Pilot Houses, Page 3


GOLDEN EAGLE and GOLDENROD showboat tied up on the St. Louis levee

Press release attached to reverse side of print:



The gay days of the Old Mississippi are coming back with a spectacular revival of commerce on the serpentine waterway.

Here's the GOLDEN EAGLE at its St. Louis dock, ready for another big season of excursions. The GOLDENROD, a show boat which played in St. Louis all last winter, is in the background


Captain Buck Leyhe in the Golden Eagle pilot house.


An advertisement for Thermo-Jac Shoelaces (see the laces on the models' frock and shorts) which was taken in the pilot house of the "Bayou Belle Restaurant" at St. Louis which looks like it was aboard the RIVER QUEEN. I didn't purchase this but saved the online picture as a novelty. Looks like early '60's and girl on right looks a lot like actress Mariette Hartley.

The St. Louis dining establishment called the Bayou Belle Restaurant was housed in a land bound retired sternwheeler originally named WHITE SPOT that was built around 1900. A cook book written as a tribute to the restaurant entitled "Bayou Belle: Memories and Recipes" by Jean Koprivica Surrisi and Dorothea L. Wolfgram was published by West Wine in St. Louis in 2001.


Detail photo that I took of Jim Hale's authentic pilot house on the 5 foot model of the CITY OF MONROE.


This pilot wheel from an unknown Columbia River steamboat is on display at the Bonneville Dam Museum on the Washington State side of the Columbia River. I took this during my 2006 pilgrimage to the Columbia.


Pilot House of the HELEN BLAIR

Deluxe camera angle of the HELEN BLAIR's generous sized pilot house from La Crosse with lots of good things on view: The pilot at the wheel, some admiring lady visitors beside him, 3 chime whistle, texas cabin below and portside stack far right.

Sternwheel Packet

Way's Packet Director Number 2568

Built in 1896 at Harmar, Ohio, other sources state that this boat was built at Rock Island, Illinois in 1900. Captain Blair bought the URANIA in 1901 and used her at Burlington, Iowa to run local trades. On September 5, 1901 she burned her texas and pilothouse off at Muscatine, Iowa. When rebuilt that winter, she was renamed to honor the daughter of Captain Blair.

On July 13, 1910 while proceeding downstream about 3 1/3 miles below Davenport, Iowa, she hit an obstruction in the channel and was sunk in seven feet of water. She was raised and repaired; amount of damage $2500. On April 27, 1913, the HELEN BLAIR was the first steamboat to go to Galena, Illinois in years, and it turned out she was the last steamboat to go there. In 1915 she ran a special cruise from Davenport to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In November 1915, she went to Clarendon, Arkansas on the White River with a load of potatoes and brought back pearl shells to Muscatine. In October 1916 she made a trip from Davenport to New Orleans with 60 passengers. She was sold to Memphis in September 1919 and dismantled in 1920

Ran on the Mississippi; Ohio; White and Cumberland rivers

Captain Walter Blair (1901)
White Collar Line
Carnival City Packet Company (1919)

Officers: Captain Joseph Buisson (pilot, 1915); Captain George W. Bay (1915); Spencer Burtnett (chief engineer, 1911 or 12) Captain Roy Wethern (pilot, circa 1915) Captain Cyprian Buisson (1911; master, 1913); Captain Tom Parker (pilot, circa 1916) Dayton Randolph (pilot); Walter English (pilot), Captain William J. Keith (clerk, 1915; purser, 1916); Captain Joseph H. Young (master); Captain Harry Young (master, 1914); Captain John Hattell (pilot, circa 1915); George Hild (chief engineer, 1913)


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