Western River Steamboats and
Post Card Collecting
James E. York
.....Since my separation
from active service with the U.S. Navy, my interest
in actively collecting steamboat post cards and photographs
has been renewed on a much larger scale. I have contacted
many of the larger dealers and collectors, and my
collection is growing much more rapidly. I now have
a collection of about 290 different views, many of
which are photo post cards.
.....It is realized that
this article has mentioned the beginning of the passenger
packet, and has gone into detail to explain what,
if anything, remains of it upon western rivers, but
that very little has been said about the heyday of
the packet boat. It is hoped that the following list
of the more interesting views in my collection will
in some small way correct this mistake:
stern-wheel REVELSTOKE in Columbia River Canyon, British
FRANK on record cotton trip in 1881, when she brought
9,226 bales of cotton to New Orleans, thereby establishing
an all time record.
replica of the NEW ORLEANS, which was the first steamboat
on the Ohio River in 1811. This replica was built
at Pittsburgh one hundred years later, and duplicated
the trip of the first NEW ORLEANS to the city of the
same name amid great celebration.
No. 2 a sternwheeler propelled floating sawmill.
This type of craft was fairly common in the old days
on the upper Ohio, going from town to town sawing
logs under contract.
an armed packet of the Civil War period.
RAM SWITZERLAND one of the packet boats converted
and commanded by Colonel Charles Ellet, Jr., during
the Civil War, which operated with a fleet of ironclad
gunboats on the Mississippi River.
water (2 feet) in Ohio River, (1893) at Ironton, Ohio
showing the Bay Line steamers CHEVALIER, B. T. ENOS,
LOUISE, and HENRY M. STANLEY. This is a double length
"Mail Card", designed to be folded, and
a rubber band placed around the card.
Knox Boat Yard at Marietta, Ohio in 1891, showing
the LOUIS A SHERLEY, SHERLEY, TELEGRAPH (second),
with TELEGRAPH (third) building.
Ferry - a side-wheel craft, which had one horse operating
a treadmill to furnish motive power to each wheel.
Race between the NATCHEZ and the ROBT. E. LEE, (a
photo post card from the Currier and Ives print) which
attracted much national interest in 1870. The ROBT.
E. LEE's time made during this race between New Orleans
and St. Louis has never been beaten.
towboat (not generally included in this collection)
F. J. O'CONNELL
with the barge RAMBLER in tow. Aboard the barge is
General Fry's Division of Coxey's Army. Picture taken
SULTANA at Helena, Arkansas with 1,886 soldiers aboard
at the conclusion of the Civil War. This steamer
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