ohio river scenes

Ferry, Augusta, Kentucky

Augusta Wharf Boat

The wharf boat at Augusta burned down in 1930, killing Wharf Master James Wayman, 72, and his adopted son Hobart, 14.

 

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The Levee, Augusta, 1906 Augusta Wharf
 Boat
The 7 Wonders,
c. 1920
The Ferry Welcome,
c. 1900

 

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This unusual photograph shows two of
Augusta's Ferries, the Augusta, and the
O'Neill, and is taken from the Boudes
Ferry side of the river.  July 1, 1946.

The Lawrence, at the mouth of
Bracken Creek, Spring of 1886.
Low water could be, as illustrated
here, a big problem.

 

Augusta Ferry

Augusta Ferry
The car's a 1939 Plymouth.
from a Jim Robb posting on Facebook.

 

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The Whisper
Built in Ashland in 1881, the Whisper was owned by L. W. Parker and the Edgington family when she ran in Augusta.

 

Ferry, Augusta, Kentucky

“The ferry boat Whisper, while tied up at the bank here sank in about ten feet of water.  The boat sank so suddenly that Engineer Ed Parker, who was asleep on the Whisper, barely had time to make an escape.”  Owenton News-Herald, February 27, 1908.

 

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The stern wheeler O'Neill The ferries O'Neill & Mister Haines

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“The O'Neill was in steam in 1946 at Augusta, KY.  Built in Pt. Pleasant, WV, 1939, steel hull, stern wheel with engines 9's-4 ft stroke from the Proctor R. Smiley.  Originally named Rosemary and owned by the 26th Street Ferry Co., Huntington.  Sold to Capt. Kline O'Neill in Augusta, KY in 1944 and renamed.  Changed to diesel in 1947 and dismantled in 1954.” - from the S&D Reflector, June, 2005.

The Courier-Journal ran this story on the resumption of ferry services with the Mister Haines.

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Same photo; two publishers. Hmmm. Steamers passing Augusta

 

Ferry, Augusta, Kentucky

The steamer Greenland, at the Augusta wharf

 

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Captain Augusta Byron French owned five different showboats, each named The New Sensation.  The first one, on the left, whose last performance was at Augusta in 1887, seated 79. The fifth one, one the right, was constructed across the river in Higginsport, in 1901, and seated 960. Location of the two images above is unknown.

See more of French's New Sensation series of showboats at this site.

 

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This is the Central City.  Kline O'Neill bought her and used parts from her to build the ferry Augusta.

 

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The Ferry Landing, 1947

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“Capt. Jos. T. Armer purchased last week the Dr. Geo. Mackey, the ferry at this place.  We congratulate Capt. Armer in succeeding in the purchase and congratulate the people on both sides of the river in securing a man who will be accommodating and satisfactory to all. Capt. A. is a natural river man, and understands thoroughly how to manage things with safety and security to his patrons.  Capt. Walker has made a safe and reliable ferryman and has made many friends during his sojourn with us in this capacity.”Bracken Chronicle, Sept. 4, 1884

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A new ferry is announced. In 1841. Story here.
Mr. Lemon Thomas wrote a letter to the editor of the Augusta Chronicle in April
 of 1900, detailing the history of the ferry in Augusta and Boudes Ferry.  Read it here.
The Ripley, an Augusta ferry, is hit by a log; sinks. Here.  
Ugly racial incident on the wharf boat in 1877.  Read it here. Gruesome ferry accident
near Augusta in 1874, here.
“The Steamboat Phœbus burst her boiler on Thursday, the 18th inst., whilst ascending the river,
within a few miles of Augusta.  The Phœbus plies as a regular packet between Cincinnati and
Louisville.  One of the firemen was killed by the explosion, and two others slightly wounded.”
  Louisville Daily Journal, August 27, 1831

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