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Steamer Hendrick Hudson (model)

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Steamer Hendrick Hudson (model)
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Harold Dorwin, Negative #: 2003-6551


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

Steamer Hendrick Hudson passing the Highlands of the Hudson River

Chart of the Hudson and East Rivers

Steamer Hendrick Hudson (model)
Catalog #: 309,408, Accession #: 100,518
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
The Hendrick Hudson model was first displayed at the Smithsonian in 1928. It continued to be a favorite among museum visitors and was prominently placed in the Hall of American Maritime Enterprise prior to its installation in "America on the Move."
Physical Description
Model is 1/4" scale and represents an excursion steamer having three flush decks running from bow to stern. A fourth upper deck runs about three-fifths the length of the hull and supports a two-deck bridge-and-wheelhouse structure, a small one-deck house, and two unmarked stacks in line fore and aft. Wide guards, with exposed iron braces to the hull sides below, house feathering paddle wheels. The name "Hendrick Hudson" is painted on the paddle wheel housing. An American flag is at the stern and eight flags of foreign countries are spaced evenly around the top deck.
Date Made:
Dates Used:
1906 - 1951
New York
Hudson River
Hudson River Day Line

The side-wheel Hudson River excursion steamer Hendrick Hudson was built in 1906 by the Marvel Shipbuilding Company at Newburgh, NY, for the Hudson River Day Line. The steamer's steel hull was 400 feet long overall, with a beam of 45.1 feet at the gunwales and 82 feet over the guards. Its depth in the hold was 13.4 feet, and the draft was 7.5 feet. The Hendrick Hudson was powered by a 3-cylinder compound direct-acting engine of 6200 horsepower. Licensed to carry 5500 passengers, the Hendrick Hudson operated on the New York City to Albany run until 1948. In 1951 the steamer was towed to Philadelphia and broken up.

A Hudson River Day Line brochure boasted: "Day Line steamers are of steel construction, swift and exceptionally well appointed. They are famous for the beauty of their lines. Built entirely for first-class passengers and carrying no freight, they cater exclusively to the safety, comfort and convenience of their passengers."

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