The Sallie was a sternwheel wooden hull packet built in McKeesport, PA and completed in Pittsburgh in 1868. Designed for Missouri River trade, the Sallie was rated at 399 tons. The packet owners were Thomas S Calhoon (2/3) and Jackman T Stockdale (1/3) of Georgetown, PA. 
The Sallie made the fastest trip ever accomplished to Ft Benton from St Louis. On 15 Mar 1868, the Sallie left Pittsburgh for St Louis; departed St Louis on 9 Apr 1868; arrived at Ft Benton on 26 May 1868; returned to dock at St Louis on 10 Jun 1868. That was 47 days out of St Louis to Ft Benton.  Or 72 days from Pittsburgh.
The financials for the 1868 season are interesting. First, the cost of the Sallie was $29,457.83. On her first trip to Ft Benton, the total receipts were $33,508.92 of which $12,747.69 was profit. In addition to his share as owner, Thomas S Calhoon also received a salary of $6,138.35 as master. Using the 1870 value for the US dollar from the CPI conversion table, Thomas S Calhoon made approximately $135,000 in 2006 dollars.
The Sallie docked at the levee at Ft Benton three years 1868, 1869, and 1870. In a note in the Thomas S Calhoon Diary 1869, the “stmr Sallie was paid up in full to Capt JT Stockdale (1/3 = 10177.67)” on 19 Nov 1869. All in all the Sallie had a prosperous career.
Once, Capt Calhoon steamed up the Yellowstone River almost to Coulson (now Billings). A notable feat.
Horace Bixby worked on the Sallie as one of her pilots. Horace Bixby was one of the pilots who taught a cub pilot named Mark Twain. Other officers included John QA Parr, clerk; Joseph Calhoon son of Joseph Calhoon and cousin of Thomas S Calhoon, steward. All in all, the Sallie had a historic span.
The Sallie was commanded by Thomas S Calhoon until 6 Jul 1870. On 7 Nov 1870 the Sallie was sold for the St Louis and Arkansas River trade.  In 1872, she was snagged on the Arkansas River and declared a total loss.
 . Frederick Way, Jr.,Way’s Packet Directory, 1848-1994, (Ohio University Press, Athens 1994), p. 415.
 Alexander C McIntosh, A Genealogy Report on the Calhoon Family, Beaver County Historical Society.
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