Category Archives: John Bowman’s Steamboat Models

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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WHEELING’S FIRST OHIO RIVER FERRY BOATS and LAST 1789 – 1926 by John Bowman

Many of us cross the Ohio River daily, giving hardly a thought if any, to the crossing or to the bridge we used.  However, to cross the river two-hundred years ago was something one had to plan and ferryboats were the means one used.  Crossing the river on a ferry was costly, and it took […]

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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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THE ZANE’S PATH TO WHEELING IN 1769 by John Bowman Celebrating in 2019 Wheeling’s 250th Anniversary

In the late summer of 1769, brothers Silas, Jonathan, and Ebenezer Zane left Red Stone Old Fort Pennsylvania, and traveled over a path, well known to frontier scouts, Indian traders and Indians alike, and made claim to land that would one day become Wheeling. The Zanes were not the first white men to lay claim […]

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WHEELING MANUFACTURED PAPER AND TURNED IT INTO LEATHER ‘LEATHEROID’ INVENTED IN WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA by John Bowman 2018

WHEELING MANUFACTURED PAPER AND TURNED IT INTO LEATHER ‘LEATHEROID’ INVENTED IN WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA by John Bowman 2018 Shelves of books with their Leather Binding’s look great but you just know that many of the books bindings aren’t really leather. Faux leather book bindings, and artificial leather that we find covering many products are manufactured […]

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BOAT BUILDING WHEELING’S FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY Book by John Bowman

BOAT BUILDING WHEELING’S FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY With Early WHEELING History Including Maps of Streets, Businesses and Dwellings CELEBRATING WHEELING’S 250th ANNIVERSARY Book by John Bowman $19.95 Available on Amazon.com Books, and at Wheeling’s ‘Artisan Center’. The Zane Brothers Founded Wheeling in 1769. A full and complete history of this is chronicled in the first part […]

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SISTERSVILLE FERRYBOAT HISTORY by John Bowman

SISTERSVILLE FERRYBOAT HISTORY by John Bowman The Ohio Historical Highway Marker at the Fly Landing tells us that the Sistersville Ferry was in operation in 1815, other local histories tell us the Sistersville1 ferry was established in 1817. This we know for sure, January 28, 1818 the General Assembly of Virginia passed an act granting […]

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NORTH STAR DIESEL TOWBOAT built in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1956 by John Bowman

NORTH STAR was built by YATES MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. (Yates, Jack and Pluckebaum, Arthur) in Wheeling, (Wheeling Island) West Virginia in 1956 as a steel-hulled single prop Diesel towboat with a General Motors 6-71 250 hp diesel engine for the North Star Transfer Co., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she was completed. Length 50’ width 12’. NORTH […]

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BLOCH BROS. “MAIL POUCH” CHEWING TOBACCO

BLOCH BROTHERS TOBACCO COMPANY by John Bowman MAIL POUCH CHEWING TOBACCO and BLOCH BROTHERS TOBACCO COMPANY dates from 1879, when Samuel S. Bloch and Aaron Bloch started their business with ten women at 1501-1503 Main Street in Wheeling, West Virginia. The tobacco business amounted to a group of women rolling cigars on the second floor […]

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