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Date: May 13, 2006 at 19:32:18
From: Linda Fisher, [verified user]
Subject: Re: New Library - McBride


Found this on website:The towboat G W McBride was on its way from Huntington W Va. to Addyston Ohio. Rain had swollen the Ohio River to 29 feet, not flood stage, but the current was swift and swirling especially in the stretch of Ohio River along Northern Kentucky. It was originally named the Conqueror and had capsized on the Ohio River near Sciotoville, Ohio in 1927. No lives were lost. It was purchased by the Ohio River Company and renamed the G W McBride.

Also found that the Conqueror was built at the Elizabeth Marine Ways, Elizabeth, Pa in 1916. The "Conqueror" hit the Rochester Bridge and buckled midship to port side 8". Was repaired May 12, 1924 at Elizabeth Marine Ways.

It is entirely possible that this boat was rebuilt at the Madison Howard Shipyards in 1924. I will have to look into this further.

Linda Fisher


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