W. P. Snyder, Jr. (towboat)
W. P. Snyder, Jr. at permanent mooring in Marietta, Ohio
|Name:||W. H. Clingerman (1918–1938)
J. L. Perry (1938–1945)
W. P. Snyder, Jr. (1945–)
|Owner:||Carnegie Steel Company (1918–1945)
Crucible Steel Company (1945–1955)
Ohio Historical Society (1955–)
|Builder:||Rees & Sons Company|
|Length:||175 ft (53 m) (LOA)|
|Beam:||28.4 ft (8.7 m) (original)
32.3 ft (9.8 m) (modified)
|Depth:||5.2 ft (1.6 m)|
|Installed power:||2 × Tandem compound steam engines 750 hp (560 kW)|
W. P. Snyder, JR. (steamboat)
|Location||On Muskingum River at Sacra Via, Marietta, Ohio|
|Architect||Rees,James & Sons|
|NRHP Reference #||70000522|
|Added to NRHP||10 November 1970|
|Designated NHL||29 June 1989|
W. P. Snyder, Jr., also known as W. H. Clingerman, W. P. Snyder, Jr. State Memorial, or J. L. Perry, is a US National Historic Landmark.
W. P. Snyder, Jr. is a sternwheel, steam driven, towboat that was originally built as the Carnegie Steel Company towboat W. H. Clingerman in 1918 by Rees & Sons Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1938, she was renamed J. L. Perry, and in 1945 A-1. In August 1945, she was sold to Crucible Steel Company of Pittsburgh, and renamed the W. P. Snyder, Jr. in September 1945.
She was a sister vessel of W. H. Colvin, Jr., and she towed coal on the Monongahela River until being laid up on 23 September 1953, at Crucible, Pennsylvania. In the summer of 1955, the boat was given to the Ohio Historical Society for exhibit at the Ohio River Museum in Marietta, Ohio. W. P. Snyder, Jr. was the last steamboat locking through Lock 1, on the Muskingum River, before that lock was removed. She arrived in Marietta, Ohio, with Captain Fred Way Jr. as master on 16 September 1955.
As one of the first steel hull towboats constructed, she was fitted with the prominent anti-hogging struts and cables necessary on wooden hulled stern wheelers. At the time it wasn't known if they would be needed with the steel hull construction.
She is "the only intact, steam-driven sternwheel towboat still on the nation's river system", but "is in danger of sinking". On 21 November 2009, W.P. Snyder, Jr. was towed from Marietta to South Point, Ohio to have her hull replaced. W. P. Snyder, Jr. made her way home starting 15 September 2010 and arrived back in the Muskingum River at Marietta on 17 September 2010.
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- Deck, Jack (2010). "New Life for W. P. SNYDER Jr.". Retrieved 2012-09-24.
- Foster, Kevin J. (5 February 1989). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form / W. P. Snyder, Jr. (river towboat)" (pdf). National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
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