W.P. Snyder Jr. by Monnie Ryan

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The W.P. Snyder Jr. is considered the last intact steam-powered stern-wheeled towboat in the United States. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, it is docked outside the Ohio River Museum on the Muskingum River in Marietta, Ohio, and open for public guided tours (currently, it is being repaired). The towboat was built originally for Carnegie Steel Co. in Pittsburgh and launched in 1918, and in 1945 it was purchased by Crucible Steel Co. of America and renamed in honor of the company’s chief executive officer. The Snyder, which towed barges filled with materials important to economic development like coal, iron ore and steel up and down the Monongahela and Ohio rivers, was retired in 1954. Marietta, for the record, is situated at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers.

I’m a semi-retired newspaper editor/writer who loves photography, especially flower macros, lighthouses, old mills and covered bridges.

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture. Thanks for the education, too. This would be nice in the History Group.

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 4 years ago

    Oh, how cool is this?!!!!! I love the old river boats, and always thought I would like to ride on one.

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture of this old river boat!!

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 4 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! It’s being repaired right now in hopes it will be able to travel on the river once again. But we’ve been on board and it’s quite an interesting old riverboat! FYI, there’s another old paddlewheel that takes visitors on the river here, and we’ve ridden that one several times. Great fun!

  • CraigsMom
  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 4 years ago

  • Linda Yates
    Linda Yatesover 4 years ago

    Beautiful, Monnie!!

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 4 years ago

    Thank you, Linda!

  • MarjorieB
    MarjorieBabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture, and excellent description. Great job.

  • Thanks so much, Marjorie!

    – Monnie Ryan

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