Category Archives: Steamboat WASHINGTON

WHEELING’S MAIN STREET COVERED BRIDGE 1816-1832 Wheeling’s First Bridge

WHEELING’S MAIN STREET COVERED BRIDGE 1816-1832 Wheeling’s first bridge At Wheeling, Virginia (West Virginia) in the winter of 1815-1816, while the steamboat Washington, then under construction, awaited its steam machinery from Brownsville, Pennsylvania, its builder, Henry Miller Shreve had George White, White’s Lead Carpenter Samuel Wait, and their carpenters build a covered bridge. This was […]

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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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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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“A HISTORY OF THE STEAMBOAT WASHINGTON”

“A HISTORY OF THE STEAMBOAT WASHINGTON” THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL WESTERN RIVERS STEAMBOAT John Bowman $6.00 Available on Amazon.com Books. It is little known that Wheeling is considered the birthplace of the American steamboat. This book documents Henry Miller Shreve’s building of the steamboat Washington at Wheeling, Virginia. The Washington was the first successful Western Rivers […]

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“Bills of Lading Freight on Board Wheeling, W. Va.”

            “Bills of Lading Freight on Board Wheeling, W. Va.” Goods Manufactured and Shipped from Wheeling, W. Va. John Bowman $29.95 Available on Amazon.com Books. The only Wheeling history reference book you will ever need. This book documents over 750 products manufactured and shipped from Wheeling’s major businesses between 1790 […]

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“A Pictorial History of Wheeling and Ohio River Steamboats”

“A Pictorial History of Wheeling and Ohio River Steamboats” John Bowman $29.95 Available on Amazon.com Books. This book is the first authoritative history written that documents the history of steamboats in pictures with a detailed written history of each boat. The book contains over 400 pictures of steamboats, related river scenes and over one hundred-fifty […]

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“Wheeling the Birthplace of the American Steamboat”

“Wheeling the Birthplace of the American Steamboat”John Bowman $14.95 Available on Amazon.com Books. This book documents the history of steamboat building in Wheeling from 1815 through 1900. Beginning with Henry M. Shreve’s Washington built at Wheeling, Virginia in 1815 and launched May 12, 1816. It is little known that Wheeling is considered the birthplace of […]

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