River Log

15 Feb. 00 to 10 Sept. 00

Nori S t e a m b o a t s 10/Sep/2000:20:22:58
Hi Ruth,
i answer the easy questions, and yes, there were still a few in
operation. Most steamboats were killed off during the Civil War (1860s)
and the steamboat business dwindled after that. The Greene Line (parent
company of the Delta Queen) still had several paddlewheelers during WWI &
WWII, and on up into the 1970s. After that, Greene Line sold their boats
to another owner. So there are still a few left!
Ruth Kerkoc   10/Sep/2000:16:21:16
Could you please tell me if steamboats were operating all along the
Mississippi during World War I.
Mary Benninghoff   28/Aug/2000:11:05:17
I need information about travel between Florida and the Washington, DC
area just prior to the Civil War - 1860-61. Boats, trains, coaches.
Any form of travel. If used, acknowledgement will be given in book
being written.
Harriet McCallum   26/Aug/2000:09:48:12
VISIT MY WEB PAGE. It has short notes fram the reviews of my book
"UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HISTORY. The book is now in it's second
The URL for the web page is
See you around the bend.
Capt. Ron
Capt. Ron Larson.U.S MISSISSIPPI RIVER HISTORY 22/Aug/2000:17:16:19
Hugh Smith Comedy Skits, Sketches and Plays 19/Aug/2000:00:34:01
I have found all kinds of information about steamboats, but can't seem
to locate anything about how passengers were fed. Can anyone tell me
whether the frieght/passenger steamboats of approximately 1880 would
have served meals to their passengers? I'm not thinking so much of the
big luxury boats of the Mississippi as the steamboats that travelled
between Yankton and Fort Benton on the Upper Missouri. If anyone has
information on the meals, galley, tables, etc., including whether a
hired cook was on board, I'd sure like to hear about it. Thanks.
Hugh Smith
Hugh Comedy Skits, Sketches and Plays 10/Aug/2000:11:19:50
Good site! I'm looking forward to asking a couple of questions that
will help me with my research. I'll be back shortly.
Karen Smith   08/Aug/2000:06:17:02
My family history says that my great-great grandfather was killed over
a game of cards on a Mississippi Riverboat.Does any Steamboat society
keep/research lists of deaths on the boats ? Also, did any boats stop
at a place called Cottonwood Point ? Thank you for any help-even a no
to both questions would be appreciated !
Karen Smith
Nori Steamboats 07/Aug/2000:21:19:17
Our museum is online, so there is no physical location, but you can visit
other steamboat museums listed on our link page and steamboats of the 50
states page. Click link above.
James J Krenek   07/Aug/2000:19:25:32

Excellent website. Where is your museum?
I don't believe I caught any location where I can visit.
I've been retired 8 yrs. and in that time have modeled 11 boats all r/c electric, sail and steam.
We've toured Mystic Seaport, Maine Maritime and a good number of great lakes museums. Latest interest is in railroads and railroad photography and toy trains. We've (wife and I) have been on countless railtours and museums around the country. She plays tournement level SCRABBLE and we always pick a tourney near a maritime or railroad museum. Would like very much to vist this establishment. Please e-mail info. JJK
Lou Raichle   05/Aug/2000:08:29:56
Do you happen to know if Richard C. Simonton is still among us,
and contact-able? I have a question for him concerning a project of
his from the '60's.
Thanks --
Glenn Reistoffer   04/Aug/2000:19:05:06
just trying to find out info about steam boats in my area. I live in
North west Iowa in between to river one call the little sioux and the
other call the big sioux. I was just wondering if there was any travell
up and down these rivers? Thank you for you time, my address is
Cathy   03/Aug/2000:05:53:16
My fiance wants to find and construct a steamboat model. I'd like to
get him one for Christmas, but I don't know where to look. Does such a
thing exist, and where can I get it? Thanks! =)
Russ Ryle NEW STEAMBOAT BOOK RELEASED 8/14/00 01/Aug/2000:08:10:01
Please visit our web page at for details of our new
book: Ohio River Images, Cincinnati to Louisville in the Packet Boat
Era being released by Arcadia Press August 14, 2000.

Based on family archive of never before published material, it documents
the life and times of the packet boat era between about 1900 and 1940.
Many many pictures of boats, landings, towns and people along the Ohio
River between Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky.

Also, note our other river related items in the works for fall 2000

Keep your steam up and thanks for looking. Hope to hear from you soon.

Best regards, Russ

cheyenne7734   30/Jul/2000:08:54:48
Nori, I just worte you this A.M. thure Hotmail, I don't know what I'm
doing I hope you can read this as I can't speal to good.
I'm worndering who is Rodde?
I know Toots, she's A nice lady, I also remember Earnest Johnson,and
Red rooster, thy were like Lora and Hardey,or Abbat & Costella.I also
know Ed Duemler, he was a good friend of mine, also I knew Don Sanders
who was first mate and Jim Bloom who was 2_ed_ Mate , ask them if they
knew Robert Davis, "he was an artest, and a good one. also ask them if
they know why the Delta Queen stayed docked in Tellcity,Ind.?will write
moor about that later. also dos anyone know were Todd is? he was in the
engine room as an oilerback in 1970.that the year I started working on
the Delta Queen.
By for now, hope to hear from you'll soon.

Your friend, Cheyenne
pete kremer   29/Jul/2000:06:58:14
Writing a story that will involve eevents on 150' packet during the
civil war. I could use info relating to living and working on such a
boat. I've read Twains "Life..." but I was hoping to get a better
understanding of an engineer, and boiler room personell's day to day
life and hazzards. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Steve   28/Jul/2000:18:40:10
Does anyone know anything about the race between the Robert E. Lee and
the Natchez? I'm especially interested in the names of the pilots

Tim Collins   27/Jul/2000:17:34:01
Dear Sirs:

I am looking for any information you may have about the building and
designing of a 60' to 110' rear paddle boat. Any information you may
have about blueprints or building information would be of great help
since I am looking to begin building this year. We plan to use it in
the Great Lakes region. Thanks for any help or pointing me in the right


Tim Collins
Fax: (716) 244-5829
PGClark   26/Jul/2000:19:03:35
i'm looking for the history of a ship called the princess, a steamer
from the 1800's that travelled the Mississippi and delivered mail. it
supposidly blew up near New Orleans or Natchez MS. Captained by a
Captain Holmes. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
Mark Bettis   26/Jul/2000:17:31:44
Your site is great.

I read some of the comments and am surprised(really not)to see the
Missouri River steamboats are not of interest. They should be.
The Missouri River was the gateway to the west. The boats that
traversed her played a very important role in the settlement of the

Should anyone seek information about the Missouri River boats, the
information is out there but difficult to find.

I am a Missouri River steamboat historian and I have most of all the
available info on those boats. If anyone is interested, I'll be more
than willing to help in your research. If I don't have the exact info
you want, I can guide you in the right direction.

Come on! The Missouri River boats played an important role in steamboat
Michelle   26/Jul/2000:16:23:08
hi, i loved the site, but couldn't find specific information on the
boat i wanted to research. i need to find out about the Mississippi
Belle, which was written about in Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. Does
anyone know any information about it or where i can look? i have visted
many sites with no luck. thanks a lot!
Phillip   25/Jul/2000:18:37:03
Other than the three ships with the Delta Queen Company and the ship in
New Orleans, where are there other TRUE steam powered ships to ride on?
(I remember the captain of the New Orleans ship saying there were only
6, but don't where the others are. Thanks.
Karen Toots Maloy 22/Jul/2000:17:50:35
I stumbled onto your site while looking for info on Captain Simp McGhee,
a Tennessee River character from the past. I haven't met you, but I
know your brother well. I still use him as an example when crew members
complain that they don't make any tips. Billy knew how to work and how
to make money on the Delta Queen!

I began working aboard the Delta Queen in May of 1976 and knew many of
the people of whom you speak, including your dad and Richard, Mrs.
Simonton, Mary, and Margaret. I was at the dinner in your father's
honor aboard the Delta Queen in New Orleans shortly before he passed

I became a crew member twenty-four years ago and I'm still working on
the boats. As the creator of the Riverlorian program, you can imagine
how all of your documentation interests me! I wish I had more time to
reminisce, but I have to pack to go back to the Mississippi Queen. As
you can imagine, I'm not home much, but I will be back to your website.
I definitely want to read
Larry Heil   20/Jul/2000:17:51:59

I really enjoyed your pages.The tour is excellent.
Nori Steamboats 17/Jul/2000:15:59:11
Answer to Lucille Ferry:

We sugget you call the Delta Queen Steamboat company at (800) 543-7637.
Ask them to mail you a sailing schedule. Their average night's stay is
$500 per person. Each tour is priced differently, so we suggest you study
their printed materials before trying to find out an exact price.

Disclaimer: This is the best we can recommend since only
exists on the Internet. No real rides are available here.
Lucille Ferry   17/Jul/2000:14:02:59
I am looking for a honeymoon package on a mississippi river steamboat
from new orleans to memphis and back. I have always wanted to ride a
steamboat and this will be a dream come true. Could you please e-mail
me with any information?
Barbara E. Jones   17/Jul/2000:13:09:33
I fell in love with the Delta Queen when she passed our town on the way
from Cin. Ohio to Pitts. Pa. I was thrilled when she blew her whistle
for us and played the calliope. I was a talk show hostess at a local
radio station and when I discovered Gabriel Chengery lived in
Pittsburgh I had him as a guest on my show. He was very popular and
returned many times. He was a great booster of the queen and aroused
the interest of our listeners and we worked hard to save the queen.
From that time on the Queen stopped at our fair city. Happy memories
Sharon Brown   15/Jul/2000:12:13:57
I am trying to find out more information about a little unknown
steamboat that served in the Civil War. It was the steamboat CARL. The
CARL was a sidewheel packet, wood hull, 52 tons, built and probably
launced in 1860. It's first port was Memphis, Tennessee in 1860. The
Captain of the CARL in 1862 was a man named BALL. The CARL supposedly
went to the Confederate registry in 1861.

If anyone can help me with information on this steamboat I would
greatly appreciate it. I would like to know the following, if possible:

1. What was the required water level for this boat to float (both: full
of cargo and empty) before it was grounded?
2. Who built the CARL?
3. Who were it's Captains?
4. When did it go on the Confederate registry?
5. Are there any pictures of the CARL?
6. Who were the boat manufactors in Madison, Indiana in 1860 and do
their records exist?

If there is nothing known about the CARL can anyone answer questions 1
& 2. Also where can I get a picture of a boat like the CARL
Adrienne Thomas 07/Jul/2000:10:50:28
We were thrilled to view these pages. It would be an honor to have a
listing or link attached to this site. How could we make that happen?
Thank you
Adrienne Thomas
bill brittain significraft 06/Jul/2000:21:56:36
My site features pens made from the pews of The Ryman Auditorium built
by Riverboat Captain Thomas Green Ryman in 1891 as The Union Gospel
Tabernacle for Revivalist Sam Jones to hold his revivals. Upon the
death of Tom Ryman his funeral was held in the Tabernacle and Same
Jones suggested it be named for its benifactor Tom Ryman, Thus The
Ryman Auditorium.
Buzz McCollough   05/Jul/2000:22:27:16
To whomever might be able to help me:

I am writing an historical fiction novel about my Great
Great Grandparents during the Civil War. He was a aurgeon in the
Union Army with the 15th Iowa Volunteers. His wife, in
June of 1863, traveled by riverboat from Keokuk, Iowa to Memphis,
Tenn. and then on to Lake Providence, LA just above Vicksburg
where she spent the summer until Sept. 1863 with him as he moved
about with the Army of the Tennessee leading up to and through
the fall of Vicksburg.

I am looking for information as to what type of boat she
may have traveled on, what some of the names of boats were at
the time (I have a number of her letters, but she doesn't
mention any boats by name)which she might have used to travel down
the Mississippi to her husband and the general route she would
have taken.

Anyone who might have some information or a suggestion as
to where I might go to find such information, I would greatly
appreciate your help.

Buzz McCollough
Seattle, Washington
Larry Bechtel   28/Jun/2000:17:31:10
WOW ---- what a super website and all about my greatest passion,
steamboats and the rivers. I've been a lifelong lover of paddlewheelers
and anything to do with the inland river system. We just returned from
10 great days in the Prairie du Chien and LaCrosse region visiting
everything we could find regarding steamboats and again taking a cruise
on the Julia Belle Swain. She's a nice old boat however getting to
where she needs some serious maintenance; paint, rustproofing, etc.
Last year her engines were overhauled so she can now be depended upon
to operate reliably. Just thought I would sign in since I only recently
discovered the website.
bob fahey   28/Jun/2000:13:19:03
My wife, Beverly, and I have been aboard the Delta Queen three times:
New Orleans to Natchez, St. Paul to St. Louis and Cincinnati to
Pittsburg. We have no desire to vacation in any other way.

Do not expect to have the flash of other ships. Just sit back and
enjoy the boat, scenery, crew and the other passengers who all seem to
have interesting stories themselves.

Personally, I like the fact that you see land at all times, stop in
real Ameerican cities....No being confronted by starving children and
abject poverty as on big liners.

I would say that the Delta Queen is for older people and not the bee-

Food? Prepare to gain weight! Unless you have self control. Which
would be a shame.
bob fahey   28/Jun/2000:13:15:41
My wife, Beverly, and I have been aboard the Delta Queen three times:
New Orleans to Natchez, St. Paul to St. Louis and Cincinnati to
Pittsburg. We have no desire to vacation in any other way.

Do not expect to have the flash of other ships. Just sit back and
enjoy the boat, scenery, crew and the other passengers who all seem to
have interesting stories themselves.

Personally, I like the fact that you see land at all times, stop in
real Ameerican cities....No being confronted by starving children and
abject poverty as on big liners.

I would say that the Delta Queen is for older people and not the bee-

Food? Prepare to gain weight! Unless you have self control. Which
would be a shame.
Bobby Powell   20/Jun/2000:11:02:24
Hudson River Steamboat " Mary Powell " interested in any information
available. Thanks.
Bobby Powell   20/Jun/2000:10:58:58
Craig & Chris Hall   19/Jun/2000:15:30:15
Great website! As employees of the DQSC, it's great to see that the
history of the DQ is being shared on the web.
Tom Dugan   18/Jun/2000:18:57:24
I am looking for information on steamboats used in 19th century North
Carolina rivers, specifically the NorthEast Cape Fear. I am having
little luck. I only have one book titled "Riverboating in Lower
Carolina" by F. Roy Johnson pub in 1977.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Best regards, Tom

(great site!!)
holly lynn ryan   14/Jun/2000:06:44:22
this is a great site and i would like to see it again umm... if you
know who i am email me i would also just like to say that i miss you
rickie becky john matt joe carolann emmons i hope to see you when i go
to 6 flags timberland campground love ya holly
amandar   13/Jun/2000:09:26:13
cheyenne   07/Jun/2000:17:35:30
to who it may cocern,I looking for some old Steamboat buddys off the
Delta Queen of the 1970's You can contack me at or
Would like to hear from you, Thank you, and Happy Steamboaten
Andy Cochran   06/Jun/2000:11:15:42
Andy Cochran e-mail See next entry 6/6/00
Andy Cochran   06/Jun/2000:11:09:12
I am looking for information on Steamboats that navagated the small
shallow rivers of Southeastern Mississippi and Southwestern Alabama
Rivers. The owner was John McRea(McRae) Governor of Mississippi. The
boat sunk between 1865 and 1890 near Shubuta, Mississippi. Where can I
go to find facts about this boat, name, size, captin etc.
Thank you Andy Cochran 6/6/00
Phil   05/Jun/2000:10:47:47
Great information! I recently saw a picture taken along the Missouri
River at Kansas City that featured the riverboat "John James". The
photo was taken in 1920. Could you direct me to a web site that might
have more information on this steamer? I checked a few of your links,
but found nothing. Thanks!


Jon DeCles The Rhinoceros Lodge 04/Jun/2000:00:43:28
I was looking up Sybil Leek on the net for an old friend who used to
live with her: sadly found that she had died. But there she was,
mentioned in connection with the Delta Queen. Now, as I have spent a
lot of time being Mark Twain since 1972, when first I essayed the part,
the Delta Queen is a topic of considerable interest to me. As my
sister once edited Sybil Leek's astrology magazine, and as my friend
once lived with her, the idea that she was somehow connected with the
Delta Queen holds much fascination for me. I write science ficiton and
fantasy, in addtion to working on the stage, and steamboats are about
as romantic a technology as you can imagine. (There is a wonderful
story by someone or other about a steam powered aeroplane, but sadly I
didn't write it.) If anyone should know about the details of Sybil
Leek's connection with the Delta Queen I would sure like to hear about
it. Alas, I have never been aboard her; but in New Orleans a couple of
years ago I did get to
Russell Erganbright   02/Jun/2000:16:59:13
I'm seeking information related to a steamship that sailed the
Mississippi during the 1890's and I'm not sure were to start my
search. The ship was known as the U.S. snagboat Macomb. My ancestor
was chief engineer aboard she for 10 years until his death in 1892.
Could you please direct me to where I could locate information on this


Russell Erganbright
michael r. brown the mary maclane website 02/Jun/2000:12:53:12
thank you!

i met e. jay quinby in the last year of his life and we became fast
friends. i'm researching his life and works and would love to talk to
anyone who has met him, knew him pr of him in any other way, or anyone
else with an interest.

Kevin McCollister   02/Jun/2000:08:59:03
Marna Reasons   02/Jun/2000:08:21:50
We are interested in taking a steamboat cruise. Do you have anything
like that on the Tennessee River?
M   02/Jun/2000:08:19:48
Randy Davis 01/Jun/2000:19:51:05
Hello all! Former crewmember of Belle, DQ, MQ, and Natchez IX. Very
happy to find that Steamboats have a much higher profile on the Web now.
You all have put together a marvelous site and are to be commended.

I'm doing computer work now, but I really miss the old days, and all of
the very good friends I made during those years (1973-1994 off and on).

I hope my Unofficial "Save the Belle of Louisville" website, put up
shortly after the sabotage incident, was helpful keeping you all up to
date on the recovery efforts. If anyone missed it, but are still
interested in the photos I took inside the Belle before and after she
was refloated, just email me at, and I'll zip the files and
send them to you.

Happy Steamboating!
Ryan   01/Jun/2000:06:20:30
This site is dovoted to being stupid!!!!!!!!
Kaily   31/May/2000:07:22:02
Could anyone tell me or possibly give me a sight to find how long
it would take to cross the Atlantic Ocean by steamboat in the
1940s? I need to know for a school project. I anyone could help I
would really appreciate it!
Thank you
Kaily Merchant
Peter Scott   31/May/2000:07:07:54
Further to my last plea for information,I need somme details
about the rudder arrangement on the larger sternwheelers.It
would be terrifically useful if someone had drawings or photo's
of this.I will reply to all e-mail. Thanks.
Willie   28/May/2000:16:05:54
Captain Harry Louden was famous for his humor and wit in the
pilothouse, though sometimes a bit risque. "Once, Long ago", he
related, "there was a Farmers' Grange Convention, and at the closing
banquet, everyone was pretty well lit, drinking toasts of dark sweet
wine from tall glasses. An old boy from Illinois begged recognition
from the chairman so he could toast his home state. Once recognized,
with everyone standing, he began, 'Here's to the Eagle, that noble bird
of prey. It eats in Illinois, and shits in Iowa!' A great roar of
approval arose from everyone but the rival Iowa delates. One thinking
up his own toast, asked for the floor. The chairman recognized the Iowa
delegate who stood proudly with upraised glass in a counter-toast. The
room was silent and everyone was standing with glasses aloft as he
began, 'Here's to Iowa whose soil is so fertile and rich. We don't need
the turd from that noble bird... you Illinois son of a bitch! " Here.
bo   24/May/2000:06:54:08
this is cool
Barbara   24/May/2000:05:19:34
I would like to know about the "Norman Boat Disaster" which occurred in
May, 1925 near Memphis.
Rodde   23/May/2000:22:16:35
I also remember Ernest Johnson from the "Save the DQ" days. He had a
sidekick everyone called "Red Rooster". They were a team... Johnson and
Rooster. Red Rooster, who was really named Lewis Bayless, got his name
the time he came aboard the DELTA QUEEN with a big grocery bag filled
with something that piqued the curiosity of Captain who was on gate
watch on the bow of the boat. Wagner called Lewis over, and in a loud
voice asked, "What'cha got in the bag, Lewis?" Of course, all the crew
congregated on the head of the QUEEN gathered 'round to watch the
unfolding drama.
"I ain't got nutthin', Cap.", Lewis protested. "Yes, You got something
you don't want me to see in that bag, you do.", the Captain countered.
With that, Captain Wagner thrust his giant paw into the brown paper bag
and withdrew two large bottles of RED ROOSTER brand wine. The crew
roared with delight as Lewis was caught, red-handed, bringing aboard
two bottles of wine that had a picture of a large red fighting cock on
Cairo Red   22/May/2000:20:10:49
I remember Gabe C. when he was in the Purser's office on the DELTA
QUEEN. Wasn't there a story going around about him and some stuff from
the engine room on the Steamer SPRAGUE that was tied-up in Vicksburg?
Does anyone know the details about that one?
Bob Levine   22/May/2000:04:56:36

Could you please tell me, if possible, what the boat flag colors were
for the steamboat Robt. E. Lee.
Bob Levine
Ralph Lotshaw   21/May/2000:10:44:04
My great grandfather, a soldier in the 83rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry,
died of disease on 24 December 1862 on the Steamer Sioux City while
enroute to Vicksburg as part of Sherman's army.

I am attempting to find a photograph of the Sioux City and would
appreciate any information where this could be found.
Riverboat Willie   19/May/2000:01:48:48
Ernest Johnson and Ed Duemler were both deckhands on the DELTA QUEEN
back in the "Save the DQ" days. Johnson was uncontollably "goosey", and
when he was goosed he'd always thrash around and yell, "Come up outta
there, Sam, and kiss my ass!" Well one day, Johnson was about to make
a page for the Captain on the PA system at the Purser's Office, and as
he spoke, "Captain Wagner, Captain Wagner, come up to the Purser's
Office...", Ed Duemler ambled by Johnson and reached over and gave him
a goose. Johnson, in the middle of his announcement, couldn't control
what he was about to say, and he continued, "Captain Wagner, come up to
the Purser's Office... and kiss my ass!" Poor old Johnson was
mortified, and the no-nonsense Captain Wagner saw no humor in the joke
Ed played on Johnson. Johnson got a good chewing-out, and the prank is
still remembered and laughed-at, three decades later.
Kristy   14/May/2000:14:49:48
JOHN BERGER   10/May/2000:20:09:53

curt johnson   09/May/2000:11:46:06

im a deckhand on the julie belle swaine and ilike this site
keep it up
curt johnson   09/May/2000:11:37:11

im a deckhand on the julie belle swaine and ilike this site
keep it up
Kristie   05/May/2000:17:03:29
I am trying to research and find information on an ink drawing of the
Paddle boat "Delta Queen" the artist's name is Paul Brinkman. I don't
know much about steamboats honestly. But my mother would like to know
if you have any information on this artist. Is he anybody special? She
bought this picture of something else at a yard sale and underneath the
picture she purchased she found this drawing of the Delta Queen by Paul
Brinkman. Just wondering if this guy is a known artist? Please let me
know if you have any information. Thank you
Marty Theriac   04/May/2000:12:41:42
tom   27/Apr/2000:15:40:37
I did not like this site
~Annie~   27/Apr/2000:06:31:44
Hi! Great Site! I was trying to learn all about steamboats, and I tried
every search engine, finally I came to this one and it helped! Thanx
David Oldroyd   25/Apr/2000:11:11:53

Joseph & Gwen Bartol   21/Apr/2000:18:38:07
Were not both the DK & DQ both originally wooden hulls? The DQ was
givin a steel Hull around 1960 @ Dravo Corp at pittsburgh and when the
three year last chance was given her, Dravo designed and was awarded the
contract to build the new MQ, But we were too busy with other contracts
and it was subcontracted to Jeffboat (TODD SHIPYARDS) and built
1974-1977. Fred Way was the pilot who brought her (DQ) up from New
Orleans to Pittsburgh when she was originally sold to Greenline.
Riverboats are part of my life as I helped build 50 new and helped
repower 10 at Dravo corp, Pittsburgh, Pa. We found these articles very
interesting and have been looking and have found a lot of facts to learn
and a lot have been learned.
clint bones   14/Apr/2000:10:41:19
i like your web site
T. K. Saale   14/Apr/2000:05:17:51
Virgil Leadicker - I am looking for information on Virgil Leadicker, my
great-grandfather, who was a riverboat captain in the early 1900s. He
resided in Paducah, Kentucky.
Marilyn H Dietz   13/Apr/2000:03:28:10
I am looking for any information on several steamboats. My great uncle,
Thomas Hamilton owned the H.R.W. Hill commonly called the Harry Hill. It
was involved in a wreck with a steamboat called, The Western World. I do
not know the year or location of this wreck but about 30 people on the
Western World lost their lives. The H.R.W. Hill went from Memphis to New
Orleans. The other steamboat that I need information on was owned by my
gggrandfather, Andrew Hamilton and was called Woods. Anyone having
information about these steamboats or pictures, I would greatly
appreciate their help. Thanks in advance.
Marilyn Dietz   13/Apr/2000:03:23:22
I am looking for information on several steamboats. I am researching my
Bethani Jaide Good   12/Apr/2000:13:37:56
Ray Campbell   11/Apr/2000:20:12:09
Hopefully a great site. I am looking for information about my Dad, his
name was Robert "Ken" Campbell, and he was an engineer aboard several
steamboats, the Homstead, Cresent, Wacouta,City of Pittsburgh,
Duquesne,J.C.Perry, Monongahela Clairton,I. Lamont Huges and Willie
Whigam. He was taken off the Steamer B.F. Fairless of the Carnegie-
Illinoise Steel Corp.,seriously ill and sent to West Penn Hospital,
where he died shortly after.I would like to find some pictures of some
of the boats he was on, and also any information, or stories by anyone
who knew him. I was only ten years old at the time of his death and
would appreciate any information about Ken that I could get. Thanks
much for such a great site. Ken"s son.......RAY cAMPBELL
Rick Pollard   10/Apr/2000:12:07:22
Would anyone out there who owns a copy of Way's Towboat's
look up the Dan Pollard for me . built at Mckeesport or Pittsburgh PA.
1846-1848 . Daniel Pollard was the Capt. of the V.F. Wilson Sister boat
of the IKE HAMMITT both imployed by General Grant
At Vicksburg . Thank You
Rick Pollard
Regina   09/Apr/2000:15:40:15

This is so facinating. Who would have thought I would find steamboats interesting? I am goimg to show this to my mother. Her hometown is also Huntington W VA. My great great grandfather was a gambler on a river boat but I will indeed ask her more about that. Mark Twain and I were born on the same month and day. We live in Iowa now and have crossed the Missippi and Cinncinati Rivers alot to see my grand-parents. Great pictures and basic info-I have alot more searching to do. Good Day.
Jonny Natale   08/Apr/2000:20:39:57
I am a six-year old boy who is absolutely crazy about steamboats! Do
you know where I can get things like steamvoat models, toys and T-
shirts? I would sure appreciate it! (Mom helped me type this)
Laurie A. Gruber   06/Apr/2000:08:34:25
This is a great page. I actually am looking for some help. My
parents, who reside in Cleveland, Ohio, claim to have seen a TV
commercial advertising steamboat rides on the Ohio River (day/weekend
type trips). I have been searching the net trying to collect details
for them with no luck.

Do you know of any company that offers the above or any site where I
might find additional information?

Please help!
Saturn Mars   03/Apr/2000:16:47:21
this web site was VERY stupid
Anna Desenberg   03/Apr/2000:10:48:13
My family purchased a small home in northern California in 1952 which
was built by a gentleman that worked on the Delta Queen. He gave us a
set of mahogany bunk beds that were from the Delta Queen. We are
considering selling them as antiques, however we thought they may be of
interest to your organization. If so, we would appreciate a response.

Thank you. We have enjoyed looking at this site.
Ronald W. Bellamy   02/Apr/2000:23:00:58
My granduncle Clement Edwin Taylor was the Chief Engineer aboard the
Delta Queen, wish I could get more information from the log books on
his voyages up the Delta to Sacramento or Stocton, California. Know
anyone that kept that information. I have some of his United States
Coast Guard License's To U.S. Merchant Marine Officer Papers. Dated
from 1936 to 1945.
melanie treat   31/Mar/2000:10:30:55
Leon Fredrick   31/Mar/2000:09:09:27
Love paddlewheel cruising and steamboat history.
brad king   28/Mar/2000:14:18:29
this is a cool page
Cathy Shiflett   27/Mar/2000:19:04:29

I just bought a painting of a steamboat named Amakca Winants. The artist is Bocht. The only clue is that the U.S. flag flying from the boat has 36 stars, which dates the boat to 1864-67. I have not been able to find any info in the library or at online sites. Would appreciate any assistance in identifying where this vessel was active. Thanks very much. Cathy Shiflett
Melvin Richardson   27/Mar/2000:12:11:46
nori S t e a m b o a t s 23/Mar/2000:00:55:53
Dear Dan,
if you (or anybody out there!) develops a steamboat activity, or thinks
of an idea you want us to work on, please send your suggestions. We will
be happy to post a new section of the steamboats classroom. Our site is
very new & we hope to offer much more in the years to come. YOu can help.
Dan Jenson   22/Mar/2000:18:13:10
I was looking for an activity that I could use about steamboats for
school, but thanks anyways
Dave S. (Minneapolis   22/Mar/2000:14:27:09
jackie   22/Mar/2000:09:29:20
This is a great overview .
Bryan   19/Mar/2000:11:45:34
sue gordon   19/Mar/2000:08:54:37
SUE GORDON   17/Mar/2000:19:20:08
In his obituary, it was said my great grandfather, John Adkins: "At the
age of eighteen hears, he held a license to operate a steamboat and
entered the river traffic as an engineer on steamboats plying the Ohio
and Mississippi rivers. He was well and favorably known upon both the
upper and lower reaches of both great inland waterways. He followed the
river for years and received his cognomen of "Steamboat" from having
followed the rivers. Few of the early rivermen were so well known as
John Adkins. Many of the rivermen of his day tell of his exploits
during his active life on these two great inland waterways of our
country." He later became a railroad engineer for the B&O and lived the
rest of his life in Newark, Ohio. He was born at South Point, Ohio, in
1954. If anyone knows anything more about my great grandad, please
contact me by e-mail. I want to hear more about him.
Elazar   14/Mar/2000:18:15:14
i have to write a report about steamboats 750 words but i am having
trouble finding the information necessary if anyone can help i would be
most appreciative just to cut to the chase the report needs . "American
society in the mid-1800's ( from 1825-1855) saw much development,1. How
was the government involved in this?, 2.How did it affect the country?
3. Did the changes or developments have permanent effect or was it a
short-lived movment? 4. Are the changes still visible today?" all
explained in some detail. I also need primary sources if anyone can
help i would be very very appreciative
Joseph Romero   14/Mar/2000:14:09:04
How could I get a copy of a map or maps, showing the actual regular
Steamboat stops these boats would make. Particularly around Houston and
East Texas????
jerry shasteen   13/Mar/2000:19:21:42
looking for information on the sale of steamboats etc.
Marlene Gantt   13/Mar/2000:18:52:46

Does anyone have information on Capt. Mary B. Greene? Turn of the
century river boat captain. I write for a newspaper. Thanks.
L & L Gray   12/Mar/2000:08:30:45
We are looking forward to our first cruise on a paddlewheel up the
Mississippi River from New Orleans.
Captain Jerry   10/Mar/2000:23:19:44
My current project (I've been working on it during the helter-skelter of
remodeling) is a timeline for important events in steamboat history.
It's turned out to be a bigger task than I had anticipated. What to put
in - what to leave out - what is important enough??? I've got ten pages
on the time period from 1786 to 1818 and that's just starting to get
into the real "meat" of the subject. It may turn out to be a book.

Speaking of books - I just purchased a copy of Gould's River History
(1889) on eBay. I stole it for $40.00. Unbelievable!!! I'm three
chapters into it already. The early stuff is interesting and makes a
good cross-referencing companion to Flexner's "Steamboats Come True."
The early development period has turned out to be much more interesting
that I had anticipated. Did you know that there were 12 steamboats that
operated with some degree of success before Fulton's 1807 vessel?
Nori   10/Mar/2000:23:14:37
Hi Crystal,
My specialty is steamboats in the 20th century. I can tell you that in
1975 it cost about $2.5 million to build the Mississippi Queen.
Back in the old days you're looking at though, say the early 1800s, I
would say they probably cost a thousand or more. The early steamboats
usually transported goods and passengers on the rivers. Before cars and
trains, they were the main form of transportation and most of American
life revolved around the river cities and the steamboats.
If you ever get really interested in this subject, buy the book
"Way's Packet Directory, Passenger Steamboats of the Mississippi River
System Since the Advent of Photography in Mid-Continent America."
crystal 10/Mar/2000:11:16:34
i'd like to know how much steamboats cost to make back when they were
first invented & what kind of affects it had on the community then.

Nori S t e a m b o a t s 09/Mar/2000:14:02:13 invites members of the steamboat community to comment on
the question, "Who invented the steamboat?" Answers will be permanently
added to the engineroom tour.
michael glenn   09/Mar/2000:13:26:25
i need to know how the steamboats were invented. can you
hlep me????
tammy   05/Mar/2000:13:06:02
Holli   04/Mar/2000:19:47:23
Interesting site. I am interested in steamboats because my ancestors
traveled on one called "Old Hurricane Deck" when they migrated from VA
(wva) to Iowa in 1852. Holli
Sarah Elizabeth Ulis   02/Mar/2000:07:37:08
A simple, very elementary question: How did the "Texas" deck get its
name, and what are the traditonal names of the various parts and areas
of a steamboat. I'm reading "Life on the Mississippi" but haven't run
into the answers yet...
Bill Brittain   29/Feb/2000:08:58:05
Anymouse Twaintimes 28/Feb/2000:21:50:37
The steamship, Savannah, 350 ton full rigged wooden ship. 32 staterooms
and NO passangers, made the first trans-Atlantic crossing in 1819 in
29 days.
BILL BRITTAIN   28/Feb/2000:21:44:05
cap'n S t e a m b o a t s 28/Feb/2000:11:24:13
Jennifer: steamboats with a paddlewheel at the back go up the river about
5 mph and down the river about 15 mph. We'll have to ask someone else how
fast the trans-Atlantic type can go. I hope someone answers your

Faith: we can help you label the sections of a riverboat. Did they give
you a diagram, or something like that? Steamboats have engine rooms,
crews' quarters, the bow; then the dining room, kitchen, guest rooms,
lounges, parlors, decks, and purser's office; and on top, the pilot
Jennifer Johnson   27/Feb/2000:16:48:11
Question: I am doing research on steamboats of 1872. I need to know
the speed at which they travel so I can calculate the transAtlantic
crossing from NYC to Ireland. Can you help me??? The report is due
Tuesday, February 29, 2000! Thanks! JJ
faith blount   27/Feb/2000:14:35:58
i need to label the sections of a steamboat. can you help me?
Doug Pettit 27/Feb/2000:06:22:19
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Patricia Nelson   26/Feb/2000:03:40:39

I suppose I am a much younger fan of your website than the norm. I
worked as a bartender on the American Queen. I began my employ on the
AQ on the foggy morning of June 4, 1997 in Memphis Tennessee.

I was just 23 years old, embarking on a magnificent adventure that
began quite immediately. Within the first five hours I was employed
with the DQSC, I was unpacked, changed into a work uniform, sent to my
post, trained at my job, and informed of my duties during fire drill.
When the horns sounded, I made my way to my cabin to retrieve my life
vest, and heard whisperings around me from the then-anonymous faces of
fellow steamboat employees..."did you see the body?" "There's a dead

In my naivety, I thought this was perhaps some inside joke held by the
steamboaters during the "man overboard" drill. Much to my surprise,
they were serious!

I retrieved my life vest in absolute confusion (even after nine months
on the AQ, fire drill always struck me as chaotic a
Graham Watson   25/Feb/2000:11:29:19
As a friend of Fritz's I am glad to see his book in the book store.
Great site keep up the good work.
nori S t e a m b o a t s 25/Feb/2000:09:52:20
The real steamboats timeline is still under development and has not been
posted on the Internet yet, but you can log onto one timeline right now
that tells a lot about steamboats. Click on the link above to find the
Mark Twain timeline by K. Spitzer
Tyler Gilbert   25/Feb/2000:05:40:17
site needs timeline
CHESTINE E HARRIS   24/Feb/2000:20:29:27
Mark Austin Byrd Mark Austin Byrd, Sculptor 23/Feb/2000:17:52:51
STEAMBOAT MINNIE SIMM -1866: I am looking for information about the
Minnie Simm, a Mississippi Riverboat which was in New Orleans Feb 27,
1866. Need any information about her and a picture!

STEAMBOAT MONSOON - 1866: I am looking for information about the
Monsoon, a Mississippi Riverboat which sailed from Baton Rouge to New
Orleans Feb 22, 1866. Need any information about her and a picture!

STEAMSHIP ST. MARY - 1866: I am looking for information about the
STEAMSHIP St. Mary which sailed from New Orleans on 2/28/1866 to
Galveston, TX where it arrived 3/2/1866. Need info and pictures.

Mark Austin Byrd Mark Austin Byrd, Sculptor 23/Feb/2000:17:28:49
K   22/Feb/2000:17:58:30
HEy any one who is reading this. I am only signing this because I have
a question. Does anyone have a time line of the history of steamboats,
or a map that relates to steamboat evolution. I really need these
items for a project I am doing in school. If you have any information,
please E-mail me at
Thank you much!!
Sarah Golden   22/Feb/2000:10:50:12

I liked the pictures and the fact the there is a steamboat web site with all kinds of information.Thanks!
BRADLEY   22/Feb/2000:10:24:53
nori S t e a m b o a t s 21/Feb/2000:17:56:02
Mark Twain
Life on the Mississippi
lists these depts in the footnote on p. 59:
Mark twain is 2 fathoms
Quarters twain is 2 1/4 fathoms, 13 1/2 feet
Mark three is three fathoms

David Daruszka   20/Feb/2000:21:09:42
It's nice to see a comprehensive site about steamboats. A number of
years ago I wrote a proposal for a TV documentary on the subject
called "Steamboat a Comin'". I was unable to find funding or interest
in the PBS world. The internet strikes me as a great alternative to
the difficult task of funding and producing such ventures. I recently
purchased Front Page and hope to get some of my ideas into web sites.
Sites like this one show me the endless possibilities.
latishah and hazel   20/Feb/2000:20:22:20
Joe Rewerts   20/Feb/2000:09:34:41
Hi! I hope you can answer my question, because it would help me very
much! Okay, here it goes. you know how Mark twain got his name right.
Because that is what the steamboat leadsmen cried out the depth of the
water. By example, yelling,"by the mark, twain!" Which ment the water
was a safe depth of two fathoms(6 feet). Well, I got a oppurtunity for
extra credit by my College English I, teacher to see if I could find
what it was that they yelled if it was a different depth, say less
than, or more than two fathoms(6 feet). Or, if they just yelled the
same thing, or what? PLEASE HELP! If you don't know, then just E-Mail
me back so I know that you don't know! THANKS!
nori S t e a m b o a t s ! 18/Feb/2000:17:39:31
Hi Bradley,
i believe that Mark Twain explains it best in his book, _Life on the
Mississippi_ The riverboats became the center of commerce up and
down the river system and whole towns developed around the river trade.
When the boats were coming, the whole town would come alive to receive
goods and prepare shipments. This was before trains, so the riverboats
were the best way to get around the country.

Just like trying to understand any other historic period, the novels
about steamboat life throughly answer your question. Twain was born
in 1835 and lived to 1910. He was the most important American writer his
time. He grew up with the steamboats and even became a steamboat pilot.
He describes that life in his book (mentioned above). He also talks about
steamboats quite a bit in his autobiography. The demise of steamboats was
during the Civil War, when many were sunk. The Civil War
ran from 1861 to 1865. So your teacher is asking what did steamboats do
to develop America prior to the Civil
Bradley   18/Feb/2000:16:44:17
I am researching how the steamboat played an important part in
developing the Americas from 1840-1865. I'm having trouble finding good
info and personal accounts . I already went into the steamboat learning
center .I can't find a lot of information. It did not help, can anyone
help me. Thank You
Richard Simonton, Jr   18/Feb/2000:09:53:57
Just discovered your site and look forward to exploring it. I clearly
remember the dinner conversation in early 1958, when my sister and I
talked my father into saving the Delta Queen. (Not that he needed any
convincing.) It was wonderful spending Summer vacations on the boat.
Thank you very much for preserving and sharing its history.
Jim Schenk Bluegrass. Banjos & Riverboats-Jim's Page 16/Feb/2000:09:19:54

I have a serious interest in all types of ole-time string music, especially Bluegrass. I particularly enjoy Bluegrass and Folk style banjo. I also have an avid interest in river
history, steamboats, riverboats, sternwheelers, etc. that plied the "Western Rivers" of the U.S. (Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland). I live in Hendersonville, Tennessee, on the Cumberland River CRM-222.5 - one mile off the channel on Drakes Creek (LDB) Drakes Creek secondary mile marker 1.
I am a member of "The Son's & Daughter's of Pioneer Rivermen", and a board member of "The Middle Ohio River Chapter" of "S.& D."
I would very much like to hear from anyone with similar interests. My e-mail address is:
Pam Marsala   15/Feb/2000:19:12:51
Looking for information on the steamer Saint Francis Belle. I have a
cabin register book dating back to September 13, 1875-78. Do you know
anything about this boat? Or where I can find any information on it
danilee   15/Feb/2000:09:41:14
hi cool site
Carol Szwedko   15/Feb/2000:06:05:58
You have a great site! I am looking for information on the Goldenrod
Showboat. Need photos and info. for research project.
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