Sea History 010 - Spring 1978

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The iron-hulled, 295' Albany built in 1880, was lengthened in 1893 to 325 ' 6". Born in an age of elegance for a "carriage trade" traffic, she was more ornately outfitted than the Hamilton and was an exceptionally fast boat, making a sustained 25 MPH. She ended her days as a barge on the Chesapeake; her 30-ton A-frame and walking beam are preserved at Th e Mariners Museum in Virginia.

The Robert Fulton of 1909 was the last built with walking-beam engine (salvaged from the burnt carcass of the New York) which here drives her past shad fishermen and a small sloop which would do well to get out of th,e way, off Croton Point, Running in harness with the Hamilton, of about the same size, until her retirement in 1954, she was then converted to a shopping center ashore in the Bahamas, and has since been demolished.

The immortal Mary Powell comes home to Rondout Creek, Kingston. This handsome wooden flyer of 1861 ran until 191 7; her keel lies in Rondout Creek today, where it is thought the new maritime cultural center might be established to honor her story and that of all river navigation.