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Shanty Boat

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VISIT THE SHANTY BOAT FOLKS Ohio River Museum beginning April 2021

VISIT THE SHANTY BOAT FOLKS
Beginning next year:
On April 2nd, 2021
Between: 10:00 am & 4:00 pm
mariettamuseums.org
Ohio River Museum, 601 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio
Free with Admission to the Ohio River Museum!
The shanty boat has landed. Come visit the shanty boat folks docked at the Ohio River Museum and step back into the 1930s for a look at what it was like to live on the river.

During the Great Depression, many people were left without jobs or homes and the river offered new opportunities. Building floating homes out of salvaged materials these shanty boat people could travel from river town to river town looking for work.

Occasionally they would find dockage for longer periods where they could raise a garden or have chickens. These were the original floating tiny houses, now almost extinct. The shanty boat has landed and visitors are welcome.


Ferry Boats

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The Ferry ALGIERS at New Orleans on the Mississippi February 1954

The Ferry ALGIERS at New Orleans on the MississippiScanned from an original 35mm color slide that was taken on the 27th of February 1954

ALGIERS
1925-1958
Catamaran ferry
Way's Packet Directory Number 0138
Built in 1925 at Jeffersonville, Indiana by Howard Ship Yard
Machinery built by the Iowa Machine Works.
144 x 55 x 7.7 with overall width of 67 feet
Engines 18's - 6 feet Two boilers
Owned by Algiers Public Service Company
She ran New Orleans-Algiers along with the ferry NEW ORLEANS
She could carry 800 passengers and 40 cars.
Sold to Florida in 1958.


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PEOPLE'S FERRY Built at Madison, Inidana in 1889

PEOPLE'S FERRY
Sternwheel Ferry
Way's Packet Directory Number 4444
Built at Madison, Indiana in 1889
125 x 34.6 x 4.3
Operated at Quincy, Illinois until Sept 1906 when she was sold to the Missouri River Packet Co. and renamed THOMAS H. BENTON


The Natchez

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NATCHEZ Sunlit at New Orleans

Photography by Lawrence Weslowski_Jr. | Dreamstime.com


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The NATCHEZ at New Orleans.

Amadeustx | Dreamstime.com


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Detroit Publishing steamboat NATCHEZ

From the Library of Congress digital collection came this detail from a Detroit Publishing Negative 033072 of the steamboat NATCHEZ at a New Orleans landing.

Visible above & behind the swinging stage there is a sign that was attached to the side of what appears to have been a make-shift barge serving as a wharf boat near the shoreline.

The text on that painted sign reads:
TOURIST ROUND TRIP to BAYOU SARA and RETURN
$6.00 330 MILES OF RIVER TRAVEL $6.00
MEALS & BERTH INCLUDED
STR. IMPERIAL
LEAVES EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY at 5 p.m.
STOPS AT EVERY SUGAR PLANTATION
MISSISSIPPI PACKET CO.


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The NATCHEZ under construction at Bergeron Shipyard in a press release photo 15 April 1975. The hull is impressive in this low angle view and the paddlewheel on the right was another work in progress.

Text below is an excerpt from the Spanish language site elNuevoimparcial 17 July 2017

"Natchez: a magic steamboat in the heart of New Orleans on the Mississippi River"
CONSTRUCTION OF THE NATCHEZ

The Steamboat NATCHEZ was built in 1974 - 75 the at Bergeron Shipyard in Braithwaite, Louisiana about 20 miles downriver from New Orleans. One journalist who visited the shipyard during construction wrote, "The most striking and instantly visible attraction of the NATCHEZ is her beauty. Rolled steel has been fitted to give the hull and decks more sheer and camber than that of the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE. Passengers will actually feel this graceful design under their feet as they walk about."

nuevoimparcial.com


The Delta Queen

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Dave Thomson on the fantail of the DQ next to the sternwheel

During my September 1993 cruise aboard the DELTA QUEENI gave my camera to a German passenger and indicated to himthat I was going to take the stairs down to the engine room thenwalk out onto the fantail next to the sternwheel. The fellow kindlytook the photograph and I finally located the enlargement today.


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DELTA QUEEN . . . yours truly calling "Ship to Shore" on the Ohio River en route to Louisville

In September 1993 I made 2 "ship to shore" phone calls from the DELTA QUEEN while en route to Louisville on the Ohio River. The two steamboat authorities I called were Keith Norrington in New Albany and Bert Fenn in Tell City. Today we all have cell phones so the call would not be expensive as a "ship to shore" call during the 1990s was, but it was fun to talk to the two amiable gents on that "special occasion."


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NATCHEZ UNDER-THE-HILL, Mississippi:
The "Isle of Capri" at Night by Keith Lewis 2014 on Flickr


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Author Ralph Gray found the Standard Oil Company towboat STANOLIND "A" moored in the Mississippi River at Wood River landing, Illinois. Here Lewis and Clark set up camp in the winter of 1803-04.

Departing May 14, the party ascended the Missouri River and passed the bluff where Missouri later built its State Capitol at Jefferson City.
Page 717 Kodachrome by Ralph Gray, National Geographic Staff

From THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE
JUNE 1953 issue
"Following the Trail of Lewis and Clark" by Ralph Gray pages 707 to 750


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The MANDAN keelboat with crew
1952 movie THE BIG SKY, 8 x 10"

This is a promotional photograph for the 1952 RKO movie 'The Big Sky', directed by Howard Hawks, and based on the novel by A.B.Guthrie Jr.

Known for its magnificent scenery and the keelboat 'Mandan', the movie starred Kirk Douglas, Dewy Martin and Elizabeth Threatt as a Blackfoot Indian Princess named Teal Eye.

An article with more information about keelboats:
Keelboats, Precursors of River Steamers, Advanced the Course of Empire Westward

These adaptable craft made headway with sails, tow ropes, oars, and poles. This one was built for use in the movie, "The Big Sky." Seen in Wyoming, it resembles the boat that carried Lewis and Clark and their company of explorers halfway up the Missouri River. Photo by Tom Kilskila.

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Color photo of the Mandon from National Geographic.
"Following the Trail of Lewis and Clark"
by Ralph Gray
National Geographic, June 1953, pp. 707 to 750





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All captions provided by Dave Thomson, Steamboats.com primary contributor and historian.

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