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Marietta in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The W. P. Snyder Jr.

 
 
The <i>W. P. Snyder Jr.</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
1. The W. P. Snyder Jr. Marker
Inscription. The W.P. Snyder Jr. is a steam-powered towboat. It moved barges loaded with coal, iron ore, and steel along the Monongahela and Ohio rivers.

When it was launched in 1918, the boat was originally owned by Carnegie Steel and operated as the W.H. Clingerman. In 1945, the Crucible Steel Company purchased it and renamed it for their company chairman, W.P. Snyder Jr.

In many ways, the Snyder represents a bygone era on the Ohio River. It is one of the last steam-driven sternwheelers in existence. It is the only remaining “pool type” boat, meant to navigate the lock systems that line the Ohio and Monongahela Rivers.

Retirement
The Snyder retired from service in 1954. Many similar boats were scrapped following their service, but the Snyder was donated as an example of a steam towboat and relocated here in 1955.
 
Erected by The Ohio Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 25.223′ N, 81° 27.793′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Front Street. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Ohio River Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Front Street, Marietta OH 45750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
<i>W. P. Snyder Jr.</i> Line Drawing image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
2. W. P. Snyder Jr. Line Drawing
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tour of the Snyder (here, next to this marker); Life on the River / Boats on the Ohio (here, next to this marker); The Towboat W. P. Snyder Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Flood Heights (a few steps from this marker); Mighty River / Learning the River (a few steps from this marker); River Town / Sails and Steam / The Highway West (a few steps from this marker); Oweva Engine (a few steps from this marker); Oldest Pilothouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Marietta.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker Photo of the <i>W. P. Snyder Jr.</i> as the <i>Clingerman</i> image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
3. Marker Photo of the W. P. Snyder Jr. as the Clingerman
The W.P. Snyder was put out of business by diesel-powered boats that operated with smaller crews.
The <i>W. P. Snyder Jr.</i> / Tour of the <i>Snyder</i> Marker Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
4. The W. P. Snyder Jr. / Tour of the Snyder Marker Pavilion
Tell City pilothouse in background.
<i>W. P. Snyder Jr.</i> Stacks Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
5. W. P. Snyder Jr. Stacks Photo on Marker
As a "pool type" boat, the Snyder had to pass under low bridges. Its smoke stakes were constructed to fold in half, allowing the boat to clear.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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