Steamboat Photos, Page 12
UPI news photo. The caption says:
October 8, 1974 PEORIA, Illinois
Peoria's third annual steamboat race ends with Peoria's JULIA BELLE SWAIN coming under the finish line well ahead of Cincinnati's DELTA QUEEN. The race was for five miles downstream and was completed in 33 minutes. The race is a part of the Steamboat Days celebration here. (United Press International)
The Guiding Star (above) and observations by John Fryant:
"Wow! She looks brand new. Stage gunnels haven't been painted yet. You can see that there was steel plating around the bow. Some sort of big spar or derrick laying inside on the main deck as well as a yawl boat. You can also see that the 'scape pipes and stacks slanted outward from the vertical. Great photo! Thanks for sharing."
Wisconsin's Fox and Wolf River steamboat WOLF acquired through eBay. A very small original print on thin paper but in pretty sharp focus.
Note door to the pilot house on the port side with short name board forward of it, believe there would have been another door on the starboard side as well.
Generous sized skylights for what must have been the boiler room. Only the one gent standing in front of the steep stairs moved and gave away the short time exposure. Even the lady and her dog stood still enough not to blur.
What follows is Jim Hale's comments on the vertical object with rectangular holes in it which is standing straight up on the main deck:
THE U. S. BETWEEN THE STACKS SUGGESTS THAT THE WOLF WAS A CORPS OF ENGINEERS BOAT.
THE THING THAT YOU THOUGHT MIGHT BE A SPAR MAY HAVE BEEN WHAT WAS CALLED A "SPUD."
A SPUD IS A LARGE POST THAT CAN BE LOWERED STRAIGHT THROUGH THE BOTTOM OF THE HULL AND INTO THE RIVER BOTTOM TO HOLD THE BOAT IN PLACE WHILE IT IS DOING HEAVY WORK LIKE PULLING SNAGS OR FOR HOLDING A BARGE WITH A PILE DRIVER ON IT.
THE SPUD SLIPS THROUGH A SLEEVE THAT IS BUILT INTO THE HULL FROM BOTTOM OF HULL UP THROUGH THE MAIN DECK.
THIS BOAT LOOKS SMALL FOR DOING SUCH HEAVY WORK BUT WHO KNOWS?
Attached from the Murphy of the ADAM JACOBS has always been a favorite of mine. The African American couple with their little girl on the hurricane roof and the Victorian fashions of all the ladies including two with parasols are charming. The upside down "waterfall" effect of the steam rising was probably due to a time exposure, only other blurs are down by the main deck which may have been the white jackets of stewards scampering aboard the boat. The front of the cabin with shuttered windows on the boiler deck looks very homey.
Photo Courtesy of Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Steamboat Collection Photographs
Another favorite. The girl in white and the overall authenticity of the details give it a verisimilitude that few others convey as well. The Liberty at Alton, Illinois 1903.
This may be my favorite steamboat photo. Great pilot house detail and nice setting on the river with smoke, water, real but still sort of romantic. Will get it to Woody Rutter in hopes some S&D'r will recognize the location. G.W. Thomas 1901 - 1913. Fred Way said "She was quite some pumpkin, being highly regarded among river coal towing circles." Apparently a lot of work out of Pittsburgh. After she broke her shaft and dropped her wheel she was salvaged and rebuilt as the Alicia.
G.W. THOMAS was built in 1901 at Jeffersonville, Indiana by Howard Ship Yards
In 1913 she was sold, overhauled, and renamed ALICIA
Owned by Peoples Coal Company
Captain Jason D. Curtis (master); George R. Bower (chief engineer, 1903-07)
Way and Rutter's Steamboat Directory Number T0873
Home port or owner's residence circa 1901, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Original price, $10,500. Her engines came from a former ferryboat, MUSIC. The G. W. THOMAS was highly regarded among river coal towing circles. In January 1909 she broke her shaft, dropped her wheel overboard and struck Oldtown rocks, below Ravenswood, West Virginia. She lost 10 loads.
The levee at Vicksburg, Miss., February, 1864
Detail of 3 steamboats from the right eye of a Civil War stereoview taken in February, 1864 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Library of Congress.
The JAMES WATSON left, the LUMINARY center and the WHITE CLOUD right.
The levee at Vicksburg, Miss., February, 1864
William Redish Pywell 1843-1886, photographer. In the Library of Congress.
Published by the The War Photograph & Exhibition Co., Hartford, Conn. February. 1864
"Stereograph showing steamboats at the dock. The Mississippi river in the background."
On the Left:
Way's Packet Directory Number 2954
Built in 1863 at Cincinnati, Ohio which was also her first home port.
Her Captain was John T. Watson.
She was in U.S. service most of 1864 in the Vicksburg-Memphis area.
Sank and was lost at Island 76 on the Mississippi River, near Caulk Neck Cut Off on March 2, 1865
When she sank, she had many passengers, 86 soldiers and a cargo of U.S. freight and Adams Express on board.
Thirty-five people were lost, including 20 soldiers, three women, two children and five male passengers and some deckhands.
The ISABELLA and the WILLIAM BUTLER came to the aid of the survivors.
In the Center:
Sidewheel packet boat
Way's Packet Directory Number 3644
Built in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1863. 260 x 42 x 7. Engines, 25's- 8 ft. Four boilers, each 44" by 26 ft. 1,023 tons.
She carried troops and supplies for the U.S. during the war. On April 2, 1863, came to the rescue of Tinclad #19 (formerly the ST. CLAIR) above Fort Donelson where Rebels had attacked. Ran St. Louis-New Orleans in the Atlantic & Mississippi Steamship Co., 1865, and was in the Anchor Line after that, Capt. William Blake.
In latter January 1867 was ice-bound at Hat Island, aground, in precarious shape along with ENTERPRISE, ANNA WHITE and W.B. DANCE. Took survivors from the wrecked CLERMONT at Helena, Ark., March 8, 1867.
Snagged and lost at Montezuma, 10 miles below Helena, Ark., Dec. 18, 1869. The hull was recovered and taken to Jeffersonville, Indiana, repaired, and in 1870 was sent to Hickman, Kentucky at a wharf boat.
On the Right:
1857 - 1867
Sidewheel packet boat
Way's Packet Directory 5769
Built in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, 1857. 345 tons. 200 x 35 x 5.5. Four boilers. Had double rudders. Reputation for speed.
Ran St. Louis-St. Paul, Capt. Alford, 1857. In 1858 was running up the Missouri River from St. Louis, Capt. James O'Neal, in the Great Mail and Transportation Co. Served as a transport during the war; handled the 7th Iowa Volunteers after Fort Donelson, taking them up the Tennessee to Pittsburg Landing; they lived aboard until the eve of the battle there. Was with Porter on Red River in 1864. Sank in ice at St. Louis Feb. 12, 1867; a gorge shoved her on top of the submerged wreck of the BELLE MEMPHIS.
North Missouri Railroad Company transfer steamer
ATTACHED PHOTO OF THE NORTH MISSOURI RAILROAD TRANSFER STEAMBOAT WAS SCANNED FROM A 5 X 8 INCH ALBUMEN PRINT WHICH HAD BEEN CUT FROM ITS ORIGINAL CARDBOARD MOUNT.
THE ROOTS WEB GENEALOGICAL SITE HAS A TRANSCRIPT OF AN 1870 PROMOTIONAL FLYER ADVERTISING THE NORTH MISSOURI RAILROAD AND ADJOINING LANDS TO PROSPECTIVE EMIGRANTS.
HAVE INCLUDED ONLY BRIEF EXCERPTS FROM THAT FLYER BELOW, THE ENTIRE TEXT CAN BE ACCESSED AT THIS LINK: http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~momonroe/nmrcompany.htm
THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS PROBABLY TAKEN AT A CROSSING SOMEWHERE ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER.
North Missouri Railroad Company
St. Louis 1870
The North Missouri Railroad traverses a section of country bounded east, west, and south by the Missouri river, and north by the Des Moines, the portion of country now reached by the North Missouri railroad and its branches. It has an area of about 25,000 square miles, and comprises North Missouri and a few counties of Southeastern Iowa.
It extends from St. Louis to Kansas City, on the west, and to Bloomfield, Iowa on the north.
It is operated in three divisions:
Eastern Division (St. Louis to Moberly Junction)..............145 miles.
Western Division (Moberly Junction to Kansas City)........127 "
Northern Division (Moberly Junction to Bloomfield) .........112 "
The Hannibal and Moberly, and Hannibal and Naples railroads, now in course of construction, will form the link to a new and important route between the East and the West via North Missouri; Toledo, Wabash and Western; Lake Shore and New York Central line.
The distances by this new road will be:
Kansas City to Moberly . . . . . 127 miles.
Moberly to Hannibal . . . . . 70 "
Hannibal to Naples . . . . . 44 "
total . . . . . 241 miles.
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