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Steamboat Photos, Page 12


JuliaBelleDeltaQueenWarmToCoolEXP

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)

MissouriRiverTowSUTER1928-1952nearStJoMO

2.30 X 4.15 snapshot of the SUTER on the Missouri River near St. Joseph, MO.

Fred Way's Towboat Directory "biography":

T2364 SUTER
Stw tb sh 1928-1952. b. Gasconade, MO, 159x30x5. Condensing engines 12's,24's-6 ft. stroke by Shelton. Water- tube boiler, oil burner. Owned by USE and a sister boat to BIXBY. Capt. Robert H. Wilson was master for some time on the Missouri River, Charles Weiher, chief engineer. Sold at public sale to Capt. I W. Menke, St. Louis, February 7, 1952 for $8,307.77. He renamed her CHAPERON and moored her with his showboat GOLDENROD at St. Louis. The CHAPERON was non-operating except to supply steam and electrical power for the showboat.

WolfSmallFile

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?

old steamboats

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

Liberty

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.

GWThomasBowStacksPilotHouse

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.

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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.





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