Category Archives: Civil War Steamboat Model

WHARFBOATS AT WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA By John Bowman

You may wonder, what is a Wharfboat?  A Wharfboat was a floating warehouse found moored (tied-up) at a waterfront.  If you wanted to mail a letter, you took it to a Post Office.  If you wanted to send something by train, you took it to the Railroad’s Depot.  If you wanted to send an item […]

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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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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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WHEELING BUILT STEAMBOATS the USS Signal No. 8

USS Signal No. 8 A.J. Sweeney & Son for Capt. Campbell Sweeney built USS Signal No. 8, a 190-ton stern-wheel steam-powered packet “tinclad” river gunboat, in 1862 at Wheeling, Virginia. A Federal officer of the U.S. Navy requisitioned Signal-reaching Cairo, Illinois on her maiden trip. Campbell sold her to the U.S. Navy for the sum […]

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WHEELING BUILT STEAMBOATS the Liberty No. 2

Liberty No. 2 The side-wheel steam-powered packet Liberty No. 2 was built by the Wilson, Dunlevy & Wheeler Yard at Wheeling, Virginia in 1861 for Capt. Charles Booth. She replaced his 1857 Liberty, recently sold to the Mason City Coal Co. T. Sweeney & Co. of Wheeling placed her machinery. She was placed in the […]

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Civil War Wharfboat Model by John Bowman Booth & Battelle at Wheeling

Civil War Booth Battelle & Company Steamboat Agents Wharfboat Model by John Bowman. The Booth Battelle & Company Steamboat Agents wharf boat with coal barge on display at West Virginia Independence Hall, Wheeling, West Virginia. This wharf boat sitting at Wheeling’s wharf, served Wheeling, Virginia (West Virginia) throughout the Civil War years. What was or […]

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Civil War Steamboat Models by John Bowman USS Signal No. 8 Tin Clad

USS Signal No. 8 A.J. Sweeney & Son for Capt. Campbell Sweeney built USS Signal No. 8, a 190-ton stern-wheel steam-powered packet “tinclad” river gunboat, in 1862 at Wheeling, Virginia. A Federal officer of the U.S. Navy requisitioned Signal-reaching Cairo, Illinois on her maiden trip. Campbell sold her to the U.S. Navy for the sum […]

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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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Civil War Steamboat Models by John Bowman USS Queen of the West Ram

Civil War Steamboat Queen of the West Model by John Bowman. The steamboat Queen of the West on display at West Virginia Independence Hall, Wheeling, West Virginia was Charles Ellet, Jr.’s Civil War Ram. The side-wheel packet Queen of the West was built at Cincinnati, Ohio in 1854. In May of 1862 the USQMD converted […]

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Civil War Steamboat Models by John Bowman USS Conestoga Timber Clad

Civil War Steamboat Conestoga Model by John Bowman. The steamboat Conestoga on display at West Virginia Independence Hall, Wheeling, West Virginia. The side-wheel towboat Conestoga was built at Brownsville, Pennsylvania in 1859 using engines formerly on the packet J.M. Convers built in 1856. Conestoga was built for Daniel Bushnell and Jacob Jay Vandergrift and named for […]

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