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Mar 1, 2005 at 09:57:05 Nori http://steamboats.com/research/index.html Hi Everybody - I'm posting the new, redesigned site today. The guestbook was getting pretty long, so I've moved it to the hard drive. Check the URL above for the latest entries.::Happy steamboating!


Mar 4, 2005 at 11:31:0 6William Ryan (ryanw@nssfnl.navy.mil) I have a silver pitcher approximately a foot tall with the inscription:::::"presented to R.L. Montgomery by the passengers on the pleasure excursion of the Steamer Planet to Lake Superior August 1855" ::Any history/info on the boat, R.L. Montgomery or the pitcher would be great. ::Please e-mail to ryanw@nssfnl.navy.mil


Mar 18, 2005 at 20:19:1 2Colleen Newton (colleen.newton@xtra.co.nz) We have a photo of a First Mate taken on a windjammer late 1800s. We don't know his 1st name but he has the "Hurst face" and was born c1830s in Whitehaven or Maryport, England. He is probably a son of Henry Hurst and Sarah Swift. On the back of the photo an aunt had written "Emigrated to Topeka,Kansas" but no dates. Is it possible that he could have then captained a river boat? His brother Irvin Hurst was a shipwright who arrived in New Zealand 1864 and was my great grandfather. Any help appreciated.


Mar 25, 2005 at 07:50:25 Tim Gruber (timarg@juno.com) I saw something about someone's great-grandfather was Louis Sesher. If this is the Louis Sesher of Elizabeth, PA. the we could be related. My mother's maiden name is Sesher. Her father was William Sesher. His father was James (Gus) Sesher who would be Louis' uncle. Contact me if your interested in some family history.


Mar 30, 2005 at 04:10:57 Walt Mathers (scard@bcpl.net) http://www.steamtug.org Just wanted to let you all know that some of us are still throwing coal into the firebox of the Steam Tug BALTIMORE and are gearing her up to participate in the 150th activities of the American War of 1861 along the Potomac, York and James Rivers with a repro gas balloon, telegraph operators in the basket and signallists waving flags from her fiddley. We'll even help recommend local accommodations for out-of-town volunteers. Our field days are conducted on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Steam still lives. Come be a crewmembers and go with the flow. If you hand fits a wrench or paint brush handle now, you could be a crewmember during the steamings.


Apr 1, 2005 at 15:41:06 H. Kesinger (hkesinger@classicnet.net) Before the Civil War, my great-grandpa engaged in steamboating as a watchman on the Julius H. Smith from St. Louis to Florence, Alabama. Captain of boat was P.H. Rhody, later called "Rebel Rhody." Do you have any info on the steamboat? An image?


Apr 18, 2005 at 14:02:1 0Wedding Guru (info@freeweddingspeech.com) http://www.weddingspeeches.us Really enjoyed looking over your website. Wonderful. Check out my website at www.weddingspeeches.us


Apr 23, 2005 at 11:43:18 Mel Fry (melfry@arkansas.net) Seeking information on the lose of the Rose Hambleton and death of 29, including it's Capt. John Claycomb in Sept, 1869 Mel Fry..Dover, AR


Apr 27, 2005 at 14:47:41 Michael Boss (wheaterdog@yahoo.com) Looking for any information on the burning of packet Golden Eagle (WAY 2365) at Thomas Landing, IL 31 May, 1880. ::Thanks!::Mike Boss


Apr 27, 2005 at 20:40:07 clarence bush (tcbmed@netpenny.net) just want info.on your trips like price:: times,from where to where number of days/nights


May 13, 2005 at 07:12:13P Emile Carr (onebgon@yahoo.com) Hello: I am trying to locate a list of survivors (deaths OK, too) of the explosion of the steamer Miami on the Arkansas River near Napoleon, Arkansas on the night of January 28/29 1866. She was on a voyage from Memphis to Little Rock. I've tried some Memphis and Little Rock newspapers without any success. Thanks! Emile::


May 17, 2005 at 10:57:07 paulett (thejoyin4getting@aol.com) what was the use of steamboats on the mississippi river durin the 1800's? 8)


May 23, 2005 at 19:05:26 Linda (punky@insightbb.com) While researching my husband's family, I found that several members of his maternal grandmother's family (8 so far) worked on riverboats on the Ohio River from mid-1800's through early 1900's. My husband's gr-gr-grandfather was Samuel (or Sampson) Shumate who drowned in the Ohio on May 3, 1852. Samuel/Sampson Shumate was the carpenter of the Steamer Fawn. He fell overboard while the Fawn was laying at the Louisville (KY) wharf. ::::Can anybody tell me more about the Steamer Fawn?


May 24, 2005 at 12:23:20 Don Lightbody (stardust1@eastlink.ca) Great site..very interesting and informative.::I am trying to gather information on the Mississipi steamboat "Iron Mountain" which apparently left Vicksburg in June 1872(some accounts say 1873) heading north with 54 people aboard and towing a string of freight barges. Some time later, another steamboat, the "Iroquois Chief" also heading north from Vicksburg, (having left after the "Iron Mountain"), almost collided with the latter's string of barges which came drifting downriver around a turn. Subsequent inspection revealed the towline had been cut (not broken) indicating some sort of emergency on the "Iron Mountain".::That was the last evidence of the "Iron Mountain" which apparently vanished without a trace.::Theories of her loss at the time included a boiler explosion (although at least some wreckage would have made its way downstream), river pirates or Indians.::There was also information that the Army Corps of Engineers published a report that the boat was found two months later in a cotton field close to Tallulah, La.::However, I have been unable to locate a copy of the report, which really begs the question - what was she doing in a cotton field...and what kind of shape was she in? (Flood waters, maybe?)::Anyway, if anyone has any additional information or theories, and/or knows where I could obtain photos or lithographs of the "Iron Mountain" I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this mystery.


May 28, 2005 at 22:13:5 5cathy (honestkate1@yahoo.com) I have an early 19th c. painting of a steambeat/river boat. It has two steam stacks, is a double decker and has a large paddlewheel in the center of the boat. The painting is from 1850s. Any clue what type of boat this would be?


May 30, 2005 at 16:33:03 Lee ann Crockett (lcrockett@sbcglobal.net) My stepfather, John T. White was an assistant pursur on the Island Queen when it exploded in 1947. He is looking for newspaper articles that would list those crew members on the boat. If you can help, please email me. ::::Thank you.


Jun 12, 2005 at 18:39:02 Mary Gunthorp (teribobg@cox.net) Hi, I was just curious to see if you had picked up our family reunion on the Mississippi Queen (Memphis to New Orleans)May 16 2005.::We were treated like royalty and there were absolutley no complaints from any of us.::I am a loyal fan and this was my fifth cruise with DQ.::::I sent photos to Missy O'Neal and have many more should you have any use for more. We took about a thousand. Honestly!!::::Please, if you can, tell the crew on that cruise, they are all wonderful.::We will all remember this was the one in lifetime party for us all.::::Thanks for listening!!::


Jun 12, 2005 at 18:40:05 Mary Gunthorp (teribobg@cox.net) Hi, I was just curious to see if you had picked up our family reunion on the Mississippi Queen (Memphis to New Orleans)May 16 2005.::We were treated like royalty and there were absolutley no complaints from any of us.::I am a loyal fan and this was my fifth cruise with DQ.::::I sent photos to Missy O'Neal and have many more should you have any use for more. We took about a thousand. Honestly!!::::Please, if you can, tell the crew on that cruise, they are all wonderful.::We will all remember this was the one in lifetime party for us all.::::Thanks for listening!!::


Jun 12, 2005 at 18:40:13Mary Gunthorp (teribobg@cox.net) Hi, I was just curious to see if you had picked up our family reunion on the Mississippi Queen (Memphis to New Orleans)May 16 2005.::We were treated like royalty and there were absolutley no complaints from any of us.::I am a loyal fan and this was my fifth cruise with DQ.::::I sent photos to Missy O'Neal and have many more should you have any use for more. We took about a thousand. Honestly!!::::Please, if you can, tell the crew on that cruise, they are all wonderful.::We will all remember this was the one in lifetime party for us all.::::Thanks for listening!!::


Jun 17, 2005 at 09:47:08 Pirate Chief (piratechief@gmail.com) Love the site!


Jun 21, 2005 at 21:55:35 Belinda (belindadettmann@optusnet.com.au) I have an ancestor named George Graham who was an engineer in one of the first Clyde-built steamships. According to family legend he was killed in an accident described as "the first steamship explosion on the Clyde". ::::Does anyone have information about an early steamship disaster that might qualify?::::Belinda in Australia


Jun 23, 2005 at 16:52:08 Carol Smith (Sbunnytail@aol.com) Mary Greene (Delta Queen) was my greatgrandma's sister. I have lots of family stories and photos if anyone is interested.


Jun 25, 2005 at 18:02:19 Tricia (tricstock2@aol.com) Hoping to make contact with Laurie since my grandmother had the same bracelelt........Tricia::Laurie 11/Oct/2001:18:48:52 ::Hi, I have a bracelet with the inscription patent "The American Queen" ::1907 i was wondering if anyone knew if it was related to the boat. It ::has a picture of some type of crown on the front and seems to be gold ::plated. ::Any info would be greatly appreciated. ::thanks::lj::ljaskot@mediaone.net ::


Jun 26, 2005 at 17:58:59 Larry Reiman (elreiman@acegroup.cc) My Great Great Grandfather was Captain Wm. Reasoner who piloted the ::Tahlequah during the Civil War.::Doe's anyone have any information on ::the Tahlequah or Capt. Reasoner?::Thanks,::Larry Reiman





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