Our hearts are heavy as we must share with you the news of the passing of our Director, Barbara Rush. She will be missed by everyone who had the chance to meet her.
Grand National Hydroplanes (GNH) will participate in the 2016 Regattafest, September 24-25, 2016. In a recently completed agreement between RegattaFest Race Committee representatives and officials of the American Power Boat Association, these large twenty-foot boats will be racing both Saturday and Sunday (24-25) vying for purse and trophies.
Powered by up to 511 cubic inch automotive engines packing 750+ horsepower, these boats can reach 150 mph and throw a 70 foot roostertail. Race fans in Upper Ohio Valley area remember these boats as 7 Litre hydroplanes; the racecraft were the feature event during past Inboard regattas. New Martinsville’s stretch of the Ohio River claims the existing straightaway record for the class at 151.271 mph set by Buddy Byers of Columbus, Ohio.
The September 23-25, 2016 edition of RegattaFest will include powerboat races, powerboat record runs, live entertainment, activities just for kids, concessions and much more.
A first-of-its-kind signing held at the Hannibal Locks and Dam cements a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District and 13 local riverfront communities.
Pen to paper inked the deal to preserve history in Monroe County after more than a dozen communities came together, wrote a proposal and applied for a $25,000 grant from the corps headquarters.
More than a dozen Monroe County community and government organizations have come together with the Army Corps of Engineers in the spirit of volunteerism to revitalize and beautify the Public Visitor’s Center at the Hannibal Lock and Dam.
The 2016 Delta Queen Dinner will be held aboard the VALLEY GEM sternwheeler, boarding in Marietta Ohio, on June 25th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
Tickets are available for $40 per person, and include a 2-hour dinner cruise on the Ohio River, pre-cruise social hour and tour at the Ohio River Museum and the W.P. Snyder, Jr steam towboat beginning at 2:30 PM.
For tickets, contact Museum Director Barbara Rush at 740-391-2786.
The Gale V, one of the most prominent Unlimited Hydroplanes from the fifties will make a return to New Martinsville during the NEW MARTINSVILLE RECORDS & REGATTA CHALLENGE on September 24 & 25, 2016.
This boat, meticulously recreated by Bill Black, won the Imperial Gold Cup in New Martinsville in 1954 with Lee Schoenith at the wheel barely nosing out the Gale IV driven by “Wild Bill” Cantrell. Others in that race included the My Sweetie, My Sweetie Dora, Wha Happen II and Miss Cadilac.
This should be quite an occasion as the sound of an Allison engine has not been heard on the Ohio River here for 54 years. Please spread this information to all your Regatta and River loving friends.
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Volume 2, Issue 1 of our newsletter, The Pilot, has arrived. In this issue:
- My Ohio River Connection
- Board News
- Event Photos
- Much More
Some great old Unlimited Hydroplane footage from Seattle, 1951. Love the sounds of those 12 cylinder motors. Of this group of boats, those appearing in New Martinsville in 1951 were the MISS PEPSI, HORNET and MY SWEETIE. Both the HORNET and MY SWEETIE were owned by Horace Dodge and the HORNET sported a new checkerboard tail fin in New Martinsville. All the boats were from Detroit. (from Sam Winer, New Martinsville, WV)
The Ohio Valley River Museum (located in the former Ohio Valley Community Credit Union Bldg., 112 Ferry St., Clarington) will host their annual River High School Alumni reception on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 11 am to 3 pm, prior to the annual alumni banquet.
The RHS Class of 1975 is hosting a special “Meet & Greet” at the museum prior to their scheduled tour of the school, class photo and the annual banquet, so be sure to stop at the museum in Clarington before going to Hannibal. Contact Kim Flannery Johnson or Marcia Dierkes Cochran for further details of the 40th Reunion–Class of 1975.
All RHS Alumni & their guests are welcome & encouraged to visit the museum to view the special RHSAA Exhibit, in addition to seeing all other exhibits related to Ohio River history, the Locks & Dams Exhibit, and the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. This year’s exhibit honoring the River High School reunion will include an extensive collection of RHS yearbooks, recently donated to the museum. The museum is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm through the end of October.
For more information contact Barbara Rush, Director at 740 391 2786 or visit the website www.ohiovalleyrivermuseum.org
The Members/Volunteer Picnic scheduled for July 25th has been canceled.