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Harbor lighter Mauch Chunk (model)

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Harbor lighter Mauch Chunk (model)
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2003-27980


This object appears in the following sections:

The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s
The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s — Port Traffic

Chart of the Hudson and East Rivers

New Jersey Central Railroad harbor lighter

Lighter Mauch Chunk (model)
Catalog #: 325,516, Accession #: 260,197
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
The model was built by Boucher-Lewis Precision Models, Inc., from Smithsonian plans in 1965. It was displayed in the Hall of American Maritime Enterprise from 1978 to 2003, prior to its installation in "America on the Move."
Physical Description
Model. The scale of the model is 1/4 inch to the foot and its overall measurements are 31" L x 8.5" W x 22" H (w/ pedestals). It shows the vessel fitted out for work, with a derrick for lifting heavy material just forward of the pilot house. The New Jersey Central logo is shown in a red circle on the single stack.
Date Made:
Dates Used:
Delaware, New Jersey, New York
New York harbor
The steam harbor lighter Mauch Chunk was built in 1912 by Harlan and Hollingsworth in Wilmington, Delaware. It was 118' long, with a beam of 31' 6", and a depth of 12' 9". It was operated by the Central Railroad of New Jersey for general harbor service in the New York area. The derrick's lifting capacity was 12 tons.
Related People, Places, and Events
Model builder
Boucher-Lewis Precision Models
Model built from plans provided by the Smithsonian

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