Category Archives: Warwood West Virginia

STEAMBOATS SERVING WHEELING 1811 – 1920 By John Bowman

A 100-year listing of approximately 500 steamboats that served Wheeling businesses. The year shown is the first year they served the port and some would serve Wheeling for many years.  From the Civil War years to 1900, eighteen steamboats docked daily at Wheeling.  Steamboats porting at Wheeling were charged a wharfage fee of $3.00 per […]

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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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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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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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