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C.E. "Bim" Argyle steamboat albums

1936 1946-1949
 Collection
Identifier: 2015-303

Abstract

Captain C.E. (Clarence Edward) "Bim" Argyle (1927-2006) was a riverboat captain for Consolidation Coal and a World War II Navy veteran. He worked primarily on steamers and coal barges along the Monongahela River in Western Pennsylvania. These two albums record Argyle's river experience between 1943 and 1950. There are portraits of his co-workers as well as many photographs of numerous commercial boats.

Dates

  • 1936
  • 1946-1949

Creator

Extent

2 volume(s)

General Physical Description

2 albums : leather ; 8.75 x 12.5 in. (closed). Containing 220 photographic prints : b&w ; 3.5 x 5 in. or smaller. 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 newspaper clippings. 2 magazine clippings. 1 photographic print : b&w, hand-colored ; 8 x 10 in. 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in. 1 item : letter.

Biographical Note

Captain C.E. (Clarence Edward) "Bim" Argyle (1927-2006) was a riverboat captain for Consolidation Coal and a World War II Navy veteran. He worked primarily on steamers and coal barges along the Monongahela River in Western Pennsylvania.

Consolidated Coal Company is an energy company established in 1860. In 1945 the company merged with another energy company, the Pittsburgh Coal Company which Argyle was working for. Argyle worked aboard Pittsburgh Coal Company's Steamer "Champion Coal." During the 1940s and 1950s riverboats were a popular method of transporting bulk cargo as it could be done at lower cost than other options.

Bim Argyle was born to Clarence (1901-1955) and Mary Jane Booth Argyle (1911-1994) in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He had two sisters; Dorothy Everly (1929-) and Betty McKelvey (1930-2012), and a brother Robert Argyle (1935-). He lived a majority of his life in Dravosburg, Pennsylvania which is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area.

In March 1936 a combination of unusually warm weather and heavy rainfall caused the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers to flood and devastate the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The flood waters peaked at forty-six feet destroying over 100,000 buildings, contamination of the water supply, and sixty-nine deaths.

Scope and Content

These two albums record Argyle's river experience between 1943 and 1950. There are portraits of his co-workers as well as many photographs of numerous commercial boats. The photographs within the albums are not in chronological order, however, Argyle has notated the names of individuals pictured and names of boats shown. He has also dated many of the photographs.

The snapshots of crewmen show individuals and small groups on a ship or dock. There are several individual photographs of Argyle. A few snapshots of people were taken during a visit to a beach. The images of ships are mostly of steamers, there are some diesel ships and motor boats pictured as well. The photographs are often taken a bit of a distance.

There are a few magazine clippings of ship exteriors and two newspaper articles, one about a ship and the other about Argyle's brother. One album includes photographs of the Flood of 1936.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
C.E. "Bim" Argyle steamboat albums
Status:
Author:
Laurie Sather
Date:
2015
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

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