Title: The Smith Dry Docks, A Pictorial History: A Quarter Century of William Finley Smith's Career at Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Author: William R. Smith, Jr.
Description: Card covers. Very light wear to covers. Previous owner's blind stamp on title page. Pages clean. Illustrated. Includes a four page addendum and a page about the author (noting his death in 2009). 257 pp. 10.75 x 8.25 inches. Two copies noted on OCLC.
Pictorial history of the Smith dry docks (Point Pleasant Dry Dock Company, Kanawha Dock Company), covering the period between 1910 and 1938. Primarily presented through a sequence of details about and photographs of more than 200 riverboats (mostly steamboats, paddle steamers, etc.) that had been repaired or overhauled at the docks. Also includes notes about the investment of the Pittsburgh millionaire industrialist John W. Hubbard, labor disputes and dock strikes, the Big Ice of 1917-1918, and the rebuilding of the docks.
William R. Smith, Jr. (1926-2009) provides a visual historical record of his grandfather Captain William Finley Smith's dry dock business, using his father's photographs. The Smith dry dock business was located in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers.
Binding: Soft Cover
Condition: Very Good+
Publisher: [published by author] [River Town Kid]
Place: [Tremont City, OH]
Keywords: Point Pleasant Dry Dock, Kanawha Dock Company, Mason County, WV, West Virginia, Pt. Pleasant, Point Pleasant, paddle steamer, steamship, steamboat, stern wheeler, riverboat, Ohio River, Kanawha River, William Finley Smith,
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