Regatta Vanguards

July 11, 2022

After a 14-year absence, the Charleston, W.Va., Sternwheel Regatta has returned to the Kanawha River, and it took place over the Fourth of July weekend. The once enormously popular event… Read More

The Str. Jos. Chotin

July 5, 2022

As mentioned in the column last week, Capt. Joseph Chotin wasted no time after the loss of his steamer J.N. Pharr, and almost immediately arranged with the Nashville Bridge Company,… Read More

J.N. Pharr

June 24, 2022

Capt. Joseph Chotin owned and operated two steam, sternwheel towboats named J.N. Pharr. The first was a wood hull vessel, 115 by 24 feet, that had been built in 1910… Read More

The Slender Vega

May 18, 2022

There have been any number of formulas and theories as to the proper ratio between length and width of boat hulls. In 1901, the Howards built a steam sternwheel towboat… Read More

Wash Honshell

May 12, 2022

In 1892, the Huntington & St. Louis Towboat Company had a towboat built at Cincinnati that was named Wash Honshell. The hull was 157 by 28 feet, and the engines… Read More

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