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WASHINGTON IRVING c.1913, Wood Model -The Build, Rex Stewart

Posted 11-25-2011 at 12:32 AM by Rex Stewart
WASHINGTON IRVING was a steamboat that many (Steamship Historical Society of America) SSHSA members brought to my attention during the early '80s. As more members came aboard, and chapters grew both nationally and internationally, articles and exhibits increased.
WASHINGTON IRVING, in the Hudson Valley, was one of the steamers much talked about.

Author Donald C. Ringwald, of MARY POWELL renown, often spoke about her when visiting my studio to critique certain steamboat projects...
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Steamboat HENDRICK HUDSON -Model In Miniature

Posted 11-25-2011 at 12:01 AM by Rex Stewart
HENDRICK HUDSON was built in 1906 at the T.S. Marvel Shipyard, Newburgh, New York. She was a beautiful steamer throughout at 390 feet, and the second largest to operate for the Hudson River Day Line.

Many articles and several film footages have honored this handsome steamboat since her first appearance on the river. As a builder, I had the opportunity to meet with Alfred Van Olcott, the grandson and heir of this famous Line.

He spoke about a builders' model that his...
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New England Stmr. SS NOBSKA c.1967 -The Model

Posted 11-24-2011 at 06:48 AM by Rex Stewart
Steam transportation to and from the offshore islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket has been embedded in the minds of Americans and foreign visitors since its early beginnings in 1826.

NOBSKA became an interesting build because of the many works I viewed on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard regarding this vessel during the 1980s. Many individuals had fond memories of this steamship , and I last saw her in 2004 while lecturing at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, MA.
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The New York-New England Steamboat PETER STUYVESANT c.1944

Posted 11-23-2011 at 01:40 PM by Rex Stewart
PETER STUYVESANT was launched February 2, 1927, from the yard of Pusey and Jones at Wilmington, Delaware. She was designed for excursion purposes, replacing the large WASHINGTON IRVING that was sunk by a tug-barge in New York Harbor the previous year.

She served the Hudson River from 1927 to 1962. She was sold to a Boston interest in 1968, serving as a auxillary restaurant to Anthony's Pier 4. Ten years later a great winter storm, known as the "Blizzard of '78" sanked her...
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Steamboat M. MARTIN c.1863, the Union "Greyhound"

Posted 11-07-2011 at 11:48 AM by Rex Stewart
...the M. MARTIN was known as the Union Army's "greyhound" that served the federal government during the Civil War. After the fall of Richmond, President Abraham Lincoln and General Grant made a visit to the Confederate Capital aboard the steamer.

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