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Libraries & Maritime Museums

MarkTwainHouse.org A house with a heart and Soul.

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium visit the steamboat museum in Dubuque, Iowa, a project of the Dubuque Historical Society.

Vancouver Maritime Museum On board for Adventure

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum of Louisiana

Directory of Maritime Museums at the Council of American Maritime Museums.

Howard Steamboat Museum The mission of the Museum is to preserve the Howard family story, their mansion and the history of their shipyards and to foster an appreciation of the development of river steamboats and commerce along inland rivers. Jeffersonville, Indiana.

SultanaDisasterMuseum.com Telling the story of the deadliest maritime disaster in United States history, located in Marion, Arkansas.

John Wesley Powell River History Museum. Visit to find river history, including a model of the Cliff Dweller, and a short history (copied to this site, click here). Photos of the river section of the Powell are posted at this blog: southwestbrowneyes.com.

L.A. Maritime Museum Focus on the ships and history of the L.A. Harbor, located in the old ferry terminal on the San Pedro waterfront. Ship model collection.

The Historic New Orleans Collection The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South.

Upper Tennessee Riverboat Museum, Inc. This museum preserves artifacts, records, and accounts of riverboats on the Upper Tennessee River and its tributaries above Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Museum is located in Knoxville.

Timeline of Ships, Boats, and Yachts the timeline starts at 4000 BCE and goes through 1990.

Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) Bringing History to Light through the Science of Shipwrecks

MarkTwainMuseum.org The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Hannibal, Missouri.

Fishing Shanty Conservancy Shanty "ark" boats, as they were commonly referred to, served as temporary housing for watermen on the Chesapeake Bay from about the 1880s through the 1930s. Learn more about the Ark Boat Project.

Ohio History Connection Visit the Ohio River Museum.

The Rivers Institute at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park part of the National Park Service.

SteamboatEraMuseum.org located in the heart of the Northern Neck in Irvington Virginia between Kilmarnock and White Stone in Lancaster County.

ppRiverMuseum.com Point Pleasant River Museum in Mason County, West Virginia.

Marine Art Museum Paintings, marine art and artifacts, photos

MillerCountyMuseum.org put "steamboat" in the search engine to access all articles about Missouri steamboats.

Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse one of the best steamboat photo collections in the world

National Maritime Historical Society news and events, preservation, education, publications, store, maritime resources

Steamboat Arabia Museum museum in Kansas City, MO, displays recovered artifacts from this steamboat that sank in the Missouri River in 1856.

Cincinnati Library find photos of steamboats in alphabetical order.
Cincinnati Union Terminal Station.

Steamboat Era Museum dedicated to preserving the history of steamboats that served the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Mississippi River Adventures Official Mississippi River Travel, Vacation, and Adventure Resource! "If its on the River its on our Site"

Online Steamboat Museum At This Site - Information and hundreds of photos.

The Nautical Research Guild list of nautical museums worldwide.


More History and Resources

Mud Island River Park Mississippi River Museum

Oral history project Ongoing oral history project by Grayson Mattingly offers first person personal narratives of steamboat memories.

The Steamboat History of Jefferson Co. Ohio

Towboat swept under bridge See amazing photo sequence of a towboat that washes under a bridge in Alabama in 1979.

cruisedirect.com Nautical Fun, Naval History, Famous Cruise Ships, and Martime Research

Save American Rivers - 108 Nature Conservancy Organizations

AmericanRivers.org - protecting rivers for people and wildlife

Do dogs and boating go together? Mysticseaport.org thinks so.

If you need steamboat fonts, check Dover CD-ROM book, "24 Circus Display Fonts." Buy it at Amazon, click here.

The Great Lakes Maritime History Collection More than 1,000 records (including images, video and other related documentation) about barges, cargo ships, lake steamers, lighthouses, passenger ships, river steamers, schooners, and shipwrecks. Located in Madison, WI.

Delta Queen: A Novel, by Charles Bowen.

International Steamboat Society - Steamboating Magazine at Steamboating.org Initiated in 1984 for the purpose of forming a link and a means of communication for the many steamboat enthusiasts throughout the world. The Society is open to anyone who owns, will own, has owned, or simply has an interest in steamboats. Link here to learn about monthly journal, Society membership.

Steamboat Bookstore For books on steamboats - at this site!

Reading list and publications. Topmost resources for steamboat information (at this site).

Georgetown Steamboats - revisit the steamboating days of 1850-1870 with historian Fran Nash. This is an intense historical site with local stories, steamboat and steamboat captains' biographies. All the stories are centered around Georgetown, PA, mile marker 38.9 from Pittsburgh on the Ohio River.

Lee Line Steamers Telling the history of the Lee Line Steamer Co. 1862 to 1926.

SteamboatExplorer.org Chesapeake Bay during the Steamboat Era - on Youtube.

Alaska Sternwheelers, by Murray Lundberg - history of paddlewheelers in Alaska

History of steamboats in North Carolina

Traveling Exhibit on steamboat history in West Virginia (at this site)

Osage River Steamboats find out more about the "little river" and the many steamboats that once plied this route

Steam Engine History Find info. on the development of the steam engine - at this site - with links to other resources.

At this site: Who Built the First Steamboat? The debate continues.

A new book on the invention of steamboats: Steam: The Untold Story of America's First Great Invention by Andrea Sutcliffe

To find books on steamboat disasters, go to our onboard bookstore: Steamboat Disasters.

Historync.org North Carolina Business History -This site has the most comprehensive historical list of steamboats that plied the waters of North Carolina, including detailed lists (type, tonnage, draft, routes, etc.) as well as some pictures, steamboat lines, etc. -- with more to be added. History of steamboats in North Carolina. Go directly to the steamboat page: Steamboat History at the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

The Great Steamboat Race of the Kentucky Derby is a real steamboat race that has been going on for 40 years and traditionally features the Delta Queen and the Belle of Louisville.

American Rivers and Waterways - American migration was often by way of rivers and waterways. These are as important to study as are the early roads and trails. This nicely done site also links to related web pages.

The Ghost of Mary Greene the first woman to pilot steamboats lives on in the legend her ghost lives on the Delta Queen Steamboat. At this site!

GreatRiver.com Mississippi River Heritage, Natural History, and Recreational observations from author Pat Middleton.

Sebago Steamers Passenger steamboats and the development of Lakes Region tourism, 1847-1932

Steam Calliopes info. and recordings at steamboats.org

Upper Mississippi River History by Captain Ron Larson

A good resource for boats operating between Cincinnati and Louisville between about 1910 to 1930 by Russ Ryle. Available in September - a new CD of riverboat music.

Steamboats in Petaluma Read about the history of steamboats in this California town.

First day cover collection from the Delta Queen At this site!