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Libraries & Maritime Museums

Directory of Maritime Museums at the Council of American Maritime Museums.

Howard Steamboat Museum The mission of the Museum is to preserve the Howard family story, their mansion and the history of their shipyards and to foster an appreciation of the development of river steamboats and commerce along inland rivers. Jeffersonville, Indiana.

L.A. Maritime Museum Focus on the ships and history of the L.A. Harbor, located in the old ferry terminal on the San Pedro waterfront. Ship model collection.

Upper Tennessee Riverboat Museum, Inc. This new museum will preserve artifacts, records, and accounts of riverboats on the Upper Tennessee River and its tributaries above Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Museum is located in Knosville.

Marietta, Ohio Visit the Ohio River Museum, associated with the Ohio Historical Society and the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen. Home of the W.P. Snyder Jr., see also:

Institute of Nautical Archaeology - research the Klondike Gold Rush days

The Rivers Institute at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana Ongoing oral history project by Grayson Mattingly offers first person personal narratives of steamboat memories. A Tribute to the Bob-Lo Steamers.

Oklahoma History Center Project to excavate the Heroine, a sidewheeler sunk in 1838. Model is on display.

Mud Island River Park Mississippi River Museum located in the heart of the Northern Neck in Irvington Virginia between Kilmarnock and White Stone in Lancaster County. Point Pleasant River Museum in Mason County, West Virginia.

Marine Art Museum Paintings, marine art and artifacts, photos put "steamboat" in the search engine to access all articles about Missouri steamboats.

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

National Maritime Historical Society Visit the steamboat museum in Dubuque, Iowa, a project of the Dubuque Historical Society.

See thousands of steamboat photos - go to the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Murphy Lirary and enter "steamboats" in the search box in the top right corner. Click here for the library.

Cincinnati Library Find photos of steamboats in alphabetical order.

Cincinnati Union Terminal Station explore the museum, including the History Library and Archives.

Capt. Fred Way Collection View steamboat photos from the collection donated to the Cincinnati Library by Fred Way and the Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen in the 1950s. Recently digitized and put online. A great resource. Point Pleasant River Museum in Mason County, West Virginia dedicated to preserving the history of steamboats that served the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. "If its on the River its on our Site"

Online Steamboat Museum At This Site - Information and hundreds of photos. On board for Adventure

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum of Louisiana

Mississippi River Museum

University of Rochester - great documents, photos and technical drawings related to steam power. Search their archives.

The Nautical Research Guild list of nautical museums worldwide.

Missouri Civil War Museum Has information about old riverboats from the Civil War era.

Steamboat Arabia Museum Museum in Kansas City, MO, displays recovered artifacts from this steamboat that sank in the Missouri River in 1856.

Note: There are more museums listed in these link pages - search for specific subjects.

Good Steamboat Resources

Life on the Water Magazine a resource for people who love the Tennessee River and surrounding waterways . . . and for the people who long for its adventure, solitude, and rest.

The steamboat fonts we use at come from a Dover CD-ROM book, "24 Circus Display Fonts." Buy it at Amazon, click here.

Steamboat link collection Mid-America's Premier Boating Magazine (not specifically about paddlewheelers, but good boating tips, message boards, etc.)

Riverlorian Chats by Jerry Hay or write to Jerry to invite him to give a live presentation on river history for your school or group: Email

The Great Lakes Maritime History Collection More than 1,000 records (including images, video and other related documentation) about barges, cargo ships, lake steamers, lighthouses, passenger ships, river steamers, schooners, and shipwrecks. Located in Madison, WI. Contact by email.

Railpub - The source for back issue steamboat and marine magazines, plus used steamboat, railroad, tractor, truck and transport books.

Steamboat Masters Jack and Sandie Custer, former publishers of the Egregious Steamboat Journal, offer an amazing steamboat information site

Delta Queen: A Novel, by Charles Bowen.

more steamboat organizations

International Steamboat Society - Steamboating Magazine at Initiated in 1984 for the purpose of forming a link and a means of communication for the many steamboat enthusiasts throughout the world. The Society is open to anyone who owns, will own, has owned, or simply has an interest in steamboats. Link here to learn about monthly journal, Society membership.

For books on steamboats, visit the - Bookstore (this site).

Reading list and publications. Topmost resources for steamboat information (at this site).

Riverboat plans:
Now available - new 20 page illustrated catalog of riverboat and tug plans from Paddlewheels and Props. Plans for 39 river craft are listed, including vintage steam paddlewheel passenger vessels and towboats, early diesel stern wheel and prop towboats, barges, auto ferries and modern towboats, many designed by Ward Engineering Works of Charleston, W. VA. Also listed are 7 harbor tug plans dating from 1910 through world War II. There are 4 pages of sources for other plans, historical societies and publications and model building supplies. If you are a ship model builder, river artist, historian or just a boat buff, you will find this catalog useful.
Catalog Price is $6.50 U. S. & Canada; $8.50 overseas. Checks or money orders only accepted. Make payable to John Fryant, 7672 Crystal Cove Pointe, Maineville, Ohio 45039 U. S. A. Email: Jnoboat

American Sternwheel Association

Steamboat Dave Dawley's Place Alphabetical Links to boats, captains. Links to info. on Alaskan riverboats, Rio Grande riverboats, fun riverboat links, books on riverboats.

Steamboaters Web Ring -- Offers many good sites.

Specific Steamboat Subjects

Campbell County Kentucky Steamboats, genealogy, and other information from this riverfront county that traces its history to 1794.

Georgetown Steamboats - revisit the steamboating days of 1850-1870 with historian Fran Nash. This is an intense historical site with local stories, steamboat and steamboat captains' biographies. All the stories are centered around Georgetown, PA, mile marker 38.9 from Pittsburgh on the Ohio River.

Lee Line Steamers Telling the history of the Lee Line Steamer Co. 1862 to 1926. Chesapeake Bay during the Steamboat Era - history is available at the site, including a DVD. Valentine's Day memories. A Brief History of Steamboats of the Osage River, by Margaret Gilbert, steamboat historian.

Alaska - old boats history of paddlewheelers in Alaska

History of steamboats in North Carolina

Steamboats in Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay during the Steamboat Era - history is available at the site, including a DVD.

Traveling Exhibit on steamboat history in West Virginia (at this site)

Annual Fourth of July Sternwheel Regatta in downtown Point Pleasant

Osage River Steamboats find out more about the "little river" and the many steamboats that once plied this route

Steam Engine History Find info. on the development of the steam engine - at this site - with links to other resources.

Cincinnati - Louisville Steamboats Recently digitized and put online: a handwritten book by steamboat pilot Noah Meeker that details steamboat landings from Cincinnati to Louisville in 1883. The Library received a $200,000 grant to purchase a KIRTAS system that allows us to scan and digitize many rare and unique items in our collection. I have even sent some photos to Dave Thomson. Now instead of residing in file cabinets that can't be seen, these pictures can now be made available around the word. ( to the Cinci Library: THANK YOU!!)

Delta Queen Ghosts a the Ghost Lab investigators were so rude to the ghost of Mary Greene. It was awful. If ghosts can get scared or angry, Ghost Lab did it to the honored ghost of the first woman steamboat pilot, Cap'n Mary B. Greene.

At this site: Who Built the First Steamboat? The debate continues. Search for more information on the subject: The Center for the Study of Technology and Society

A new book on the invention of steamboats: Steam: The Untold Story of America's First Great Invention by Andrea Sutcliffe

Learn about the wreck found in the Red River, Oaklahoma

Steamboat Arabia Museum Museum in Kansas City, MO, displays recovered artifacts from this steamboat that sank in the Mississippi River in 1856.

Sunken paddle wheeler in Bermuda There are a couple of good paddle wheel wrecks in the coral reefs off Bermuda - yes they had ocean going paddle wheel boats in the 1800s. One is the Marie Celeste, another is the Montana. Use this window to find more:

A 23 page booklet with information on 31 sunken steamboat on the Mississippi River between Trempealeau, WI and Victory, WI. Booklet contains many photos, aeriel photos, and maps. Cost $10 for booklet plus $1.50 postage (U.S.).

Poster: Shows location of 31 steamboat sinkings on Mississippi River between Trempealeau, WI and Victory, WI (many boats were recovered and refitted). Poster 17" x 22". Contains photos of War Eagle and steamer Reindeer. Cost $8 for poster plus $3.50 postage (U.S.).

Send to: Patrick Rash
P.O. Box 931
La Crosse WI 54602-0931

To find books on steamboat disasters, go to our onboard bookstore: Steamboat Disasters. North Carolina Business History -This site has the most comprehensive historical list of steamboats that plied the waters of North Carolina, including detailed lists (type, tonnage, draft, routes, etc.) as well as some pictures, steamboat lines, etc. -- with more to be added. History of steamboats in North Carolina. Go directly to the steamboat page: Steamboat History at the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

The Great Steamboat Race of the Kentucky Derby is a real steamboat race that has been going on for 40 years and traditionally features the Delta Queen and the Belle of Louisville.

Towboat swept under bridge See amazing photo sequence of a towboat that washes under a bridge in Alabama in 1979.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild Provides a forum for volunteers to present transcriptions of passenger lists and related materials so that people can trace their ancestry

University of Alberta Search the University archives' northern records project. Includes records of Julian Mills, a steamboat captain in the waterways of Norhtern Alberta. Links to a numerous historic photos of early 20th century northern Alberta shipping (including steamships).

American Rivers and Waterways - American migration was often by way of rivers and waterways. These are as important to study as are the early roads and trails. This nicely done site also links to related web pages.

Dolly Steamboat in Arizona.

The Ghost of Mary Greene

A Modern Saga of Mon River by Russ Barnes, Pittsburgh Press. A reporter sails down the Monongahela River from from Point Marion to The Point in Pittsburgh. More about Russ Barnes: click here. Sadly, Russ Barnes died unexpectedly in 2013.

Mississippi River Homepage

river history

Sebago Steamers Passenger steamboats and the development of Lakes Region tourism,1847-1932

Answers to "Who built the first steamboat?"

Steam Calliopes

Upper Mississippi River History by Captain Ron Larson or buy it here:

New book (now available!!) a good resource for boats operating between Cincinnati and Louisville between about 1910 to 1930 by Russ Ryle. Available in September - a new CD of riverboat music.

historic photos, info.

Steamboating Meets (races). International Steamboat Society information about steamboat races.

Tall Stacks. Tall Stacks is a celebration of the Steamboating Era. Every four years, riverboats from around the country steam into the Port of Cincinnati for a five day festival. Site includes steamboat history, etc.

Steamboats on the Monongahela River An (approx.) 1940s photo of steamboats on the Monongahela River, Pittsburgh.

Steamboats in Petaluma Read about the history of steamboats in this California town.

Roster of Yukon/Alaska Sternwheelers & other Riverboats, by Murray Lundberg Roster of Yukon/Alaska Sternwheelers More than 250 steamboats plied the Yukon River from the late 1890s to the early 1950s. Many were shipwrecked along the mighty river, smashed to bits by rapids, rocks, trees and sandbars. This database lists the names and fates of Yukon River steamships.

Steamboating Accidents essay on steamboat accidents: "The age of the steamboat introduced an era of unprecedented speed into the American consciousness. . . ."

First day cover collection from the Delta Queen (at this site).

Steamboat Clowns Cory the Clown and Aaron Neville visit New Orleans and Cory travels on an actual steamboat. They explain the history of steamboats. Watch for their children's TV show on PBS.

Delta Queen interior design by Bauer Interiors. Learn more about river history, steamboats, and how they shaped the nation.

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