In the United States, what are 'George M Verity', 'W P Snyder' and 'Lucy Evelyn'? I think the first two are old riverboats but cannot find reference to the last as one of the same.
#13497. Asked by tm. (Aug 21 01 11:16 AM)
The WP Snyder jr. is a 1918-built steel hull towboat and is the |
only surviving coal-fired, steam-powered sternwheeler towboat in the US
Lucy Evelyn was a schooner but in 1972 she was destroyed by a fire.
The sternwheeler George M. Verity was built as the towboat S. S. Thorpe in 1927 by the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Works for the Upper Mississippi Barge Line. Her pilothouse originally was placed forward at the third deck, which gives her a similar apperance to the W. P. Snyder jr.
In early 1930 a texas deck was added, the pilothouse moved to ist actual position and also the smokestacks became higher.
In 1940 the boat was sold to the American Rolling Mills Company (Armco Steel) where she got the name George M. Verity. Later the hull was widened and the paddlewheel was replaced with a new constructed 'herringbone' paddlewheel to overcome the vibration.
In 1960 The George M. Verity was sold to the City of Keokuk, Iowa, at a symbolic price of one Dollar. Today the boat serves as a museum, placed on a concrete foundation in a riverfront park.
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