Color Steamboat photos (newer), page 2

These are newer photos, so they are either newer boats, or antique boats photographed in color.


Steamer Natchez, New Orelans.


This was taken from the Bayou-bound boat as we passed the NATCHEZ. The sternwheel was turning prior to departure with some touristas watching with rapt fascination.


New Orleans And its French heritage

Legendary Cities : New Orleans And its French heritage


Best Documentary Published on Nov 19, 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana: the home of Mardi Gras, and the musical and cultural hotbed of the southern United States. The city's culture derived itself from a blend of French, Spanish, African-American, Creole and Native American roots. We explore her streets lined with French colonial-style buildings, and resonate with her vibrant atmosphere, along the promenades full of revelry and street music. Featuring aerial footage of this city of revelry along the Mississippi, an inside look at landmarks such as the "Napoleon's House", the St Louis Cathedral, and more, we get a taste of Louisiana's colorful history. Under French colonial rule it was a place where France sent their prostitutes, smugglers, counterfeiters and other petty criminals to start new lives. It became a haven and the beating heart of a vibrant, longstanding African-American community with deep roots.


Promotional photo of the NATCHEZ at New Orleans

The attached scan of a promotional poster for the NATCHEZ (printed at 6 x 8 inches on fabric)


NATCHEZ on the Mississippi at New Orleans by John Darré

Beautiful color photo of the NATCHEZ on the Mississippi at New Orleans by John Darré. 12 x 24 inch canvas print mounted on substantial wooden stretcher bars, great for display. A worthwhile acquisition.

John Darré Fine Art
New Orleans, Louisiana
On Etsy since 2013



Attached 2 from the Oct '89 N'awlins trip.

The one of NATCHEZ at the wharf was taken from a boat bound for the Bayous . . . thus the American flag flying lower left which makes the picture more interesting that it would have been otherwise.

The stern view of the NATCHEZ came out pretty nicely by saturating the color in PPS7 which gives it the appearance of having been shot through a polarizing filter.


NATCHEZ at New Orleans
9 x 16" by Anthony D'Amato, photographer


Artist Michal Blaser sent this today with some other image files. Michal's a friend of Don Sander who owns the CLYDE. Michael is doing a special painting of the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE in honor of her upcoming 100th birthday.

CLYDE was built by Ed Newcomb in Pepin, WI from 1991 - 2001.

The CLYDE. was named after the Rafter CLYDE., the first iron hulled boat (1870) on the Upper Mississippi River.

Ed Newcome's grandfather, Frank Newcomb, was pilot on the CLYDE and his brother Ike Newcomb was Master.

When Ed was a kid, his dad built a 20' sternwheeler with a 6 HP Briggs, and "this started the whole deal", Ed recalled.

On May 17, 2012, Captain Don Sanders, long-time steamboat Captain; former Master of the DELTA QUEEN, the P.A. DENNY and many other paddlewheel vessels, bought the CLYDE from Mr. Newcomb and with the help of a friend, Everett Dameron, brought the sternwheeler under its own power from Alma, Wisconsin, on the Upper Mississippi, to Aurora, Indiana on the Middle Ohio River a distance of some 1,300 miles.

The CLYDE presently calls Aurora home.


Brazilian Steamboat Benjamim Guimarães built by James Rees & Sons

Steamboat Benjamim Guimarães, was the hero of Velho Chico 100 years ago. Broken down, the steamboat Benjamim Guimarães celebrates 100 years in precarious conditions.

Waiting for restoration, the ship still attracts tourists to Pirapora

Pirapora - Less than 50 centimeters from the water, on the wooden deck, passengers would clutch where they could to cross the rapids of the São Francisco River that burst on the rocks between Sobradinho and Juazeiro, in Bahia. In the north-Minas Gerais section of Velho Chico, from Pirapora, the forró ran the nights on the second floor of the boat, with lively students and travelers breaking the silence of the hinterland. Pathfinder of the Americas, steam Benjamim Guimarães sailed the Amazon and Mississippi, in the heart of the United States, transporting coal, cotton, and wood from Minnesota to the port of New Orleans.

Witnessing the history of these peoples, the ship Benjamim Guimarães reached the centenary this year, but without the splendor of his celebrated days. Broken, anchored in the port of Pirapora with cracked wood, peeling paint and precarious hull, it no longer descends the river for trips lasting more than three hours (36 kilometers) - far short of the almost 30-day trip to Juazeiro (BA) And back, totaling 2,700 kilometers.

If the ship is not reformed soon, it will be modest to commemorate its 100 years. The state of São Paulo State Historical and Artistic Patrimony Institute (Iepha) took place in 1985. The current crew reports that renovations are needed every two years so that the steam can repeat the traditional 1,371-kilometer journey between Pirapora and Juazeiro. The last intervention - incomplete, by the way - occurred in 2007.

The Pirapora City Hall, which owns the steam, rushes to restore it in the second half of the year, thus making the commemorative trip to Juazeiro at the end of the year. "In April, we will try to approve in the Law of Incentive to Culture the complete reform project of Benjamim Guimarães, which was approved by Iepha and already has interested companies," says Anselmo Luiz Rocha de Matos, financial director of the Municipal Tourism Company of Pirapora. The cost was estimated at R $ 1.3 million.

"The ship is our greatest asset. We receive tourists from all over the world and with this we move the economy of the entire city, "reports Matos. According to Iepha, the conditions of the ship would be "good" and there is no forecast for retirement or specific celebrations of the centenary.


Contramestre Antônio Tadeu de Oliveira fears the rapids of Bahia

Built by shipowners James Rees Sons & Co. in 1913, it is not known the month of baptism of the ship. He arrived in Brazil to serve the Amazon River Plate Company, on the Amazon River. Along the rails of Central do Brasil, it was dismantled to Pirapora in the late 1920s and named after the owner of the company, Júlio Mourão Guimarães. It would be destined to the transport of passengers in the first and second classes, besides pulling towed boats with firewood, cattle and other types of cargo.

In 2004, Benjamim Guimarães returned to the São Francisco River after spending decades without surfing. Currently, he rides on Saturdays and Sundays, with tickets at $ 40. During the carnival holiday, three rides are planned, except on Friday.

Forró On the wooden ramp that connects the port to the ship, just talk to the crew to be transported to the golden times of steam navigation. The oldest active crew member is Petronílio Santos Silva, 71, who has been on board since 1973. Responsible for serving the first-class cabins and restaurant, his Petu reminds us of cases that populate the imaginary riverside. "Many students came to the South (Southeast). The men wore hats. The women were more behaved, but when the accordion began, everyone fell into the forró, "he says.

On his first trip, his Petu was frightened. He could have died. "Because of the lamps, many insects flew there. The moth entered my ear, and in such desperation I almost jumped into the river. The captain held me and dripped alcohol to kill the beast, "he says. He usually amuses tourists with the case of the cook who liked boys from Ceará. "One day he went to the hammock where a young man slept, in second class. The boy pulled out the fishmonger and ran after him. The cook shouted, 'No, you will not kill me, Satan.' He managed to escape, but it was a mess, "he recalls.

Passion for the craft of great-grandfather

Great- grandfather of the master machinist João dos Santos, João Corujinha, who worked in the steam at the beginning of the last century, the current occupant of this position is Jason Batista Ferreira, 56 years old. With pride, he describes the operation of the ship. "The captain pulls the lever of the apparatus we call the telegraph and informs him of the gear he needs, what power he wants. Below, on the deck, I adjust the pressure and step the marches to reach this power, "he details.

Jason is proud to follow in his great-grandfather's footsteps. "There have been a lot of important people around here. Former President Lula, for example. Former governor Francelino Pereira descended from Piauí to Minas Gerais on the Benjamim Guimarães. Then he came back to remember those times with us, he says.

At the age of 92, The former governor still remembers those times. Made the journey at 22. "At that time, the Axis (Germany, Italy and Japan) torpedoed ships on the Brazilian coast. So I decided to go down from Piauí to Minas through the rivers. It was not a tourist trip. It was a victory. It took 40 days and it rained a lot, but we arrived safe and sound, "celebrates Francelino.

Witness of history

Several crew members of the Benjamim Guimaraes are relatives of former sailors and perform the same tasks as the men who worked there at the beginning of the last century, when the steam traveled along the São Francisco de Pirapora River to Juazeiro. The exodus from the Northeast to the Southeast, the transport of Brazilian troops to the Second World War and the formation of the lake at the Sobradinho hydroelectric plant in Bahia, were important historical incidents witnessed by those who practically lived on that deck.

For Antônio Tadeu de Oliveira, 64, the most exciting part of the trip is the passage through the dangerous rapids between Sobradinho and Juazeiro. "It takes a lot of skill. If we hit a rock and rip the hull, we'll have serious problems. But that never happened, "he says. Still, the sailor admits: the holes in the hull are frequent, because the San Francisco walks very shallow. "If the diamond is small, we cover with wood and cloths. For the large we use even mattresses and wooden rods as anchors, "he says.

The foreman, who had two cousins and an uncle among the pioneers of navigation in Pirapora, guarantees: in the landscape that is enjoyed along the São Francisco River, the stories of the past are still alive. In fact, they are among the reasons that made him retire from retirement and present himself in the steam. "The ancients tell the story of the jaguar jumped into the boat and hid in the basement.

As the captain was disagreeable, at the time of killing the beast, the sailors seized the kerosene cargo belonging to him. It blew it all away," he recalls, as he looks out into the bush, where he still expects jaguars to emerge.


1913 in the USA

190 passengers, 78t of load

1 cubic log of wood (equivalent to 100 logs)

Boiler 1.

840 liters of river water Stock of wood
60 cubic meters

60 HP (12 thousand kg of force)

Stern wheel of 11 spades in wood and iron

43.8 m in length, 8 m of mouth, 1.2 m of point, 9.25 m of contour. Maximum and minimum draft: 1m and 0.6m.

Gross tonnage

10.4 km / h (economy) and 12.8 km / h (maximum)


The sternwheel steamboat CHAUTAUQUA BELLE in New York State

On Chautauqua Lake at Mayville, New York you can cruise aboard the authentic sternwheel excursion steamboat CHAUTAUQUA BELLE - Way's Packet Directory Number 0981.

Attached 4 images composited from online sources. We would be glad to credit the photographers if they contact The CHAUTAUQUA BELLE's style is beloved to folks who associate her design by Alan Bates with steamboats on the Mississippi River and tributaries. She could be easily modified to play a period steamer in a movie by adding a mock-up of a "cabin" on the boiler deck under the pilot house and a stage/gang plank without railings along with some other enhancements.
Mayville Dock:
78 Water Street
Mayville, NY 14757

Built in 1976 at Mayville, New York by Jim Webster for the Chautauqua Lake Steam Navigation Company


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