ to have a boat building industry.  ‘Western Rivers’ […]

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STEAMBOATS BUILT IN WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA 1815 – 1900 by John Bowman

Wheeling began building boats, Barges, Bateaux, Flatboats, Keelboats, and Pirogues in 1774, the first Ohio River city to build boats, and the third settlement on the ‘Western Rivers’ to have a boat building industry.  ‘Western Rivers’ are rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico.  Red Stone Old Fort now Brownsville, Pennsylvania was building boats […]

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Admiral Porter’s 1863 Civil War Gunboat Hoax

Admiral Porter’s 1863 Civil War Gunboat Hoax “Deluded People, Cave In.” Model by John Bowman Admiral Porter had observed that many of Vicksburg’s battery guns would burst while firing on his vessels. Logically, Porter deduced, the more vessels he could send past the batteries, the more guns would burst. February 24th, 1863, Porter launched his […]

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Civil War Steamboat Models by John Bowman USS Lafayette Ironclad

Civil War Ironclad Lafayette Steamboat Model by John Bowman. The Civil War Ironclad steamboat Lafayette on display at West Virginia Independence Hall, Wheeling, West Virginia. The side-wheel packet Aleck Scott was built at Louisville, Kentucky and completed at St. Louis, Missouri in 1848. Aleck Scott once boarded “Mark Twain” on a trip up the Mississippi […]

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JOHN BOWMAN Wheeling, West Virginia

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“Steamboats on the Western Rivers in the Civil War”

“Steamboats on the Western Rivers in the Civil War” John Bowman $19.95 Available on Amazon.com Books. This book, Steamboats on the Western Rivers in the Civil War, documents the histories of steamboats that served on the Western Rivers in the American Civil War. The book covers the major events that preceded the American Civil War, […]

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