Category Archives: John Bowman’s Steamboat Models

PAUL F. THOMAS FERRYBOAT

PAUL F. THOMAS FERRYBOAT Authentic Scale Model Replica of the Steam-Powered Ferry Boat Paul F. Thomas Model by John Bowman Capt. Paul F. Thomas had the 107-foot by 30-foot stern-wheel ferryboat Paul F. Thomas built at Madison, Indiana in 1934 to run in his Twenty-Sixth Street Ferry Co., from Huntington, West Virginia to Proctorville, Ohio. […]

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PARAGON TOWBOAT

PARAGON Towboat OHIO VALLEY SAND CO. New Martinsville, West Virginia PARAGON: Having no equal. A model of excellence or perfection Authentic Scale Model Replica by John Bowman 2011 The Diesel Towboat Paragon was built at Clarington, Ohio in 1929 by Cook Bros. & Thomas (Charles Cook, Arthur Cook and Elmer Thomas) Boat Builders for the Ohio […]

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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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ROY L. TOWBOAT and BARGE

ROY L. Towboat and Barge Named for Roy Loomis Authentic Scale Model Replica with barge Built in 2016, by John Bowman The towboat Roy L. was built in 1945 and 71 years later she is still on the river. The steel hulled, single screw, (prop) diesel towboat Roy L. was built in post-war 1945 at Cape […]

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CAPT. JACK LOOMIS TOWBOAT

CAPT. JACK LOOMIS Towboat Authentic Scale Model Replica by John Bowman In 1934, Dravo Corporation, Neville Island, Pennsylvania built the steel-hulled towboat Peace, hull number 1163 for Union Barge Line Corp. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which was delivered in October of 1934. She was powered by two Winton diesels, which developed 750-hp. She was later re-powered […]

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NAIL CITY TOWBOAT with COAL BARGE

NAIL CITY With Coal Barge Model by John Bowman Authentic Scale Model Replica of the NAIL CITY Steam-Towboat The Steam-powered Towboat “NAIL CITY” was built in the Nail City; Wheeling, West Virginia in 1872 for Ed Hobbs of “Hobbs, Taylor & Company” by the shipyard of “Wilson, Dunlevy & Wheeler”. This was probably the last […]

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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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LA BELLE TOWBOAT

LA BELLE Towboat 1921 – 1951 Lā Belle pronounced with a long a Authentic Steam Towboat Model by John Bowman The hull for the stern-wheel towboat Lā Belle was built at the Howard Yard, Jeffersonville, Indiana and she was completed at the Elizabeth, Pennsylvania Boat Yard in 1921 for Wheeling Steel Corporation. Her four boilers […]

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COSTANZO TOWBOAT

COSTANZO Towboat Authentic Sternwheel Towboat Model by John Bowman 2014 The towboat Costanzo was originally, the stern-wheel towboat A.R. Budd built for Capt. J.M. Hammitt of the Budd Coal Co. at his Marietta boat yard in 1906. A.R. Budd was traded to Frank Costanzo, owner of the Richland and Costanzo Coal Co. Wheeling, (Warwood and […]

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Steamboat Stamp WASHINGTON

STEAMBOAT WASHNGTON 1816 STAMP ISSUED MAR 3, 1989 In 1929, Garnett Laidlaw Eskew writes of Wheeling, West Virginia on page 32 in his critically acclaimed book, ‘The Pageant of the Packets, A Book of American Steamboating’: “We wonder if Wheeling knows she is the birthplace of the American steamboat. Is Midland America aware that it is […]

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