Read Jim Hale's article about the building of the City of Monroe, a radio-controlled model in the collection of Dave Thomson (see his wing of the museum at - click here). These are large jpgs, so give them time to download and read the original article.

1. Nautical Research Journal, December 1975, Vol. 21 No. 4, p.173

2. Nautical Research Journal, p.174 - elevations

3. Nautical Research Journal, p.175 - deck floor plan

4. Nautical Research Journal, p.176 - illustrations: boilers, paddlewheel and framing detail of planked hull

5. Nautical Research Journal, p.177 - illustrations: hull decked with sternwheel attached, streamers and carlins of cabin deck, trial run of the cabinless model

6. Nautical Research Journal, p.178 - illustrations: two photos of the finished boat in the water

7. View of the City of Monroe model with the Texas deck removed to show the interior of cabin and inside doors to the staterooms etc.

8. Jim Hale and the City of Monroe (from the Dave Thomson collection)

9. The City of Monroe (photo by Dave Thomson)

10. The City of Monroe (photo by Dave Thomson)

11. The City of Monroe (photo by Dave Thomson)

Photos of Jim Hale and the late John Hartford piloting the Julia Belle Swain, mid-1970s, from the Dave Thomson archives.

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