The SUNNY SOUTH DISH BOAT and a HOUSE or SHANTY BOAT
Models by John Bowman
The Sunny South was a houseboat or shanty boat with about one third of the interior fitted out as a country store, (Aka) also known as a “Dish Boat” (so called as it featured china from the upper Ohio River cities) and served the upper Ohio River area. The family operating this boat coasted down river securing their dishware, tin ware, dry goods, and pottery at East Liverpool, Ohio, Wheeling, West Virginia and Bellaire, Ohio. The sign on the roof advertised QUEENSWARE GLASSWARE POTTERY TINWARE DRYGOODS NOTIONS. Interestingly the paddle wheel, here part of this barge was pedaled by the men from landing to landing where they would tie-up for several days to a week to peddle their wares. When they reached the most southern point on their journey, they would hitch a tow with a Packet Boat or Towboat and head back up river to start over again. The Sunny South served Ohio River cities and communities in the late 1800s and the early 1900s.
The House or Shanty Boat served as a home on the water for many families from the earliest 1900s up through the early 1940s.
Displayed at West Virginia’s Point Pleasant River Museum Point Pleasant, West Virginia.