Category Archives: Steamboat History

ROPE MAKING AND ROPEWALK IN WHEELING, WV by John Bowman 2018

One of the offshoots of boat building ‘Wheeling’s First Major Industry’ was the need for rope, and much rope was needed for the boat trade.  Circa 1802 is the earliest mention of rope making in Wheeling.  Michael Graham employed a few young men manufacturing rope at his ‘ropewalk’ (rope manufactory) listed as along Wheeling Creek.  […]

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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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CROCKARD & BOOTH STEAMBOAT AGENTS WHARFBOAT

CROCKARD & BOOTH STEAMBOAT AGENTS WHEELING WHARF BOAT Authentic scale model by John Bowman This Crockard & Booth Steamboat Agents wharf boat was built at Murraysville, West Virginia and delivered to John Crockard and Captain John K. Booth in 1889. The floating warehouse was purchased to replace “Booth’s Old Reliable” which had been in service […]

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WHEELING’S “FORT RANDOLPH” U.S. Troop Garrison 1794-1815 Wheeling’s Other Fort

“FORT RANDOLPH” U.S. TROOP GARRISON 1794-1815 WHEELING’S OTHER FORT by John Bowman Wheeling’s “Fort Randolph” was named for Edmund Jennings Randolph, a highly respected Virginian who served as an aide-de-camp to General George Washington in 1775 and was elected to the Virginia Convention of 1776. He was Virginia’s first Attorney General and Mayor of the […]

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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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WHEELING BUILT STEAMBOATS the Washington

Washington Henry Miller Shreve’s 1815 stern-wheel steam-powered Washington, built on the North bank of Wheeling Creek was the first steamboat built in Wheeling, Virginia. The Washington was one hundred and thirty-four feet in length and twenty-eight feet in width with two decks, the first double-decker steamboat. Washington had two high-pressure steam engines, the first on […]

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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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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA’S BOAT YARD HISTORY

Wheeling’s Boat Yard History by John Bowman September 2016 In 1815-1816, the James Patton and James Palmer boat yards watched Henry Miller Shreve’s progress as he built Wheeling’s first steamboat, the steamboat Washington. North Wheeling’s Boat Yards The James Pemberton boat yard. In 1815, James Pemberton opened the first boat yard In North Wheeling, and […]

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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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STEAMBOAT MODELS by John Bowman

See: STEAMBOAT MODELS by John Bowman on YouTube. John’s authentic scale model replicas of Steamboats, and other boats built in Wheeling. All of the models were built from scratch, no kits and no plans. The models were built from available histories and photos. John’s models were built to look as they did when they were […]

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