Re: The Current Home Page image
- Hi, Frank & crew,
The panoramic image of the cabin on the Louis McClure is most likely
pretty representative of the crews' quarters on the CLERMONT. I believe
from my research that the passenger cabins might have been somewhat
On the maiden trip of the Clermont the boat was probably "bare bones".
On the trip there were a few invited guest but no paying passengers.
After the shakedown some berths were added. I think 12 was the number I
remember reading. There was also additional decking, paddlewheel boards
and reinforcing added.
It wasn't until the 1808 remodelling that creature comforts were added.
The bigger boat allowed for the addition of a dining area, a lounge and
the like. I don't think that there were individual cabins per say. I
think that you are correct. It was probably modelled after the rail car
berths with common areas. The berths were perhaps around the perimeter
of the cabins, possibly even bunk style, with curtains to provide some
privacy. There are no real good accounts so I am reading between the
line of what I have found. The passenger capacity was about 60.
As you can imagine on a boat of approx 16 feet wide and 7 ft deep by
150 ft long minus the space taken by the engine and boiler, there wasn't
room for very large private spaces.
The crew probably shared bunks. when the day crew worked the night crew
slept. This is not unlike arrangements on some of today's non-passenger
Hopefully some of my comments will stimulate some interest and ideas on
the History of the steamboats. Just remember, much of what I relay is
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Frank McNeill"
> Hi All,
> A picture of the 1909 Clermont replica has been added for comparison
> canal boat replica at: http://www.lcmm.org/mcclurevr/index.html thatprovides
> provides a virtual tour of the cabin. I think the canal boat cabin
> an indication of what the passenger cabin of the first Clermont mighthave
> looked like, with a raised central portion and surrounding areas forstorage
> and sleeping compartments. There were probably Pullman car type bunksbehind
> windows on either side of the rudder. The relative heights ofpassengers and
> the upper lift of the hull indicates that this was crawl space, sogetting
> into the bunks probably required a stool or stepladder.
> Best wishes, Frank