Quote Originally Posted by Jim Reising View Post
Another construction picture of the TOM GREENE, The transition from wood to steel didn't happen overnight, it evolved. Howards build several boats which had a "composite" hull...steel sides with wood bottom. By 1910 Howards was pretty much strictly all steel hulls. The GORDON C. GREENE was all steel from the hull up to the boiler deck as was the SPRAGUE,
The photo here is identified as the TOM GREENE, but I think it might be the CHRIS. The boat is sitting at what I think is the Gardner Docks at Pt. Pleasant. That's where the Chris was finished off after being brought down from Charleston. Also it looks as if this boat has a bit more sheer than the TOM did.

OR was the TOM brought down from the Marietta Manufacturing Yards and finished off at Gardner's too? Ah sweet mystery of life!