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Louis L. McAllister Photographs

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Louis L. McAllister photographed people and places near Burlington, Vermont for 60 years. He was born in Columbus, Nebraska on October 16, 1876, the son of Julius S. McAllister (born 1841 in Lincoln, VT) and Rosette Gould (born in Vermont in 1851). Julius McAllister worked as a photographer and dentist in Washington D.C., Bristol, Vermont and Columbus, Nebraska. Around 1895, Julius, his third wife Amy, and their children left Nebraska for the Union Soldiers’ Colony in Fitzgerald, Georgia. By 1900, Julius and Amy were divorced, and Amy and her stepson Louis were working as photographers in Thomasville, Georgia.

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Louis L. McAllister Photographs

Published:  November 19, 2007,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   Donovan Construction Company, Burlington

Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

Date:  undated

Resource type:   photographs

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

SC 1029 and SC 1030 docked. SC 1029 built by Donovan Construction Company of St. Paul, Minn. at the Shelburne Shipyard in Vermont. Company locally called Donovan Contracting. Keel laid 4/27/42. Launched 8/31/42. Commissioned 11/16/42. Transferred to France 10/30/44. SC 1030 built by Donovan Contracting Co., Shelburne, Vt. Keel laid 5/4/42. Launched 8/31/42. Commissioned 11/16/42. Transferred to France 10/2/44. To the right in the background is the steamboat Ticonderoga with a large sign atop the upper deck reading SHOW BOAT. The Ti traveled from Burlington Vt to Port Kent, NY until 1953.

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    Title:   Donovan Construction Company, Burlington

    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

    Date:  1944-05-14

    Resource type:   photographs

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

    May 14, 1944. SC 1506. Sponsor's Party. Mrs. Lewis F. Olson is seen hand clasped standing closest to the champagne bottle suspended from above. Ship built by Donovan Construction Company of St. Paul, Minn. at the Shelburne Shipyard in Vermont. Company locally called Donovan Contracting. Far right the steamboat Ticonderoga is docked. Photo #4. See also mcalA10F07i10

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      Title:   Donovan Construction Company, Burlington

      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

      Date:  1944-04-16

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      April 16, 1944. Sub-chaser SC 1504 christening. Sponsor's Party. Ship built by Donovan Construction Company of St. Paul, Minn. at the Shelburne Shipyard in Vermont. Company locally called Donovan Contracting. To the right in the background is seen the steamboat Ticonderoga that sailed Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vt. to Port Kent, NY until 1953. Photo #3.

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        Title:   Donovan Construction Company, Burlington

        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

        Date:  undated

        Resource type:   photographs

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

        April 16, 1944 Sub-chaser SC 1504 onto Lake Champlain Built by Donovan Construction Company of St. Paul, Minn. at the Shelburne Shipyard in Vermont. Company locally called Donovan Contracting. Seen to the far right is the steamboat Ticonderoga, that traveled on the lake from Burlington, Vt to Port Kent, NY until 1953. Photo #4.

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          Title:   Shelburne Shipyard

          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

          Date:  undated

          Resource type:   photographs

          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

          Is this the underside of the steamboat Vermont with a view of its paddlewheel in dry dock at the Shelburne Shipyard? See also mcalA18F16i06 for another view.

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            Title:   Ticonderoga

            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

            Date:  undated; undated

            Resource type:   photographs

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

            Steamship Ticonderoga inside the breakwater in Lake Champlain. She is loaded with passengers. She was built in 1906 in Newburgh, New York and the Shelburne Shipyard in Shelburne, Vermont. She weighs 892 tons, is 220 feet long and can carry a max of 1070 persons. Undated but may be early 1950s.

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              Title:   Ticonderoga

              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

              Date:  undated

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              Steamship Ticonderoga loaded with passengers seen inside the breakwater on Lake Champlain. Undated but may be 1950s.

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                Title:   Ticonderoga

                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                Date:  undated

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                Steamship Ticonderoga moves along inside the breakwater on Lake Champlain loaded with passengers. Undated but may be 1950s.

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                  Title:   Ticonderoga

                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                  Date:  undated

                  Resource type:   photographs

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                  Steamship Ticonderoga moves along inside the breakwater on Lake Champlain loaded with passengers. Her cruising speed is 17 mph, top speed 23 mph. She was built in 1906 and continued to sail on the lake until 1953. Undated but may be 1950s.

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                    Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                    Date:  1955-02-05

                    Resource type:   photographs

                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                    February 5, 1955. Wooden timbers stretch across between the double railroad tracks upon which the steamship Ticonderoga inches its way overland to its final resting place, the Shelburne Museum. The tracks were laid in 300 foot sections in front of the vessel. Crewmen work the tracks to keep the ship online. The move was made in the winter so the frozen ground could support the rails and the immense weight. Photo 124.

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                      Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                      Date:  1954-11-06

                      Resource type:   photographs

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                      November 6, 1954. The steamship Ticonderoga is seen in the southern end of Shelburne Bay. A basin was dug, filled with water to raise the ship onto a cradle and then the basin was drained so the ship came to rest on the cradle for its 2 mile overland journey to the Shelburne Museum. Photo 45.

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                        Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                        Date:  1954-11-05

                        Resource type:   photographs

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                        November 5, 1954. The steamboat Ticonderoga is seen in Shelburne Bay. A basin was dug, filled with water to raise the ship onto a cradle and then the basin was drained so the ship came to rest on the cradle for its 2 mile overland journey to the Shelburne Museum. Photo 46.

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                          Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                          Date:  1954-11-06

                          Resource type:   photographs

                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                          November 6, 1954. The steamship Ticonderoga is seen just out of the water. Large cranes and railroad tracks are nearby. A 450 foot long basin was dug, then filled with water to position the ship onto a cradle and then the basin drained. Photo 66.

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                            Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                            Date:  1955-02-09

                            Resource type:   photographs

                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                            February 9, 1955. The steamship, Ticonderoga (built in 1906), slowly inches its way across a frozen field on its way to a permanent site, the Shelburne Museum. The boat is welded to its cradle pulled by winches. Railroad tracks were laid in sections of 300 ahead of the vessel. Progress per day was never more than 250 feet. Photo 132.

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                              Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                              Date:  1954-11-05

                              Resource type:   photographs

                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                              November 5, 1954. The steamship Ticonderoga and a tugboat are positioned near a barge on which a large crane is set. The steam engines have been shut down at this point in the operation. This 450 foot long basin was dug at the southern end of Shelburne Bay, was filled with water so as to get the ship onto a cradle and then the basin drained once the vessel was set. Photo 34.

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                                Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                Date:  1954-11-05

                                Resource type:   photographs

                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                November 5, 1954. The steamboat Ticonderoga is seen here at the southern end of Shelburne Bay before it begins its overland journey to the Shelburne Museum. A tugboat is drawn along side the vessel is this marshy basin. Photo 62.

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                                  Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                  Date:  1954-11-05

                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                  November 5, 1954. The steamship Ticonderoga is seen in a basin dug at the southern end of Shelburne Bay. The lower half of her paddlewheels have been temporarily removed so as to allow the boat to fit in the basin. Her engines are not running during this part of the operation. Photo 40.

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                                    Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                                    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                    Date:  1954-11-06

                                    Resource type:   photographs

                                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                    November 6, 1954. The steamship Ticonderoga, her engines still, the lower half of her paddlewheels temporarily removed sits at the end of Shelburne Bay near the LaPlatte River. A tugboat was required to push her into a man made basin dug to allow her to be positioned over a wheeled cradle needed to move her 2 miles overland to the Shelburne Museum. Photo 41.

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                                      Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                                      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                      Date:  1955-01-26

                                      Resource type:   photographs

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                                      January 26, 1955. The bow of the steamship Ticonderoga is seen here. The entire ship is seated and welded to a wheeled cradle upon which the ship will be moved along the double railroad tracks laid before it. The cradle had been submerged in a man made basin that was flooded, the boat positioned over the cradle and then the basin drained allowing the boat to come to rest on the cradle. Photo 107.

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                                        Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                                        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                        Date:  1955-01-28

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                                        January 28, 1955. Double railroad tracks are laid out in front of the Ticonderoga steamship. Curves had to be accommodated along the terrain as it made its way to the Shelburne Museum and its final resting place. Photo 110.

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                                          Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                                          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                          Date:  1955-01-26

                                          Resource type:   photographs

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                          January 26, 1955. The bow of the steamship Ticonderoga, is seen here. The entire ship is seated and welded to a wheeled cradle upon which the ship will be moved along the double railroad tracks laid before it. The cradle had been submerged in a man made basin that was flooded, the boat positioned over the cradle and then the basin drained allowing the boat to come to rest on the cradle. Photo 106.

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                                            Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                                            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                            Date:  1955-01-26

                                            Resource type:   photographs

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                                            January 26, 1955. The steamboat Ticonderoga sits upon its wheeled cradle on double railroad tracts. The lower half of her paddlewheels have been temporarily removed. Photo 108.

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                                              Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                                              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                              Date:  1955-01-29

                                              Resource type:   photographs

                                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                              January 29, 1955. Two days before the steamship Ticonderoga starts is 9,250 feet overland journey to the Shelburne Museum. Double railroad tracks have been laid and she will inch her way over them progressing no more than 250 feet a day. Photo 111.

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                                                Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                                                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                                Date:  1955-01-31

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                                                January 31, 1955. The steamship Ticonderoga begins its 9,250 foot overland journey to the Shelburne Museum. The ship has been welded to its wheeled cradle. The railroad tracks have been laid in front of her and she will make a 150 foot advance on this first day. Photo 115.

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                                                  Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

                                                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                                  Date:  undated

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                                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                  Undated but probably late 1954. The steamship Ticonderoga sets on dry land. The lower half of her paddlewheels have been temporarily removed. Five unidentified men stand before her. They may be some of those responsible in overseeing her journey to the Shelburne Museum.

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