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I am trying to identify this side paddle wheel steamer. Looks like a wedding party just forward of the sail. Can't ID the flag. Image/photo is gelatin silver so early 1900s most probably.

  • link the photo?
    – Himarm
    Apr 6, 2015 at 22:59
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    Perhaps you could reformulate your question as a request rather than a demand.
    – fdb
    Apr 7, 2015 at 10:11
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    It looks to me like a North River Steamboat
    – CGCampbell
    Apr 7, 2015 at 14:07
  • I think @CGCampbell is right. That flag on the back looks like it could be a US flag. The front flag I can't identify. It doesn't match any historical New York flag or any state flag I could find.
    – T.E.D.
    Apr 7, 2015 at 14:41
  • Thank you very much. I also thought it was U.S. but had no clue what it might be. I appreciate your thoughts. Apr 7, 2015 at 23:43

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I believe this is the "Clermont" replica, built for the 1909 celebration.

The original Clermont the first steamboat built by Robert Fulton, of the Hudson-Fulton Steamboat company, which ran in New York up the Hudson river. It was the first commercially successful steamboat operated on the Hudson, or North River.

The flag being flown from the leading mast appears to be the Hudson-Fulton flag, details of which can be seen on this page.

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The Clermont was a North River steamboat.

  • I really appreciate all of your comments and expertise. I have another unknown 1900s photo of a ship I will try to post tomorrow. Apr 9, 2015 at 2:05

I came across these photos of the Robert Fulton's original Clermont and it appears that the paddle wheel is located more amidships, than in the original posted photo. I’m not sure if that is just optics or if the model reproduction in 1909 was not completely accurate or if it is a different vessel all together.enter image description here

  • I think that's a camera angle issue. OP's photo shows the stern of the ship, and yoy can't see all the bow, giving the illusuion of being off center.
    – Spencer
    Jun 11, 2022 at 22:40

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