Steamboat Waybills, page 7


14 January 1858 from the


Sidewheel packet Way's Packet Directory Number 1622

Built at Cincinnati, Ohio in 1853. 170 x 32.5 x 6.4. Ran Cincinnati-New Orleans, Capt. William Hamilton.

Sold December 1856 to Capt. Samuel Applegate for New Orleans-Shreveport trade.

He ran her there until 1859 when he built a new hull, transferred cabins and engines over, and brought out the GRAND DUKE.


Dated 24 April 1860

STARLIGHT Sidewheel packet

Way's Packet Directory Number 5181

Built at Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1858

280 tons. 162 x 31 x 6 Engines, 20's- 7 ft.

Ran New Orleans-Shreveport, Capt. Charles Hayes.

Rebuilt after the war to measure 166.6 x 33.6 x 6.3.

The Hayes family continued to operate her in the New Orleans-Red River trade until they sold her in February 1868 to B. Simonds, New Orleans who resold her March 1868 to Capt. Daniel J. Crowley, New Orleans.

Burned at Algiers, La., 23 April 1868.


Dated 1852

ROCKAWAY No. 2 Sidewheel packet

Way's Packet Directory Number 4813

Built at Elizabeth, Pennsylvania 1850 on the east bank of the Monongahela River

324 tons. 165 x 30 x 7.

First owner Capt. J. R. Davis, New Orleans.

Sold June 1852 to William Cooper, Union County, Kentucky Capt. John W. Cannon, master.

In 1853 Capt. L.J . Moore, Camden, Ark., became part owner and master.

Burned at Bayou Sara, Louisiana., April 29, 1854 en route from Alexandria, Louisiana to New Orleans with 400 bales of cotton.


Waybill dated 1st April 1859
In the photo of the six steamboats taken that year at the New Orleans levee, the LECOMTE is second from the right


Sidewheel packet

Way's Packet Directory Number 3399

Named for a famous race horse.

Built at Louisville, Kentucky in 1855.

238 tons. 176 x 33 x 5.5.

Engines, 22's - 7 feet Three boilers

Ran briefly in the New Orleans - Red River trade under Capt. Cheney Johnson.

Was sold to Mobile, Alabama and spent the balance of her career running to the Alabama River ports. In 1859 ran between Mobile and Montgomery under Capt. Charles Walker.

Burned at Mobile, March 27, 1861.


Waybill steamboat HUDSON 23rd April 1876

Sternwheel wooden hull packet
Way's Packet Directory Number 2677
Waybill HUDSON dated 23rd April 1876
Detail of John Stobart's painting of the HUDSON
arriving at Cincinnati in 1880.

Construction was begun in 1875 at Murrysville, West Virginia, then completed at Wheeling, West Virginia

200' X 33.6' X 6.2'
Engines, 19's- 6 ft.

Owned when new by the Parkersburg & Ohio River Transportation Company

1875 Ohio River between Wheeling, West Virginia & Cincinnati, Ohio
1879 Between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania & Cincinnati, Ohio
Later, Between Paducah, Kentucky & St. Louis, Missouri under Capt. Frank Ellison
1879 sold to Captains J.N. Williamson and Wash Honshell and others.
Later sold to Capt. J. Frank Ellison

1879, Phil Anshutz
1885, Tom Hunter

Dismantled in 1885 and portions of salvaged parts from her were used in building the new HUDSON which ran from 1886 to 1905


Sternwheel packet

Way's Packet Directory Number 0873

Built at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1866
310 tons
First home port was Wheeling, Virginia; running Zanesville-Parkersburg under Captain James Darlington.

In 1870 she departed Zanesville with emigrants and possessions bound for Kansas, and she reshipped them at St. Louis to destination.

She returned to run under Captain Harvey Darlington between Pittsburgh-Zanesville during which period this waybill was filled out on May 27th, 1874 then briefly the CARRIE BROOKS also ran Pittsburgh-Wheeling.

Captain John A. Trimble bought control in 1878, ran her Pittsburgh-Gallipolis, then Pittsburgh-Zanesville with not much success.

In 1878 she was sold to Captain William B. Kountz who stripped her of machinery and sold the hull to Sistersville, West Virginia, for a wharfboat.

The lithograph of the CARRIE BROOKS passing the Zanesville Iron Works / Ohio Iron Company is a detail from from the 1875 L. H. Everts & Co.'s Atlas of Muskingum County Ohio. This image came from the left half of the 17 x 28 inch lithograph that covered two pages in the atlas.


Sidewheel packet

Way's Packet Directory Number 0484

built in Louisville, Kentucky in 1852

285 x 35 1/2 x 6 feet

New Orleans-Upper Bends ~ Captain I.H. Morrison 1853

New Orleans-Bayou Sara ~ Captain J.H Donaldson 1855

Captain John W. Cannon was a major stockholder

Converted into a wharfboat in the fall of 1858



A 1916 photo of the SIDNEY at Bellevue, Iowa, the same Mississippi River town where Anderson & Co. Steamboat Agents wrote this invoice to J.J. Beck on 30 June 1880 for services rendered including "Hauling hog to Preacher" which is a great sentence, sounds like a chapter heading in a memoir about rural agriculture. Mr. Beck got around to paying this on 27 July 1880.


Two orders handwritten by Steamboat Agent & Wharf Proporietor George A. Lamb of Uniontown, Kentucky requesting hardware-type items from Anchor Supply Co. in Evansville, Indiana. Dated 26 April and 18 November 1897.

Uniontown is on the Ohio River in Union County, Kentucky. The name derives from the fact that the city was formed by merging the towns of Francisburg and Locust Port. The John T. Myers Locks and Dam, once known as Uniontown Locks and Dam, is located downriver 3½ miles.


Waybill dated 23 July 1866 at Little Rock, Arkansas on the Arkansas River


Stermwheel packet

Way's Packet Directory Number 0908

Built at Cincinnati, Ohio in 1864. 140 x 33.4 x 4.

Ran New Orleans-Red River in place of the ST. NICHOLAS during low water, Capt. J.C. Dowty, master, with A.P Rodney, clerk, November 1868.

Regular in Red River 1870, owned by Rees Pritchard, Little Rock, Arkansas, and J.H. Lane, Memphis, Tennessee - Capt. Phillip Crooks, master.

New Orleans-White River, November 1870, Capt. Pat H. Wheat.

Memphis-Arkansas River, Capt. Tom Berry in 1871.

Cut down by ice at Randolph Landing, Tennessee on the Mississippi above Island 35 on Dec. 24, 1872.


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