pictures of the Elizabeth Marine Ways, after 1915, which is my best
estimate. To identify these pictures I compared the buildings in each
and then used those that have a very visible roof top sign as the
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Many of these
pictures are from the collection of the Elizabeth Marine Ways, I will
identify these pictures with EMW.
photo above shows five boats on the yard at Elizabeth Marine Ways. I
have used the entry in JW's journal dated
2, 1917 to December 22, 1917
to help identify the boats that are
shown, along with the fact that three of the names are visible.
During the dates given these five boats docked in the following order and
are shown in the photo as the first docked being in the highest position;
VOYAGER, MONITOR, BERTHA, FALLIE, AND VULCAN.
from the bottom of the yard;
is the key to dating this photo as being December 22/23, 1917 as this boat
was in on December 22nd and out on
docked on December 20, 1917, JW does not write the date this boat is back
in the water.
docked on December 6, and is back to work prior to
2, 1918 when she is in Fayette City needing additional repair work.
docked on December 3, 1917 needing extensive repairs after sinking.
This boat is back in the water on
docked on December 2, 1917 for a new hull, this work is not completed
August 31, 1918. The photos below show
the VOYAGER still has the upper position during April 1918.
ice floating in the river, as seen in the photo above, is an indicator of the
period from December 1917 into February 1918 which JW describes as the
worst winter with the thickest ice he had ever seen. This winter weather
had just started when the photo
above was taken.
This photo is labeled as being taken at the
Elizabeth Marine Ways in 1918. The boats lined up from
the river bank have two with names showing, the VOYAGER on top and
BERTHA in the middle which is a similar order as the description
above. Their is more snow visible in this photo than the photo
above which to me means it was not taken on the same day as the
photo above but several days later, after one of the storms JW
writes about in his journal.
four photos, dated April 1918, show the Steamers VOYAGER, KEYSTONE, ROBERT
JENKINS, and TRANSIT at the Elizabeth Marine Ways.
documents these boats being at EMW during this month with the following
entries in his journal:
December 2, 1917 for a new hull,
this boat is back in the river
August 31, 1918.
February 5, 1918, as the
C. JUTTE, for extensive repairs. This boat was owned by the
Keystone Sand Company, according to Ways Towboat Directory the name change
took place during April 1917, but the photos show the name change taking
place with the final piece of the name still not installed during April
1918. JW lists various repairs on
24, 1918 with the boat towed away on
JENKINS sinks in heavy ice on
1918 and is not docked for repairs until
14, 1918. JW notes that repair work is completed during
is at the Ways on
March 20, 1918 with
repairs completed on
April 27, 1918.
The four photos below are dated the same as the
four above, April 19, 1918, with the difference being that they are
taken from the riverbank looking back at the Elizabeth Marine Ways.
The significance of the date,
1918, is that a strike was in progress at EMW which had started
April 1 and ended April 23. This explains why their is no work
in progress on this Friday the 19th.
All eight of the above photos are from the
collection of Captain Robert Eberhart.
photos showing Barge 326 at the Elizabeth Marine Ways are from two
different collections, but obviously taken at the same time and together
they form a panoramic view of the Ways on that day. The
paddlewheel on the right of each photo is that of the
Elizabeth Marine Ways under water of St. Patrick
Day flood, March 18, 1936
COAL at EMW, probably 1937.
photo is from the collection of Glenn Meyers