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To Riverboats Starting With The Initial "W" To Riverboats Starting With "WM. and WILLIAM" To Riverboats Starting With The Letter W, "Page 21. Name: WABASH VALLEY Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 99 tons Launched: 1844, Pittsburgh, Pa Destroyed: 1848, off the lists Area: Wabash R., Miss. R., Ark. R. Captains: 1844, Larimer Comments: 1846, Mar. 23, Jefferson College, La.,sunk in collision with YORKTOWN 1850, Aground at Webbers Falls on Ark. R. Credit Name: WAKENDAH Type: Sternwheel wooden hull packet Size: 193 ton, 160' X 27' Launched: 1846, Elizabethtown, Pa.1 Destroyed: 1848, off lists Area: Mo. R. Owner: 1846 - '48, J.M. Convers, Thompkins, Kennett and White Captain 1846 -'48, J.M. Convers Comments: 1846, Apr 2, sank at mouth of Fishing River on Mo. R. Source: Way's Packet Directory, 1848 - 1994 Name: WAKE ROBIN Type: Sternwheeler Size: 182' Beam: 43' Draft: 5.5' Launched: 1926, by Davo Corporation, Neville Island Boat Yard, Pittsburgh, PA. Destroyed: Area: Owner: U. S. Lighthouse Service; U. S. Coast Guard; BB Riverboats, Inc. 1 Madison Ave. Covington, KY 41011, Phone: 606/261-8500 Captain and pilots: Capt. Comments:1926 - 1940: U.S. Lighthouse service 1940 - 1952: U.S. Coast Guard service 1952 - used as an excursion vessel dock and a warehouse, 1992: was converted into the USS Nightmare, Haunted Riverboat in Cincinatti, OH. U. S. Wake Robin:Pic and ad : Photo and much more info Name: WALK-IN-THE-WATER Type: Sidewheeler Size: 338 Ton Launched: 1813 or 1817 at Blackrock (Tonawanda), New York Destroyed: Area: Detroit to Buffalo/ Lake Erie Owner: 1817, Lake Erie Steamboat Co. Captain and pilots: Capt. Comments: Her machinery was designed by Robert Fulton. : Mentioned in this Article 1. Name: WALL CITY Type: Sternwheel wooden hull packet Size: 99 tons Launched: 1874, Ironton, Oh. Area: Daily, Ravenswood-Middleport on Ohio R. Owners: In part, Capt. J.C. Edwards Captains: 1874-80, Alf. Day 1881, J.C. Edwards, C.H. Crow and J.E. Wilkerson, clerks. Comments: Mentioned in this Document
Name: WALTER FORWARD Type: Size: Launched: 1840s? Destroyed: Area: Moss. R Owner: Captain and pilots: Capt. Bushnell, Daniel Comments: 1845, pushed 3 coal flats. Became barge-boat. 1. Name: WAR EAGLE Type: Side-wheel wooden hull packet Size: 152' X 24' X 4.5', 155 tons Launched: 1845, Cincinnati, Oh. by Best and Co. Destroyed: 1851, Dismantled. Hull used as barge. Area: 1845-7, Galena-St. Peters; 1848, St. Louis-St. Peters; 1848, Fall, Louisville-St. Louis Owner: 18??North Western Line? Captain(s): 1845, Harris, Daniel Smith and Harris, Robert Scribe Comments: Made run St. Louis - Alton, 0/1/35 A WAR EAGLE is mentioned several times in this Article, and in this Article 1. Name: WAR EAGLE Type: Side-wheeler wooden hull packet Size: 225' X 27', 296 tons Power: 3 boilers Launched: 1854, Fulton (Cincinnati), Oh. for Minnesota Packet Company Destroyed: 1870, May 15, La Cross, Wiss, burned. 6 lives lost, property damage of $215,000 Area: 1854-6, Galena-St. Paul; 1857-61, Dunleith - St. Paul; 1861, Dunleith-St. Paul 1862, a trip to Tenn. R. for U.S. Gov. Got a shot in one of her stacks. (Ouch!) 1862, Summer, Dunleith-St.Paul Owner: 1854-58, Minnesota Packet Company 1859, La Cross Line Captains: 1854, Smith, Orrin 1854-6, Harris, Daniel Smith *Jones Worden. Mate. 1855 or 56, Mate, Jones Worden 1857, Kingman; 1858, Gabbert, W.H. 1859, Davis, J.B.; 1861, Mitchell, Alexander Beard; later, Stevenson, Charles L. 1862, Webb, N.F. *Jones Worden's Steamboats and Steamboating Career by Frederick J. Worden Comments: See letter from Union soldier 1. Name: WAR EAGLE Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 446 tons Launched: 1858, Cincinnati, Oh. for H. L. White and others for $48,000. Destroyed: 1869, Aug. 24, St. Louis, burned Area: Mo. R. Designed for this river. : 1st home port, St. Louis. Owner: 1858, H. L. White and others. 18??, Thronburg 1867, Apr. 2, Sold to Capt. John B LaBarge for $20,000 Comments: 1861, Aug. Was sent to Boonville Mo. with troops commanded by Col. W.H. Worthington of the 5th Iowa Volunteers. Got there on the 26th and seized Confederate goods, took prisoners, and returned to St. Louis with 11 skiffs and a steam ferryboat. 1. Name: WAR EAGLE Type: Sidewheel, wooden hulled packet. Size: 279.2' X 42' X 6.1'. 941 Tons. Power: Engines, 26's - 8 ft., 4 boilers, each 45" X 28' 5 flues. Launched: 1876, St. Louis, Mo. Destroyed: 1894 or 95, dismantled. Area: St. Louis-Keokuk at first 1891, St. Louis-Riverside Park trade. Owners: Keokuk Northern Line Packet Co. Later by St. Louis & St. Paul Packet Co. 1891, Oct, purcased by Capt. H.W. Brolaski and son who had formed the Mississippi River Excursion Co. 1893, placed in Cairo-Memphis trade. Captains: While with Keokuk Northern Line - T.L. Davidson. 1881, Nov. 4,, when hit Keokuk bridge, Jerry Wood, Master. William R. Tibble, off watch Pilot. Thomas Conners was mate. 1893, Milt R. Harry Comments: 1881, Nov. 4, 9:30 PM while downbound hit Keokuk bridge and sank. Capt. Hirram E. (Hi) Biddle was watch pilot. Boat was raised and taken to Madison, Ind. for rebuild. : 1891, The boiler deck was glassed in for excursions. : 1893, Dec. 30, went to U.S. Marshals sale.
1. Name: WAR EAGLE/CAPE GIRARDEAU Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: after rebuild in 1901, 255' X 38' X 6.' Power: after 1901 rebuild, 22's-6' 8". 4 boilers, ea. 42" X 20'. Launched: 1899, Madison, Ind., Rebuilt, 1901, Carondelet ways, St. Louis. Destroyed: 1910, mid-July, Turkey Island, some 50 mi. below St. Louis. Area: St. Louis-Cape Commerce trade Owners: Eagle Packet Company Captains: William (Buck) Leyhe Comments: renamed CAPE GIRARDEAU after rebuild in 1901. Name: WARRIOR Type: Sidewheeler Size: 100 Tons, 111.5' X 19' 5". 1 deck. No mast. Power: High pressure engine. 3 boilers. Launched: 1832, Pittsburgh, Pa. Area: 1840, U. Miss. R. Owner(s): Joseph Throckmorton and William Hempstead of Galena, Ill. Captain and pilots: Capt. Throckmorton, Joseph Comments: A troop carrier during the Black Hawk War, she had a six pound cannon mounted on her bow. Towed a safety barge 111.8' X 19' 5". Mentioned in William Petersen's book "Steamboats on the Upper Mississippi". Comments: Mentioned in this Article Name: WARSAW Launched: 1832, by either the Bell Yard or the Patton Yard, Wheeling, W. Va.. Area: Ohio R. Captain: 1841, McCourtney Comments: Notes from WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA, WHEELING NEWS-REGISTER, June 24, 1951 Name: WARSAW Type: Size: Launched: 1841, Boonville, Mo. Destroyed: Area: Ohio R. Owner: Captain(s): McCourtney Comments: from the Boone’s Lick Heritage 1. Name: WARSAW Type: Sternwheel wooden hull Packet Size: 457 tons Launched: 1858, Madison, Ind. Destroyed: 1866, Jan 12, lost to ice flow above Miller St., St Louis, Mo. Area: 1859, St. Louis-Keokuk Owner: Keokuk Packet Company. Captain(s):1858, when launched, Malin, John W., also during Civil War. See 1. Name: WARSAW Type: Centerwheel wooden hull Ferry Size: 123' X 36' X 5.' Launched: 1871, Madison, Ind. Area: LaCross, Wis. Captain: Capt. Day Comments: 1880, Mar. 23, caught fire, was beached. Repaired and back in service 50 days later. 1. Name: WARSAW Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull ferry. Size;64.3' x 22' X 4.' Launched: 1914, Keokuk, Io. Owners: 1920s Quincy Steamboat Company, Quincy, Ill. Sold to Valley Line Steamers, Memphis,Tenn. 1936, sold to Wolf River Traqnsportation Company, Memphis, Tenn. Note on WARSAWs: I can not determine which of these boats, if any, was on the Osage R.in Mo. One is mentioned in this article. Also see GEORGE WASHINGTON Name:WASHINGTON Type: Size: 155' X 25' X 9' Launched: 1813, Wheeling W. Va. Area: Louisville-New Orlieans Owner: Hudson River Steamboat Company Comments: First boat to have boilers above deck. Comments: See : Also See
Comments: There is some debate about which of these next Washingtons is which. Some believe a boat sunk on the Missouri River near the mouth of the Lamine R. is Shreve's Washington. Phil Chappell (History of the Missouri River, 1906) and W.J. McDonald ("The Missouri River and Its Victims..., Missouri Historical Review, Vol.21, No's 2-4, 1927) both mention a steamboat GEORGE WASHINGTON that wrecked in the vicinity of Hardeman's Island near the mouth of the Lamine (at the Missouri R.) in 1826. The Lytle-Holdcamper list, however, says that a boat by this name, built in 1825, burned at new Orleans in 1831. Yet another article calls the boat the GEN. WASHINGTON. Name: WASHINGTON AKA GEN. WASHINGTON AND GEORGE WASHINGTON Type: Stern-wheeler Size: when built: 136 X 28? ft. 1820: Altered at Louieville, Ky. to 136', 8" X 21' 9" X 6' 8", depth, 211 tons. Launched: 1816, Wheeling, W. Virginia. Destroyed: 18??, sunk Area: Ohio R. Owner: 1816: Niles Gillespie, Robert Clark, both of Brownsville, Pa., and Noah Zane and George White of Wheeling, W. Va., and Capt. Henry M. Shreeve. 1820: William and David Fowler of New Orleans, James Gray of Louiville, Ky., H.W. Conway of Arkansas, William Taylor of Baltimore, Md. and Capt. Henry M. Shreeve Captain(s): Shreve, Henry M. Comments: Notes from WHEELING NEWS-REGISTER, June 24, 1951 Comments: from Boone's Lick Heritage Comments: First steamer with boiler on deck. Became the prototype for all future Inland R. boats. 1817: Made run N.O. - Louisville, 25/0/0 Engines and machinery built Brownsville, Pa. by T. Sweeney Foundry. Comments: Notes from WHEELING Comments: A little bit more on this boat. Name: WASHINGTON previously SIDNEY Picture and Credits Type: Sternwheeler Size: Length:221.3'; Width: 35.5'; Draft: 5.5' 1. Name: WASHINGTON Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull ferryboat. Sizr: 90' X 19.', 53 tons. Power: one cylinder, 12" -3 ft., 1 boiler, 40" X 20'. Launched: 1867, Wellsville, Oh., hull built, Freedom, Pa. Destroyed: 1880, Apr. 10, Herman, Mo., burned. Area: Spent her career on Mo. R. Owners: 1867, built for Capt. John Patton Later, Capt. August Wohlt 1870s, A.S. Byran and others Name:S. S. WASHINGTON Type: Size: Launched: Destroyed: Area: Captain(s):Mabrey, Edgar (Eddie) F. Comments:Note from Ralph Mabrey
Name: WASHINGTON CITY Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 181' X 29' X 6.5', 282 tons. Power: 18 3/4's- 6 ft., 3 boilers, each 40" X 26'. Launched: 1852, Freedom Pa. Destroyed: 1859, off the lists. Area: primarilly Pittsburgh-St. Louis : 1857, May 26, Diary of E.F. Beadle has her in Omaha throwing a dance party for town people. Name: WASHINGTON IRVING Type: Side-wheeler Size: 4 decker licensed to carry 6,000 people. Launched: Destroyed: Area: Easteren rivers Owner: Captain and pilots: Capt. Comments: Biggest passenger-carrying river boat of all time. Name: WASHOE Type: Size: Launched: Destroyed: 1865, Rio Vista, Calf., Exploded. 16 killed, 36 injured Area: California Delta Owner: Captain(s): Comments: Name: WASP Area: 1845, White R. Captains: 1845, Thomas T. Tunstall. of Jacksonport Comments: Source Name: WASP Type: towboat Area: Monongahela R. Comments: Notes from The Tribune Telegraph, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, Wed. Aug. 18 1897 Name: WATOSSA Area: 1857, June 11, The Diary of E.F. Beadle has arriving at Omaha. June 19, same has her arriving Omaha, from St. Joseph, Mo. June 27, back in Omaha, and again July 9 and July 16. Arrived July 24, Arrived up from St. Joseph, Mo. Aug 15, arrived Omaha. Aug 24, 11 PM, arrived down to St. Joseph. Comments: About conditions on this boat in 1857. Name: WATER LILLY Type: Side-wheeler, commuter-boat Size: Small Launched: 1870s Destroyed: Area: Hudson R. Owner: Captain and pilots: Capt. Comments: Name: WATER QUEEN - Showboat - 1880-1915 Name: WATSON Comments: From The Diary Of Joseph T. Anderson, shopkeeper, Commerce Mo. - Monday, August 19th 1861. "On Friday we moved our goods to Santa Fe, Illinois and almost all the people in Commerce were moving over at night. Every person was cared. It was reported that the enemy was near and about dark a gunboat stopped in the river opposite to Max. Island. Johnson got into a skiff, went down to the boat and brought her into the city. I went to Illinois to see Baker and while I was there the officers of the gunboat moved all the women and children onto their boat and over the river together. They took all that went on the boat to Cape Giraideau. Took "Watson" prisoner but the next morning she came back, released watson and brought all the families back. . . . Name: WAUCASSA Comments: 1857, May 31, The Diary of E.F. Beadle has a boat by this name arriving Omaha. 1. Name: WAVE Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size:166' X 27' X 5.7', 231 tons. Launched: 1844, New Albany, Ind. Destroyed: 1845, off the lists. Owners: equal, Capt. John F. Harris, Paducah, Ky. and William A. Violet, new Orleans. 1. Name: WAVE Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 114.1' X 22.2' X 3.3', 78 tons. Launched: 1844, Louisville, Ky. Destroyed: 1849, Mar. 7 St. James, La. stranded and lost. Owners: 1845, in New Orleans, Jacques Larose Captains: 1845, John C. Northrup 1. Name: WAVE Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 93 tons. Launched: 1844, GreenLanding, Oh. Destroyed: 1854, off the lists. Area: 1851, possibly ran on Kaskaskia R. to St. Louis. 1852, spring, possibly went to Sangamon and ascended to Petersburg, Ill. 1. Name: WAVE Originally the ARGOSY No. 2 1863-?64? Name: WAVE Comments: 1860, Sioux City Register, June, tells us the WAVE left St. Paul, Minn. with a cargo for the Mo. and Big Sioux Rs. but her captain fell overboard near Arrow Rock, on Mo. R., and was drowned. Cargo was taken over by the MINNEHAHA and the WAVE returned to St. Paul. 1. Name: WAVERLY Area: Ark., White, and possibly Miss. Rs. Captains: 1831, Philip Pennywitt Comments: 1831, Jan., was first to Batesville 1. Name: WAVERLY Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet Size: 200' X 34' X 5.5', 324 tons. Power: 17's -5 ft., 2 boilers. Launched: 1866, Metropolis, Ill. finished at St. Louis. Destroyed: 1867, Nov. 24, downbound Omaha-St. Louis, snagged on Bowling Green Bend, Glasgow, Mo. Area: U. Mo. R. Owner: 1867, John P. Kiser, Thomas Raigin and Capt. Thomas W. Rhea Captains: 1867, Thomas W. Rhea Comments: 1867, June 17, arrived St. Louis from Fort Benton, 13/02/00, with 508 bales of buffalo robes, 43 wolf skins, 37 bundles of elk skins and 5 packages of antelope skins. : Machinery went to SILVER BOW : Boat cost $50,000 and was said to have paid for herself on 1st round trip to Fort Benton. Name: WEARE Launched: 1898? Seattle, One of 12 built by Moran Bros. Area: Alaska Name: WEBFOOT Name: WELCOME Area: 1879: Ran 3 trips a week from Wheeling, W. Va to St. Mary's. Owner(s): 1882, July 5, Wheeling, Parkersville and Cincinnati Transportation Co. Captain(s): Davis : 1882, July 5, Booth, C. H. Pres. of ownership company. Comments: Notes from WHEELING NEWS-REGISTER, June 24, 1951 Comments: 1882, July 5, Arrived at Wheeling to oversee salvage opperation of sunken SCIOTO. Source 1. Name: WELCOME Launched: Pre 1900 Area: 1900, Greenville-Sunnyside trade. 1901 or so, U. White R. Ark. (Source) Owners: 1900, the Lyons of Greenville Name: WELLS, see JOHN R. WELLS Name: WEST NEWTON Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Launched: 1849 Area: U. Miss. R. Captain(s): Harris Comments: 1853, Apr. 11, Arrived at St Paul, Minn. : Mentioned in this Article 33. Name: WEST POINT Launched: 1850s? Early? Area: 1851, Jan. 1, San Joaquin R, Calf. Comments: 1851, Jan. 1, Ran into the MARIPOSA in Suisun Bay, Calf. Name: WEST RAMBO Launched: 1880s? Area: Miss. R.; Gulf of Mex. Comments: Freighted supplies to Key West rail road builders. Became Raft-boat. Name: WEST VIRGINIA Launched: 1829, Wheeling W. Virg. by either the Bell Yard or the Patton Yard. Area: Ohio R. Comments: Engine and machinery probably by T. Sweeney Foundry, Wheeling. Comments: Notes from WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA, WHEELING NEWS-REGISTER, June 24, 1951 1. Name: WEST VIRGINIA Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet Size: 111 tons Launched: 1871, Brownsville, Pa. Area: Built for Pittsburgh-Morgantown trade on Monongahela R. 1876, entered Gallipolis-Charleston trade Owners: At one time the Kanawha Valley Packet Company 1878,Dec., sold to upper Ohio R. Captains: At first, Peter Donaldson 1876, Capt. Martin Later James B. Dudding
Name: WEST WIND Launched: 1860's? Destroyed: 1864, Wrecked near Euphrase Bend, Mo. R. Area: Mo. R. Comments: from the Boone’s Lick Heritage Name: WESTERN Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 212' X 34'., 475 tons. Power: 16's-5 ft., 3 boilers. Launched: 1872, Pittsburgh, Pa. Destroyed: 1881, Near Yankton, SD in ice crush Area: U. Mo. Owner: Coulson Line Captains: 1872, Apr. 6, Sallie B. Coulton, Pittsburgh-Ft. Benton Comments: Boat split apart. The boilers were salvaged, but the engines are probably under part of the inverted hull. As of 1998, ribs and planking were still slightly above water level. : All in all boat made 9 trips to Ft. Benton Name: WESTERN BELL Type: Launched: 1840s, early Destroyed: Area: U. Miss. R. Owner: Captain and pilots: Comments: Source Name: WESTERN ENGINEER (became known as "Long's Dragon") Type: Sternwheeler Size: 75' X 13' X 19" Launched: 1819, near Pittsburgh Destroyed: disappeared from history Area: Upper Mo. R. and the Miss. River. Owner: Johnson, James, leased to Army. Captain(s): Comments: 1819, June 21, Flagship of a government expidition with a Major S. H. Long in charge, she started up Mo. R. decked out like a serpent for Council Bluffs, Iowa. Got only to Omaha--1,300 mi. Trip scrapped. Comments: from Boone's Lick Heritage Quarterly. : Also see : Mentioned Here Name: WESTERNER Destroyed: 1856, late Feb, Torn from docks and swept downstream in ice flow during Great Ice Gorge at St. Louis. Crushed and sunk. Name: WESTFIELD Type: 1863, Union Gunboat Destroyed: 1863, Jan 1, Galveston Bay, Tex. Ran aground and blew up during fighting. Area: 1863, Gulf of Mexico Comments: Source Name: WESTON Comments: 1843. May 6 or 7, Pulled into Chouteau's landing on Mo. river (Across from the Present Kansas City, Mo).
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