Joe Todd & Linda with their T&B

Joe Todd & Linda with their T&B

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Photo Tour of The Ohio River Museum in Marietta,Ohio

A short drive  from Lancaster,Ohio to Marietta,Ohio where you  can step back in time to the days of the sternwheeler and steam


In Marietta,Ohio you will find the Ohio River Museum where you can tour the museum and the W.P. Snyder,Jr. Towboat. (plan on spending a couple hours anyway)


The Ohio River Museum is located at 601 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio, one block from Ohio State Route 7, and minutes from I-77. I think I’ll have Linda pay the  entrance fee.


The museum is located on the banks of the Muskingum River  a tributary of the Ohio River.



There are two basic ways to mount paddle wheels on a ship; either a single wheel on the rear, known as a stern-wheeler, or a paddle wheel on each side, known as a side-wheeler.


An old river boat pilot was sitting on a bench near the wharf in Marietta,Ohio when a young man walked up and sat down. The young man had spiked hair and each spike was a different color.... green, red, orange, blue, and yellow.After a while the young man noticed that the captain was staring at him."What's the matter old timer, never done anything wild in your life? The old captain replied, "Got drunk once and married a parrot. I was just wondering if you were my son!" (this joke won’t be found at the museum)

Earliest transportation on the river was by canoe or dugout


A sampling of the many paintings::




How can riverboat pilots use amphibians? As froghorns. Next a sampling of the many/many riverboat models.






Time to walk the plank halls.



Q: Do you know what you call a Snail on a Ship?
A: A SNAILER! (sorry)


DSC_0061 and a photo of his boat.


Times haven’t changed much.. Mother nature is in charge. FLOODING





For me; the above history sounds a lot like current events..


I will end this post with one final collage. All I can say is the Ohio River Museum is a must see.


A tour of:


will be left for another post…..

DSC_0089 Joe Todd and Linda say,”Thanks for stopping by and  we hope you enjoyed your visit.”

YOU MIGHT ENJOY:: Cape Cod Maritime Museum & Festival


Marie said...

Joe, what a wonderful museum! The "romance" of the era of steamboats is so appealing! There were many dangers, too, but there is just nothing like a riverboat! Wow, I loved this! Would love to get there some time!

You always include so many interesting things on your blog! I make sure I check out your sidebar for sayings and other tidbits. And, the jokes are so funny! I loved the one about the sea captain who got drunk and married a parrot!

Wonderful photos! Another great visit!

Marie said...

By the way, the Krakatau (sp?) explosion and the results does sound so much like something that could happen here and now. It's disconcerting! You never know what lies around the next bend. So, we have to enjoy everything we can, and have a laugh or two along the way!

Kay Dennison said...

Wow, Joe!!!! I guess I've gotta head down there -- if I ever heal!!!!

Actually, I've been there but it's been a longggggggg time!

Jenn said...

Wonderful museum and tour of an interesting era.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful tour of museum.

ladyfi said...

What a fascinating place. Love the steamboat!

Gary said...

Great tour of the Museum. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Tony Letts said...

Love being near water. We have a waterways museum here too - one of my favourite haunts :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, what a fabulous museum.. I'd love to see that place... There was so much action (both good and bad) on the river....

I loved your comment about Mother Nature STILL being in charge... Seems as if the tragedies still continue to this day...

Thanks for posting such an interesting blog.

Sallie ( said...

I think next time we visit a Museum I'm going to ask for you and Linda as guides -- you always see so much and have so much fun.

Lona said...

What great shots Joe! I took Mom there once to ride the stern wheeler and they were closed.Mt vacation here in Virginia is almost done and I am getting anxious to see the garden. LOL! Have a lovely weekend.