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ROBERT FULTON- Hudson River Day Line Model

Posted 07-18-2011 at 12:08 PM by Rex Stewart

There have been many articles written about the famous Hudson River steamboats, inparticular, the Day Line.

I wish to share these views of stmr. ROBERT FULTON, both in photos and model. She's shown as she appeared in c.1925. However, when the steamboat NEW YORK was destroyed by fire in 1908, officials from the Day Line quickly assembled and put into action plans to build a new state of the art steamboat to serve as running mate to the HENDRICK HUDSON.

Historically in 1909, at Camden, N.J., she was launched in time to participate in the Hudson-Fulton Celebration that commemorated the 300th anniversary of the Hudson River. At 348 feet and 2168 gross tons, she was the third largest vessel to operate for the Day Line and the only modern steamboat to carry a partial paddlebox and vertical beam engine.

I'm shown building her in her 1925 appearance. She ceased operations two months before my birth on September 12, 1954. This model is meticulously handcrafted in wood and is an exacting replica of the vessel.

Rex Stewart
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Total Comments 3


Thanks for sharing these photos of your outstanding work.
Posted 07-18-2011 at 06:52 PM by Judy Patsch Judy Patsch is offline
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing....
Posted 07-19-2011 at 07:46 AM by Bob Reynolds Bob Reynolds is offline
Hudson River Steamboat Model ROBERT FULTON/ The Children

Ms. Judy Patsch and Bob Reynolds:

I appreciate both your responses to the work. Kudos go to the businessmen and women who supported this medium during my young adult years. Had it not been for these individuals, by God's grace, these models would not exist -which brings me to write this:

Some of these executives/collectors had given me accounts of how they, as boys, would wait for the steamers- swimming out to get coins passengers would toss to them. I recently came upon a website hosted by LIFE Magazine which show the Day Line ROBERT FULTON performing this act on the starboard side of the vessel, probably during the late '30s-early '40s.

How beautiful those times of innocence. In essence, our children of yesteryear. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a perfect statement when she visited the region where I lived some years ago. She stated "Our future is balanced upon our most treasured jewels of the past." She was right, because people can relate to this lost era by way of these models, in part.

I appreciate you viewers and the business community who continue to support my efforts to bring about this era through these models.

Thank you!

Posted 07-20-2011 at 07:40 AM by Rex Stewart Rex Stewart is offline

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