Steamboat Photos, page 11


CINCINNATI Sidewheel Packet

Way's Packet Directory Number 1033

Hull built by Midland Barge Company, Midland, Pennsylvania and completed at Cincinnati, 1924 for John W. Hubbard of Pittsburgh;

Navigated the Ohio and Mississippi rivers

This boat had a double cabin, parlor rooms, baths, separate dining room, steam heat and all the trimmings.

She was designed by marine architect Tom Dunbar as a single-cabin packet for the Cincinnati-Louisville trade.

Before completion, the stateroom capacity was vastly enlarged by the building of a second passenger cabin.

The original cost of this boat was $417,000 of which she made back about $200,000 in the first eight years of operation.

The boat was owned by John W. Hubbard, Pittsburgh and operated by the Louisville and Cincinnati Packet Company.

She made Cincinnati-New Orleans Mardi Gras trips without a break from 1924-1930 and cleared $40,000 on her first Mardi Gras trip.

She was in Pittsburgh on several occasions, and brought the 31st annual convention of the Ohio Valley Improvement Association there in October, 1925.

She appeared for the 1929 celebration of the completion of the Ohio River locks and dams.

Her principal business was regular summer operation in the Louisville-Cincinnati packet trade.

On May 24, 1928 while between Carrollton and Madison, she collided with the MV BELMONT and engineer Homer Johnston was killed.

Hard times came with the Louisville and Cincinnati Packet Company having financial troubles.

The Cincinnati was sold to Streckfus Steamers, Incorporated, St. Louis IN 1932.

Streckfus tore her down to the hull and built a superstructure for an excursion boat named PRESIDENT.



The little photo of top is from La Crosse, the bottom photo is a detail of passengers aboard the CHEVALIER on a glass negative.

Sternwheel Packet
Way's Packet Directory Number 1003
Built in 1888 at Mason City, West Virginia
Owned by the Bay Line:
Ran Huntington-Gallipolis on the Ohio River under the ownership of Captain M. E. Brown, Gallipolis
On May 22, 1907 at 1:00 a.m. she burned at the Cincinnati and Ohio wharfboat, Huntington, West Virginia. The fire department could not reach her due to the road being blocked by Chesapeake and Ohio Railway freight cars.


Attached scan of latest "find." Glass positive transparency, image area 2.20 x 2.80 inches inside a 3.20 x 4 inch mount. Have concluded that this 1889 photograph was taken aboard the CITY OF ST. LOUIS (1882 - 1903), taken on the hurricane deck with starboard smokestack, both 'scape pipes, the pilot house with 4 chime whistle, front of the texas cabin with windows and doors crowded on the front of it. Below them are the skylights of the main cabin and stairs leading to the roof of of the main cabin visible where the"rouster" in the foreground is headed as he carries a bunch of "double bend draft shafts" to which horses would be harnessed when they pull the of the buggies or carriages that have already been loaded on the decks.

Here is John Fryant's professional appreciation of the photo:

"Wow! Another gem of excellence in steamboat photography. The details are fascinating. The finial atop the clerk's office (behind the carriages) and the iron rods that held the stacks upright. And note the rolled up "blinds" that could be let down to cover the texas windows.

I just enlarged the print and am amazed at the quality and detail.

Wonder who the photographer was?

Note the fire axe on the front of the texas with the axe head nestled in a heart shaped holder. The more I look the more I discover."

Sidewheel Packet

Way's Packet Directory Number 1130

Built in 1883 at Jeffersonville, Indiana at Howard Ship Yards

978 tons

Original price $86,850.

Home port or owner's residence circa 1882, St. Louis, Missouri.

Captain W. H. Thorgewan bought her at a U.S. Marshal sale at St. Louis, March 1898 for his bid of $19,050.

In 1901, she was running harbor excursions at New Orleans; President McKinley rode her that May.

Sold early in 1903 to the Greater New York Home Oil Company but a U.S. Marshal stepped in and sold her to attorney T. Marshall Miller for $3,125.

Laid up at Carondelet, Missouri and burned there on October 29, 1903.

After she burned, the Anchor Line sold her original roof bell to Captain J. Frank Ellison and it went to the QUEEN CITY.

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Detail from "Night fall on the Ohio"

Steamer CITY OF CINCINNATI 1899-1918

Detroit Publishing No. 071954

In the Library of Congress collection.

City of Cincinnati

Sidewheel Packet

Way's Packet Directory Number 1066

Built in 1899 at Jeffersonville, Indiana by Howard Ship Yards
Original price $40,000. Engines from Anchor Line's CITY OF HICKMAN.

Port or owner's residence 1899, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Owned by Louisville and Cincinnati Packet Company; Commodore Laidley (White Collar Line)
Ran on the Ohio and Licking rivers

Teamed up with the CITY OF LOUISVILLE in the Louisville-Cincinnati trade.
This was a well-proportioned sidewheeler.

She came out carrying the whistle from the last TELEGRAPH but it sounded too much like the TELL CITY's whistle so it was exchanged and after 1907 she had the old BONANZA whistle which had last been on the double-cabin CINCINNATI.

On January 20, 1910 while ascending the Ohio River, one of the CITY OF CINCINNATI's sidewheels hit the corner of a coal barge and the barge sank.

The CITY of CINCINNATI was lost in the ice at Cincinnati, Ohio in January 1918

paddlewheel boat

Puddle Jumpers - There appear to be 5 boats in this photo although all you can see of one of them are its stacks visible between the 2 boats in the right foreground. Jim Hale identified more than the Yazonia and Hibernia, will have to ask him again what the other names were. This is pretty much the right half of a panoramic photo which included more of the riverbank to the left. The Yazoo was often not navigable when the river got really low and even these little puddle jumpers didn't have enough water to float on.

Jim Hale identified the Yazoo boats for us. I'm attaching the same file again so you'l have the caption ready if you decide to hang the picture in the museum.

The boat in front of the "Hibernia" is the "Des Arc." The boat nearest the bank is the "Fifteen" and the small pool style boat between the Fifteen and the Des Arc is the "Maggie."

paddlewheel boat

North Star of Rock Island on Upper Mississippi. This was one of the photos that was included in the Julia Belle Swain brochure when she was running out of LeClaire some years ago.


NETTIE QUILL (1886 - 1915)

The NETTIE QUILL (1886 - 1915) at Mobile, Alabama circa 1906 from the glass negative is in the Library of Congress. This colorized version comes from the vintage photography site I removed the smoke that had been air brushed coming out of the smokestacks and also removed the telegraph or telephone wires that stretched aross the sky and smoke in the upper left quadrant. Then plumbed up the photo so everything would be level, straight up and down, cropped it and reduced it for display here.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540
"A River packet, Mobile, Alabama"
Detroit Publishing Co., publisher
Date Created/Published: [1906?]
Medium: 1 negative : glass ; 8 x 10 in.
Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-det-4a13426 (digital file from original)
Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
Call Number: LC-D4-19452 [P&P]
Date based on Detroit, Catalogue P (1906).
"G 3671" and "71" on negative.
Detroit Publishing Co. no. 019452.
Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.


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