50 Years Ago Aboard The Str. Sprague 50 Years Ago Aboard The Str. Sprague
50 Years Ago Aboard The Str. Sprague

It hardly seems possible that five decades have passed since this writer, as a 15-year-old, first visited the famous steam towboat Sprague in June of 1969. I shall never forget… Read More

The Towboat Clairton

February 4, 2019

It is often mentioned in this column that many steamboats utilized engines, boilers and other machinery that had seen service on a previous vessel. This week, we present the tale… Read More

The Towboats Control

December 18, 2017

There were two towboats named Control. The first, built in 1904 by the Howard Shipyard at Jeffersonville, Ind., was constructed on a wooden hull measuring 118 feet in length by… Read More

The Towboat Tornado

December 11, 2017

Built at Brownsville, Pa., by the Axton yard in 1895, the towboat Tornado was constructed, to specifications drawn by J.M. Hammitt, on a wooden hull that measured 150 feet in… Read More