Towboat Photos, Page 5
The former towboat MAMIE BARRETT with folks in Gay 90's costumes
Attached is a scan of an unusual undated photo 4.40 x 6.40 inches of the towboat MAMIE S. BARRETT after she was retired and serving as a restaurant/showboat with her own name on the portside bow and the name PIASA on the pilot house, which according to Keith Norrington the boat was called while she was in the boat harbor at West Alton, Missouri (across the river from Alton, Illinois). Keith also informed ME me that "the upper works of the BARRETT burned in 2017 at Deer Park, Louisiana. It was reported that this occurred during high water when she floated into some power lines, starting a blaze. Only the main deck now remains."
In this photograph about 25 of the folks on the main deck are dressed in Gay 90's costumes which suggests that they were either performers in a showboat melodrama, costumed guests at a party or as Keith conjectured possibly during the filming of a motion picture. A gent on the wooden dock appears to be taking tickets next to the mini-gangplank where the boat was boarded.
Photos taken of the BARRETT by Keith Norrington and others while she was abandoned out of the water at Rosedale in Iberville Parish, Louisiana and before she was reduced to her main deck in the 2017 fire can be viewed by entering the boat's name in a GOOGLE search.
MAMIE S. BARRETT
Way's Steam Towboat Directory Number T1706
1921 at Jeffersonville, Indiana by Howard Ship Yard.
Home port or owner's residence circa 1921, Louisville, Kentucky.
Owned by Oscar F. Barrett
OFFICERS & CREW 1923 :
Captain Clarence Carter (master)
Arthur T. Jones (pilot)
Cliff Pickens (engineer)
W.A. Garrigus (engineer)
Hiram Jordan (mate)
Dickey Moore (steward)
The BARRETT was sold to U.S. Engineering Department and her certificate surrendered on October 22, 1923.
The BARRETT appears in the Rock Island District inventory in 1926. Renamed PENNIMAN in 1935. In the early 1980s, her original name MAMIE S. BARRETT was restored and she became a restaurant on Kentucky Lake. In 1987 she was sold and moved to Vicksburg where she operated as a restaurant/Showboat through 1991.
The towboat CHEROKEE worked for the Louisville district of the U.S. Engineers and is evidently pushing quarter boats to a sight along the Ohio River to house and feed crews working on an engineering related project.
I like the windmill on the wharf boat in the left foreground. Perhaps the windmill provided power to pump water out of the river for a kitchen or rest rooms.
Sternwheel towboat on the Ohio River by John Clymer POST 15 April 1961
Detail from the cover of the April 15, 1961 Saturday Evening Post
Artist John Clymer's painting of a sternwheel towboat on the Ohio River with the state of Ohio on the far shore as seen from the state of West Virginia.
Towboat Little Andy Fulton a dredge tender 1886
From the University of Missouri Saint Louis Digital Library:
"Chartered Dredge Tender L. A. FULTON at Mustapha Island" (on the Ohio River at Wood County, West Virginia)
Photographed October 23rd, 1886
The LITTLE ANDY FULTON of Louisville, KY., at midstream near Mustapha Island in the Ohio River.
Charming panoramic riverscape. Details on the towboat LI'L ANDY FULTON are interesting. The square structure aft of the texas with what looks like 2nd hand shutters for walls may have been where the cook kept live chickens fresh in case they were needed in the kitchen.
LITTLE ANDY FULTON
Way's Steam Towboat Directory Number- T1596
Built in 1872 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
First owners were James Rees and S. Roberts and Company
Captain Henry Rothrauff was master, circa 1872
In the 1880s, she was sold to the Duffies and became the first of their fleet. Used to tow coal, sand and gravel. The name on the stern bulkhead was L.A. FULTON. After she was dismantled in 1891, her engines went to the FULTON.
Towboat on the Mississippi between Iowa and Wisconsin
Detail from a real photo postcard of an unknown towboat pushing barges on the Upper Mississippi River taken from the bridge between Marquette, Iowa and Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The bridge that spans the river at this crossing presently opened in 1975 and since this image probably dates from the 1940s at the latest this photo must have taken from been an earlier span.
NICE PHOTO TAKEN UNDER IDEAL LIGHTING CIRCUMSTANCES AND CLEAR VISIBILITY OF BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER. BEAUTIFUL WATER AND NEAT CASCADE OF THE WHEEL AS WELL. TAKEN NEAR THE OHIO RIVERTOWN OF GALLIPOLIS (PRONOUNCED "GALLOP POLICE" BY THE RESIDENTS) ON THE OHIO RIVER. I SWEETENED THE CATHARINE DAVIS A BIT BY BRIGHTENING THE STERN ABOVE THE WHEEL AND THE BOILER DECK BELOW THE HANGING LAUNDRY PLUS THEN I USED A PROTOCOL TO REMOVE WHITE DUST FROM THE SMOKE.
THE BULGED OUT CURVE AT THE STERN ABOVE THE WHEEL IS SOMETHING I DON'T RECALL SEEING IN PHOTOS OF ANY STEAMBOAT BEFORE, AN INTERESTING DETAIL WHICH MUST'VE MADE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO CONSTRUCT BUT IT'S NICE TO LOOK AT.
ON TOP OF THE PILOT HOUSE OR BETWEEN THE STACK IS A CUT OUT "BULL'S EYE" WITH WHAT IS PROBABLY THE LETTERS "I" AND "C" FOR "ISLAND CREEK COAL COMPANY" WHICH OWNED TWO CONSECUTIVE BOATS NAMED CATHARINE DAVIS WHOSE DATES WERE 1896 - 1928 AND 1928 - 1949. THIS PHOTO LOOKS LIKE IT PROBABLY DATES FROM THE '40'S SO I'D GUESS THIS IS THE SECOND C.D.
The towboat C.C. SLIDER (built in the style as the W.P. SNYDER JR.) from the March 2nd, 1929 edition of the Waterways Journal. Have upgraded the photo of the boat to a better quality copy of the same image from La Crosse. Text resized and reformatted and outlines enhanced. There is another ad on the same page regarding the Gardner Steering Gear that was installed on the C.C. SLIDER. Eventually that ad will also be restored and enhanced to join this one on one of the towboat pages.
Way's Steam Towboat Directory Number T0312; Built at Midland, Pennsylvania by Midland Barge Company 1928 for the Ohio River; engines built by Marietta Manufacturing Company
Owned by E. T. Slider, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky; named for Chester C. Slider, son of E. T. Slider.
Although regularly employed in the Louisville area, this boat made frequent trips to Huntington for coal. Captain Ed Hauser of Jeffersonville was master for some time; he died December 1941. Captain Roy McBride was on her in 1938, 1939, maybe longer. H. M. Prather long was chief engineer. Boat was laid up for dismantling in 1952.
Towboat Dredge W.C. JUTTE
This is a detail from an 8 1/2 x 13 1/4 inch photo, mounted on heavy board. On the back is written "Old Steubenville Bridge."
According to online sources the bridge was built in 1865 and in 1926 a new bridge was built at the same location to replace the
old one and reused one of the piers from the original bridge. There is an Eastern Dredging Company headquartered in Boca
Raton, Florida but it is not known if the two boats on the left were from an early incarnation of that company. A twin stacked
sternwheel towboat in the center cannot be identified and the boats all appear to be gathered on the shore to initiate a dredging operation.
Steubenville is a city in and the county seat of Jefferson County, Ohio. Located along the Ohio River, the city's name was derived
from Fort Steuben, a 1786 fort that sat within the city's current limits and was named for German-Prussian military officer Baron
Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. Steubenville is a principal city of the Weirton-Steubenville, West Virginia - Ohio Metropolitan
Statistical Area and is part of "Greater Pittsburgh" the 20th largest combined statistical area in the United States.
Way's Steam Towboat Directory Number T2555
W. C. JUTTE (on the far right in the photo)
Built in 1901 at Brownsville, PA in Axton yard, 121 x 24 x 4. Built for the Jutte interests and operated a long time by Peoples Coal Co., Pittsburgh.
Capt. W. C. Jutte, for whom this boat was named, was general manager of Peoples Coal with offices in the Conestoga Building in Pittsburgh.
The W.C. JUTTE sank in the Allegheny River above Herrs Island Dam on April 4, 1907 after striking a snag. Capt. Freeman Thomas was her master
at the time. After she was raised raised the Peoples Coal sold the W. C. JUTTE to Enos Taylor Boat &Barge Co. in May, 1912 and later she was
owned by Shawneetown Sand &Gravel Co. at Shawneetown, IL. Capt. Edward Hines died on board in June, 1913. In April, 1917 the Keystone
Sand &Supply Co., Pittsburgh, bought her and later renamed her KEYSTONE.
Diesel Towboat Del Commune 1937
This excellent photo of the diesel towboat DEL COMMUNE with the boat's building crew putting finishing touches on her
in October of 1937 at the Dubuque Boat &Boiler Works is available as a poster in a variety of sizes from HistoryGaloreAndMore on ETSY
I plumbed and cropped the photo to square up the distant commercial buildings and boat's stacks and also separately plumbed up the text in the lower right so everything is leveled horizontally.
Diesel Towboat DEL COMMUNE Nearing Completion Viewed From Aft To Forward, National Archives and Records Administration Number 285942
The photo was taken on the 14th of October, 1937 at Dubuque Boat &Boiler Works, built for the U.S.Engineer Department of St. Louis, Missouri
Record group: Record Group 77: Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, 1789 - 1999
Series: St. Louis District: Photographs, compiled 1890 - 1970
Towboat James W. Good Dubuque Boiler Works 1930
BEAUTIFUL CLOUDS, WATER AND BOATS IN A 1938 PHOTO OF THE TOWBOAT JAMES W. GOOD AT DUBUQUE, IOWA.
Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works, Dubuque IA
This yard was started in 1852, as Rouse & Dean, a name that was later changed to Iowa Iron Works.
Its assets were sold to John F. Killeen in 1904 and reconstructed as Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works.
Initially it was located at Eagle Point, then, from 1882 on, in the Ice Harbor where the National Mississippi River Museum is now.
It closed in 1972.
D.B. & B. Works number 229905
JAMES W. GOOD
Built for Ross Coyne
Towboat 530 tons
90 feet long
Built in 1930
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