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Steamboat HIGHLANDER of 1835 -The Model In Research

Posted 06-27-2012 at 05:30 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 and modelmaker, I began researching this particular vessel to study and build what appeared to be a unique and interesting boat that carried characteristics which both began and secured the design of those steamboats in northern waters which would last for nearly one hundred years.

The research would bring about six such plans of the 1830 American steamboat, beginning with HIGHLANDER. For further reading, visit Hudson River Model Steamboats.
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Do you by chance know what river the America sailed on? The boat was owned by the River Excursion Company. I found a set of 3 blue print drawings of that boat.
Posted 10-17-2012 at 05:50 PM by Robert Davis Robert Davis is offline

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