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Mike Woodyard 01-24-2017 04:51 PM

I am so thankful for all the great info and great people on this site. I love that you guys are so helpful with my question so i have another one. Can anyone tell me if this boat would have been wood fired or some other fuel for the boiler?

R. Dale Flick 01-24-2017 07:24 PM

*MARION fuel--wood or coal?'
Steamboating colleagues:
Mike, just clicking to catch up here and saw your latest posting with a question, "...would have been wood...some other fuel?" I assume your MARION model is one of the two real MARIONS appearing in WAY'S STEAM TOWBOAT DIRECTORY appearing on Pg. 156 with Entry No. T1722 and T1723. I first thought you made up her name. T1722 MARION built/ran 1895-1931 Keokuk, IA, 93X18X3. Rock Island on the upper Mississippi until sold 1931. No doubt Judy Patsch has a better handle on boats operating up in those waters than I do. Now, if this MARION worked possibly in handling log rafts she 'could' have burned wood early on. That was big lumbering country then. Other boats this size did local towing work etc. Yet, coal possible but WAY'S entry doesn't say. By 1931 possibly burning coal. Our own John Fryant via his model work may have information or an idea.

T1723 MARION ran 1909-1923, 73X15X2.5 for 'McClain Sand Co.' of Port Marion, PA on the Monongahela River. She exploded a boiler November, 1923 killing two persons, scalding two others. Good question and I don't know the defining answer.

R. Dale Flick
Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

Mike Woodyard 05-14-2017 02:20 PM

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Here are some pics of the first run. The only adjustments i have to make is adding some weight to the front. The model ran very well and looks good on the water. Im in the process of adding the fine details now.

Bob Reynolds 05-14-2017 06:45 PM

She looks great, Mike! After you get crew, fuel, water, and supplies aboard, she'll be in perfect trim!

Frank X. Prudent 05-14-2017 10:37 PM

I have to agree with Capt. Bob! What a doll your model is, and a real boat like her would be.

R. Dale Flick 05-15-2017 10:04 AM

*Model MARION is a beauty*
Morning, Steamboating colleagues:
I agree with Frank and Bob that Mike's model of the MARION is a gem. If the photos were in Black/White a first glance would have you thinking it was the real thing.

I certainly enjoy studying, admiring a fine ship/boat model but don't know how guys like John Fryant, Mike and others do it but 'do it they do.' I have no patience, skill or trained eye to do work like that. Those old photos of then 'new' big steamboats just off the ways at the Howard Shipyards, and others, when sparkling brand new didn't last long. All that coal smoke from the boat boilers, smoke/soot from ashore back then soon dulled them down. John Fryant once spoke at S&D mentioning that, "A new steamboat model should be put out in the back yard to be rained on several times so it looks authentic." Some years back I attended in London, England the famed 'Prince Philip Gold Medal Awards for Boat/Ship Models' and was truly amazed. Even the famed Str. QUEEN CITY, when launched here at the old 'Cincinnati Marine Ways,' had her sternwheel painted pristine white. That didn't last long. What do I know? Cheers!

R. Dale Flick
Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

Ron Anderson 05-15-2017 08:34 PM


I want one too.

Mike Woodyard 05-15-2017 10:03 PM

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Hows this for a vintage lookng photo?

Mike Woodyard 05-19-2017 04:32 PM

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Here are some closeups of the detail.

Mike Woodyard 05-19-2017 04:35 PM

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More closeup pics. With only forward rudders it is stubborn in the wind.

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