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Bedding China-Railings-Steel Work Kitchens Postal Card (Repro) Plumbing
Meats Wire-Iron-Bronze Work Reed Furniture
1912 Pass for a V.I.P. L & C Packet Co. envelope
Loading Steamboat Snag Boat Steamboat at night
These boats cleared the
river of obstacles.
Steamboat Bonanza Steamboat Lizzie Bay Island Belle 1925
ran from 1885 to 1916
PITTSBURGH & CINCINNATI PACKET CO.
Keystone State Virginia Queen City
The first 3 cards above show the last 3 boats that were in the fleet during the last years of their operation. The line went into receivership in 1909 but continued to operate until 1912 when the assets were sold to John W. Hubbard of Pittsburgh. A note of interest: none of the steamers on this line were built with, operated, or carried a bar.
Virginia Not a postcard
Virginia in cornfield
The Sternwheeler Virginia was one of the boats
owned by the Pittsburgh & Cincinnati Packet Co. In 1910 it was caught in a
flood at Willow Grove, West Virginia. The water set the boat down 750' from the
river in a cornfield. Through the use of cribbing and rollers the movers, (John
Eichleay Jr. Company from Pittsburgh, Pa.) was able to move the 235' long boat
to the river's edge. The steepness of the bank presented problems. According to
the local papers, "Eichleay prayed for rain" and the rains came, the
river rose and the Virginia floated into the river. The first postcard
above show the Virginia after it had been re-floated. The sign on the side of
the boat in the 1st card states the above facts. The boat was renamed the Steel City in 1912 and
was then acquired by the Coney Island Co. in 1923 and renamed The Island
Belle. In 1927 it was again resold to the Greater New Orleans Amusement
Co. Docked at Paducah it was rebuilt and renamed Greater New Orleans.
The images below show the construction of the Virginia, various views of the interior, and more shots of the boat stranded in the cornfield.
Construction in 1895 Main Cabin 1895 Looking forward 1896 Ladies Cabin 1895 Ladies Cabin 1905
Various scenes of Virginia in cornfield
Capt. J. F. Ellison Superintendent
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