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14 April 2006
1848 Steamboat Photos Now Available
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County owns eight daguerreotype plates of the Cincinnati riverfront taken by Fontayne & Porter in 1848. John Reusing of the Cinci Library says: "To our knowledge they are the oldest exiting photos of steamboats on the Ohio and are insured for $4 million. The quality of the plates is exceptional." To support the Library Foundation and help collectors enhance their collections, the library has made the first four plates available as art prints and jumbo postcards. Link here for more information: CincinnatiLibrary.org.
10 April 2006
In the mailbox
Steamboat Research Request
Doug Harr writes:
I am currently researching the Virginia Barton/North Alabama; a steamboat built in 1864 and originally named the Virginia Barton and later renamed the North Alabama. The North Alabama went sank twenty miles below Yankton on 27 October 1870. Any information on this boat would be greatly appreciated. I am working with the University of South Dakota and the National Parks Service on this project. Any pictures of the Virginia Barton, later renamed the North Alabama or blue prints would be greatly appreciated.
Also looking for information on the steamboat (large ferry) J.G. Morrow. The J.G. Morrow sank on 1 September 1861 fifteen miles below Yankton. Dr. Walter Burleigh was involved in this affair.
Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thanks
Doug Haar (email)
07 April 2006
Delta Queen to Change Hands Again
The Delta Queen Steamboat Company is about to change hands again, this time to Ambassadors International, Inc. Lucette Brehm, our contact at the Delta Queen said, "I think this is a positive move for the company - being owned by another niche American cruise line." Read her full press release here: Click here.
26 March 2006
The Heroine Excavated from the Mud
Glenn Grieco, a researcher in the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University, wrote in today about an interesting history project. One of the professors at the University, Dr. Kevin Crisman, is excavating the Heroine, an early sidewheel steamboat built in 1832 that sunk in 1838 after hitting a snag. The ship was buried for 150 years, but came to light after a flood in 1990. Mr. Grieco was commissioned to build models of the vessel.
Editor's note: You can find out more about the project at this URL:
13 March 2006
Mardi Gras 150
Last month, residents of New Orleans hosted the 150th Mardi Gras. Lucette Brehm of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. offers an inside look at the celebrations.
On Mar 13, 2006, at 8:51 AM, Lucette Brehm wrote:
Mardi Gras in New Orleans was an opportunity to have a little fun and forget about the challenges of rebuilding our lives for a few hours. It returned Mardi Gras to what it really is "a family event" filled with fun and laughter for the masses, rather than the focus on Bourbon Street, which is an adult affair for those who wish to partake.
The entire weekend before Mardi Gras through Mardi Gras Day was a gigantic reunion for friends and families who drove in from all over to see each other for the first time in many months--people literally camped out on the neutral ground, set up barbecue grills and cooked, picnicked and spent the time laughing with and at each other, instead of what lay ahead of them. It definitely uplifted the spirits and morale for everyone.
04 March 2006
Inbox: "Artifacts Wanted"
On Mar 3, 2006, at 6:04 PM, Kim Phillips wrote:
We are beginning a enhancement program for the town of Rocheport, MO. Rocheport is located between St. Louis and Kansas City, and 10 miles from Columbia. More importantly, we are on the Missouri River as well as the Katy Trail. We are a small town of 200 but a tourist town, attracting cyclists, walkers, antique shoppers, etc. We are just beginning to develop our town to make it a healthy community with a unique heritage. I am working to develop our park and am interested in drawing from the river heritage and am interested in any assistance you could offer. I am especially interested in obtaining any old/riverboat artifacts for our park.
We are beginning a enhancement program for the town of Rocheport, MO. Rocheport is located between St. Louis and Kansas City, and 10 miles from Columbia. More importantly, we are on the Missouri River as well as the Katy Trail. We are a small town of 200 but a tourist town, attracting cyclists, walkers, antique shoppers, etc. We are just beginning to develop our town to make it a healthy community with a unique heritage. I am working to develop our park and am interested in drawing from the river heritage and am interested in any assistance you could offer. I am especially interested in obtaining any old/riverboat artifacts for our park. We thank you for any efforts you extend for us.
[Editor's Note: Please respond directly to Kim Phillips. Please help make this river themed park a success! email - click here]
04 March 2006
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