Steamboat Building in Elizabeth, PA

A Journal of daily activities at the Elizabeth Marine Ways 1898 to 1925 

1900 - 1908

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Model built for Pittsburgh Exposition 


Worked all night on rudders on Steamer Hawk. Helped put her in the river. On her way up she sunk in the 4th pool. She was a total loss. The Hawk is one of the last old-time 22 ft. boats.

The steamer John W. Ailes exploded her boilers and burnt to the water, we rebuild her at the Ways, finished in April 1902, and she was named Ranger.

The miniature 1/2 inch scale model barges, coal boat, coal barges, coal flats, cold boat bottoms, and a replica of the Steamer Sprague and a miniature bridge were built at the Elizabeth Marine Ways August 1908. These were first on exhibition at the Pittsburgh Exposition 1908 - 1909. The barges and other coal craft were hitched into the Steamer Sprague representing the largest tow that ever went down the Ohio River. They were exhibited in a large shallow tank of water, they were all loaded with coal and passing under the bridge. This display was put on by the Monongahela River Consolidated Coal and Coke Company and were installed ready for public inspection by John Wiegel, John Morgan, and myself. Later they were exhibited in Europe: London, Paris and Rome, after which they came back to the Ways. The bridge and coal craft are still at the ways in 1926. The Steamer Sprague is in the offices of Pittsburgh Coal Co., Oliver building, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Three of the men that help build these models are gone from all hard work - Frank Worchester, George Balsinger, Herb Wiegel (all dead). The others that are still living are William Packard, John Morgan (dead), and myself.

Model built for Pittsburgh Exposition

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