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The Mary Powell: Queen Of The Hudson

 
 
The <i>Mary Powell</i>: Queen Of The Hudson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, August 18, 2022
1. The Mary Powell: Queen Of The Hudson Marker
Inscription.  
Of the hundreds of steamboats which cperated on the Hudson River in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Mary Powell was the most famous of all. She was known as the Queen of the Hudson for her beauty, speed, and graciousness. The Powell was licensed to carry 1,500 to 1,800 passengers and often did.

She was a Rondout boat. For all of her 57 seasons on the Hudson, from 1861 to 1917, the Mary Powell operated out of the Rondout running to New York City daily, except Sundays, from mid-May to mid-September. She left Rondout at 5:30 a.m. in season every morning, and after making seven stops arrived at her pier in New York City at 10:45 a.m. Returning, the Powell left New York at 3:30 p.m. and made the same seven stops before reaching Rondout at 8:30 p.m. The Mary Powell was speedy and those were fast times for boats of that era.

Built for Absalom L. Anderson, an experienced steamboat captain and owner from Kingston, the Mary Powell had a perfect record for service, speed, and safety. A. L. Anderson and his son A. Eltinge Anderson served the Powell as owners and captains for most of her 57 year
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career, always maintaining her high standards.

The Mary Powell docked at various places along the Rondout during her career, including at the foot of Broadway. She wintered across the creek at the Sunflower Dock in Sleightsburg. The Hudson River Maritime Museum has a permanent exhibit on the Mary Powell, including pieces of the boat like her bell and whistle.

Funding for this sign was provide by a grant from the Hudson River Estuary Program, part of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. For more information, visit www.dec.ny.gov
Text and images for this sign were provided by the Hudson River Maritime Museum of Kingston, New York. For more information, visit www.hmm.org
The City of Kingston supports the creation and use of these interpretive panels on public and private property for the public good. Visit www.kingston-ny.gov


( photo captions )
—   The steamboat Mary Powell underway with large crowd of passengers aboard passing the Palisades on her way to New York City, 1909. Photo from the Hudson River Maritime Museum Archives.
—   Passengers on the top deck of the Mary Powell as she passes through the Hudson Highlands, c.1890s. The umbrellas were used for shade. From the Hudson River Maritime Museum Archives.
 
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The <i>Mary Powell</i>: Queen Of The Hudson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, August 18, 2022
2. The Mary Powell: Queen Of The Hudson Marker
The Rip Van Winkle II is a sightseeing cruise boat.
River Maritime Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
 
Location. 41° 55.079′ N, 73° 58.931′ W. Marker is in Kingston, New York, in Ulster County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Broadway and Rondout Landing, on the left when traveling south. Located at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston NY 12401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louis Caterino (a few steps from this marker); Navy Seabees (a few steps from this marker); 20th New York State Militia (within shouting distance of this marker); The Delaware and Hudson Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Island Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tugboat Mathilda (within shouting distance of this marker); Romer & Tremper Steamboat Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rondout Creek Suspension Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hudson River Maritime Museum. (Submitted on August 22, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Hudson River Cruises
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. (Submitted on August 22, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Additional keywords. The Mary Powell: Queen Of The Hudson
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 22, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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