ROY L. Towboat and Barge
Named for Roy Loomis
Authentic Scale Model Replica with barge
Built in 2016, by John Bowman

The towboat Roy L. was built in 1945 and 71 years later she is still on the river.

The steel hulled, single screw, (prop) diesel towboat Roy L. was built in post-war 1945 at Cape Girardeau, Missouri by Bob Erlbacher who named her Cherokee. In 1954, she was sold to Ohio River Sand & Gravel Corp., Parkersburg, West Virginia. In 1967, Jack Yates rebuilt her at Glenwillard and West Bridgewater, Pennsylvania. In 1968, she was renamed Roy L. for her long time Capt. Roy Loomis of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. She is modeled as she looked when owned by Crain Bros., Glenfield, Pennsylvania. In 2016, Roy L. # 249247 is registered to G.M. Crain River Towing, Inc.

Displayed at the Point Pleasant River Museum Point Pleasant, West Virginia

ROY L. Towboat and Barge Model by John Bowman

ROY L. She is modeled as she looked when owned by Crain Bros., Glenfield, Pennsylvania

Point Pleasant River Museum John Bowman’s Steamboat Models are Displayed here


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