River Log
06 July 2005 - 15 Feb. 2006

Jul 6, 2005 at 12:28:01 Nori
Hi Everybody - Lots of good questions and references, but the guestbook was getting too long. Click the link above to access the May - June 2005 entries now archived at the web site.

Jul 8, 2005 at 21:36:22Judy Beck (
My grandmother claimed that a great-grandfather of her's was the first American Indian to take a Steam Boat down the Erie Canal. We are tying to do a family tree and the best place to start is to see if that was true or not.::She claimed to be an Iroquois Indian and her great-grandfather an chief.::::Can you help us out because if this is not true than we know that we have no Indians in our family. My grandmother came from Johnston, PA and some of her family came from Ohio.::::Thank you,::::Judy Beck

Jul 29, 2005 at 20:19:21Kathy Geary Brady (
I'm a genealogist who is seeking info about a steamboat explosion that took place on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and St Louis on 9 Apr 1832. ::One of my father's ancestors was a passenger who died in this disaster.

Jul 30, 2005 at 08:28:38Karen Shackelford (
My freshwater aquarium look like it has spiderwebs in it. I've completely emptied it and scrubbed it twice now. I've used bleach and rinsed thouroughly with cleaqn water. There are no new fish and I've had the aquarium for years without this problem. The water begins to get gray about a day after cleanings, within three days these spiderwebs begin. I am at a loss. ANY help would be appreciated. Thankyou.

Aug 9, 2005 at 14:56:39Martin Kearney (
Hi,:: I'm trying to find a drawing or a picture of the Kate Kearney. I'd also like to find some more info on her demise, as what I'm finding is contradictory. What I've found to date is that she blew her stack leaving St. Louis on Feb. 16, 1854, killing and injuring a goodly number of folks. Supposedly this tragedy led directly to the banning of further racing of the steamers on the Mississippi. Can anyone out there tell me more, or set me straight as to the facts of the incident? :: I'd be grateful.:: Thanks,:: Martin::

Aug 11, 2005 at 18:56:19Linda Miller (
Looking for information on names of Steamers on the Mississippi River in 1847 and 1856. Could anybody direct me to where I can find this information?

Aug 16, 2005 at 19:39:05Judi (
I would like any kind of information on a riverboat captain in the early 1800's,::possibly 1837-1847, who did trading and brought in slaves and hid 7 in Pettis county,Missouri. He lived in Kansas city,Mo.,AND TRAVELED THE Missouri river. Thank you, Judi

Aug 23, 2005 at 12:29:55 Asaba Owerri (IMOABA@YAHOO.COM)
Very interesting,specialy when seeing one of the last ones on they upper n.w. Missourie river in 1933 north of Sannich ;Newtown}N.Dakota. ::::

Aug 27, 2005 at 10:53:08Ren (
looking for info,specs,pics,plans for shallow draft 12"-20" steamboats side or rear paddle wheels. Most Upper River boats were rear paddles. Want build/aquire for use on the Upper Cumberland River. Boats that history say's had such shallow drafts were the Iowa City, Chippewa Falls and the Dunbar. Any info would be appreciated. If there is an existing boat with that shallow a draft for sale would be very interested in pics and plans.

Aug 29, 2005 at 16:09:30Liz Stoll (
Does anyone know anything about the steamboat Mary E. Keene? It was built is New Albany during 1860 and was scullted in July 1863 at Yazoo City to prevent capture. I need to know who built the boat and who named it.

Aug 30, 2005 at 19:27:38randy davis (
Hello y'all,::::Just looking for information about New Orleans boat people and boats. For those of you who don't know me I was on the original crew of the Natchez IX, and the Mississippi Queen, and worked on Delta Queen and Belle of Louisville.::::I haven't seen any coverage on the news of where the boats went, and haven't heard from anyone on Natchez, Cotton Blossom, Becky Thatcher, etc.::::If anyone knows anything, we would love to hear from you. I am in touch with Jim McCoy on the Belle and I'll relay any info to them.::::Thanks and our prayers are with you all.::::Randy

Sep 19, 2005 at 10:00:07Dejuan Hinson (
This is such a great site!

Sep 30, 2005 at 02:04:34FRANK JOHNSON (
Good service

Nov 2, 2005 at 22:54:41Mr. MoogooBaits (
I really enjoyed this site.

Nov 4, 2005 at 04:00:00Shannon Castle (
Am looking for info on steamboat called "Jerry Osburn" named after Jerry Osborne of Pike County, KY. Thank you.

Nov 7, 2005 at 20:32:47cosmicboy (
fascinating site, i love steamboats!::::too bad about the spam.

Nov 9, 2005 at 19:44:43annie moraless (none)
why aren't steam boats usde anymore?

Nov 12, 2005 at 01:57:02Frank Johnson (
Good Service

Nov 13, 2005 at 11:38:16shannon ( )
I am looking for information on John H. Black, steamboat captain living in Columbia, MS in 1870 and 1880 with his wife, Malvina Willoughby Black and children.

Nov 17, 2005 at 18:48:41frowiss (
Seeking information on a St. Louis Missouri resident from 1860's, Ohio born (1820) William Washington Ferguson, who was a "steamboat man", died that decade,wife Emma, also died. Left infant daughter Clara Missouri Ferguson, b. 1861 in St. Louis. Family history says he worked the Wabash and Ohio rivers.

Nov 20, 2005 at 05:53:10C.B. Lewis (
My great great granddaddy (David E. Brown) was a steamship captain on the Mississippi in the mid-1800's.::His brother J.J. Brown had a steamship company at or near St. Francisville, La.::David Brown's ship sank but he swam to shore, only to die from Pneumonia.::Thanks,::C.B.Lewis

Nov 23, 2005 at 12:08:18H. P. Bloomer III (
I am looking for any information on the packet Bloomer, operating on the Red River/Caddo Lake in the late 1850s. Would also appreciate any information on other boats in the Red River trade. Thanks

Dec 6, 2005 at 22:46:53 Cary O'Reilly (
My great grandfather, William Burbridge Yost, and his brothers owned several steamboats that plied the Big Sandy River around Ashland, Kentucky. One boat was named the Maxie Yost, after my great aunt. I'm looking for any and all information on him the boats, and am looking for any photograph of a Yost boat. Thanks

Dec 9, 2005 at 18:42:40 Morgan (
I'm doing a project on how steam boats affected the westward expansion.. the information is almost impossible to find! Do you have any information on this topic? Please let me know like ASAP!!! Thanx alot, *Morgan*

Dec 10, 2005 at 13:06:29 Mary Bywater Cross (
As a quilt historian, I'm seeking evidence of a journey from Illinois downriver to New Orleans for picking up ship headed for Panama for a woman and her two children, Mary Ann Berry (Mrs. Alexander Monroe), Issac and Sarah in 1856. The journey would have been from Delphi, IN, down the Wabash River to the Ohio River to the Mississippi. I hope someone can provide me answers: Was there riverboat traffic on the Wabash River at this time? Are there passenger records available? Thanks, MBC::

Feb 15, 2006 at 20:53:40
I am looking for the register of river Boat captains on the White River in husbands' grandfather was one and would like to secure a copy of his papers. Where are these available? Any ideas? thanks Patsy