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NORTHERN PACIFIC No. 1
Sidewheel Railroad transfer ferry

Way's Packet Directory Number 4240
Built in 1879 at Mound City, Illinois
Used at Bismarck, Dakota in the beginning.
Later she went to Vicksburg, Mississippi and was operated there by the Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific Railroad.
She and the packet R.L. COBB were beached in a flood at Vicksburg and both rotted down on shore early in 1895.
The NORTHERN PACIFIC was replaced by the transfer ferry DELTA.

Scanned from a "retouched" photo (note air brushed clouds in the sky and definition lines drawn around the paddleboxes and stacks to increase their visibility).

The signage on the front of the pilot house says: "RAIL-ROAD TRANSFER" This was probably published to be used for educational purposes in classrooms, image area without margins measures 16 x 20 inches.

Plate #106 published by
The Old Photo Co.
18225 171st N.E.
Woodinville, WA 98072

Caption in lower margin:

"Train using ferry to cross the Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota during the summer. In the winter the train crossed the river on tracks laid on ice."

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Eclipse (Rafter/Packet, 1882-1917)

Albumen photo from my collection. Detail above, full image below.

ECLIPSE
Sternwheel Rafter/Packet

Way's Packet Directory Number 1695
Built at LeClaire, Iowa, 1882
The Eclipse towed rafts until the mills shut down in 1904. During her days she towed showboats, Golden Rod, Cotton Blossom and Emerson's Floating Palace. She was enrolled at the Port of Burlington, April 29, 1884; Port of Dubuque, May 8, 1888; Rock Island, Illinois, 1894, 1900 and 1902 Then Captain John Lancaster, LeClaire, who held interest in the boat and had commanded her as a rafter, bought Captain John Streckfus's warehouses at Davenport, Iowa and Clinton, Illinois and entered the Eclipse in the trade. This venture was not a success because a street car line had been opened. This was the last effort to run a packet between those cities. She later ran in the Dubuque, Iowa-Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin trade. In 1913 she was laid up and sank in Cat Tail Slough, south of Albany, Illinois. Captain Ralph Emerson Gaches then bought her to tow his showboat. He was making a trip with her from Pittsburgh to Sistersville, West Virginia with an Atlantic Refining Company gasoline barge the night of December 8, 1917. On December 8, 1917 she struck the dike at the foot of Neville Island, Ohio River, burned and sank.

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BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
BOAT TYPE: Rafter/Packet
BUILT: LeClaire, Iowa, 1882

FINAL DISPOSITION: December 8, 1917, Neville Island, Ohio River, burned and sank

OWNERS: 1882: Lindsay and Phelps Lumber Company; 1886: Cable Lumber Company; 1904: Captain John Lancaster, LeClaire; 1913: Captain Ralph Emerson Gaches

OFFICERS & CREW: John McKenzie (master), Al Carpenter (pilot); 1888: E. Lancaster (master); 1896: Captain J. Lancaster, Captain B. Jenks; 1911: Robert F. Isherwood (captain)

RIVERS: Mississippi River; Ohio River; Monongahela River

OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 1695; Built in 1882, the Eclipse towed rafts until the mills shut down in 1904. Then Captain John Lancaster, LeClaire, who held interest in the boat and had commanded her as a rafter, bought Captain John Streckfus's warehouses at Davenport, Iowa and Clinton, Illinois and entered the Eclipse in the trade. This venture was not a success because a street car line had been opened. This was the last effort to run a packet between those cities. She later ran in the Dubuque, Iowa-Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin trade. In 1913 she was laid up and sank in Cat Tail Slough, south of Albany, Illinois. Captain Ralph Emerson Gaches then bought her to tow his showboat. He was making a trip with her from Pittsburgh to Sistersville, West Virginia with an Atlantic Refining Company gasoline barge the night of December 8, 1917. She struck the dike at the foot of Neville Island, Ohio River, burned and sank. During her days she towed showboats, Golden Rod, Cotton Blossom and Emerson's Floating Palace. She was enrolled at the Port of Burlington, April 29, 1884; Port of Dubuque, May 8, 1888; Rock Island, Illinois, 1894, 1900 and 1902

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Albumen photo with detail and real photo post card from my collection of the ECLIPSE.

ECLIPSE
Sternwheel Rafter/Packet
1882-1917

Way's Packet Directory Number 1695

Built at LeClaire, Iowa in 1882, the ECLIPSE towed rafts until the mills shut down in 1904. Then Captain John Lancaster, LeClaire, who held interest in the boat and had commanded her as a rafter, bought Captain John Streckfus's warehouses at Davenport, Iowa and Clinton, Illinois and entered the Eclipse in the trade. This venture was not a success because a street car line had been opened. This was the last effort to run a packet between those cities. She later ran in the Dubuque, Iowa-Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin trade. In 1913 she was laid up and sank in Cat Tail Slough, south of Albany, Illinois. Captain Ralph Emerson Gaches then bought her to tow his showboat. He was making a trip with her from Pittsburgh to Sistersville, West Virginia with an Atlantic Refining Company gasoline barge the night of December 8, 1917. She struck the dike at the foot of Neville Island, Ohio River, burned and sank. During her days she towed showboats, Goldenrod, Cotton Blossom and Emerson's Floating Palace. She was enrolled at the Port of Burlington, April 29, 1884; Port of Dubuque, May 8, 1888; Rock Island, Illinois, 1894, 1900 and 1902.

Then Captain John Lancaster, LeClaire, who held interest in the boat and had commanded her as a rafter, bought Captain John Streckfus's warehouses at Davenport, Iowa and Clinton, Illinois and entered the ECLIPSE in the trade. This venture was not a success because a street car line had been opened. This was the last effort to run a packet between those cities. She later ran in the Dubuque, Iowa-Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin trade. In 1913 she was laid up and sank in Cat Tail Slough, south of Albany, Illinois. Captain Ralph Emerson Gaches then bought her to tow his showboat. He was making a trip with her from Pittsburgh to Sistersville, West Virginia with an Atlantic Refining Company gasoline barge the night of December 8, 1917. On December 8, 1917 she struck the dike at the foot of Neville Island, Ohio River, burned and sank.

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an old advertising card for the ECLIPSE

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"On the ways" at Gasconade, Missouri, 1933.
The JOHN JAMES is either being pulled out of the river or being lowered back into it.

JOHN JAMES (Towboat, 1931-1943?)

Sternwheel Towboat

Way's Steam Towboat Directory T1416

Built in 1931 at Paducah, Kentucky
Owned in 1931 by Massman Construction Company; and in 1940 by the Burke Line
Captain C.H. VanHorn (master), Murrel Wade (chief engineer)
Operated on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers

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Nice sharp photo from the Detroit Publishing Co. collection
The Ohio River circa
"Canal locks at Louisville, Kentucky."
8x10 glass negative
Detroit Publishing Company 1906

TRANSIT
Sternwheel Towboat
Way's Towboat Directory Number T2463
Built in 1889 at Brownsville, Pennsylvania by the Axton yard

While owned by John Hoffman she was a harbor boat at Louisville, Kentucky.
In April, 1901 she sank at the Louisville harbor while moored at shore with four loaded coalboats; one of the coalboats sank and pulled the other three and the Transit down.
In March, 1912 Captain Dan Varble died on the Louisville levee enroute to catch the Transit.
She was later owned by the Combine (MCC) and in March, 1918 they brought her to Pittsburgh. John F. Klein bought her in October, 1920.
In 1925 she was rebuilt at the Ayer & Lord ways at Paducah, Kentucky and renamed A.W. ARMSTRONG. At that time she was owned by Ayer & Lord Tie Company

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This 1928 photo was online a while back on the California state capitol's newspaper the Sacramento BEE. The DOVER No. 2 (1891-1935) was built in a characteristic style once plentiful on the Sacramento River. Boats like this appeared in that 1931 "talkie" HEAVEN ON EARTH that was based on Burman's novel MISSISSIPPI. The DOVER is literally "towing" two barges behind her, each barge was steered by pilots in the individual pilot houses which were necessary to keep the barges on the same course as the DOVER. In the Mississippi valley the barges are attached to the front end of the towboats and become in effect part of the towboat steered by the pilot all day and night, visibility permitting.

This can also be found at the Sacramento Room digital site oclc.org

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Madison Coal & Supply Company chairman Charles T. Jones took his family on summer vacations aboard the diesel sternwheel towboat LAURA J (built in 1929).

In a 2013 on portky.com Captain Eric Grubb wrote that the LAURA J. had been purchased by Lawson Hamilton who named her MOMMA JEANNE and keeps her at Port Amherst, West Virginia on the Kanawha River.

In one of the photos that Cap't Grubb posted of the MOMMA JEANNE in that article everything but the sternwheel had been remodeled so extensively that the boat no longer possessed the authentic vintage appearance that the LAURA J did.

This print that I scanned was mixed in with some photos from my '93 DELTA QUEEN voyage that began at Memphis. I may have taken this after disembarking from the DELTA QUEEN at Cincinnati and took a rental car up along the Ohio River.

This could have been taken at Aberdeen, Ohio (across the river from Maysville, Kentucky), Gallipolis, Ohio or Marietta, Ohio. The opposite shore reminds me of what I could see across the river from Gallipolis while taking photos of the JUANITA there in 1990.

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An excellent quality vintage snapshot that scanned up very nicely and with contrast adjustment resolved as a sharp image. A.V. Fetter of Quincy, Illinois is mentioned several times in the following history of the GARDIE EASTMAN.

GARDIE EASTMAN
Sternwheel Rafter

Way's Steam Towboat Directory Number T0876

Built at Stillwater, Minnesota in 1882 by contractors A.V. Fetter and Crosby, for Gardiner, Batchelder and Wells of Lyons, Iowa:

She was used by Fetter and Crosby, contractors, for river improvement work.
Captain Fetter rebuilt her at the Kahlke yard and after his death in July, 1920, the boat was sold to the McWilliams Dredging Company.

They sent her to Shreveport, Louisiana on the Red River and she arrived there on April 21, 1922 with Captain L.C. Migaud as pilot.

She was rebuilt at Madison, Indiana in 1926 and renamed McWILLIAMS.

Officers and crew in 1882:
Captain Joseph Buisson
John Haskel (pilot)
Harry Wilkinson (clerk)
J.P. Smith (1st engineer)
Joe Fuller (2nd engineer)

1890:
Captain John Moore (master)
Captain Joseph Hawthorne (pilot);

1894:
Chris Gardiner (pilot)

1896:
Captain Charles Carpenter

1912:
Captain Al Fetter (master)

1915:
Captain Frank Wilson (master)
Charles Brandon (2nd engineer)

1920:
Captain E. Johnson (master)

1922:
Captain L.C. Migaud (pilot)

1923:
Captain Lopaz Lannus (master)

unknown dates:
Captain "Chess" Wilcox (master)
Clair C. Fuller (chief engineer)

Navigated on the Ohio, Mississippi and Red rivers

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This photo of an interesting character leaning on the counter of a clerk's office in the cabin of a steamboat.

The boat is not identified but the picture came from a group of Upper Mississippi River snapshots and could have been taken aboard the QUINCY or a similar boat that ran between St. Louis, MO and Keokuk, Iowa.

Nice detail and a range of tonal values in this photo that conveys a genuine flavor of the old packets.

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From a good quality poster print. Our hero Fred Way Jr. was one of the two pilots on this towboat in 1935, In the winter of 1919 the IRON CITY was chartered to a movie company for NORTHWARD MALICE, filmed along the Allegheny River. So far I have not found any additional information regarding this "silent movie." The name may have been changed and some of the footage of the IRON CITY may have been "recycled" for use in "talkies" filmed after the advent of sound beginning in 1929.

IRON CITY
Sternwheel Towboat

Way's Steam Towboat Directory Number 1199

Built in 1912 at Parkersburg, West Virginia at the Pope docks for Iron City Sand Company

Officers and Crew 1935:
Captain Tom Potts, Master
Chris Bigenho, Chief Engineer
Clayton Wiley, 2nd Engineer)
Clarence W. "Heavy" Elder, Pilot
Fredrick Way, Jr., Pilot

In December 1926 she was stranded for a time on Deadman's Island on the Ohio River. In the winter of 1919, she was chartered to a movie company for making the film "Northward Malice" along the Allegheny River. In August 1934 she burned to water's edge and was completely rebuilt. In November 1935, she made a trip for the American Barge Line. Dismantled in 1948 by the owners, the Crain Brothers.

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"Coaling a River Packet Under Way on the Mississippi River"
Detroit Publishing Co. 1906.
(Refueling a steamboat from a barge carrying coal).
From the Library of Congress digital collection.

Judging from what can be seen of the port side smokestack it is probable that the steamboat was Captain La Verrier Cooley's AMERICA (1898-1926).





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