Marietta in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The W. P. Snyder Jr.
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.
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. Touch 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. 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
Categories. • 20th Century • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
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