ohio river boats

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The C. T. Dumont
Details on this boat are here.

 

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Damaged from the
tornadoes of 1915

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At a busy Madison wharf,
 between 1907 and 1915.

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The Hattie Brown

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At Madison

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At Madison

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In Cincinnati

The Hattie Brown usually ran between Warsaw, Carrollton and Madison.
Read all about the Hattie Brown, here. (pdf)

 

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The Vim
After the Hattie Brown was destroyed by ice, she was rebuilt.
The resultant boat was called the Vim.

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“The people of Warsaw, Ky., were so tickled at the arrival of the C. T. Dumont at that place, Wednesday night, through the ice, that they complimented Captain David and his officers with a serenade from a brass band. Captain David is not afraid of ice or hard work.” Evansville Journal, February 10, 1868

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The Steamer Cincinnati near Warsaw The Riverboat Louisville, near Warsaw.
The Louisville holds the record for a commercial boat
 going from Louisville to Cincinnati - 9 hours and 42 minutes.

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There was a steamer Warsaw which was built in Madison Indiana, but named for Warsaw, Indiana. 
Madison Courier
, August 18,1900

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Steamboat     This unusual boat is rumored to have contained some sort of musical instrument, as a part of its structure.  It's that lump in the bow.  If you have more details, please contact me.  This scene is near the Warsaw ferry landing.

 

Wharf Boat at Warsaw for the Fannie Dugan. She entered the Warsaw-Carrollton-Madison trade, and her wharf boat was brought to Warsaw from Madison.  Built 1872, 165 feet long, 28 feet wide. Steamboat

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A wharf boat is a boat affixed to the shore. Steamboats pull up to it to load and unload.
It's also used for storing goods to be shipped, goods that have arrived, and ticket sales.

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A later Warsaw wharf boat Receipt from the Warsaw
 Wharf Company, 1917
Wharf boat drawing is by Dr.
Carl Bogardus, and is dated,
as of 1917.

 

Steamboat   There is some ambiguity about this one.  It is either a Boone County ferry named The Warsaw, or it could be a ferry at Warsaw.

 

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The Ivory Wood #4, a.k.a. The
 Glass Boat  ...because it sold
glassware up and down the river.
Showboat Majestic at Warsaw

 

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Warsaw, Kentucky, 1968 Sign at the Ferry
Landing at Warsaw
Overhead View of
 Warsaw Ferry, c. 1955

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  Feature story on the Warsaw Ferry from 1941 is here.

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Warsaw Ferry Boat,
circa 1916
Ferry Boat to Indiana,
1949

 

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This is Jeff Webb's ferry, c. 1920's.

David Webb tells me: “Warsaw Ferry 1949. The owners were Allan Young and Jimmy Hart. In this picture, a sixteen year old James Everett Webb is the deck hand. Jimmy Hart is sitting in the car and Allan Young is in the pilothouse. In that period of time the ferry operated 7 days a week 24 hours a day. Allen and James worked together a 24 hour shift on and then 24 hours off. The other crew was pilot Matt Webb who was James father and a deckhand who name cannot be remembered other than he became the pilot on the Rising Sun ferry in later years. The crew members would take turns sleeping while one watched the Indiana side for cars.”

Young and Hart bought the ferry Hazel S and began runs around July 1, 1947, and took the
place of the Everett Lee, which had been sold earlier [1943], leaving Warsaw without a ferry. 
The Gallatin County News, on June 26, 1947, says “According to one of Warsaw's 'middle-aged'
citizens the first Warsaw ferry he can remember was propelled by two men manning 'sweeps'
(long oars) on the sides of a large flat top boat.  The next power used was  the steam
 boat, and from that to diesel power.”

 

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The Warsaw Ferry
 
The Ferry Everett Lee,
 c. 1950
The Warsaw Ferry
 

Warsaw's Everett Lee was named for the son of ferry owner Jeff Webb.  The boy had been killed in an explosion.

More on the Everett Lee from 1941 is here.

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Moving, on the Kentucky Home

Darrell Maines calls us one night, and says, “You're not going to believe what I just found.”  It seems he was looking at this web page and found the excerpt below about the Todd man buying the ferry and moving.  And just that afternoon had come across a picture - the one now above - of a man on a ferry boat named the Kentucky Home, and it looks for all the world like a man moving his belongings.  Is this a case of a 100 year old picture finally catching up with a 100 year old paragraph explaining it?  We'll never know, but we like to think so.

 

“Graham & Mylor sold their ferryboat and privileges at this place Tuesday, to Wm. L. Todd, of Florence, Indiana, for $4,000.  This property consists of the gasoline ferryboat Kentucky Home, skiffs, ferry boats, landings, etc.  Mr. Todd speaks of moving to Warsaw as soon as he can rent a suitable house.”
 from the Warsaw Independent, August 19, 1905

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There was a steamboat, built in Marietta, Ohio by Knox & Son called The City of Warsaw, but it was changed, shortly after she was christened, to the “L. A. Shirley.” - from the Warsaw Independent, July 18, 1891 “The wharf boat for Warsaw, Ky., was launched from the Covington ways yesterday, and Capt. Samuel Coffin says he will put the Little Samson in the water today.”  Covington's Daily Commonwealth, August 24, 1883.
“A man by the name of Solomon Carver, living near Warsaw, Ky., was instantly killed by his wife on Sunday, who struck him over the head with a billet of wood.  They had been living very unhappily together a long time, and the fatal blow was struck by Mrs. Carver while in a fit of rage over a fresh quarrel.  Carver was the ferryman at Warsaw.”  New York Times, December 9, 1868

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