The North River, aka Clermont
Model by Randy Decker



Clermont model boat



Good morning Nori,

The model maker, Randy Decker, said to "share away" with the photos. Please list the model as "The North River." It has been erroneously called the "Clermont" for years. Credit for the model should go to Randy Decker; Northville, New York. My part in the project is that I supplied some of the drawings and sketches and I am researching details. I've asked Randy to keep pictorial record of his progress so there will be more photos. I'll keep you posted.

I also plan on visiting Randy in a couple of weeks to meet him and see the model before it is shipped to the Clermont Historic Site in Germantown, NY. There is a little bit of a story on how we got together. More on that later if you should be interested.

There is another 12 FT long model of the Clermont from the movie set of "Little Old New York" circa 1940 (also on display at the Clermont site). It's on loan until December from a private collector in CA. I took these photos July 7th, 2007. We live just across the Hudson fron Clermont in Catskill State Park outside of Woodstock.

Regards,
Pete Baker

P.S. The Friends of Clermont site is: friendsofclermont.org. There is another site that you might want to note. In 2009 there will be a "Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial" celebration, see: http://www.exploreny400.com.


Clermont model boat


Clermont model boat


Clermont model boat

The next few jpgs are large - of the model in progress and details of activity on the boat's decks.


Clermont model boat


Clermont model boat


Clermont model boat


Clermont model boat


Clermont model boat


Clermont model boat






"Little Old New York"
Clermont Model, 1940


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This 12 ft. model of the Clermont is a prop from the movie, "Little Old New York." Although the builder is unknown, it was probably built by Hollywood model makers back in the 1940 time frame. Randy assembled the boat after it arrived and built the display case that protects the model.


Little Old New York model


This is a shot from the 1940 movie "Little Old New York" showing the Little Old New York.





Editor's Note: Steamboats.com thanks Pete Baker and Randy Decker for supplying these photos to the virtual steamboat museum.


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