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SteamboatEllenMayRepairs25March1875forNORI

Invoice for repairs to the Steamboat ELLEN MAY 25th of March 1875

The handwriting is difficult to decipher but some of words that are more or less legible are as follows; Steamer Ellen May & owners c/o Nicholas Glasser screw bolts, strap, rudder (s)pindle & chains Algier(s), La (Louisiana) per Ohlsen & Lawson filed March 25/75

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ALABAMA RIVER LINE STEAMERS

1908 Pass for Alabama River Line Steamers
MOBILE & ALL WAY LANDINGS TO SELMA & MONTGOMERY
JIM HALE APPROVED:
"A NICE PASS FOR THE ALABAMA RIVER STEAMBOATS. I AM PRETTY SURE THE BOAT ON THE PASS IS THE NETTIE QUILL BECAUSE OF THE COTTON BALE HUNG BETWEEN THE STACKS. THE HARD CASH HAD ONE TOO. BUT I DON'T THINK THIS IS THE CASH. THANKS FOR SENDING ME A COPY. I WILL ADD IT TO MY ALABAMA COLLECTION."

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Log book from the Towboat JOHN J. ROWE

From a dealer in Charleston, West Virginia I was fortunate to obtain the original bound 1948 log book for the towboat JOHN J. ROWE.

The 49 log pages were printed forms filled in with ink by hand and measure 11.05 X 21.85 inches.

I scanned one page in 2 passes that I cobbled together as an example and added the best photo La Crosse had of the ROWE

Stenciled in very faded letters in color on the 11.65 x 22.80 olive drab canvas board cover that has brown leather "bumper" triangles in the far right corners. The barely legible name and address was:

name: TONY HOLBROOK (in yellow)
address: 804 CENTER STREET (in white)
city: CATLETTSBURG (in red orange)
state: KY (in yellow) [Kentucky]

A Google search for Holbrook came up with a riverman from that community who was probably the same person. Stevens & Grass Funeral Home in Malden, West Virginia published the following obituary for James Tony Holbrook 1945 - 2013 from whose collection this log book very likely originated from.

stevensandgrass.tributes.com

James Tony Holbrook, 67 of Campbells Creek passed away Thursday June 13, 2013 at home of natural causes. Tony was born in Catlettsburg, KY on August 8, 1945 to the late James & Grettie Holbrook. He was a River Boat Captain and currently held a position as purchasing agent at Port Amherst Industries. A memorial service will be held Tuesday June 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden. Family and friends may gather one hour prior to the memorial service on Tuesday.

log page begins with Trip 1 June 15, 1948 from Miami Fort, Ohio on the Ohio River log ends with Trip 49 October 8, 1948 to Huntington, West Virginia on the Ohio River

Attached scan of page for Trip #27
from Miami Fort to Hamilton, W. VA.
dated Sept 3rd to Sept 5th, 1948
MASTER: Geo Hamilton
PILOTS: Walter Fitzpatrick and William C. Spears

Photo from the LaCrosse collection

JOHN J. ROWE
Sternwheel towboat 1947-1955

Way's Steam Towboat Directory Number T1415

Originally the towboat CHARLES T. CAMPBELL built at Neville Island, PA in 1936,

171 5 x 34.6 x 7 2. Condensing engines 16's,32's-8 ft. stroke. Babcock & Wilcox boilers, installed 1948, coal burner, automatic stokers. The original owner was Campbell Transportation Co., then the Mississippi Valley Barge Line Co. (MVBL) who sold her, in fall of 1947, to The Ohio River Co., Cincinnati, OH.

In June, 1955 she was renamed ORCO.

Editor's note: we have several pages of towboat photos, please refer to Museum index - click here.



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The steamboat VICTORIA made a trip from Fort Gibson to Smithland, Kentucky in May of 1839.

I recently purchased from John Miller in Iowa a rare passenger register from the steamboat VICTORIA that made a trip from Fort Gibson to Smithland, Kentucky in May of 1839. I edited the following short paragraph from John's auction description.

"There are three pages measuring 15 x 10 inches. Some names of male passengers written in pencil can be seen faintly in the register. There is no history available thus far regarding the VICTORIA and how long it operated, although generally for the time frame, these packet boats had a very short life span."

The following consists of observations regarding two pages and research of place names:

PASSAGE REGISTER, STEAMER VICTORIA.

STATE ROOMS. NAMES. EMBARKATION. DESTINATION. REMARKS

"No Berth considered engaged until the Passage money is paid and in no case a Berth or State Room to be changed, without consulting the Captain or Clerk"

The LADIES' CABIN consisted of only 8 berths - 4 lower and 4 upper No penciled names are written next to them so apparently there were no female passengers aboard.

The GENTLEMEN's CABIN consisted of 14 berths 2 berths (1 upper, 1 lower) in each to accommodate 28 male passengers

Of the six (or seven) gentlemen whose names are written in pencil the following are tolerably legible:

9 lower berth E. Campbell Louisville Home
10 lower berth Thos. S. Blanford (?) Louisville Yellow Banks

Yellow Banks, Kentucky, was the name of the rustic community founded by pioneer William Smeathers or Smothers around 1790 on the banks of the Ohio River. The name was derived from the yellowish banks along the river. In 1817, Yellow Banks became the established town of Owensborough, in honor of Col. Abraham Owen (also the namesake of Owen County in Kentucky).

10 upper berth V. Darrel? Cloverport

The town of Cloverport is on the banks of the Ohio River in Breckinridge County, Kentucky

The destinations of the previous voyage of the VICTORIA had been crossed out: "from Louisville to Port Gibson 27 April, 1839"

The destinations of the following voyage were: "from Fort Gibson to Smithland, Kentucky May 1839"

Smithland in Livingston County, Kentucky is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers.

Fort Gibson, Oklahoma was originally established as a military garrison named "Cantonment Gibson" in April 1824

The Neosho River follows the northwest border of the Fort Gibson and joins the Arkansas River, which flows just west of the town boundary and then forms the southern boundary of the town.

As one of the oldest non-Indian settlements in Oklahoma, Fort Gibson was the first to have a steamboat landing.QueenCityPhotoTripStatementJuly1931forNORI

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QUEEN CITY 1931 Purser's report

Purser Clyde Packard's Trip Statement Number 3 for operating expenses on the Steamer QUEEN CITY from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati during the 11th to the 17th of July in 1931. This document is folded and opens to a spread sheet (attached separately in reduced format) with further details of the expenses.

QUEEN CITY
Packet boat 1897-1940
Way's Packet Directory Number 4615
Sternwheel Packet

Built in 1897 by Cincinnati Marine Railway Company at Cincinnati, Ohio.
Launched on June 5, 1897; ran her trials through June 10th and departed for Pittsburgh June 19th.
Captain Anthony Meldahl was pilot and never missed a trip for ten years (1907).
QUEEN CITY's fastest time from Cincinnati to New Richmond, Ohio (22.5 miles) was 1 hour 50 minutes in December 1897.

Owners
1897: Pittsburgh & Cincinnati Packet Line
1912: John W. Hubbard, Ohio & Mississippi Navigation Company
1918: Louisville & Cincinnati Packet Company
1929: Ohio River Transportation Company

Several of her owners sent her on Mardi Gras trips to New Orleans. Her first trip in 1903 was such a success that trips were made in 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, and 1914. On her 1914 trip downbound, she sank on the Falls at Louisville on Feb. 17th. She continued on Mardi Gras trips in 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925 and 1930.

After her ill-fated Mardi Gras trip in 1914, she was laid up in the Kanawha River at Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia until early summer 1916 when she returned to Louisville and ran excursions.

She again went back to the Kanawha River until spring of 1918 when Louisville & Cincinnati Packet Company acquired her. In May, 1920 she was towed to Mound City, Illinois where she received a new hull. She was finally laid up at Pittsburgh in September 1933 and became a wharf boat on the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh. As a wharf boat, river-men and boat fans visited her to purchase or borrow souvenirs. She was moved to the foot of Liberty Street because of wharf improvements and she sank there in January, 1940 her wreckage was burned on February 17, 1940

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QUEEN CITY head on photo with stacks, boiler deck & signs over staircase

Classic head on photo of the QUEEN CITY showcasing her stacks, boiler deck & signs above the staircase on the main deck.

The derbies worn by the passengers indicate that this was probably taken during the early 1900's prior to the 1920's.

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Lighthouse tender LILY

LILY
Lighthouse tender
Sidewheel

Way's Packet Directory Number 3471

Built in 1875 at Louisville, Kentucky for the U.S. Engineering Department

Began in service on the Ohio River. In 1888, she burned off her upper works and was completely rebuilt with a new hull and texas. The old hull became a wharfboat at Madison, Indiana. After being rebuilt, the LILY went to the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers. She serviced beacon light buoys between St. Paul, Stillwater and the St. Croix River and St. Louis for many years. She was also the guard boat for the President's fleet.

On October 17, 1911 she snagged near Wellington, Missouri. On November 24, 1911, she snagged again near St. Albans, Missouri, mile 49 on the Missouri River at the head of Centaur Chute and was lost. She was the first lighthouse tender on the upper Mississippi.

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Lighthouse Tender LILY $75.00 wages earned for the Month of September 1877 by Sidney Milner, Mate

$75.00 pay voucher for the Month of September 1877 made out to Sidney Milner, Mate aboard the Lighthouse Tender LILY per Appropriation for Lighting and Buoyage of the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio Rivers. By order of Commander Albert Kantz U.S. Navy Inspector of the 14th District and who signed the order for the voucher and by him and the recipient Sidney Milner signed in the lower right hand corner, both of them on Saturday, the 29th of September 1877 at Cincinnati, Ohio for wages from Saturday, September 1st to Sunday, September 30th, 1877.

LILY
Lighthouse tender
Sidewheel

Way's Packet Directory Number 3471

Built in 1875 at Louisville, Kentucky for the U.S. Engineering Department

Began in service on the Ohio River. In 1888, she burned off her upper works and was completely rebuilt with a new hull and texas. The old hull became a wharfboat at Madison, Indiana. After being rebuilt, the LILY went to the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers. She serviced beacon light buoys between St. Paul, Stillwater and the St. Croix River and St. Louis for many years. She was also the guard boat for the President's fleet.

On October 17, 1911 she snagged near Wellington, Missouri. On November 24, 1911, she snagged again near St. Albans, Missouri, mile 49 on the Missouri River at the head of Centaur Chute and was lost . She was the first lighthouse tender on the upper Mississippi.

Officers & crew:

Captain Owen B. Jolly (1875); Captain William R. Hoel (1875); Captain George Vandergrift (1885); Captain Charles Dufour; Captain William Eagon (master); Campbell Hunt (pilot, 1910, 1911); M.H. Crapster (master, 1892); William C. Egan (chief engineer); Dick Stevens (pilot); J.H. Duffer (commander, 1888); Jim Carrew (pilot, 1894); George Farnsworth (pilot, 1894); A.B.H. Lily (commander, 1894); James W. Swayze (commander, 1891); Robert W. Wise (commander, 1894); Washington P. Hight (1897); Richard Stevens (pilot, 1895); Mayo Dorsey (pilot, 1897); John Clark (pilot, 1897)





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