River Log
28 May - 26 June 2003

May 28, 2003 at 11:22:11Taylor Richardson (
I am trying to find information on a steamboat owned by my great grandfather, Horace Richardson. The name of the boat was The Melvin. It was located on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. My father has the original operators license, the binacle, misc. paper documents, etc from this ship. I'm trying to find any other information or items that pertain to this ship. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

May 30, 2003 at 08:14:27B-Rabbit (
LOL,::i love to learn like cky and all.::Like to run into walls and hurt myself

May 30, 2003 at 08:14:35B-Rabbit (
LOL,::i love to learn like cky and all.::Like to run into walls and hurt myself

May 31, 2003 at 21:44:03Cassie (
- Nori
what is the reson for inventing the steam boat?::Do you know some of the history of the steam boat?If so can you please email me and tell me.:: Thank You :: Cassie

May 31, 2003 at 21:44:52Cassie (
- Nori
what is the reson for inventing the steam boat?::Do you know some of the history of the steam boat?If so can you please email me and tell me.:: Thank You :: Cassie

Jun 2, 2003 at 09:10:50spencer saulsbury (
my great grandfather was the boiler operator on the Natchez steamboat i got a oil painting on canvas of the steamboat natchez and eclispe racing down the river by j.jarvis davis i luv it if anybody nows more background on this painting plz tell me you can catch me on yahoo messenger on screen name irocs_kingdom2003 email is i will sell for $2.3 million firm this has been in my family for years i would rather keep it if you got 2.3 mill i will sell it::

Jun 2, 2003 at 09:15:03spencer saulsbury (
my great grandfather last name worrell was a boiler operator on a steamboat called natchez i have a oil painting of the boats natchez and eclispe racing down the river on full moon real neato by j jarvis davis this has been in family years and years no what it worth well email or ty

Jun 2, 2003 at 09:26:31spence again (
this natchez was the oldest ive seen yet these boats on the paintings have paddles on the side the old timey ones::very nice paintig if you wanna see what it looiks like then go to and sign in with password natchez and i will upload a picture of the painting in the mailbox for those who would like to see the painting

Jun 2, 2003 at 09:31:41spence
ok just email me and leave ya email and ill mail what it looks like to ya::

Jun 2, 2003 at 15:08:11HarriettMorris (
I am trying to find some info on my 2xs grt granfdfather, who was a river boat captain on the Ohio River, Pittsburgh,Pa. to Louisville, Ky. Any ideas where I should look? Any help would be appreciated. I don"t know the name of the company nor the name of the boat. This would have been late 1800s or maybe early 1900. Thank you for any suggestions.


Jun 7, 2003 at 00:22:17c.b.lewis (
My great,great,grandfather (David E. Brown) was a steamship captain on the Mississippi River in the mid 1800's. His brother owned a steamship Co. in St. Francisville,La. :: David Brown's ship sank, he swam to shore but died of Pnuemonia. His brother's name was J.J.Brown.:: I have seen an article about a ship named the Elizabeth Fedora traveling to Alaska. David Brown's mother was Elizabeth Fedora Brown.:: Does anyone have any info on these folks.

Jun 9, 2003 at 08:50:37Deborah Lonneman (
Hi, I was interested in this page because I am the great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandaughter of John Fitch.::::Deb

Jun 13, 2003 at 03:24:46Steve (
My wife and I were digging in the backyard our newly purchased home and I found a silver-colored coin.::::It says on the face.. "Streckfus Steamers.. S.S. Admiral" and on the back.. "My Country.. Good Luck". It has a picture of a captain and a flag with the US on it.::::Is this something old or is it a recently made souvenier? ::::Just curious!!

Jun 13, 2003 at 16:58:01Mark Beech (
I am just getting aquainted with your site. Your links page is incredible.::::Have always loved western rivers 19th century steamboat history, but this interest was rejuvenated recently when I adapted the opening chapters of Twain's "Life on the Mississippi" into a feature screenplay I'm calling "Mr. Bixby's Cub." Now I'm trying to drum up interest and find a producer. Could I get a short spiel and email address on your links page? And maybe the full script somewhere on site?::::I'm a 19th century American history enthusiast in general. Your site is performing a wonderful service.::::Best regards,::Mark Beech

Jun 14, 2003 at 15:32:07Doug Gordon (
Anyone know of a directory of steamboat owners, south MS and south Alabama during 1850-1900? JOHN H. HORNE of south MS shipped his goods via his own ship on Chickasawhay and Pascagoula rivers. Would like to locate name of his steamboat. Thanks.

Jun 14, 2003 at 23:29:51Cheryl (
I am working on an index to the master certificates thar were issued to the disabled seamen for the Marine Hospital in Gallipolis,Ohio from around 1894 to 1917. I would really like informatin on the Marine Hospital Services. The index has approxiatemly 1200 names. I plan to index them by name and by boat that they served on. The records have a physical description of the men... ::Just need some historical background ::Cheryl

Jun 16, 2003 at 12:25:56Deborah (
I'm looking for my Great Granduncle Billy Kees (William E. Kees) who ran or owned a riverboat in Pittsburgh that might have been called the Showboat. I was told that it was a club with dinner and dancing. My uncle recalls it from his childhood which would have been from the mid 1920s until the early 1940s. He heard that the boat sank. It was a sternwheeler. This is based upon oral histories and may have some misinformation. Does anybody know about this boat?::

Jun 16, 2003 at 15:05:17Mark (
Did the earliest steamboats on the Mississippi have their pilothouses on the top deck? Did the pilot actually stand inside the pilothouse, or was it really a "wheelhouse?" Thanks for your help.

Jun 19, 2003 at 08:52:18Wm. D. Reeves (
I am writing history of Tally-Ho, Murrell papers at UVA have letters saying the Gypsy went back and forth to::New Orleans, c. 1849. Not in Way, any info?

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Hi, great site, i found a lot of interesting information inside thanks :-)

Jun 21, 2003 at 13:39:55Timothy P.Reese (
Where can I get profile info on the SS Hannibal and SS arago, is there a photo in existence of the two either or, looking for vessel history with emphasis on where abouts during 1863.

Jun 21, 2003 at 13:41:45Tim Reese (
Looking for info on the SS Hannibal and SS Arago, photo ??? history with emphasis on 1863, any log history or description, thanx

Jun 22, 2003 at 22:02:29Terry King (
Great site for riverboaters! I'm looking for info on my ancestors - Cramer Family of Clarington, OH. They built and piloted riverboats on the OH river. Lanphier built/owned/piloted the "Avalon", also pilot of "Ben Hur". His father was Jacob H. Cramer, but I have no info about him, except that he was born about 1814 and was also a riverboat captain.

Jun 23, 2003 at 16:55:53Cal Sawyer (
Really enjoyed this site! Worked on the MQ and fondly remember the stops "under the hill" and the gazebo at the top etc. Never forget watching movies out on deck under the moon, on a screen set up for crew members. The vending machines sold beer for 35 cents and we used to buy it all and put it in a filing cabinet full of ice in the laundry (where I worked) and sell it for 50 cents. Most of the kids I worked with were from Ohio. Guess they're not kids now, Cal

Jun 25, 2003 at 13:53:44Timothy Reese (
I am looking for information on the 1863 where abouts on the SS Hannibal and SS Arago, both Sidewheel paddle steamers, my civil War Ancestors regiment, 26th Indiana was utilized these vessels during and Post Siege of Vicksburg, my goal is to find out what these vessels looked like. Thanx Timothy Reese

Jun 26, 2003 at 06:18:42John Cantral (
I grew up in Moline Illinois, which is next to Rock Island and across the river from Davenport, Iowa. In those days, a Steam Boad, called the Quinlan, ran ferry service from Rock Island to Davenport, across the Mississippi River. ::::On hot summer afternoons, my grandfather and I would take a bus to the levee, in Rock Island, then board the Quinlan and ride to Davenport. If Grandpa had errands, in Davenport, we would get off and then take the Quinlan home, later. If he didn't have any errands, we would just stay on, watching them load and unload the freight and passengers, then ride back across. You only had to pay when you got on, partly because there was a saloon and gambling hall, upstairs. Since my Grandfather was a Man of God and I was a kid, we didn't go upstairs, except sometimes to walk along the deck (the view was better). It was nice and cool, on the boat, but especialy cool, standing back by that big paddle wheel. The oposite extreme was the boiler room, where two men shoveled coal into the boilers, just about constantly, while they were underway. I used to think the roaring flames in the boilers might be what Hell was like.::