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Howard-built Str. PEARL (1887-1916)

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Old 01-01-2016, 02:45 PM
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Default Howard-built Str. PEARL (1887-1916)

This may be one for Jimmy or Keith. In the UW-LAX Murphy Library Steamboat Photo Collection, there are three views of the wood-hull sternwheel steamer PEARL, built by Howard in 1887. C. P. Fishbaugh's "From Paddle Wheels to Propellers" lists her built for $2,200 for freight service on the Cumberland, with dimensions of 140 x 22 x 2.7.

What interests me is that she's not listed in Way's, and she's of a somewhat odd construction. The pilothouse is forward of the boiler deck cabin, like a cross between a packet and a pool-style towboat. Even more interesting is an image of her after burning at St. Marys, WV on October 27, 1916. The machinery on the main deck is, maybe to my untrained eyes, not indicative of a Western Rivers steamboat. Could she have been an electrically-driven sternwheeler?

This particular photo can be found by searching for "steam15309" at (Direct links to Digital Collections images involve a session ID that expires.)
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