The Candy Boat

December 27, 2018

On this Christmas Eve, the Old Boat Column editor concludes his seventh year of penning river history vignettes with a sweet story of the Polly. Affectionately known as “The Candy… Read More

A Chris Greene Christmas

December 17, 2018

The cabin of the Chris Greene decorated for Christmas. (Keith Norrington collection) River historian and WJ correspondent Virginia Bennett (1924–2013) loved to reminisce about her favorite steamboat, the Chris Greene… Read More

The Clara Cavett

December 10, 2018

This week, the Old Boat Column presents an image of a towboat that was dubbed the “race horse of the Allegheny.” The vessel originated in 1877 as the Muskingum River… Read More

The Charles R. Cox

November 17, 2018

This towboat was originally built as the William G. Clyde. Constructed at Ambridge, Pa., in 1922 by the American Bridge Company, the vessel was completed at the Coal Valley (Pa.)… Read More

River To Railroad

November 9, 2018

This week, the Old Boat Column presents an unusual image. The packets Bald Eagle (left) and Saint Louis are engaged in the transfer of freight at a St. Louis railroad… Read More

The Saint John

November 2, 2018

Built by the Barmore yard at Jeffersonville, Ind., the sternwheeler Saint John began operating in 1878. The wooden hull measured 176.6 feet in length by 36.2 feet in width, with… Read More