Sunday, November 30, 2008

1856

For those studying westward travel, steamships or US rivers, I stumbled upon a cool website.

It seems in 1856, there was a Steamship Arabia which traveled the Missouri River. The steamship was built in 1853 and carried passengers on part of their journey west. It was 171 feet long and could carry 222 tons.



On August 30, 1856, she left St. Louis bound for Kansas City, Council Bluffs, Sioux City, and beyond. It snagged a tree a mile from shore, which was one of the biggest hazards of river travel in the time. It sank within minutes. Fortunately, though, the cabins remained above water and Arabia's single lifeboat brought all passengers to safety. Only one mule died.

Through the years, many attempts were made to find The Arabia. In 1987, a four-man team of Bob, David, and Greg Hawley along with Jerry Mackey set out to find The Arabia. Folklore was that it was buried on a farm owned by Norman Sortor.

They found it, the excavated it, and The Arabia is one of only two ships to ever be discovered with its full cargo intact.

They found a time capsule. Countless artifacts, brand new, were aboard the ship. It is a true way to look back in time, to 1856, and see what treasures people used then.

Although Thomas and I are not studying the westward journey at the moment, we have visited the website. We spent a little over an hour there, watching the video, reading the history and looking at the wonderful pictures.

If I lived in Kansas City, this museum would be a must-see for us.

5 comments:

jesnicole said...

I WAS CATCHING UP ON YOUR BLOG, AND NOTICED HOW YOU'D SAID YOU HAD A BAD YEAR. YOU'RE IN GOOD COMPANY. :) HERE'S TO LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR. HOPE YOUR CHRISTMAS IS MERRY AND BRIGHT.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

That is a cool site! Although we are no longer homeschooling, and the Boychick is studying New Mexico history this fall, we both were fascinated by the site! Thanks.

And I hope your Thanksgiving was peaceful and your Turkey was juicy!

Kate in NJ said...

I can't wait to check that site out.We spent a good part of Yesterday dumpster diving outside my Grandmother's house as well meaning relatives had been cleaning out her garage for her and tossed out all kinds of useful stuff we will be freecycling, and a bunch of vintage kitchen stuff
including some milk glass.
Idiots! Today I spent washing it all..as it was in a garage for years, and a dumpster for several days!

Kate in NJ said...

I can't wait to check that site out.We spent a good part of Yesterday dumpster diving outside my Grandmother's house as well meaning relatives had been cleaning out her garage for her and tossed out all kinds of useful stuff we will be freecycling, and a bunch of vintage kitchen stuff
including some milk glass.
Idiots! Today I spent washing it all..as it was in a garage for years, and a dumpster for several days!

obimomkenobi said...

We visited that museum a few years back and it is well worth the time. It's a whole day kind of museum. I hope you get a chance to visit it sometime.