Mary Powell
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‘Mary Powell’                                                                      (click on the image to return to the previous page)

Affectionately called the Queen of the Hudson, in 1862, she commenced round trips from Roudout on the Hudson to New York.

Safety, speed and comfort were the Captain’s watch words. Known as a family boat, she carried no freight as such.

During this first year it was decided to lengthen her. The boat was cut in two between the paddle boxes and the boilers, and the space of 21 feet between newly constructed. The result was an increase in speed and capacity.

Many prosperous businessmen living in houses along the Hudson River commute to New York enjoying the splendid mountain scenery of the Hudson Highlands in the comfort of this well-appointed boat.

The Mary Powell was not without competition however, as the Hudson had several paddlesteamers on scheduled services.

Later, when the Mary Powell was rebuilt in 1903-4, her appearance was changed considerably, as she had to compete with new, bigger boats that plied the Hudson.

In 1919, after the First World War, this 57 year old veteran of the Hudson, was to wed to the sun flower dock and laid up.

It was decided that it was not practical to put her back into service, and later that year she was scrapped.

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