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1. Name: JOHN A. SCUDDER
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 302' X 50.5' X 8', 48' floor.
    Launched: 1873, Cincinnati, Oh. at Mack Yard.  Completed in St. Louis.
    Destroyed:  1885, dismantled.  Hull became wharfboat at Vicksburg.
    Power: 28's-8 ft., 6 boilers, each 38" X 26'.  6 flues.  Boilers said
           to have come from U.S. Gunboats SANDUSKY and MARIETTA.
    Wheels: 32' dia. with 14 buckets.
    Area: 1873, Designed to be a cotton carrier, Memphis-New Orleans trade.
          1884, went to St. Louis-New Orleans trade for Anchor Line
    Owners: 1873, in part, Capt. A.J. Carter
    Captains: 1873, A.J. Carter
              1884, W.W. Baker
    Companies associated with: 1884-85, Anchor Line
    Comments: 1878, Nov. 28, arrived, New Orleans with 4,484 bales cotton,
                    10,055 sacks cotton seed, 1,069 barrels cotton seed oil,
                    3,059 sacks oilcake and hulls. Her largest freight trip. 
            : Much of cabin material came from MARBLE CITY.
            : Upon retirement from Anchor Line, John A. Scudder received
              a pair of binoculars.
			: had a fandy five tone whistle.


Name: JOHN A. SUTTER
    Launched: Late 1840s
    Destroyed: 1850, June, Exploded on a run to Maryville, Calf..
    Area: 1849, LATE,  California Delta
    Owner: 
    Captains: 1849, Warren 
    Comments:  3. Named in honor of military General John A. Sutter

Name: JOHN ADAMS
    Destroyed: 1851, Snagged and sank
    Area: Miss. R.

Name: JOHN ADAMS FLOATING THEATER

Name: JOHN ATKINSON

Name: JOHN AULL
    Launched: 1840's?
    Destroyed: 1845, Sank Near Arrow Rock, Mo. on Mo. R.
    Area: Mo. R.
	Owners: 1. Built by Capt. George B. Cable
    Comments: This listing prompted by this article, Boone’s Lick Heritage 

1. Name: JOHN BELL
	Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet.  Size: 209 tons
	Launched: 1855, Louisville, Ky.
	Destroyed: 1863, Sept. 24, St. Charles Mo.
	Comments:

3. Name: JOHN BRAGDON
    Size: 273 Tons.
    Area: 1853, California Delta
    Captains: 1850s, early, Lysle
    Owner(s): 1855, California Steam Navigation Company
    Comments: 1853, Ran down and sank the COMANCHE In Suisun Bay, Calf.

Name: JOHN BULL
    Type: Sternwheeler               Size:
    Comments: Sorce 
Name: JOHN C FISHER Launched: 1890's? Area: Ohio R. Comments: From The Tribune Telegraph, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, Wed. Apr. 28 1897 Name: JOHN C FREEMONT/HORIZON Type: Sternwheel woodenhull packet Size: 150' X 39.5' X 6., 315 tons Launched: 1854, California. PA. Area: Ohio R. Owners: as FREEMONT, Capt. Jackman T. Stockdale Captain(s): 1855 or so, Mate was George H. Peppers Comments: The Wheeling Register : 1855, Jan. near Vevay, Ind., collided with SWITZERLAND 1. Name: JOHN D. GRACE Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 166.4' X 33' X 5.6' Power: 14's-6 ft., 2 boilers each 44" X 22' Launched: 1917, Jeffersonville, Ind. by Howard Yard Destroyed: 1930, Dismantled Area: 1917, New Orleans-New Iberia Owners: 1917, Bradford Transportation Company Later, Sherburne Transportation Company 1830, early spring, Purchased by Capt. W.A. Bisso of Bisso Towboat Co. Pilots: 1921, June, Hymel and Pintado, partner pilots for 25 years. Comments: Was immortalized by Roark Bradford in a series of magazine, roustabout stories. : Engines went to towboat TYLER. Name: JOHN D. LEWIS Type: Towboat Size: Launched: 1890's? Destroyed: 1897, Feb. 17, Burned Area: Ohio R. Owner: 1897, Feb., Capt. J. F. Beatty Captain(s): 1897, Feb., Beatty, J. F. Comments: From The Tribune Telegraph, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, Wed. Feb. 24 1897
Magic Cabin
Name: JOHN D. PERRY
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 220' X 33' X 6.'.
    Launched: 1858, Jeffersonville, Ind. by Howard Yard
    Destroyed: 1869, Apr. 6, White R., Devalls Bluff, Ark., Caught fire and burned.
    Power: 20's-7 ft., 4 boilers, each 38" X 26'.
    Area: 1858, St. Louis-Mo. R.
          1860, New Orleans to Red R. to Alexandria, La.
          1868, White R., running excursions.
    Owners: Nanson, Joseph S.
           1869, Capt. Pat H. Wheat of Devalls Bluf, Ark.
    Captains: 1858-60, Nanson, Joseph S.
              1860, William Kimbal
              *1863-65, Jones Worden, during Civil War service.
              1865 or so, Alex Zeigler
    Companies Associated With: St. Louis and Memphis Packet Company
                         *1863-67 or so, Memphis Packet Company
    Comments: from the Boone’s Lick Heritage Quarterly.
            : This was a Union boat during the war.  Conflicting or inaccurate
              information places her in either the Memphis Packet Company
    *Jones Worden's Steamboats and Steamboating Career by Frederick J. Worden

1. Name: JOHN D. SCULLY
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 215' X 34.6' X 4.5'.
    Power: 15's-4 1/2 ft., 3 boilers, each 38" X 26'.
    Launched: 1878, Rees Yard, Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Destroyed: 1895, Aug. 20, Carrollton, La., burned.
    Area: Under Capt. Kountz, miss. R.
          Under Capt. Scoval, Red R. and New Orleand-Bayou Teche
    Owners: Built fopr Capt. William J. Kountz
            Later purchased by Capt. W.T. Scovell, New Orleans.
    Captains: 1895, M.W. Wood
    Comments: was primarilly a freight boat. 
              1894, received new hull at New Orleans.

Name: JOHN F. ALLEN
	Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 130.9' X 37.6' X 4.5'.
	Launched: 1884, Cincinnati, Oh.
	Destroyed: 1896, Oct. Yazoo R. near L'Argent, Miss.
	Areas: 1884, 
	Owners: when built, Yazoo & Tallahatchie Packet Co. (Capt. Woodburry)
			1886, May, sold to  Captain Pugh, of Yazoo City, Mississippi.
	Captains: 1884, Charles B. Woodburry
	Companies Associated With: *Yazoo & Tallahatchie Packet Co.


1. Name: JOHN F. TOLLE
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 237' X 51'
    Power: Compound Hartupee engines, 15's-33's-6 ft., 3 boilers.
    Launched: 1871, Elizabeth, Pa.
    Destroyed: 1877, Nov. 10, grand Gulf, Miss., burned with 23.000 bushels of wheat on board.
    Area: Miss. R., St. Louis-New Orleans.
    Owner: Capt William J. Kountz
    Captains: D.M. Brady
    Comments: primarily a freightn boat.  Single stack was near stern.
            : Once Collided with wreck of BILL HENDERSON

Name: JOHN DRENNAN
    Launched: 1850, after
    Captain: 1850s, Malin, John W.
    Comments: See

Name: JOHN FITCH
    Launched: 1886
    Area: Delaware R.
    Owner: Fitch, John
    Captain and pilots: Capt. Fitch John
    Comments: Used a mechanical oar system.

Name: JOHN FOWLER
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 147.5' X 28.5' X 3.5'.
    Launched: 1886, Jeffersonville, Ind. by Howard Yard.
    Destroyed: 1892, still listed
    Area: Cumberland R.,  Nashville-Burnside trade
    Owners: When new, Alex Kendall and Arch P. Green
    Captains: included W.A. Crawford and A.T. Armstrong

Name: JOHN GILBERT
    Launched: 1880s?
    Area: Tenn. R.; Miss. R.

Name: JOHN GOLONG
    Launched: 1850s?
    Destroyed: 1862?, near the mouth of the Lamine R. in Slaughterhouse
               Bend, just upriver form Boonville, Mo, on the Mo. R..
    Area: Mo. R.
    Comments: from the Boone’s Lick Heritage 

Name: JOHN H. DOUGLAS
    Launched: 1870s?
    Area: Miss. R.

1. Name: JOHN H. HANNA
    Type:Sternwheeler, wooden hull, packet
    Size: 181.2' X 38' X 6.5'
    Launched: 1876, Madison, Ind.
    Destroyed: ?1888, Dec. 24, Plaquemine, La., burned, lost 22 lives?
    Area: 1876, N.O.-Ouachita R.
    Captains: 1877, Blanks, J.W. 
              1885, Blanks, F.A.

Name: JOHN J. ROE
    Type: Stern-wheeler               Size:
    Destroyed: Sank in Madrid Bend
    Comments: A very slow boat.
              1862 Supported Ulysses S. Grant's forces at battle of
              Shiloh on the Tenn. R..  Grant Marsh was her mate.
              Boat yook 600 wonded soldiers back down river.
              Clemens, Samuel was a cub pilot under Marsh, Grant
              on this boat.

Name: JOHN J. ROWE, tow-boat  (?Same as JOHN J. ROE?)
    Type: Stern-wheeler     Size:
    Comments: Seen towing 18 coal barges on Ohio R. in a fairly
              modern photograph.

Name: JOHN J. SEAY
Click to enlarge Picture donated by Ken McCulloch
Area: Coosa R., Alabama and Georgia Comments: from Articles on the Coosa River. Name: JOHN K. SPEED Launched: 1880's? Area: Ohio R.? Captain(s): Mid 1890's, Leonard, Jack Comments: From The Tribune Telegraph, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, Wed. May. 12 1897 Name: JOHN KYLE Launched: 1860s? EARLY Area: 1864, U. Miss. R. Owner: 1864, Northwestern Union Packet Company Comments: Mentioned in this Article 1. Name: JOHN L FERGUSON
Click to enlarge ferry boat John L. Ferguson
Photo submitted by site contributor
Wayne Johnson,
who would like more info on this boat.
Type: Recess wheel, wooden hull ferryboat See Ferryboats Size: 111.6' X 25.6' X 3.6' Launched: 1876, Grafton, Ill. Destroyed: 1886, Still documented Area: Operated at St. Charles, Mo. Comments: Picture above is anotated "at Jefferson City, Mo." 1. Name: JOHN L. RHOADS/CHAS. C. CARROLL Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 222' X 36' X 5.' Power: 16's-5 ft., 3 boilers, each 38" X 26' Launched: 1875, Pittsburgh, Pa. Destroyed: 1886, Sept. 15, Chapman's Landing, Mo., snagged and lost. Area: 1875-78, Pittsburgh-St. Louis (28 round trips), Pittsburgh-New Orleans (2 round trips) 1878-86, Mo. R. Owners: 1875-78 or so, Capt John L. Rhoads and others of Pittsburgh 1878 or so, purchased by Capt. David Silver and others 1878 or so-86. Sept. 15, Missouri River Transportation Company Captains: 1875-78, Sometime between, John M. Vandergrift 1875-78 or so, John L. Rhoads -86, sept. 15, David Silver Comments: 1877, June, Falls at Louisville, sank and raised 1878 or so, renamed CHAS. C. CARROLL Name: JOHN LEE, originally the H.W. BUTTORFF Name: JOHN LOMAS Articles on accident Type: Excursion Boat Size: 160 X 24 Launched: 1881, Pittsburgh Area Area: 1882, July 4, Ohio R. Wheeling, W. Va. Owner: 1882, July 4, Capt. Inglebright Captain(s): 1882, July 4, Capt. Inglebright Pilot(s): 1882, July 4, J.B. Long Comments: Built for Monongahela pool (whatever that is) : Purchased by Capt. Inglebright for Wheeling to Martin's Ferry trade. : 1882, July 4, Collided, head on, with sidewheeler SCIOTO. SCIOTO sank. LOMAS was damaged but managed to help SCIOTO'S survivors. Along with the pilot of the SCIOTO, this boat's pilot, J. B. Long, was charged in accident. : More on this law suit
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Name: JOHN M. CHAMBERS
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet        Size: 174' X 32' X 4.7'
    Launched: 1875, Mound City, Ill. for Capt. Joseph LaBarge and others.
    Destroyed: 1884, July, snagged, burned and lost
    Area: 1875, St. Louis - Missouri R. trade.  Made at least one trip to
                Ft. Benton.
          1878, New Orleans - Bayou Teche trade
    Owner: 1875: Capt. Joseph LaBarge and others.
           1878, Capt. Lloyd T. Belt 
    Captains: 1875-78,  Capt. Joseph La Barge
              1880, T.R. Muggah
    Comments: Took on passsengers from the sinking circus boat
              DAMSEL on Onawa Bend on Mo. R.

Name: JOHN PORTER
    Type:  Towboat, Presumably a sternwheeler
    Area: 1878, Miss. and Ohio Rs.
    Owner: 1878, Cumberland Tow Boat Company
    Captain: 1878, S.J. Bickerstaff
    Comments: This information is from a site visitor: Darl Stephenson
     " . . was involved in the great 1878 Yellow Fever scare up and down Miss.
         and  Ohio.  Reportedly brought Yellow Fever to the city of
         Gallipolis in SE Ohio. My research has shown that the whole thing 
         was probably bogus.  Lots of people died of something, but probably 
         was not Yellow Fever."  
         "She was valued at $40,000 and "was one of the finest on the river."
         Her rocker shaft, which she broke at Gallipolis, is on display in
         the city park there along with the names of the "victims." 
         Sources of this info are Hardesty's History of Gallia County, 1882 
         and the Cincinnati Commercial for July through Oct. 1878."

1. Name: JOHN QUILL
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet     Size: 168' X 35' X 4.9'
    Launched: 1907, Jeffersonville, Ind. by Howard Yard
    Destroyed: 1928, Feb., towed from Mobil to Twelve Mile Island on what was
               termed her last trip.
    Area: Mobile, Tombigbee and Alabama Rs.
    Owners: built for Capt. John Quill and Moore, Mobile, Ala.
    Comments:  1916, June 12, Warrior R., hit rock and sank in 15' of water.

Name: JOHN R. HUGO
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull towboat/packet.
    Size: originally 100' long.  Later enlarged, 127' X 27' X 3.'
    Power: 12's-3 1/2ft., 1 boiler.
    Launched: 1879, Evansville, Ind.
    Destroyed: 1900, May 22, Florence, Neb., burned.
    Area: 1879-1889,  Ohio R.
          1889 or so went to Osage R., Mo.
    Owners: 1889-1900, Osage and Missouri River Packet Company
    Captains: while in OMRPC, Robert M. Marshal and Henry Castrop
              1900, William L. Thompson
    Comments: Using steering oars, Capt. Thompson and Hal Thompson floated burned
             out hull to Osage City, Neb. where machinery was placed on new boat,
             OSAGE.
            : Mentioned in this Article. 

1. Name: JOHN R. WELLS
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull towboat/packet.  Size: 110.6' X 20' X 4.'
    Power: 10's- 4ft. 1 boiler.
    Launched: 1897, Tuscunbia, Mo. for Anchor Milling Co.
    Destroyed: 1920, Jan. 30, Pelican Bend near St. Charles, Mo., sank
    Area: Osage and Mo. Rs. Lynn Creek, Mo to St. Louis
    Owners: 1897-1909, Osage and Missouri Packet Company
            1920, Jan. 30, when sank, Stanton and Jones
    Captain: 1897-1909, John W. Adcock, first master and pilot until sold.
             At one time,  Capt. P.F. Hauenstein.
	Comments: Mentioned in this Document

Name: JOHN RAINE
    Launched: 1850s?
    Area: Ohio R. and Miss. R. and Mo. R.

Name: JOHN RANDOLPH
    Type: Side-wheeler   Size:
    Comments: Collided with BRILLIANCE.  BRILLIANCE sank.

1. Name: JOHN S. BRANSFORD
	Type: Sternwheel wooden hull packet.   Size: 150' X 30' X 4'
	Launched: 1872, Jeffersonville, Ind. by Howard Yards.
	Area: 1875, in Louisville, Evansville & Henderson trade.
		  1880, running Ohio and Upper Cumberland Rs.
		  1885 Was at Memphis as part of Capt. Milt Harry's
				White River fleet.
	Owners: 1875- ? Louisville, Evansville & Henderson Mail Line.
			1878 went to The Peoples Line.
			1878, June, Alex Kendall of Nashville purchased
                        at U.S. Marshals sale.
	Captains: 1875, Frank O. Smith
	Comments: Named after a Col. in the Civil War.
			  1878, Oct. Sank on log at Puppy Creek Bar. Raised.
    		  1880, Aug. sank on snag on Wabash R.  Raised.

1. Name: JOHN S. HALL
	Type: Sternwheel wooden hull packet.    Size: 137' X 35', 110 tons
	Launched: 1864, Brownsville, Pa.
	Area: 1864, advertised first trip leaving mid-Sept., from Pittsburgh
				to St. Louis and St. Paul
		  1864, winter, in U.S. service, principally on Cumberland R.
	Captain: 1864, John Woodburn

1. Name: JOHN S. HOPKINS 
	Type: Sternwheel wooden hulled packet. 200' X 35.3' X 6'
	Power: 16's- 7', 3 boilers, each 44" X 20'
	Launched: 1880 (hull), Sewickley, Pa., Completed at Pittsburgh
	Destroyed: 1917, Jan., Green River, burned while laid up.
	Area: Mowt of her years, Evansville-Paducah
	Owners: At first, Evansville, Paducah and Cairo Mail Line
	Captains: at first, Joe and Dick Fowler
				H.C. Gilbert, of Evansville was master for many years
			: 1912, J.B. Thomas of Evansville
	Comments: 1882, damaged by fire, rebuilt.
			: 1912, Capt. Thomas converted her to excursion boat.

1. Name: JOHN SHALLCROSS
    Type: Sidewheel, woodenhull ferry.  Size: 273 tons.
    Launched: 1863, Louisville, Ky.
    Destroyed: 1877, Dismantled
    Area: 1863-65, Louisville-Jeffersonville on regular schedual
    Comments: 1865, Jan. from 1. Way's
                    ". . . was carried down on the falls and lodged in the
                    Indiana Chute.  The many passengers aboard were skiffed
                    safely ashore safely enough.  A rising river floated her,
                    and she drifted through the chute and was captured below
                    safe and sound.  She ran there until dismantled in 1877."
    Also See NEW SHALLCROSS and The Captains Shallcross

1. Name: JOHN T. MOORE/ENDEAVOR
    Type: Sternwheel, iron hull packet.  Later converted to sidewheeler 
    Size: As JOHN T. MOORE, 176.6' X 42' X 7.1'
          As ENDEAVOR, 234.8' X 41.8' X 7.1'
    Launched: 1871, Cincinnati, Oh. Hull said to cost $30,000. Entire boat $80,000
    Area: Built for New Orleans-Red R. trade
          *1875, went to Tenn. R. trade
    Owners: Built for Capt W.T. Boardman, New Orleans
            Later ran in Carter Line
            1873, Sept., was in hands of U.S. Marshal at New Orleans
    Comments: somewhere between 1886 and 92 was lenghtened and became the sidewheeler ENDEAVOR
            : 1896, New Orleans, still documented

1. Name: JOHN W. HUBBARD, originally the J.H. MENGE
    Launched: 1910, Jeffersonville, Ind. by Howard Yard

1. Name: JOHN WARNER
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.   Size: 220' X 35' X 6.', 391 tons 
    Power: 24 1/2's-7 ft., 3 boilers each 38" X 28'
    Launched: 1856, New Albany, Ind. 
    Destroyed: 1864, May 5, Red River, Dunns Bayou, *shelled by Rebels.  Sunk.
    Area: Mo. R., Red R.
          1857, June 4, The Diary of E.F. Beadle has arriving at Omaha, Neb.
    Captains: ?Capt. Warner?
    Comments:  *She was in U.S. service, downbound from Alexandria, La. with a
               load of confiscated cotton and under escort by the SIGNAL and the
               COVINGTON.  The COVINGTON was burned and the  SIGNAL was abandoned
               to the Rebels.  See this account 

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