Category Archives: Wheeling’s Manufacturing History

CELLULOID “ADAMANTINE” by John Bowman 2023

CELLULOID (a brand-name) was the first plastic material.  It was developed in the early 1860s from a mixture of nitro-cellulose (cellulose from plant fiber) and camphor.    Celluloid, a malleable substance in its early development was made to resemble Ivory and Marble finishes.  Celluloid replaced many items that used expensive real Ivory and was then commonly […]

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WHEELING’S GATEWAY PARK 2022 / WALKER DICK. OHIO VALLEY YACHT CLUB. WHEELING, WV by John Bowman

WALKER DICK. OHIO VALLEY YACHT CLUB. WHEELING, WV by John Bowman July 9, 2021 WW II had just ended and in 1945 a young man in his early 20s made his return to Wheeling.  This was Walker Dick.  Walker had been in New York City performing and working as an acrobat when his family gave […]

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THREE QUEENS VISIT WHEELING, WV the American, the Delta, and the Mississippi Queen Steamboats By John Bowman

American Queen 1994-             The McDermott Shipyard built the stern-wheel tourist-excursion boat American Queen in 1994 for the Delta Queen Steamboat Co.  She was launched in 1995 at an approximate cost of $60 million.  Her steam engines were from the U.S. dredge Kennedy.  As the paddle wheels were too small to move the large boat […]

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Ohio River, Wheeling, WV ‘Laying a Pipeline’ in the Ohio River at Wheeling Aug 1972 by John Bowman

‘Laying a Pipeline‘ in the East Channel of the Ohio River at Wheeling, WV.  In the summer of 1972 a pipeline was laid in the riverbed from Wheeling Island to Wheeling mainland.  Here, photos show the equipment they used and that a diver was needed to secure the line into the trench that had been […]

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TOWBOAT PHOTOS JOHN BOWMAN’s COLOR BOAT PHOTOS J – L Post 3 of 6

The majority of these Diesel Towboat Color Photos were taken at 40o 05’ 55.60” N 80o 42’ 21.04” W. Elevation 667’ Ohio River mile 87.6 at the lower end of (Warwood), Wheeling, West Virginia circa the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Many photos (150+) were taken on the Lower (L) Mississippi River, 30 at Warfield Point, near […]

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TOWBOAT PHOTOS JOHN BOWMAN’s COLOR BOAT PHOTOS R – T Post 5 of 6

The majority of these Diesel Towboat Color Photos were taken at 40o 05’ 55.60” N 80o 42’ 21.04” W. Elevation 667’ Ohio River mile 87.6 at the lower end of (Warwood), Wheeling, West Virginia circa the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Many photos (150+) were taken on the Lower (L) Mississippi River, 30 at Warfield Point, near […]

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TOWBOAT PHOTOS JOHN BOWMAN’s COLOR BOAT PHOTOS M – Q Post 4 of 6

The majority of these Diesel Towboat Color Photos were taken at 40o 05’ 55.60” N 80o 42’ 21.04” W. Elevation 667’ Ohio River mile 87.6 at the lower end of (Warwood), Wheeling, West Virginia circa the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Many photos (150+) were taken on the Lower (L) Mississippi River, 30 at Warfield Point, near […]

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TOWBOAT PHOTOS JOHN BOWMAN’s COLOR BOAT PHOTOS D – I Post 2 of 6

The majority of these Diesel Towboat Color Photos were taken at 40o 05’ 55.60” N 80o 42’ 21.04” W. Elevation 667’ Ohio River mile 87.6 at the lower end of (Warwood), Wheeling, West Virginia circa the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Many photos (150+) were taken on the Lower (L) Mississippi River, 30 at Warfield Point, near […]

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TOWBOAT PHOTOS JOHN BOWMAN’s COLOR BOAT PHOTOS A – C Post 1 of 6

The majority of these Diesel Towboat Color Photos were taken at 40o 05’ 55.60” N 80o 42’ 21.04” W.  Elevation 667’ Ohio River mile 87.6 at the lower end of (Warwood), Wheeling, West Virginia circa the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Many photos (150+) were taken on the Lower (L) Mississippi River, 30 at Warfield Point, near […]

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LOG BOOK OF THE STEAMER BOAZ FRANK A. GOULD CAPTAIN by John Bowman©

Excerpts from the Towboat BOAZ LOG BOOK by Capt. Frank A. Gould December 27, 1904 to March 5, 1913. LOG BOOK OF THE STEAMER BOAZ FRANK A. GOULD Captain The stern-wheel towboat Boaz (Way T0277), the third of five towboats with this name had her hull built at Sewickley, Pennsylvania.  She was completed at Pittsburgh […]

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