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Steamboat Photos, Page 16


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Above is a nice sharp photo of the interior of the cabin on the GORDON C. GREENE. Am not certain if sprinkler systems had been developed to extinguish fires back when this photo was taken but if they were, that could explain the exposed plumbing running through the arches on both sides of the cabin. If it wasn't a sprinkler system it could have been plumbing that fed water to the bathrooms on the passenger deck. The GREENE's overnight passenger service began in 1935 and ended in 1951.

Photo Courtesy of Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Steamboat Collection Photographs

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Attached lucky find on eBay . . . an original "cabinet card" photo of the CAPE GIRARDEAU 3.70 x 4.60 inches. The man standing next to the bell was not identified. The focus is a bit soft on the pilot house but the bell and stacks are sharp.

Cape Girardeau (Packet, 1901-1910)
Ran on the Mississippi River
Way's Packet Directory Number 0827:
Built at Madison, Indiana 1851, as War Eagle; rebuilt at the Carondelet ways, St. Louis, Missouri 1901 and renamed Cape Girardeau.

She had red-painted smokestacks and was known as the "Red Stack Cape."

Owned by the Eagle Packet Company, she ran regularly in the St. Louis-Cape-Commerce trade, Captain Willam H. "Buck" Leyhe master.

She sank while en route from Commerce to St. Louis, Missouri, after hitting a hidden obstruction and was lost at Turkey Island 50 miles above St. Louis, Missouri July 11, 1910.

The total loss of cargo was estimated at $60,000; no insurance.

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A dinky little snapshot from a scrapbook 2.80 x 3.70 of the S.L. ELAM at a landing on the Red River or the Ouachita River.

Whoever wrote in white pencil under the photo on the black page in the album probably hadn't heard the word "paddlewheel" before because they described it simply as "Old Time Propeller"

S. L. ELAM (Packet, 1913-circa 1918)

Built 1913 at Slidell, Louisiana

Originally owned by the Carter Brothers

Fred Way's Packet Directory Number 4897:

Originally had a patented Kidney boiler which was replaced in 1915 with three return-flue boilers.

Named for Judge Elam of Natchez, Mississippi.

She ran on the Red River at first and later she ran on the Ouachita between New Orleans, Louisiana and Camden, Arkansas.

In December 1915 she snagged and sank in the lower Red River.

She made one trip, Pittsburgh-Cincinnati, under the name S.L. ELAM after being sold to the Liberty Transit Company in 1918.

She was then rebuilt and renamed General Wood

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MARCH 23, 1942

WIDE WORLD PHOTOS
CHICAGO BUREAU
STEAMBOAT 'ROUND THE BEND
ABOARD AN OHIO-MISSISSIPPI RIVER CRUISE BOAT

CAPTION FROM THE BACK OF THE FIRST PHOTO THAT WAS NUMBERED A-12216:

"LED BY MRS. C. E. BOWER OF YORK, PENNSYLVANIA., FOREGROUND, A GROUP OF WOMEN PASSENGERS ABOARD THE GORDON C. GREENE, OHIO-MISSISSIPPI RIVER CRUISE BOAT, ENJOY A BRISK EARLY MORNING WALK AROUND THE UPPER DECK OF THE VESSEL AS IT SAILS DOWNSTREAM."

THERE WAS NO CAPTION ON THE BACK OF THE SECOND PHOTO WITH THE 4 CONTENTED FOLKS IN DECK CHAIRS AND THE 2 FOLKS ON THE STAIRS, WHO WERE ALL ON THE SAME CRUISE AS MRS. BOWER AND HER FRIENDS.

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Paramount News
St. Louis MO.
Sternwheelers were not made for Arctic use but this one is making the attempt to navigate the ice choked Mississippi river before navigation became impossible. The photo shows the workman chopping ice from the paddlewheel as the river boat attempts to ford her way thru the ice.

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OTTO MARMET
Towboat, 1898-1935
Kanawha River

BUILT: 1898 at Raymond City, West Virginia

Burned at North Bend, Ohio in August 1935

OFFICERS & CREW:

Captain Ed Woodward (master, circa 1898-1916); Walter Thacker (pilot, before 1908); John Mahan (pilot, before 1908); Thomas Oliver (chief engineer); Captain William D. Curry (master); Captain John F. Rust (pilot); William H. Patrick (pilot)

Way's Steam Towboat Directory No. T1982

Captain Burt Chambers supervised the original construction of the Otto Marmet; she was later lengthened at Cincinnati. On January 29, 1935, she broke a shaft at St. Joe in lower Cincinnati which caused her to run through herself on both sides. She was not repaired and burned in August 1935

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One of the stranger "caught in the act" photos of a sternwheeler from Murphy Library. This is the gas boat HANOVER on the Alabama River.

Looks like the diving boy just above the sternwheel could have been launched from the boat with "help" from a "friend." A knock out punch delivered from behind? Note that 3 of boys in the middle of the boat were watching, so were witnesses to that "dive."

A head first dive that close to shore could be dangerous if the water was too shallow.

The HAVOVER had a lot of style for a little gas boat. Charming capture of bygone days. Undated photo, possibly early 1900's.

HANVOVER (Packet)

BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel/Gas boat
BOAT TYPE: Packet
RIVERS: Alabama River
Packets--Alabama River
Neg. 11564
UW La Crosse Historic Steamboat Photographs

Photo Courtesy of Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Steamboat Collection Photographs

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Page 144 from:

J.R. Hildebrand, "Cotton: Foremost Fiber of the World." National Geographic, 74, 2 (February 1941): 137-185

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A favorite photo of a jaunty little boat. One of those perfect profiles with a beautiful reflection on the water. This is a craft one could live aboard and navigate the rivers with for a lifetime.

ARTEMUS GATES 1896-1927

Sternwheel Rafter/Towboat
Built 1896 at Clinton, Iowa by C. Lamb and Sons
Burned on September 4, 1927
Clinton Sand and Gravel Company
Captain John W. Lind
Mississippi River
Way's Towboat directory - T0166:
"Was used as the bow boat for the Chancy Lamb when towing log rafts; did raft work in early years."

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Photo of mini-pilot wheel manufactured by HUCK FINN Incorporated of Minneapolis Minnesota. This would fit on a pontoon boat or some other small craft. Measures 15 inches across, got it on eBay from a dealer in Niceville, Florida . . . the town's name would lend itself to be a title for a T.V. series about a superhero's boyhood hometown.

The metal portion originally had an aluminum finish, I had it copper plated, gave it a patina & re-stained the handles. Want to mount it on a circular wooden plaque for display eventually.

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Concept of a sidewheel steamboat reduced to basic shapes as a child's pull toy, hand made of wood and painted. Circa 1970's. 12 1/4 inches long, 9 1/2 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches wide. Proportions of components in the model relied on "artistic license" rather than being "true to life." I posed the toy with some wooden display type, flipped the photo into a mirror image so the lettering would read correctly. Toy is symmetrical so it wasn't compromised when it became a "reflection." Pilot wheel from the PEERLESS against the wall behind the objects.

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A note by the photographer who took this picture:

The River Paddle Steamer Suwanee - Photo taken at Henry Ford Museum's Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan, 2004. It is a digital infrared photograph taken with a 720 nano-meter infrared filter, which renders a dream like quality to the image. The photograph was a 1st place winner in the Detroit News Images of Michigan Photography contest in 2007. Photographer - P. Into

Sadly, the Suwanee which was in service at the Henry Ford Museum's Greenfield Village since 1930 was dismantled and scrapped in 2011.

Prints are available from the photographer at his site: creativ-iphotography.smugmug.com.





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