The steamboat ROBERT E. LEE
The steamboat ROBERT E. LEE was a steamboat built in New Albany, Indiana in 1866. The ship was named for Robert E. Lee, General-in-Chief of the Confederate States during the American Civil War. It usually ran between New Orleans and Natchez, Mississippi.
In 1870, the ROBERT E. LEE won a famed steamboat race against the Natchez, going from St. Louis, Missouri to New Orleans. The distance was 1857 km, and the Robert E. Lee made it in 3 days and 18 hours.
In September 1882, after 16 years of service, the ROBERT E. LEE caught fire 50 km north of New Orleans. 21 people died in this accident.
Several paintings and drawings of the ship exist. There is an fine article in Wikipedia on the ROBERT E. LEE. The loss of the ship was reported by the New York Times on October 1, 1882.
The steamboat model, photos, description and dimensions
This model of the ROBERT E. LEE is a very fine piece of work by a
professional model maker. It gives a
vivid impression of a trip on such a ship.
The ship model is 1 : 150 scale. Length is 70 cm, width 18 cm, height 29 cm (36 cm on stand).
The ship can be taken out of the stand, i.e. for transport.
Despite the small size of all equipment it is a very diligently made, true to scale. This is clearly shown on the high resolutions photographs, viewed in actual pixel size.
The ship model is set loosely on its stand. The Robert E. Lee model can be taken up from the stand and be placed on a flat surface, without any stand. If placed just on a flat surface, the model is 29 cm high. With stand the height is 36 cm.
With the ship model goes a purpose-built display case. Length of the case is 87 cm, width 32 cm and height 52 cm. The model stand is fixed in the display case by three screws from below.