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Steamboat Documents


100813 - MEDICAL DISCHARGE FROM THE MARINE HOSPITAL AT NEW ORLEANS, 8" X 10", pre-printed and filled in discharge for William F. Hungerford, 156th NYV was discharged for medical reasons, signed by the Surgeon in charge, US Marine Hospital, New Orleans, LA, January 27th, 1863, fine....................................................................$55.00


MISSISSIPPI RIVER STEAMBOAT ITEMS

12258 - THE STEAMBOAT LESSIE TAYLOR, Huge illustrated freight bill 8" X 10" with vignette of a side wheel steamboat January 10th, 1871 shipping 35 bales of cotton to New Orleans from the port of Washington, MS [near Natchez], unusually large and attractive. Very fine............................................$39.00

12260 - THE STEAMBOAT JOHN B. MAUDE
, 8" X 10", freight bill March 13th, 1873, large vignette of a side wheel steamboat shipping over 100 bales of cotton from Memphis to New Orleans, fresh paper, coupe of spindle holes, otherwise fine [boat was sunk with 800 bales of cotton in 1875 and raised and put in service again, then burned at New Orleans in 1886]........................................................
$39.00


8004 - MISSISSIPPI RIVER STEAMBOAT CERTIFICATE, June 13th, 1888, Certificate for Enoch Dougherty certifying Dougherty as a Mate on steam vessels traveling on the Western and Southern Rivers. Large eagle vignette. Dougherty served on many steamboats during his career and lived until 1921 [1844 - 1921]. Some data on Dougherty included with certificate. Nice steamboat item. Very good, some tone at bottom margin.....................................................$50.00

THE GREAT STEAMBOAT RACE, JULY 1870 BETWEEN THE ROBERT E. LEE AND THE NATCHEZ

Ever since two steamboats passed each other on the Mississippi River, pilots and owners have wanted to compete to see whose boat was faster and could carry more cargo. Perhaps the most famous steamboat race occurred in June, 1870, from New Orleans to St. Louis between the Natchez VI and the Robert E. Lee. In that month, the Natchez had made a record breaking trip from New Orleans to St. Louis in 3 days, 21 hours, and 58 minutes. Captain John W. Cannon of the Lee decided that the Natchez success could not go unanswered. While waiting for the Natchez to return to New Orleans, he readied the Robert E. Lee for a race by stripping her of excess weight and declining any passengers or cargo.

Captain T.P. Leathers of the Natchez welcomed the challenge, but refused to lighten his burden. The two boats left New Orleans with the Robert E. Lee slightly ahead. During the race, Captain Cannon had arranged for barges to be floated alongside of the Lee to expedite the refueling process. The Natchez was forced to do the same, but only after some time had passed. The Robert E. Lee won the race by several hours, but the Natchez had been stuck on a mudflat for six hours. The Natchez might have won the race if Captain Leathers had unloaded his cargo and passengers.

THE LEE AHEAD AT VICKSBURG AND GAINING ON HER RIVAL!

61910 - THE NEW ORLEANS TIMES, JULY 2ND, 1870, complete issue, front page account amounting to a long column and a half describing the famous race from New Orleans to St. Louis of the steamboats Robert E. Lee, and the Natchez (VI). Reports of the advance of the tow boats from Bayou Sara, Natchez, and at Vicksburg by telegraph back to New Orleans, information on the Lee and Natchez, the remarkable speed of the Lee...The back page contains an illustrated ad for both the Lee and the Natchez, paper is loose at the spine due to microfilming, but paper is MINT. An important and historic issue.............$75.00

THE LEE STILL AHEAD, UNPRECEDENTED TIME, THE NATCHEZ HAS AN ACCIDENT LOSES 36 MINUTES!

61911 - THE NEW ORLEANS TIMES, SUNDAY, JULY 3RD, 1870, complete issue, large folio edition, from page dispatches on the progress of the great race, shows six different dispatches in one long full column on page one. The Lee still ahead at Memphis, the Natchez has an accident which cost her 36 minutes, 10,000 people see the boats pass at Memphis, the Lee ahead by one hour and six minutes, the Lee coals up in the river in front of Memphis. A huge 16 page Sunday issue with ads for both boats on the last page. The back page contains an illustrated ad for both the Lee and the Natchez. Paper is loose at the spine due to microfilming, but paper is MINT. An important and historic issue..........................$135.00

THE LEE ARRIVES AT ST. LOUIS AHEAD OF THE NATCHEZ, THE NATCHEZ CAPTAIN STATES THAT HE WOULD HAVE BEAT THE LEE LESS FOR THE FOG AND ACCIDENT! THE GREAT RACE IS OVER!



61213 - THE NATCHEZ AND THE ROBERT E. LEE
, issues July - September, 1870. The New Orleans Times. Complete folio issue, back page advertisements for the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez for future trips on the river. They had just completed their epic race in early July 1870. Paper is loose at the spine due to microfilming, but paper is MINT...........................
$35.00/ea.


 

 

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