River Log
18 Dec. 2002 - 03 April 03

Dec 18, 2002 at 17:53:58
Hi - happy holidays. I am praying for peace on earth this holiday season. Peace, steamboats - it all makes sense. ::::I just uploaded all the messages from the guestbook to my site. Click on the URL above to see more messages from the last month.::

Dec 20, 2002 at 23:40:25
Jeff Davis (
Great web site and keep up the great work.Keep in mind the inland northwest lakes have a GREAT steamboat history!! If anyone has a copy of the video "Life on the river" by Mark Twain I would be interested in getting a new copy.Mine is about worn out!!

Dec 21, 2002 at 08:56:16
Brian Lerohl (
Hi Nori,::Your website looks interesting. I see a mistake in your section on feed pumps.::But none of that now, as am far too busy. I can't even visit for now, but later this winter, hope to discuss steamboats and perhaps steam power in general with you. Will save this address for future contacts. Later.::Brian Lerohl.

Dec 23, 2002 at 09:21:14
Kenneth Vail (
Would like to know if passenger lists are available. ::In particular is the first trip of the steamer General Terry to Miles City in the spring of 1879.::::Thanks, Kenny

Dec 27, 2002 at 08:15:10
Keith Norrington (
I am still collecting photographs and information on the riverboat BECKY THATCHER (formerly the U.S. Engineer steamer MISSISSIPPI) which served as a restaurant and museum at the St. Louis levee from 1966 until 1975 when she was moved to Marietta, Ohio. The late Miss Ruth Ferris (my mentor and patron saint of steamboating) was designer and curator of the Midship Museum on the main deck of the BECKY. I would love to hear from anyone with remembrances of Miss Ferris and the boat (especially anyone who worked on the boat at St. Louis as a tour guide, etc.) and if anyone might have slides, photos, or memorabilia that I could purchase copies of for my collection. THANKS!

Dec 28, 2002 at 14:54:46
butch (
I am looking for info on steamboat::robert martin, boiler exploded on ::steamboat in cheraw s.c. in 1852 or::1853 with loss of lives also who was::the shipbuilder would like to purchase::pictures and blue prints:::: thanks:: Butch

Dec 28, 2002 at 15:07:15
Don Dhonau (
Glad to find the interesting site. I am a long time "friend" of the rivers and the steamboats.

Dec 31, 2002 at 05:22:39
great site

Jan 1, 2003 at 15:34:45
janet (
My great grandfather was reportedly a::riverboat pilot from about 1845 to::1863. He was recruited for the Civil War in 1863, was living in Madison,::Indiana at the time, but said in papers::that he was appointed from Ohio. Where would there be information on riverboat::pilots of that time and information::about the industry. I'm guessing that::perhaps he worked out of Cincinnati.::::

Jan 3, 2003 at 14:37:27
Frank Davis (
My Grandfather (Frank S. Davis), great grandfather (John P. Davis), and great great grand father (Paul J. Davis) worked on the river near Pittsburgh, and down to New Orleans from the mid 1850's through 1950 when my grandfather retired. They were engineers, mostly signing on as chief or assistant chief engineers. Also had some great uncles who worked there. Glad to see this site.

v Jan 4, 2003 at 03:29:45
Great site, and happy new year!

Jan 6, 2003 at 14:42:19
harry frisby (SHIMMERPOM@AOL.COM)
My 10 year old daughter is doing a research paper on steamboats and where they originally started. If you could please forward me some more imformation it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Jan 6, 2003 at 17:26:02
Joe (
Thank you. Doing school project! RADNOR ALL THE WAY!!!

Jan 9, 2003 at 01:57:11
Great site, thank you for sharing it.

Jan 9, 2003 at 23:04:46
I thought it would be nice to drop a line in your guestbook and thank you for helping me write my essay. Greetings!

Jan 10, 2003 at 23:06:55
carl Jones (
I am a Missouri river river rat. off the dredge Meriwether Lewis, in Brownville, Nebraska. Visit the boat during the summer she has all her stream engines and boilers and is dry docked waiting your visit.

Jan 13, 2003 at 05:51:29
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Jan 13, 2003 at 15:11:58
Craig Sandler (
Hi, everyone. Happy New Year! I'm wondering: If a family were traveling down the Ohio on a packet in 1832, what would they eat on board? Let's say the trip were a few days, perhaps a week. Were meals served on run of the mill, obscure packets? Or would you bring your own food? What about food for the baby? I'm trying to recreate a family's journey from Parkersburg to Cincinnati. Thanks in advance for the help!!!::::--Craig

Jan 14, 2003 at 02:59:02
I am honored to drop a line here and say thank you for keeping this great site online.

Jan 16, 2003 at 17:40:47
M. Woltz (
Would like to know how someone would get a job with "the goverment" in the early 1900's taking pictures along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers? How would someone go about getting a job at that time and whom could I contact to get any information?::

Jan 17, 2003 at 01:51:06 (
Steamboats are artpieces. Thanks for sharing your passion with us!

Jan 17, 2003 at 01:51:21 (
Steamboats are artpieces. Thanks for sharing your passion with us!

Jan 17, 2003 at 06:00:19
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Both content and design of this site are great. Thank you for sharing your work.

Jan 17, 2003 at 10:35:39
Virginia Anderson (
Hi I am looking for some information about the Jim Fisk that was on the Mississippi from Cairo Ill to St. Louis. during the 1890's I was told there was an explosion in Nov of 1895 which killed my great great grandfather Charles Newell Any information on this boat or my grandfather ort explosion who be appreciated Especially a picture of the boat. Thanks Virginia Anderson 3810 NW Morley Ct. Topeka, Kansas 66618 email

Jan 18, 2003 at 13:50:25
L Endsley (
Looking for info on a gambling boat explosion that happened on the Mississippi River in New Orleans about 1849-1850. (Family story is this is where a family member died.)

Jan 21, 2003 at 19:33:37
DIana dryesgt
Does ne 1 noe if stemboats were funded by the federal gov't in the 19th century????::

Jan 22, 2003 at 02:31:15
This site is a great resource, thanks, it's a pleasure to sign your guestbook!

Jan 23, 2003 at 06:56:41
Business Tips Free
Your site is really good. You're welcome to visit my humble site too. Greetings!

Jan 24, 2003 at 05:56:49
A. Netwerk
This wonderful site is worth dropping a line in your guestbook to say thanks!

Jan 24, 2003 at 15:00:08
G. Cooper
Thanks for this site and greetings from London!

Jan 27, 2003 at 19:44:53
Richard Pollard (email Richard Pollard)
Hi Nori::Its been a while since I last visited your web site . I like how you have updated the links to "Daniel the War years" . My research continues and it is now about 4 chapters . Since I intend to turn it into a book I no longer post it to my web site . I am working on a new Web page that my be of interest , I am trying to collect names of boats , Pilots , Captains and boatmen in the history of the general Pittsburgh area .:: Keep up the good work !:::: Sincerely Richard Pollard ::

Jan 28, 2003 at 07:53:00
John J. Kudlik (
Very interesting site! I am researching, and in the process of writing a book, about the Missouri River Transportation Company (Coulson Line) which built and owned the Far West.::Over the years I have been fortunate to have acquired a number of interesting documents and artifacts from members of the Coulson family, which have served as the basis for my research. ::I am also very interested in the 19th century steamboat building industry that grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. James Rees and Sons as well as the boatyards in Brownsville and Elizabeth, PA are ::of particular interest. I have among a collection of Rees documents, the original four foot long plans-drawings from the Rees boatyards that were used in the construction of the Str. Idewilde ::(which is now of course the Str. Belle of Louisville). ::I would be happy to correspond with other river enthusiasts who have similar interests.::John J. Kudlik::Professor::History Dept.::C.C.A.C.::808 Ridge Ave.::Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Jan 31, 2003 at 06:00:12
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Jan 31, 2003 at 11:31:58
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Feb 3, 2003 at 02:31:34
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Feb 3, 2003 at 18:17:07
Jason (
Does anyone know any stories about attempts by steamboat owners to sabotage their compeditors craft?::::

Feb 4, 2003 at 14:41:41
enonymous (
Is there anything on this site that tells you how fast the 1820's steamboats went?

Feb 4, 2003 at 14:43:21
James (edud420)
Does anybody know how fast the 1820's steamboats went?

Feb 7, 2003 at 05:41:21
this site sucks hole

Feb 9, 2003 at 01:26:21
Bobby Meeks (Rivercipsy@AOL.COM)
I would like to know about Steamboats of the past on the upper Black Warrior River.WE have a houseboat there and would like to learn more of the history.

Feb 9, 2003 at 16:27:22
Cool Website!! Very Helpful

Feb 10, 2003 at 06:15:51
sweet kisses

Feb 10, 2003 at 11:39:44
Daniel McCay (
Thanks for the "ride"

Feb 27, 2003 at 10:16:26
jerome (
what affect did steamboats have on the new colonies

Feb 27, 2003 at 14:32:15
Ryan (
I have to find a model of Fulton's Clermont does anyone know where i could find it?

Mar 4, 2003 at 07:08:40
Marcia Eyberse (
I've been told that my ggggrandmother died on board the steamer, "St. Cloud", in Louisville, KY. Do you know of a resource that would have information about that ship?::Thank you.

Mar 6, 2003 at 11:32:17
wade (
for a report I need to know the economic impact steamboats has on the us economy past and present

Mar 6, 2003 at 14:10:34
Karen Roberts (
The Arizona Historical Society/Yuma is searching for the ancestors of 33 Steam-boat captains who plied the Colorado River from 1853 - 1906 appx. We would like to have an exhibit and a reunion for family members in early 2004. Please contact me if you have any clues or ideas on how to accomplish this. Karen Roberts::

Mar 8, 2003 at 07:13:02
Lucette Brehm (
Nori ::::How wonderful to be able to read about the history and the people that have kept the Delta Queen and this company alive. She is truly living history connecting us all together. I'm very proud to have been a part of this. :::: Lucette:::: (With Delta Queen Public Relations since 1987)deltaque

Mar 15, 2003 at 15:32:56
Joe (
It was fun and exciting::

Mar 16, 2003 at 09:59:31
Eddie (
I'm an student looking for the meaning of the word, (labboard)used in "Life on the Mississippi", by Mark Twain, can anyone tell me the diffention? Thank You

Mar 17, 2003 at 03:54:46
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Mar 20, 2003 at 03:29:23
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Hello!::::I really love this site!::::Thank you for the resources

Mar 20, 2003 at 18:52:24
Jim Campbell (
Looking for plans to build a replica of the Island Queen from Cincinnati, Ohio. Would appreciate any information you may have.

Mar 23, 2003 at 17:56:33
Anne Myers (
My question is this: for years my family has told me that my great great grandfather either built or owned the shipyard that built the steamboat Natchez that raced against the Robert E. Lee. My daughter was doing some research for a report in school and the only info we could find was on the ship's captain (and builder) Capt. Leathery. My great great grandfather's name was Joseph P. Rodgers of Cincinnati. I don't even know what the name of the company would be or if this is a true story. I am pretty sure it is however. Do you know anything that might not be in a book?

Mar 25, 2003 at 18:10:52
Jerry Canavit (
The NATCHEZ (6th) was built at the Cincinnati Marine Ways in 1869. ::O. Perry Tharp supervised the construction and Elias Ealer built the cabin. She was owned by Capt. Thomas P. Leathers and ran in the New Orleans-Vicksburg trade. I don't know who owned the Cincinnati Marine Ways at that time. Maybe one of the area historical societies can give you the answer. Hope this helps.

Mar 28, 2003 at 17:10:30
Bud Norris (
I'm looking for any information about a "Steamboat/Steamship", ocean going, named the City of Fairburg. This vessel was owned by the Daniel Ripley Company of Houston, Texas. She was operating in the Atlantic in 1924. She was off the coast of Brest, France when her Captain. Lawrence B. Norris, died on board, on May 1, 1924.::Any information about this ship or this company would be appreciated.::

Mar 30, 2003 at 20:17:22
Janet Downen (
I'm looking for the name and/or picture of a steamboat (name unknown) built by Isaac Walder in the mid to late 1800's. Isaac Walder lived in Cairo, Illinois and was a prominent figure in the community.

Apr 2, 2003 at 12:04:14
Adam Drow (
I am an old river rat from California,Pa, on the Monongahela River::I have a copy of a painting by E P Couse::::it's called The Great "welcomeweek" Steamboat race, at Pittsburgh, May 21,1949-its been in the family since then, I can not find any info about it.::any help would be greatly appreciated.::

Apr 2, 2003 at 21:03:26
Cindy Hoverson (
We are planning our 15oth (Sesquicentennial) in Atchison, Kansas. We need to hire a steamboat to come to our celebration. We will find corporate sponsorship to pay for it. Anyone got a lead? The date would be June 13-20, 2004. Thanks!!!!! Cindy Hoverson, Atchison Sertoma Club. 913-367-0154.

Apr 3, 2003 at 01:43:24
treedude (
i was looking at your photos concerning tree topping. you make the statement that only lic. arborist should be used. this is a great idea but, some off the people cutting for the power companies are lic. arborist. they just do not care nor does the power companies.::::

Apr 3, 2003 at 09:57:54
John Kaighin (john.kaighin)
This site to be commended for dedicated nostalgia!

Apr 3, 2003 at 14:53:24
Carrie Cooke ( Help
Hi my name is Carrie Cooke I am doing a reaceh on Steamboats. I have some questions. How does it work? how long did it take for him to make the right one?:: Thanks,:: Carrie C.