Category Archives: Ohio Valley River Museum

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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“INLAND RIVER RECORD” 1945 Book by Way, Frederick, Jr. History by John Bowman

“INLAND RIVER RECORD” 1945 Book by Way, Frederick, Jr. History by John Bowman INLAND RIVER RECORD 1945 Way, Frederick, Jr. Steam and Diesel Vessels of the Mississippi River System in Operation as of March 1, 1945 Compiled by Frederick Way, Jr. 1945 121 River Avenue Sewickley, Pa. Sewickley Printing Shop, Inc. 148 pages 5 ½” […]

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SISTERSVILLE FERRYBOAT “RIDES” built in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1955 by John Bowman

RIDES was built by YATES MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. (Yates, Jack and Pluckebaum, Arthur) in Wheeling, (Wheeling Island) West Virginia in 1955 as a steel-hulled single prop Diesel ferry towboat with a 180 hp Cummins diesel engine for the Sistersville Ferry Co. which operated its ferry service from Sistersville, West Virginia to Fly, Ohio. In 1957, […]

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YATES MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA 1953 – 1967

YATES MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA 1953 – 1967 by John Bowman In 1953, YATES MARINE CONSTRUCTION CO. (Yates, Thomas ‘Jack’ and Pluckebaum, Arthur) began building diesel towboats, ferry flats and barges in Wheeling, (Wheeling Island) West Virginia. Yates and Pluckebaum had worked in the Louisville, Kentucky, Jeffersonville, Indiana boat yards, and in 1953, […]

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LIBERTY LINE WHARFBOAT 1919-1922

LIBERTY LINE WHARFBOAT 1919-1922 Model designed and built in 2009 by John Bowman The Liberty Transit Co. that served Wheeling, West Virginia from 1918 to 1923 used this LIBERTY LINE WHARFBOAT. This packet company was formed in Wheeling and in operation in 1918. Liberty Transit Co. used names that would sell, or be well recognized […]

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BERYL FERRYBOAT and FERRY FLAT

BERYL FERRYBOAT and FERRY FLAT Clarington, Ohio Authentic Scale Model Replica of the Ferryboat Beryl and Ferry flat Designed and Built 2011 by John Bowman The gas-powered ferryboat Beryl was built in 1925 at Clarington, Ohio by Cook Bros. & Thomas (Charles Cook, Arthur Cook and Elmer Thomas) Boat Builders for John Marion Jackson of […]

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CLARINGTON OHIO WHARFBOAT

CLARINGTON, OHIO WHARFBOAT This circa 1860s Scale Model Clarington, Ohio wharfboat Model by John Bowman 2011. Clarington’s Wharf Boat supplied Clarington, the Upper Ohio Valley and Wheeling with much of its daily needs. The wharf boat at Clarington was always filled with butter, milk and eggs from the Sunfish Valley and cheeses from dairy farms […]

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WHEELING BUILT STEAMBOATS the City Of Wheeling

City of Wheeling The stern-wheel steam-powered packet City of Wheeling built in 1900 was the 225th and last steamboat completed at Wheeling, West Virginia. The hull, stern-wheel, and superstructure was built in 1899 at the Mozena Boat Yard in Clarington, Ohio for Capt. Thaddeus S. Thomas and Cy Higgs of Wheeling, West Virginia and intended […]

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JOHN BOWMAN Wheeling, West Virginia

    JOHN BOWMAN Author, Historian, (West Virginia History Hero) and Steamboat Model Builder.

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