New Items - Model Boats
Model of the steamboat GENERAL
by H. Lonnon 1846 from an exhibition at the Filson Historical Society
THE FILSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1310 South 3rd Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40208
J.M. WHITE MODEL POSTED to Reddit.com BY DOC MARTIN, SON OF THE MODEL MAKER
"My father has been making model steamboats for the past few years. The J.M. White is currently on displayed at the Howard Steamboat Museum. This took over 15 months to complete."
WHILE IN THE PILOT HOUSE OF THE NATCHEZ WITH DOC HAWLEY WE COULD SEE THE MISSISSIPPI QUEEN IN THE DISTANCE AND HE SAID "WELL, GUESS I'LL HAVE TO POINT OUT THAT MONSTROSITY TO THE PASSENGERS!" IT WAS UGLY ALTHOUGH THE STERN VIEW WASN'T TOO BAD. LUCKY THAT IT'S LONG GONE, NOT MUCH OF THE LOSS TO THE RIVER, MUCH BETTER ONES SHOULD HAVE BEEN SAVED.
MODEL OF THE INDIANA
A scale model of the COTTON BLOSSOM sold at auction
THIS MODEL WAS LIKELY BASED ON THE BRITISH MICROMODELS MINIATURE PAPER VERSION OF THE COTTON BLOSSOM.
LIKE THE MICROMODELS VERSION, THIS IS ALSO CONSIDERABLY SHORTER THAN THE ACTUAL MGM PROP BOAT BUILT FOR THEIR 1951 MUSICAL "SHOW BOAT."
IN THIS MODEL THERE ARE FEWER STATEROOM DOORS AND THEY ARE MUCH SMALLER IN RELATION TO THE REST OF THE BOAT THAN THE ONES IN THE ACTUAL FULL SIZED PROP BOAT. THERE ARE NO PITMAN ARMS CONNECTED TO THE THE PADDLEWHEEL ON THIS MODEL EITHER. THE SMOKESTACKS ARE ALSO MUCH SHORTER AND THEY DON'T HAVE "FEATHERS" OR CROWNS ON TOP.
Cotton Blossom Paddle Boat Model In Case
15" x 47" x 24"
Sold at auction for $336 at Las Vegas
October 18, 2015
Named after the steamboat in the 1951 MGM movie SHOW BOAT
"faux wood grain" pseudo carving of the NATCHEZ
Huge steamboat model of the PIONEER
The PIONEER generic steamboat model in the Ohio River Museum - Marietta, Ohio.
Built by George Schotten of Hubbard, Ohio, this model sternwheeler is twenty-four feet long, 1100 pounds and built on a scale of one inch to one foot.
I took these photos of the PIONNER in September 2019 while in Marietta to attend the annual S & D meeting in the Lafayette Hotel.
Model of the U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender GREENBRIER at the Smithsonian
Ship Model, U.S. Lighthouse Service Tender, Greenbrier
Built in 1924 in Charleston, West Virginia, the Greenbrier was meant to replace the Goldenrod (built in 1888) as a lighthouse tender on the Ohio and Kanawha rivers. Although the plans for the Greenbrier were originally authorized in 1917, the ship's contract was delayed twice. Finally, in September 1922 the keel for the 164-foot Greenbrier keel was laid.
As part of the Lighthouse Service, tenders performed a variety of tasks. Their main work was to attend to the needs of American lighthouses and navigational buoys. Sometimes this entailed the provision of supplies, fuel, mail and transportation to remote coastal lighthouses; other times it meant towing a lightship (or floating lighthouse) into a bay or harbor.
Lighthouse tenders were designed to work in a specific service region. Because the Greenbrier was built to aid lighthouses along the inland rivers, its design was similar to shallow-draft Mississippi River steamboats. The Greenbrier had two main steam engines, three coal-fired boilers and a stern paddle wheel. Like all vessels in the service, it flew the triangular Lighthouse Service flag, and had a polished brass, miniature lighthouse affixed to its bow, for ease of identification.
The Greenbrier serviced the Ohio, Kanawha and upper Mississippi Rivers until September 1947. After its sale in April 1948, the Greenbrier's name was changed to Mississippi; it worked as a private river boat until 1975.
This model was built by Arthur G. Henning, Inc.
MADE in 1962
14 inches wide x 46 inches long x 9 inches high
ID NUMBER TR.320154
CATALOG NUMBER 320154
ACCESSION NUMBER 241746
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