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Steamboat HIGHLANDER of 1835 -The Model In Research

Posted 06-27-2012 at 04:30 AM by Rex Stewart
The American steamboat, whether sternwheeler or sidewheeler, were classic vessels of their times. Beautiful floating palaces that awed the imagination as they churned on our rivers and lakes.

When built in 1835, the Hudson River steamboat HIGHLANDER was one of the fastest boats in operation. She ran on the Newburgh-New York Line until the steamer THOMAS POWELL appeared in 1846.

Not many 1830 era models exist on early American steamboats. To challenge this, as both artist-historian...
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Towboat AMERICA - Wood Model Collectible

Posted 03-23-2012 at 08:48 AM by Rex Stewart
Rare in the collectible world of steamboats are sidewheel models that depict the early American towboats of the 19th century. AMERICA was one such vessel that I researched and found to be an interesting build with an interesting history.

AMERICA was built in 1852 for service between New york City and Albany, New York. She was considered to be the third largest towsteamer to operate on the Hudson River at that time -built for steamboat captain Samuel B. Schuyler for his Schuyler Line...
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MARY POWELL c.1861 - a rare model / Part 1/ Rex Stewart

Posted 01-30-2012 at 09:00 AM by Rex Stewart
MARY POWELL, the gem of New York's Hudson River, was an exciting endeavor to pursue -from a different perspective.

I already had models in collections both here in America and across the Atlantic, but this fresh commission sparked my interest to further research this prolific Northeast steamboat and present her original appearance when built at the onset of the Civil War in 1861.

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MARY POWELL- "Queen of the Hudson" , the build and history/ Rex Stewart

Posted 12-09-2011 at 04:08 AM by Rex Stewart
The United States had encountered two great wars. One from within, the Civil War; and, the other from its mother Nation across the Atlantic, the War of 1812.

Though two generations apart, both events connected a famous steamboat, fighting ship and two Irish-American families. Both vessels and both families endured the social and political biases of American culture to rise as God's children to a better calling. The steamboat that connected these families was known as the "Queen...
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The great nightboat ST. JOHN c.1864 -The Model/ Rex Stewart

Posted 11-28-2011 at 12:46 PM by Rex Stewart
The massive and beautiful ST. JOHN was the People's Line response to the Hudson River's ever-increasing traffic of the 1860s. The United States was at war with itself; but inspite of the country's civil unrest, citizens and foreign visitors continued to travel the picturesque river to enjoy those regions north of the capital city, Albany, New York.

To accommodate these visitors and get them to these northern points, re: Saratoga, Lake George, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, ST.JOHN...
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