Archive for August, 2013

Steamboat Losses

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Georgetown steamboat captains and owners littered the inland waterways with their steamboat wrecks.   The boats lost on various inland rivers when owned by a Georgetown captain follow:



      Georgetown (1855 snagged)
      Amelia Poe (1868 snagged)
      Ida Stockdale (1871 crushed by ice)
      Feerless (1882 sunk)


      Glaucus (1852 fire)
      Horizon (1862 CivWar collision)
      Nick Wall (1870 snagged)
      Glencoe (1877 snagged)



      Belmont (1859 fire)
      Mollie Ebert (1875 fire)



      Clara Poe (1865 CivWar arson)  



      John B Gordon (1851 snagged)


Other boats once owned and operated by Georgetown men were lost, snagged or burned after they had been sold have not been added to the list.



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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Mr Matthew S Schulte, Executive director of the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA), has graciously granted permission to scan and post the pages of two articles published in PowerShips, the voice  of the SSHSA. 


The first article, “No Place For a Lady“, was the description of the Missouri River journey written by Nancy Ann (Poe) Ebert in 1869.


The second article, “The History of a Civil War Transport, the Clara Poe ” was the story of the str Clara Poe during the Civil War and the unsuccessful request for indemnity which spanned six presidencies.



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PowerShips Article

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

The story of a Civil War transport, the str Clara Poe, was published in the Steamships Historical Society of America (SSHSA) magazine PowerShips Summer 2013 No 286.


The synopsis follows:


The history of the steamer Clara Poe has been essentially silent despite her lengthy Civil War service to the Union. Fran Nash’s account of the steamer is a bit of American history too important to be left untold.


Like my first article No Place for a Lady!: Journal of the Wife of a Steamboat Captain, this story was edited by Jim Pennypacker who is the editor of PowerShips.  He made me look professional.  If you can find the periodical, the story is a fun read. 



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