Steamer Steamer Steamer
The Reba Reeves,
circa 1924
The New Hanover,
 Feb. 13, 1936
Steamboats Princess, Kentucky
and Indiana,  caught in the
1913 flood.  Read more here.

Steamer Steamer Steamer

High Water Scene,
Carrollton, 1911


The Golden Gate ran for a while between
Cincinnati and Madison (c. 1902) and then
ran between Louisville and Monterey on
the Kentucky River for a while (c. 1903) .
Built in 1878, she was eventually scrapped
in Carrollton in 1903. (not taken in Carroll Co)
Steamer Kentucky coming
in to the Wharf Boat,
Carrollton, circa 1910




The James W. Gaff.
“The steamer James W. Gaff, with a load of freight and ninety passengers was sunk on Thursday a few miles above Carrollton, Ky. No lives were lost. The steamer was heavily insured.”
from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 23, 1878



The Loucinda served the Louisville-Madison-Cincinnati route c. 1910-1918.
Her name was derived from:  LOUisville, CINcinnati and inDianA
(not taken in Carroll Co)


J. C. Kerr

“The steamer J. C. Kerr is now running between Cincinnati and Carrollton, Ky., having quit the Ripley trade.”
from the Daily Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Kentucky.(photo not taken in Carroll Co)


Steamer Post Office
Steamer on Ohio River above Carrollton, 1909 The Jacob Strader
(not taken in Carroll Co)
read more about her here.
  The Stader burns near Carrollton, 1866



As steamers aged, a common practice was to strip them of their mechanicals, and convert the hulls into a wharf boats. This is the Samson, the hull of which would be used for a period of time as the Carrollton wharf boat.


Steamer   The Oriole generally ran in the Huntington, West Virginia area, but ran excursions to Frankfort in 1910-11.  Built in 1901, she burned in Pittsburgh in 1915.  More here. (pdf)


We can confirm that the Plucky City was built in Chattanooga in 1893, was 82' by 18' and carried 97 tons gross tonnage. A picture, we don't have. Dick Brown
(not taken in Carroll Co)
M. M. Laidley Dick Brown


Hattie Brown Steamer Steamer Steamer
unknown location In Cincinnati In Carrollton In Carrollton

The Hattie Brown.  She usually ran between Warsaw, Carrollton and Madison. 
A little more about the Hattie Brown is here.

Lots more pictures of the Hattie Brown are in the Gallatin pages, here.

Ghent's Birdier Lowry recalls the Hattie Brown.
A writer who signs himself Undine reflects on riding the Hattie Brown in 1892.



The Hattie Brown was destroyed by ice. She was rebuilt/salvaged as the Vim, shown hear near Carrollton

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The Ben Franklin, at Cincinnati

“As soon as there is sufficient water in the river, the Telegraph No. 2 and Ben. Franklin
 will assume their places in the morning line, under their old commanders, and the General Pike,
Capt. Claxo
n, and the Lady Pike in the evening line.  They will leave Cincinnati and Louisville at
9 o'clock, A.M. and 4 o'clock P.M. each day.”

“The breaking up of the ice in the river, on Saturday, caused considerable damage to steamboats, coalboats, etc. to Louisville.  The Courier says seventeen boats were sunk, the most of them laden for the south.”  The Carrollton Courier, February 7, 1852 Typical of the news coverage  of the time is this column of River News from Carrollton papers of 1868.  Similar columns ran in virtually all the papers of the river towns.
“There is a daily line of packets now running between this place and Louisville, the Blue Wing and the Sea Gull. If our citizens are alive to their interests, they will liberally support this enterprise. The officers are gentlemen well-known to the public, and they are determined to offer such inducements as will make their respective boats deserving of patronage. One of the packets will leave here at 9 o'clock AM. Our businessmen, by this arrangement, can go to Madison in the morning, have five or six hours to transact their business, and return the same evening on the Madison or Louisville packets.” - Carroll Courier, December 6,1851
Accident in 1901 puts 175,000 bushels of coal in the river here. Since virtually everyone cooked and heated with coal, that was an issue.
The Explosion of the Steamer Redstone above Carrollton in 1852, here(pdf) An 1894 account of the first steamboat on the Ohio River in 1811-12, here.
The Carrollton Democrat reports in November of 1898, in it's “30 Years Ago This Week” column, that the steamer J. M Sechler burned at the foot of High Street. They were rougher times.
“The new and beautiful steamer General Pike continues to make her trips from Louisville to Warsaw bar, where she connects with the Lady Pike from Cincinnati.”  The Carroll Courier, November 1, 1851 “The steamers Belle Quigley and Vermont, lying at the mouth of the Kentucky river at Carrollton, Ky., were destroyed by fire on Wednesday last.  A quantity of whiskey was consumed with them.”from the Vevay Reveille, February 13, 1856

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“The [General] Buell is now in the packet trade from Madison to Cincinnati.  The [Ben] Franklin and the [General]
are the mailboats, but from the present indications, these boats will not be of much use this weather.”
from an October,1872 newspaper clipping; which paper and  exact date are unknown.

General Lytle Lytle

The General Lytle would eventually end up as the Carrollton wharf boat.

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Tow Mabel

The tow Mabel with barges.

Steamer Steamer Wharf Boat
The Steamer Cincinnati
 at Carrollton
Two Steamers at Carrollton

The Carrollton Wharf
Boat, c. 1900


Steamer Steamer

Unidentified Steamer,
Carrollton, 1909

The Falls City, which ran Frankfort -
Carrollton - Louisville, c. 1910

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A page of steamboat links can be found at this site.

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