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Hudson River Dayboat FRANCIS SKIDDY c.1859

Posted 11-05-2011 at 04:41 AM by Rex Stewart
Built in 1851, she was the largest and finest sidewheeler that had ever been built for the Hudson River. When finished, she was considered the zenith of steamboat architecture.

The SKIDDY was built for dayline service between New York City and Albany, New York.
Speed was of dire necessity and she made the run 146 miles, with 6 landings, in 7 1/2 hours.

For more on this steamboat visit: Hudson River Model Steamboats.
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JACOB H. TREMPER c.1886 -A Rare Model

Posted 11-03-2011 at 08:40 AM by Rex Stewart
There are many stories about steamboats that are surfacing daily. I try to absorb as much as I can on this industry, past and present, including the artforms and models when possible.

I just recently wrote a blog on the Hudson River freight and passenger steamboat JACOB H. TREMPER that operated from Newburgh to Albany, New York.

It's an interesting read. Visit Hudson River Model Steamboats for more on this story.
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On the Nightboat ONTEORA, the Miracle Birth -Rex Stewart

Posted 10-29-2011 at 11:05 AM by Rex Stewart

There are many stories to be told relative to steamboats. Not just the history of the vessel or it's design...or even the region; but stories that are everyday human accounts and then, some (stories) that are unique and unusual.

In this photo is a woman and her story. Her name is Mrs. Onteora Freleigh-Whittaker and she poses with a model that I built of the vessel ONTEORA. The story is interesting...

To view it, visit New England Steamboat Models....
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Day Line Stmr. ALEXANDER HAMILTON c.1959 -The Model

Posted 10-27-2011 at 05:14 AM by Rex Stewart
There are many of us (from around the world) that still remember the Hudson River steamboat ALEXANDER HAMILTON. It's only been 40 years since she last operated, making her last trip from New York City up to Bear Mountain in 1971.

I have read many articles and view countless photos of this vessel -even viewed her from a distance when she would pass by our residence with her billowing smokestacks and loud whistle.

I wrote a recent blog on this famous steamboat
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Way's Packet Directory

Posted 09-11-2011 at 05:20 PM by david dunmar
I have been trying to find a photo of the Steamship John H. Done. This ship delivered many POW's to Vicksburg, MS for prisoner exchanges during the the Civil War. Has anyone come across such photos? A researcher of the era told me such a photo might be contained in Way's Packet Directory.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Dave Dunmar
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