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W.P. SNYDER, JR. (Towboat)

Marietta, Ohio
County of Washington.
Muskingum River off 601 Second Street
National Register Number: 70000522
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Transportation - water -related. The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: OH-6 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Museum Vessel.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 29, 1989):
Towboats have been employed moving barges on all the navigable waters of the Western Rivers, and have been an important component of the American transportation system since the 1850s. Few examples of any paddlewheel propelled vessels still remain in the U.S., and SNYDER is one of only three steam-powered towboats, and the only remaining "pool type" boat.

The boat's existing replacement hull which was laid over the original and in some areas replaced the original hull. Investigation in July 2004 revealed that the hull is in imminent danger of failing. Rust spots have pocked the existing 1/4" thick steel plate. The hull must be replaced to insure the integrity of the boat.

TIn 2003, the state of Ohio received a Challenge Cost Share grant from MWRO to prepare a condition assessment report. The assessment was completed in July 2004. While the boat was dry-docked, emergency work was performed in the hull. The Society received a Save America's Treasure grant in 2005. The Ohio Historical Society has begun fundraising for the target of $1.4 million.

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