‘Keep Up Steam’

April 2, 2022

Editor’s note: After more than 10 years of writing weekly articles focusing on steamboats and river history, Keith Norrington is retiring as the author of the WJ’s Old Boat Column. Read More

Winter On The River

March 14, 2022

Editor’s note: Keith Norrington is retiring as Old Boat columnist for The Waterways Journal after a decade of weekly articles. His final column will appear April 4; until then, we… Read More

The J.J. McViccar

March 9, 2022

In 1894, as the Howard family prepared to occupy their newly completed 22-room riverside mansion at Jeffersonville, Ind., their shipyard built the towboat Fritz, named for Capt. Fritz Mentor. The… Read More

The Silver Moon

February 20, 2022

The steamer Silver Moon was notably a unique vessel. The boat was designed and built specifically to fit into the short locks of the Louisville & Portland Canal. Constructed in… Read More

The E.A. Woodruff

February 7, 2022

The snagboat E.A. Woodruff was typical of the unique vessels operated by the U.S. government, known as “Uncle Sam’s Toothpullers,” which helped to keep channels cleared of debris. The iron… Read More

The H.G. Hill

January 29, 2022

An attractive sternwheeler built by the Ayer & Lord Marine Ways at Paducah, Ky., in 1918, the H.G. Hill was 165 feet in length by 30 feet in width. The… Read More