The Argosy No. 3

April 2, 2018

The sternwheeler Argosy was built in 1864. A notification of the new boat appeared in a Pittsburgh newspaper on November 30: “This is the third boat of the name, the… Read More

The Second D.T. Lane

March 19, 2018

In last week’s Old Boat Column, we recounted the 1903 shoving contest between the sternwheeler D.T. Lane (first) and the propeller towboat James Rumsey. The D.T. Lane (1871–1908) towed coal… Read More

Pilothouse Parade

February 26, 2018

With the WJ’s “View from the wheelhouse” special issue this week, the Old Boat Column is featuring a unique pilothouse vignette. Seven decades ago, following the May 1947 sinking of… Read More

The Towboat Gregory

February 19, 2018

Built by the Sweeney yard at Jeffersonville, Ind., in 1910, the Gregory was completed in nine months for a cost of $16,915. Reportedly, the cost of outfitting for the towboat… Read More

Aftermath Of The 1918 Ice

February 5, 2018

Remains of the City of Cincinnati. Visible at the bow is the pilothouse from the wrecked sternwheeler Loucinda. (Keith Norrington collection) After observing the centennial of the 1918 Ohio River ice… Read More

The Ohio River Ice Of 1918

January 29, 2018

With much of the nation in winter’s icy grip, it seems appropriate for the Old Boat Column to observe the centennial of the great Ohio River ice gorge. Unlike the… Read More

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