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SIDEWHEELERS - IN STEAM


Sidewheelers were once magnificent and plentiful in the USA but have not survived the test of time - except in the hands of hobby steamboaters. Even then, examples are few and far between. In 2010, Fred Rosse added to the stable with his "Margaret S", seen above.  Photo by kind courtesy of Fred Rosse

SMALL STEAM-POWERED PADDLE SHIPS ("HOBBY-STEAMBOATS")


Hiawatha
Bay City, Michigan

Length : 38 ft, beam 15 .5 ft. Built in 1983 by Millerick Brothers and engineered at the at the Sarlin Steamworks in San Francisco and owned by David Sarlin as a personal venture. The engine is a scaled down version of a walking-beam engine from blueprints from the mid 1800s and is a 7 inch bore with 20 inch stroke. Sold by Sarlin in 1996, the new owner, captain Edward Morris, has put her up for sale in 2010 at USD 89,500


Margaret S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Completed in 2010 by owner Fred Rosse who has sailed the small paddler on many lakes and rivers in north-eastern USA. Margaret S has a walking beam engine - a scaled down version of what was once a typical type of engine on American waters



More detail of  Margaret S - photo by kind courtesy of Fred Rosse

OPERATIONAL SIDEWHEELERS - BUILT AS MOTOR VESSELS
Scarlett O'Hara
1976
Stone Mountain Park, near Atlanta, Georgia :
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Built at this large recreational park attraction near Atlanta, Scarlett O'Hara looks like a Mississippi-style steamboat, but is side-wheel propelled. She carries up to 150 passengers on 20-minute trips on Stone Mountain Lake every half hour during scheduled operating periods (see Park website for details).
VESSEL IS NO LONGER SHOWING ON THE PARK WEBSITE

Chattanooga Star
1982
Chattanooga, Tennessee : 


Built privately by Captain John Hosemann and his sons.
It is 65 ft long and carries up to145 passengers.
Its drive is diesel hydraulic with 2 x 4 cylinder engines by Ford Lehman.She sails for the Rivertrek company, which is non-profitmaking and concentrates on educational cruises
IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY


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OPERTIONAL SCREW MOTOR VESSEL (ex - screw steamship, ex - side-wheeled paddle steamer)


Mount Washington
1940
Lake Winnepesaukee, New Hampshire :
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Rebuilt from the hull of the Lake Champlain side-wheel paddle steamer Chateaguay which had been built in 1888 and now obsolete in its original home and had latterly been in use as a Yacht club's clubhouse in Burlington, VT, with its engines removed. Sold to operators on nearby lake Winnepesaukee to replace their burnt-out SS Mount Washington and transported overland with the hull sliced into twenty pieces. Rebuilt in 1940 as a screw steamer ar Lakeport NH with a new steam engine and a contemporary superstructure and fittings and sailed as SS Mt Washington II. Wartime economics meant that her owners went into liquidation after using her during one full season only. She was laid up and her engines were sequestered to assist the war effort. Rebuilt after the end of the war under new ownership, diesels were installed and she re-entered service as "Mount Washington". She was lengthened by the addition of a new 24 foot long centre section in 1982.
More history and pictures : http://www.winnipesaukee.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7661


Mount Washington.jpg
MV Mount Washington
Photo by Ingunn Gardner and kindly made available for downloading and publishing from the ship's official website

REPLICA HISTORICAL VESSEL
Water Witch
2009
Civil War Naval Museum, Port Columbus, Georgia :
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Completed in 2009, this is a replica of the wooden-hulled paddle steamer which had an eventful history, especially when used as a survey ship in South America. During the US Civil War she sailed for the Union side and helped in the blockade of Savannah. In May 1864 she was captured by Confederate forces, but unable to be utilised because of continuing action, she was later scuttled to prevent re-capture. Archeaologists found submerged remains in Ossabaw Sound in 2007 and these are thought to be those of the original Water Witch. The new ship is on dry land adjacent to the museum and is used for historical re-enactments as well as being an exhibit at the museum.
The webmaster has so far been unable to establish what engines, if any, are fitted to the new ship

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Although the lasting image of paddle steamers in the USA is of Mississippi-style sternwheelers, there is a long history of side-wheel paddle steamers, particularly on the Grat Lakes and on the Hudson River. Links to websites featuring these vessels are to be found in the Historical Database, which you can go directly to on this link


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