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The Rare and Collectible Model Steamboat

Posted 11-28-2011 at 05:40 AM by Rex Stewart
One of the principle reasons I chose to build accurate steamboat models was, because the 156 mile stretch of New York's scenic Hudson River had them at practically every major port-of-call during the 19th and early 20th century, from New York City to the northern region of Albany-Troy, N.Y.

The river carried several hundred of these beautiful sidewheel and screw propellor types, from the modestly simple to the most complicated in beauty and design. Photos and paintings were accessible,...
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HRL Steamboat ALBANY c.1880 - The research and build/ Rex Stewart

Posted 11-26-2011 at 01:52 PM by Rex Stewart
ALBANY was built at the Harlan and Hollingsworth Yard at Wilmington, DE. and launched there on January 13, 1880. During the mid 1920s she became the last coal-burning steamer of the Hudson River Day Line.

For several years she was altered extensively, having a 'new' appearance before leaving the famed river. After fifty years of service she closed her career with her final run from Albany to New York City on Labor Day 1930.

For further reading about this powerful steamboat,...
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The Prolific TROY of 1846 -Hudson River converted nightboat

Posted 11-25-2011 at 11:19 AM by Rex Stewart
Early steamboats that operated on New York's Hudson River were distinctive with elegant appearances. These vessels, though every part the fabric of early Americana, lacked representation in photos. The camera was not yet in vogue for photographers to capture their unique appearances.

Drawings, illustrations, artists' paintings and sketches documented them -and their images remained impressions on the minds of those who viewed them during that era.

The steamboat TROY,...
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New York's Sidewheeler Tow SYRACUSE c.1857

Posted 11-25-2011 at 11:02 AM by Rex Stewart
The towboat entered the river in the late 1840s and established itself as the 'workhorse' of rivercraft. These large vessels were cumbersome in appearance, yet their features of large stacks and complicated hogframe system made these steamers appealing to those on shore and to the men who worked on them.

Day and night, port to port, they ran -from the northern tip of the river down to the southern tip of one hundred and fifty miles. One such towboat to obtain accolades for performance...
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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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