Category Archives: Wheeling’s 250th Birthday Bash

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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Pirogue

WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA’S FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY BOAT BUILDING An 1803 Pirogue Lewis and Clarke Corps of Discovery 1803 PIROGUE Model by John Bowman “Pirogue”: defined as a large canoe employing a sail, French, from Spanish piragua, a Caribbean dugout canoe hollowed from logs. Many Pirogues were built in Wheeling in the 1700s and early 1800s. “Meriwether […]

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Keelboat

WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA’S FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY BOAT BUILDING The Lewis and Clarke Corps of Discovery 1803 KEELBOAT Model by John Bowman “Keelboats”, using sails, oars and pike poles were the only large riverboats that had the means of locomotion that could propel them up-stream against the current. These boats were also referred to as “Kentucky” […]

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Flatboat

WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA’S FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY BOAT BUILDING A 1770 FLATBOAT Model by John Bowman Boat building was Wheeling’s first major industry and Flatboats would be the mainstay of Wheeling’s boat building well into the 1840s. Flatboats were barges with a cabin or shanty built inside that served as living quarters. They were one-way crafts; […]

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Barge

WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA’S FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY BOAT BUILDING AN 1800 BARGE Model by John Bowman Wheeling’s James Patton and James Palmer boat yards were building barges in the late 1700s. Barges are familiar to us today, as daily we see towboats pushing barges of coal on the Ohio River and the 1700s barges looked much […]

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Bateaux

  WHEELING WEST VIRGINIA’S FIRST MAJOR INDUSTRY BOAT BUILDING A 1794 BATEAUX Model by John Bowman “Bateaux” were rowboats propelled by oars, sometimes called skiffs. They were built for speed. They were keel less, smooth, flat-bottomed boats with ends tapering to points. In 1766, at Pittsburgh, Bateaux’ were built for Baynton, Wharton, Morgan & Co. […]

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THE WHEELING “STOGIE”

THE WHEELING “STOGIE”John Bowman $8.00 Available on Amazon.com Books. Did you know: The Stogie was invented in Wheeling, Virginia, West Virginia. In 1819, Joseph Kirk of Wheeling began manufacturing cigars and in 1825, he was listed as a Cigar and “Stogie” manufacturer. Mifflin Marsh in relating the history of the Stogie tells us, “Some inventive […]

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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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“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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Wheeling Historical Highway Marker

WHEELING HAS A NEW HISTORICAL HIGHWAY MARKER By John Bowman 2015 Riverboat historians consider Wheeling the “Birthplace of the American Steamboat”, and this new West Virginia Historical Highway Marker recently installed at Sixteenth and Main Streets commemorates that fact. The marker is provided by John Bowman with support from the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation. […]

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