Visual display of the Calvin B. Beach (Towboat, 1935-1939)

Calvin B. Beach (Towboat, 1935-1939)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat
  • BUILT: 1877 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the Coal Bluff No. 2; renamed in spring, 1935
  • FORMERLY: Coal Bluff No. 2
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: In early March 1939, got in the trees at Ravenswood Bend while pawing up the Ohio point, knocked a stack down, set the boat on fire and she went down in a blaze of glory along the West Virginia shore above Pleasant View Light. The wreck was still there in 1953
  • OWNERS: Kingston Gravel Company; Loyal Wright and Charles Roberts (1935); Captain O. F. Shearer (1938)
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Fred Wright; Captain Robert Smith (1936-37)
  • RIVERS: Kanawha River; Ohio River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T0336; Captain Loyal Wright was one of the great tribe of Kanawha River Wrights which prompted Captain Claude Brown to report in The Waterways Journal, April 24, 1937 issue: "The Calvin B. Beach arrived at Dam No. 6 with Fred Wright at the wheel to find the Samuel L. May locking up with a tow of empties in charge of Captain Harry Wright and having his brother Mack as pilot. A little farther down the river, Captain Andrew Wright had the F. M. Staunton tied up for the night. Captain Frank Wright was on his way up to Charleston with the steamer Joe Cook. Captain Loyal Wright is on the Hallie." On January 8, 1938 she sank on the bar opposite Higginsport, Ohio upbound with empties. In the fall of 1938 she was chartered to Captain Charlie Roberts who took a Campbell Line tow up the Ohio in early March 1939. It was at this time that she caught on fire and went down
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: At the Marine Ways
  • Calvin B. Beach (A)


Local identifier
  • Neg. 38587
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