Maysville Boats

This is a Kentucky Boat, the form of transportation most
 early settlers used to get to Maysville.  After reaching Maysville,
it was common to set them adrift, or sell them, cheaply, for the timber.

Cincinnati's Fort Washington was built out of boats from Maysville, here.

“We landed at Maysville, the 1st of June.  Sunk the boats.  There was a law requiring that,
in order to keep the Indians from getting them.”  Mrs. Pierce, interviewed in the Draper Papers,  13CC7.

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River Boat and Aerial View of Maysville Ferry and Aerial View Steamers Ben Hur and the Courier
    More Ben Hur pics are at this site, while more Courier pics are at this site.


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Steamer Greenland, leaving
 Maysville, c. 1910
The Steamer Princess
 heading into Maysville,
c. 1910
The Steamer Homer Smith Excursion Boat
Thanks! to Regina Stewart for the above image.
Lots more shots of the Homer Smith are at this site.

The press release announcing the coming Homer Smith promised big things. Read it here.


Kanawha and Ice

The Big Kanawha, destroyed in the Ice, and the 1884 Flood


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Floating Theatre
in Maysville
River Scene near
 Chester, circa 1875
Launching on
the Ohio River


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The Steamer Courier
 between Cincinnati, and Maysville.
More on the Courier, here.
Wharf Boat,
The Steamer Ben Hur
more on the Ben Hur, here.


Bostona Swiftsure and Fair Play
Bostona ad
Portsmouth Enquirer, December 15, 1854
Swiftsure & Fair Play
Georgetown (Oh) Standard, October 27, 1840


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The ferry Laurance, c. 1925
Thanks to Cecilia Gastright Hudepohl for these
  The Ferry Laurance (close-up of the wharf boat sign)


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The Ferry Laurance, at Aberdeen
The Laurance was in use until the
Simon Kenton bridge opened in 1931
This is Con Phister, long time owner/
operator of the Maysville wharf boat,
and the ferry Laurance.  You can read
more about him here and here.
The Aberdeen Ferry
(The Laurance)


Maysville Boats

The Florinal, above, was built on the hull of the Newt Cooper.  The Newt Cooper,
named for a prominent Maysville tobacco merchant, burned in September, 1904.


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The South Ripley Ferry
 - the Proctor Smiley
The Ferry to Ripley, Ohio
The Proctor K. Smiley
More on the Proctor K. Smiley, here.
The Ripley Ferry
The W. S. Taylor

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Laurance Wildwood
  The Steamer Handy The Steamer Wildwood


During a race with the Handy (above), June 28, 1881, the Phaeton's (below) boiler exploded at Brooks Bar above Maysville, Kentucky, killing three persons and another drowned


The steamer Phæton's boiler explodes at Maysville.  Story here.
(location shown in the picture is unknown)

“It may not be generally known that the fine little steamer Cleona, Capt. A. F. Powers, is a regular packet in the Maysville trade, leaving every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. She will leave this morning at 12 M. [sic] punctually at the hour. The Cleona is a gem of a boat, had splendid accommodations, and is well officered. Don’t forget that she will leave this morning.” Courier-Journal, August 18, 1864 “The Maysville Bulletin says that the supply of coal there is almost entirely exhausted, and the ice in the river prevents more from being brought.” The Courier-Journal, February 25, 1885. (Which meant Maysville citizens were at risk of not having heat, in the winter)
The Mary of Maysville was built in Maysville. In 1804. Details here.  
“We learn from the Maysville Eagle that a judgment for some $1500 was obtained against the steamer Bostona in the Lewis Circuit Court last week for having taken off a slave belonging to Mrs. Eshom.  The law of common carriers, always strict and severe when enforced, bears quite hard in this case, but it will make steamboats more careful as to whom they allow to travel with them.”  from the Covington Journal, December 22, 1855 “The ferry boats Gretna Green and Frank S. Owens met with quite an accident a few days since by being cut loose from the wharf by the the ice, and drifted down the river four miles, and in the drifting, had the guards and sides town away, loss sustained at $600.  No Insurance.”  from the Newport Local, January 2,1879. 

Additional Ohio River information which may or may not be applicable to Mason County, check out our Rivers Page

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