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Saint Paul


The Saint Paul was a side-wheel wood hull packet and excursion boat built in St. Louis, Mo., in 1883. She measured 300 x 37.4 x 6.4. Rebuilt at Dubuque, 1903 to measure 276.6 x 37 x 6.4. Built by St. Louis and St. Paul Packet Co., and ran that trade under the Diamond Jo banner for many years. Ran St. Louis-Vicksburg, chartered to Anchor Line, December 1886, Capt. Charles Zeigler, with W.H. Pritchat and Oscar Moore, clerks. Diamond Jo rebuilt her 1892-1894 and had her on the ways over a year, the work done at the Eagle yard, Dubuque, Capt. John Killeen superintending. Streckfus Line acquired her in 1911, continued her in the St. Paul trade into 1917 and then rebuilt her into an excursion boat for St. Louis service, in charge of Capt. Ben Winters and Capt. Oscar Olson. Capt. Thomas W. Posey became her pilot and was on her until the end. First came to Pittsburgh summer of 1937, Capt. Hilmar Lax. Again ran Ohio River excursions based at Pittsburgh 1938-1939, Capt. Edgar F. Mabrey, with Tom Posey and Fred Way, Jr. pilots. In winter of 1939-1940 was rebuilt at Paducah and renamed Senator.


All information obtained from Captain Fred Way's Packet Directory 1848-1983. Copyright 1983 by the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen. All Rights Reserved.


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