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Name: WHALE Type: Towboat Area: 1879: Working out of Wheeling, W. Va.. Comments: Notes from WHEELING NEWS-REGISTER, June 24, 1951 Name: WHEELING PACKET Launched: 1819 in Wheeling, W. Va. by either the Bell Yard or the Patton Yard Source Area: Ohio R. Comments: Made run Louisville - Cincinnati 1822, 1/10/0 Engines and Machinery probably by T. Sweeny Foundry, Wheeling, W. Va.. 1. Name: WHITE CLIFF Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 137' X 27' X 4.5', 142 tons. Launched: 1856, Little River, Ark. Destroyed: 1858, off the lists Owners: Capt. John Graham of Sherveport, La. and others Name: WHITE CLOUD Type: Size: Launched: 1843 Destroyed: 1849, May 17, when she caught fire, starting the Great St. Louis Fire that destroyed 15 steamers and 23 city blocks. Name: WHITE CLOUD Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 200' X 35' X 5.5', 345 tons. Power: 4 boilers, double rudders. Launched: 1857, McKeesport, Pa. Destroyed; 1867, Feb. 12, St. Louis, Ice crush. Area: 1857, St. Louis-St. Paul 1858, Up the Mo. R. from St. Louis Owners: 1858, Great Mail and Transportation Company. Captains: 1857, Alford 1858, James O'Neal Comments: Lost a race to KEY CITY : Served as U.S. troop transport in C. War, Tenn. R. and Red R. 1861, Aug. Did some transport on Mo. R. (See) Name: WHITE EAGLE Originally the ANNIE Name: WHITE HORSE Type: Stern-wheeler Size: Launched: 1901 At Whitehorse Alaska Destroyed: Area: Yukon R. Owner: The British Yukon Navigation Co. Captain and pilots: Capt. Comments: For more See Yukon River Boats
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Name: WHITEVEILE
    Type:                Size:
    Launched: 1830'S OR 40'S? 
    Destroyed: 
    Area: Rio Grande R.
    Owner: U. S. Army or Capt. Mifflin Kenedy?  See Comments.
    Captain and pilots: Capt. 
    Comments: Transported General Taylor's troops and supplies up Rio Grande.
              The source above does not make it clear whether the Army or
              Captain Kenedy owned this boat.  
    Comments: Source Article

Name: WHITEWATER
	Launched: 1880 for Capt. Woodbury
	Area: 1881, U. White R.
	Owner: Captain Charles B. Woodbury
			1881 or so sold Boat
	Comments: Source

Name: WIDE WEST
    Type: Stern-wheeler  
    Area: Columbia R.

1. Name: WILD WAGONER
    Type: Sideweel, wooden hull packet      Size: 180' X 39' X 5.5', 477 tons.
    Power: 25 1/2s-8 ft., 3 tubular boilers each with 21 six in. flues that were
           eventually changed to 2 flue, standard river boilers. 
           Wheels, 20' dia. with 12' buckets.
    Launched: 1864, Cincinnati, Oh.  by Leatherbury Yard
    Destroyed: 1873, Dismantled
    Area: 1864, Cincinati-New Orleans
    Owner: Built for Capt. Henry H. Down, David Gibson and Alfred Hoff, who
                 was her engineer.
         1865-1866, Nov. People's Line
         1866-67, New Orleans & Bayou Sara Mail Line 
    Captains: 1864, Master, Henry H. Drown; pilots, Ellis Mace and Brose Dennis 
              1866-67, between, Charles Muhleman
              1867, Feb.-1873, A.C. Goddin
               *At one time, Hugh Campbell
    Comments: Whistle went to Capt. William Thorwegan's GREAT REPUBLIC
              * From Campbell family records.
			: 1866, Nov., was in the hands of the U.S. Marshal
			: Mentioned in this Article

Name: WILD WEST
    Type: Stern-wheeler   Size:236 X 
    Launched: 1860? Portland
    Destroyed: 
    Area: Columbia R.

Name: WILL J. CUMMINS
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.   Size: 160' X 30' X 4.'.
    Launched: 1895, Jeffersonville,Ind. by Howard Yard.
    Destroyed: 1901, Beech Creek below Clifton, Tenn. on Tenn. R.,
                     snagged and lost.
    Area: Originally, Cumberland R.
          1897, entered Wheeling-Cincinnati trade with some Louisville-Cincinnat
          1898, Pittsburg-Cincinnati
          1899, Tenn. R.
    Owners: originally, Capt. Thomas H. Armstrong
            1897, Apr., purchased by Capt. Mack Gamble
            1899,March, sold to Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co.
            Later in St. Louis & Tennessee River Packet Co.
    Captains: 1898, James Till

1. Name: WILL S. HAYS
	Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet
	Size: 305' X 44' X 9.'
	Power: Engines from THOMPSON DEAN, 28's- 10 ft., 6 boilers,
		   each 50" X 28', 7 flues
		   Paddlewheels, 30' dia. with 15' buckets, 28" dip
	Launched: 1882, Freedom, Pa.
	Destroyed: 1888, Jan. 31, St. Louis, cut down by ice
	Area: when new, Cincinnati-New Orleans
		  Late in her days, St. Louis-New Orleans trade
	Owners: late in her life, Anchor Line
	Captains: When new, John J, Darragh
			  Later, W.C. Tichenoe with Wash Floyd, purser
	Comments: Named for Col. Will S. Hays, Louisville, Ky.,
			  song writer and newspaper reporter.
			: boat was electrically lighted with 60 "illuminators".
			: Called the "Wild Bill" and beat the times of many of
			  the fast boats of the day but not the J.M. WHITES time
			  to Baton Rouge.
			: Mentioned in this Document

Name: WILLIE C. WAGNON
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Type Sternwheel, wooden hull packet Launched: 1888, Gladsden, Ala. Area: Coosa R. Owner: Peter Wagnon Comments: Source : 1944, Capt. George T. Angle was watchman on this boat

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1. Name: WILLOW
    Type: Sidewheel, steel hull lighthouse tender.  Size: 200' X 65' X 8.'
    Power: 27's-7 ft., 6 return flue boilers, each 40" X 28'.  Burned Fuel oil.
    Launched: *1926, July, Dubuque, Io., Dubuque Boast & Boiler Works.
              *1927, Oct. commissioned. 
    Destroyed: As of 1979 plans were to make her into a restaurant in
               Pensacola, Fl.
    Area: Miss. R., Florida
    Owners: 1927, U.S. Lighthouse Service.
            *1939, When USLHS merged with U.S. Coast Guard was designated as
                  USCGC WILLOW (WAGL-253)
            *1945, Decommissioned and transfered to US Army.  Used to berth German POWs.
            *1962, Sold by Army.
            *1973, Paul W. Jennings, Panama City, Fl.
            *1973, Bob Snow, Pensacola, Fl.
    Pilots: As lighthouse tender, Harry Hines. [Info from site visitor Bill Huthmacher]
    Comments: *built for U.S. Lighthouse Service as River Tender.  Was last sidewheel tender
              in the Lighthouse Service. 
            : 1945, Spring, West Memphis, Ark, dismantled as lighthouse tender.
            : After that was used as quarterboat by G.S.C.O.E., then by construction
              and oil firms along the Louisiana coast.
            : 1970, hull was repaired by Hunt Shipyard, in the Harvy Canal.
                    Boat was to be sent to British Honduras.  It did not happen.
            : 1973, Panama City, Fl., beached by a hurricane, 
            : 1979, Pensacola, Fl., Bob Snow had planed to make a restaurant
                    out of her. Do not know if that happened.
            : *1990, Sold and shipped to Belgium for total renovation.
            : *Later, moved to London, England where is still on display as example
                     of "A typical American river Showboat".  (Huh? d.)  
            * Information from "U.S. Lighthouse Service Tenders, 1840-1939"
                                D.R. Peterson
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Name: WILSON G. HUNT
    Size: 3. 372 tons.
    Launched: 1849
    Area: New York; 1850s, 3. early, Sacramento R., Calif.; Columbia R.

3. Name: WILLIAMETTE
    Launched: 1850's early?
    Area: 1854, late, Sacramento R. Calif.

Name: WINCHESTER
    Area: Miss. R.
    Comments: From The Diary Of Joseph T. Anderson, shopkeeper,
             Commerce Mo.
            - Thursday night, March 21st, 1861.  " . . . The Winchester
             passed up about sunrise this morning. . . . "
             
1. Name: WINFIELD SCOTT
    Type:  Sternwheel passenger/freight packet
    Size: Length: 182' X 31' X 34 (49 1/2 overall width) X 8'(hold)
    Power: 22's -7 ft., 3 boilers, ea. 42" X 26';  28' wheel w/ 9' buckets
    Launched: 1849, March, Wheeling, W. Va. Hull by Knox Yard, Harmar, Ohio;
               Engines placed at Wheeling; Outfited at Pittsburgh 
    Destroyed: 1855, Jan. 6, Corn Creek, Ky, Ohio R., sank
    Area: Ohio R., designed for Pittsburgh, Wheeling and New Orleans trade
    Owner(s): 1849, Capt. Alexander DeVenny and Clerk LaFayett DeVenny
    Captain(s): 1849, DeVenny, Alexander 
    Comments: Hull, double-butt bolted, and double clamped, by Wm. Knox
              of Marietta.  Furnishings from Pittsburgh.  Engines by Phillips & Co,
              of Wheeling.
    Comments: from the Wheeling Daily Gazette, March 1, 1849. 
            : Photo of boats namesake, Gen. Winfield Scott.
			: More about United States Army lieutenant general, diplomat,
              and presidential candidate. Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers," 

Name: WINFIELD SCOTT
    Type: Sidewheeler w/masts and sail
    Area: 1853, Dec., California - Panama
    Destroyed: 1853, Dec.,  off the coast of Calif., struck rock and sank
    Captains: 1853, Dec., Blunt
    Comments:  See Account of Sinking 
            :  The wreck of the "Winfield Scott" is part of the Channel
               Islands National Marine Sanctuary   
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Name: WINNEBAGO
    Type: Side-wheeler 
    Launched: 1831?
    Area: U. Miss. R.
    Comments: Lt. Davis, Jefferson took Indian leader, Black Hawk,
              down river in chains aboard this boat.
Name: WINNIE
	Type, wooden hull packet
	Area: 1877, U. White R.
	Comments, Mentioned in this Article

1. Name: WINONA
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 135 tons.
    Launched: 1845, New Albany, Ind.
    Destroyed: 1847, May 7, Warrior R., Ala.  Snagged and sunk.
    Area: went ot Mobile, Ala.

1. Name: WINONA
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 170 tons.
    Launched: 1855, Belle Vernon, w. Va.
    Area: 1855 - ?, U. Miss. R. out of St, Paul, Min.
          Post 1857, on Minn. R.
          1862, LaCross-St. Paul
    Owner: 1861, Davidson Line, Davidson, Commodore W. F
    Captains: on Minn. R., L. Brown.
    Comments: Mentioned in this Article

1. Name: WINONA  See Post Card
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 102.7' X 27.5' X 3.7'.
    Launched:  1881, but Hull possibly built, 1879, Chambersburg, Oh.
    Destroyed: 1886, off the lists.
    Area: Gallipolis-Crown City Trade.
    Owners: Possibly Capt, Josia Cornwell
    Captains:  Josiah Cornwell, in Gallipolis-Crown City Trade.

1. Name: WISCONSIN No.2
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet
    Size: 200' X 28' X 6.', 297 tons
    Power: Engines, 22-1/2's- 8 ft. Five boilers
    Launched: 1849, Cincinnati, Oh.
    Destroyed: 1862, off the lists
    Area: when new Louisville-Madison
          Also ran Cincinnati-Madison
    Captains: Louisville-madison, T.T. Wright
            *1862, Apr.?, Capt. Tom Taylor was pilot
    Comments:

Name: WISSAHICKON
    Type: Troop-boat

Name: WOLF
    Source: Post Card 

Name: WOODRUFFE
    Launched: 1870's?
    Area: Ohio R.
    Comments: Note from the WHEELING NEWS-REGISTER,
                June 24, 1951

Name: WRIGHT
    Type: U.S. Snag boat
    Source: Post Card

1. Name: WYOMING
    Type: sidewheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 198 tons.
    Launched: 1846, Jacksonville, Pa.
    Destroyed: 1853, Pekin, Ill. Burned.
    Area: later, U. Miss. R.
    Captains: 1847, Capt. William J. Kountz and others, purchased. 

1. Name: WYOMING/GEORGE W. PARKER
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 257' X 45' X 6.1', 1,034 tons.
    Power: 18's-7 ft., 4 boilers each 42" X 26'.  2 flues
    Launched: 1879, Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Destroyed, sometime after 1896, Kansas City, dismantled.
    Area: 1879, Pittsburgh-St. Louis
          187? , made one trip to Fort Benton
          1883: Cincinnati-New Orleans
          * 1884, Nov., Made trip Cincinnati-New Orleans 
          1892-96, as R.R. Transfer, Kansas City-Levenworth
    Owners: 1883, under Southern Transportation Company
    Captains: 187?, William W. Coulson, Clerk, S.S. Coulson.
              1883, Frank Stein
    Comments: later made into R.R. transfer boat GEORGE W. PARKER
			: Sister ship to MONTANA and DAKOTAH
			: Mentioned in this Document
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