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Jan 24, 2011, 04:31 PM
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Found some 1930's sternwheeler towboat images at Time Life... these were in a search on "Monongahela", I'll bet there are others out there!







The last one just demonstrates the size of floats...
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Jan 24, 2011, 08:02 PM
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Pat, your photos won't come up on my computer. I right click and when the "show picture" cones up and I click on it nothing happens.
Jan 24, 2011, 08:09 PM
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Thanks Pat, great images.

Been working on scale issues on the Major tonight. If I build the Major to scale using my current hull, 12” wide x 50” long it would be a very odd scale to make an 81” boat. If, on the other hand I bump it up to 1/16 scale and extend the hull to 60” It should work out. I need to add shear to the bow and some width anyway. With a little overhang, adding 1 ” width (3/4” on port and starboard) to make the scale 18' wide it should still “look” ok. Ok course this means another huge boat I’m building. The last one was only 45” long and THAT was a beast to move around.
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Jan 24, 2011, 08:51 PM
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Ditto what John Fryant said, no images seen in your post.
Jan 25, 2011, 12:03 AM
Taking care of the pond.
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I can see them.
Jan 25, 2011, 05:49 AM
Red, White, & Mahogany
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Go to http://www.timelifepictures.com/, search imagery, "monongahela"
Jan 25, 2011, 09:36 AM
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The bible of US steam towboats is "Way's steam towboat directory" by Way and Rutter. All registered towboats of the steam era are listed: dimensions & history. There are some nice photos, too, though not every boat is visually documented. I got my copy from The Howard Steamboat Museum ( I think you have to call them toll free:1-888-472-0606, very nice people. As I recall, they sent my books before they could have received my check)

http://www.steamboatmuseum.org/books...=books&UID=162

http://www.steamboatmuseum.org/contactinformation/
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Besides John Fryant's nice plans, Alan Bates also sells nice sets of steamboat plans; I have some from both men, very satisfied.

Bates' 2 books are a great explanation of real steamboat design factors and operation:
THE WESTERN RIVERS STEAMBOAT CYCLPOEDIUM
THE WESTERN RIVERS ENGINEROOM CYCLPOEDIUM

http://alan-bates.steamboats.org/modelplans.html
Last edited by Brooks; Jan 25, 2011 at 01:11 PM.
Jan 25, 2011, 10:20 AM
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Several years ago I had the occasion to meet Joan and Thomas Gandy in Natchez Mississippi. Dr. Gandy was a local Doctor and was treating the widow of a man who had run a Natchez portrait studio. Turns out the man was the son and (I don’t remember) grandson of the original owner of the studio. The widow knew Dr. Gandy loved history and wanted to know if he’d be interested in several photographic glass plates her late husband had left behind. They were poorly stored and most likely would perish if Dr. Gandy didn’t say yes. The plate went back to the early to mid 1800s. The studio would be contracted to photograph steamboat operating in the area. There were hundreds of plates. The studio also photographed most of the prominent citizens of Natchez’s going back well over a century. Dr. Gandy told me during that time, because of cotton Natchez was 2nd only to New York for the number of wealthy people living there. It’s a great book for anyone who love steamboats.
Last edited by Rmay; Jan 25, 2011 at 10:29 AM.
Jan 25, 2011, 12:50 PM
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Alaska Sternwheelers
This link will bring you to a search of the Alaska Digital Archives, which have around 100 images and movies of the Sternwheelers that sailed the major rivers of Alaska from 1866 till the 1950’s. http://vilda.alaska.edu/cdm4/results...L&CISOROOT=all
This is one of my favorite videos, showing a little of the sternwheeler Nenana, but mostly showing the resupplying of wood for the boiler which these ships consumed at about 2 chords per hour when they were running up stream. These guys were tough! http://vilda.alaska.edu/cgi-bin/show...1&CISOPTR=3538
Mike
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Jan 27, 2011, 08:03 AM
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I have been using Jet Glue on styrene section of the boat. Is there a better/less expensive choice? What do you guys use and where (if online) do you buy it?
Jan 27, 2011, 10:26 AM
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On styrene i use the old standard Testor's plastic Cement in the red and white tube.
Jan 27, 2011, 10:59 AM
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Normally Id use that but I needed to attach it to wood as well.
Jan 27, 2011, 11:45 AM
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I've used it for that purpose. Seems to work well for me. I used to use it all the time to glue balsa together.
Jan 30, 2011, 05:49 PM
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Made a little more progress this weekend. I added a little more shear to the deck line at the bow. I also added a little more width to the beam to fit the scale width. Ill be adding the deck soon then back to work of the paddlewheels.


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