Deck Plan of the Steamboat Homer


Frequent stops were made by Ohio river craft to load or unload passengers and cargo and pick up cordwood for fuel. At such times Bodmer often went ashore to make studies of the river, its settlements, and its bustling commercial life. His diagram of the deck plan of the Homer, if lacking in picturesque detail, furnishes information about the usual riverboat accommodations of that day. As indicated in the drawing, passengers were housed above deck, the stores and cargo below.

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watercolor on paper


6 3/8 x 8 5/8

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Approximate Date of Creation

January 1833