The Tribune Telegraph, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio
Wednesday, August 18, 1897

Wm. McElroy had a narrow escape from drowning, last Thursday evening. He was on the wharfboat when the Valley Belle came down and, as usual, had been drinking too freely. He attempted to grab the line when the boat was making the landing and fell backwards into the river. Some of the men on the boat grabbed him as he came up the third time and had a hard time in preventing him from being crushed between the boat and the wharfboat. The ferryboat, Champion No. 2, was placed on the Middleport docks, where she will undergo extensive repairs. Capt. H. C. Pownall, of the steamer Beaver, was a visitor on Change at Cincinnati, Friday morning. More on Capt. Pownall

The Eagle brought up 16 empty barges from Cincinnati to the Kanawha,
on her recent trip.
Captains Wallace and Scott, owners of the Lorena and Hazel Rice, have contracted for a new sidewheel boat for the Zanesville and McConnellsville trade, to make daily trips. She will be 145 feet long, 21 feet beam and 1 1/2 feet hold. The hull will be built at Marietta. She will be ready for the spring trade.
Capt. Job Whysall, one of the pilots of the Iron Age, which arrived yesterday, is one of the best known Ohio river steamboatmen. For several years he was in command of the towboat AJAX, the largest coal towboat on the rivers until the JOE WILLIAMS came out, and was the first captain to take 500,000 bushels of coal down the rivers at one tow. In 1870 his boat grounded on a sand bar near Lake Providence, La. A towhead formed there, which is still known as Ajax towhead. [St. Louis paper.]
Capt. W. S. Vankaren, of Kingston, N. Y., Grand Captain of the American Association of Masters and Pilots of the United States, has been appointed local inspector of hulls of the inland lakes of New York State. Capt. Vankaren is now serving his third term as a member of the New York State Legislature. He is well known and highly esteemed in marine circles.
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Captain D. W. Woodward, formerly of the IDA BUDD, has assumed command of
the PACIFIC, recently purchased by Capt. P. R. Budd, of Cincinnati.
The Charleston, W. Va., Gazette says: "A Government dredgeboat has completed the clearing of the chute at Leon, which had become filled up with logs and rubbish by the rise in Elk about a month ago. The work was done under the supervision of Capt. Berry Stalnaker."
Capt. A. B. French writes that the steamer MARY STEWART, towing FRENCH'S SHOW BOAT, ran through herself, disabling the starboard engine. Repairs will be made at Cannellton, when she will make a trip up Green River.
The SAM CLARKE has been equipped with steam steering gear, and the CHARLES JUTTE is being equipped.
Pilot James Rawley, Jr., resigned his position on the WILL J. CUMMINS to accept one on the H. M. STANLEY in the Cincinnati and Kanawha river trade. Before going on the Cummins Mr. Rawley was on the KANAWHA, in the Pittsburgh and Kanawha trade.
The Portsmouth Press says: "Capt. T. T. Johnson, of IRONTON, is an applicant for the position of Supervisor Inspector of Steam Vessels, and Congressman Fenton made a special call upon the President a few days ago in the interest of the Ironton gentleman. Captain "Tripp" is a native Scioto countain (sic), and his many friends down this way would be pleased to see him get the plum--always provided, of course, that no present resident of the county is an aspirant. There were whisperings, when the year was younger than it is now, that one or more Portsmouth marines were casting glances in the direction of the good thing in question."
Capt. W. W. O'Neil says much coal is being shipped into Pittsburgh by rail from the Fairmont district. The coal operators in Pittsburgh believe that unless the West Virginia miners are brought out, the miners' strike will be lost.
The H. R. BEDFORD, is carrying the old BOB PRITCHARD'S whistle.
The shaft and the remnant of the steamer VESPER'S wheel, were located near
Clipper Mill the other day and removed from the river. Enos, Hill & Co.,
of Gallipolis, are fixing the shaft so that it can be used on Capt. Brown's
new boat nearing completion at the Point Pleasant docks.
Capt. Thomas C. Powers, of Helena, Mont., and Upper Missouri river fame, late
president of the Powers Line of Bismarck, contemplates building eight steamers
for the Yukon river in Alaska, and has, it is reported, already closed
contracts for them. They will be built in the States, made portable
and shipped and taken overland to Alaska. Quite a number of Missouri
river steamboatmen here are making negotiations with the management
to command and pilot them. They will be stern wheelers, light draught
and adapted to freight and passengers. [Waterways Journal]
See story from Alaskan POV
Monday evening the towboat Onward, well-known on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, was burned while lying in the Monongahela river, near Glenwood. She was owned by Jutte & Co. and Munhall Bros. She had been in service about 20 years, and cost $75,000 when built. It is thought the fire was caused by a spark from the towboat WASP.

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