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"Thunder On The Gulf" an event at Historic Fort Gaines May, 1999.

the Wabash, 1999 at Fort Gaines
Photo courtesy UNHS
Prepairing for the Fort Gaines event  
the Wabash, 1999 at Fort Gaines
Photo courtesy UNHS
UNHS Wabash, whaleboat replica    


Length: 22'-9"
Beam: 7'-6"
Capacity: 25 Persons
Crew: 7 Persons
Gun: 12 Pdr Light Dahlgren, Boat howitzer

This vessel made its reenacting debut at Fort Gaines in 1999. Centered in northern Illinois and Indiana, the members of the Union Naval Historical Society (UNHS) are dedicated to bringing that history to the public through the medium of living history. This boat the UNHS Wabash (whaleboat) was built in 1951 by the Marine Safety Equipment Company and was fitted to the great lakes steamship, J.L. Mauthe. The Mauthe was cut down into a barge in 1998 and the boats were acquired by the WGF as a donation from the Interlake Steamship Company. She entered service at the Fort Gaines, AL, event in 1999. The sister boat now operates with a reenacting group in Galveston, Texas.


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