The Tribune Telegraph, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio
Wednesday, May, 12 1897

Monday afternoon Andrew Sayre, cook on the Little Queen, dropped a gold watch in the river just outside of the wharfboat in 18 feet of water. He gave it up for lost and went off on the boat. Shortly afterward Andy Kohl came along and was shown the spot where the watch went into the water, whereupon he lashed a dip net to a long spike pole and dragged it along the bottom of the river. At the first trial he drew the watch up in the net. It was still running.
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Capt. Robert R. Agnew, has been appointed commander of the new steamer
Queen City, which the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Packet Line is
building, and will have in cimmission (sic) in 30 days, is one of the
youngest men on the river, but old in the service of the line.
Capt. Agnew, who is commander of the Hudson, is receiving the
congratulations of his friends over the appointment. It was concluded
by everyone spoken to that it was a most merited elevation.
Capt. Agnew is a great favorite among the people who travel on the
river and he will no doubt add new laurels to his already large
collection. Capt. Agnew says the crew for the new steamer will not be
selected for several weeks.
To more on the QUEEN CITY.
To more on the HUDSON.

The United States Steamer Bee, intended for snagging, dredging and
keeping the Great Kanawha river in navigable condition, has been
rebuilt at Point Pleasant docks, and will now go to Charleston and
take up her old place at the bank.

A model barge belonging to the Carnegie Company, containing 500 tons
of steel rails, destined for New Orleans, sunk at West Louisville.
The barge was towed there by the Moren and was to have been taken
South by one of the boats of the Barrett line.

The Steamer Hudson has been chartered to the
Coney Island Packet Company, of Cincinnati, and will enter the
trade May 29 under command of Capt. John Sweeney, mate of the VIRGINIA.
The Queen City will take the place of the Hudson and will be
commanded by Capt. R. R. Agnew. The new boat will leave here on the
Hudson's day.  More on The VIRGINIA.  More on QUEEN CITY

Capt. W. L. Downie has commenced repairing the wharfboat by putting
in new out riggers and guards.

The M. P. Wells formerly in the Ravenswood and Middleport trade has
had a complete new cabin put on here at Cincinnati.

The FRANK GILMORE was sold at Pittsburgh last week by the Sheriff to
Capt. Briggs.

Capt. Jack Leonard has been appointed mate of the Pittsburgh and
Cincinnati Packet Company's new steamer, QUEEN CITY. 
is a first-class man, and will have the finest boat on the river.
Captain Leonard was formerly master of the John K. Speed.
More on Capt. Leonard

The venerable engineer, Wm. Johnston, father of Capt. Johnston of the
engineering firm of Crawley & Johnston and of chief Engineer George
Johnston of the fast flyer Virginia, has also stood his last watch,
rang his last bell and closed the throttle forever on his sphere.
He died in Newport Thursday.

Capt. Frisby, of Cincinnati, will visit his old home at Chester this

John Long, the veteran steamboat clerk, died at Vevay, Indiana Sunday.

The following description of English steamboats for the African river
service will be found very interesting to Ohio River steamboatmen:
"Stearn-wheel (sic) steamers with two wheels and compound engines
have been built by Easton, Anderson & Goolden, of Erith, England, for
the African river service of the Royal Niger Co. The hull is of steel,
317 feet long, 27 feet beam, 6 feet deep, with a draft of 26 inches.
The square stern is indented or cut away at each corner to make room
for a wheel 11 feet diameter, with 8 floats, 5 1/2 by 1 1/2 feet.
The center part of the hull is extended between the wheels and forms
the support of the shafts, the sides being curved inward to give a
free flow of water to the wheels. The wheels normally work together,
but the shaft may be disconnected by a clutch. Each engine has two
inclined cylinders, 10 by 30 and 22 by 26 inches, the low pressure
cylinder being below and the high pressure cylinder above the center
line of the shaft.  Steam is supplied by a single ended cylindrical
boiler 9 1/2 feet diameter and 9 1/2 feet long. On the trial trip,
with a boiler pressure of 126 pounds, the engines developed 188 HP
at 13 revolutions per minute and gave the vessel a speed of 7.38
knots per hour." A steamboat like the one just described would be
nothing less than a monstrosity on the Ohio River.
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