E197 Late 19th century Cambridge Steamship Model this is exact replica of the Cambridge Steamer, which ran from Cambridge to Baltimore. All hand made from the estate of the Web Family Cambridge Maryland
Measurements are:25" long x 17" tall x 6" wide
The steamer Cambridge is docked at Claiborne to take passengers aboard from the train on the dock to continue their trip to Ocean City. (Photo from the author’s collection
The Steamboats of the Chesapeake Bay
A steamer ran from Baltimore to Love Point on the north end of Kent Island where it connected with a train that took travelers to Rehoboth Beach and Lewes in Delaware. The other route had a steamer running from Baltimore to Claiborne in Talbot County where passengers transferred to the train that took them on to Ocean City, Maryland. These routes proved to be very popular with beach-bound travelers and lasted a long time. The steamer Cambridge is docked at Claiborne to take passengers aboard from the train on the dock to continue their trip to Ocean City. (Photo from the author’s collection) In the waning years of the steamboat era, several companies offered cruise packages to supplement their regular passenger and freight business. (Photo from the author’s collection) The Norfolk and Washington Steamboat Company’s Norfolk and Washington of 1890 did not have separate dining rooms, so tables were set in a portion of the Saloon Deck.
The Steamboats of the Chesapeake Bay
In the early days of the 19th Century, steamers were owned by individual entrepreneurs rather than by companies. Eventually, however, steamboat companies came into being, and over the life of the steamer era, no fewer than 20 companies operated steamboats to all corners of the tidewater area. The earliest vessels were all-wooden construction and were sidewheelers. Over time, wooden hulls gave way to iron and steel hulls and propellers, but superstructures continued to be wooden for the most part. The early vessels burned pine logs for fuel and carried auxiliary sails, just in case. Later steamers burned coal and then oil. One of the most famous passengerfreight steamboat lines was one of the first and eventually became one of the oldest. The Weems Line had its origins as far back as 1819 and was incorporated in 1827. It operated a fleet of steamers, such as the Surprise, Eagle, Patuxent, Mary Washington, and Planter between Baltimore and Patuxent and Rappahannock River points, including Solomons and Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Weems Line was incredibly durable, surviving as an independent entity for 88 years before being merged with other lines that continued until the early 1920s. In addition to running to well-known ports such as Solomons, Leonardtown, Cambridge, and Chestertown, steamers served rural areas such as the Piankatank River and Occohannock Creek in Virginia, Hudson Creek off the Little Choptank River in Maryland, Bushwood, and Rock Point, also in Maryland, and many more. The boats were literally the lifeline for such communities. The steamers had to be rather modest in size to reach such wharves. The average boat was between 150 and 190 feet long and drew only about six feet of water. In some cases, their ability to reach certain country wharves was dependent on tides. Their speed, in most cases, was a little more than 10 miles an hour. They were overnight boats with staterooms and dining rooms that were famous for meals featuring Chesapeake Bay seafood. Below the passenger decks was the freight deck and in addition to general cargo, one could often hear livestock on its way to market. A typical steamer would depart Baltimore about 4 p.m. and might stop at half a dozen or more wharves and not reach her final port until 24 hours or more after leaving Baltimore. She would then lay over for the night and retrace her steps