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Steamboat Documents


A FAMOUS CIVIL WAR PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTOGRAPHS THE GREAT REPUBLIC

6027 - THE STEAMBOAT GREAT REPUBLIC [LATER GRAND REPUBLIC], Stereo by Theodore Lilienthal of New Orleans. c 17870, the majestic Great Republic [1867 - 76] at anchor. The interior of the J. M. White might have been modeled after that of the Great Republic (later named Grand Republic). The Great Republic had elaborate carpets, comfortable chairs, and intricate detailing of this palace that would also carry tons of good up and down river. The Grand Republic carried many distinguished passengers including Emperor Don Pedro II of Brazil and his party who travelled from St. Louis to New Orleans. In addition to the royal passengers, the boat carried a record breaking cargo of 8,210 bales of cotton, 872 sacks of oil cake, 400 sacks of meal, 350 barrels of oil, and 525 sacks of cotton seed. Lilienthal produced many Civil War photographs of Port Hudson and vicinity when at Baton Rouge. Fine...........................................................$125.00

1840 - THE STEAMBOAT STARLIGHT AND THE BART ABLE, New Orleans, LA. January 16th, 1867, addressed to a sugar buyer in Shreveport, LA. acknowledging shipping molasses, spices, and cheese by the two mentioned boats. Also flour also shipped must have been mislaid by the boat; a wagon will be shipped soon. 8" X 10", fine..............................$20.00

1841 - TWO EARLY NEW ORLEANS STAMPLESS LETTERSHEETS, both cancelled "New Orleans", dated 1841 and 1842, both are folded printed letter sheets dealing with business dealings, both have postage paid marked with 30 and 25 cents respectfully. Both were carried up the east coast by ship to Hartford and Boston, both very fine...............................$39.00/the pair

1842 - THE STEAMSHIP GALENA 1851, 7" X 12" pre-printed manifest for goods shipped on the Steamship Galena from New York to New Orleans. A. S. Dennison & Co. was the shipper, blue paper, near mint condition, small ship vignette to left..............................................$20.00

1843 - THE STEAMSHIP KNICKERBOCKER, 8" X 10" pre-printed and filled-in shipping manifest dated at New Orleans March 25th, 1884 shipping 50 bales of cotton to Fall River. Printed in green ink, red company flag denoting the Cromwell Line. Located along the eastern shore of Mount Hope Bay at the mouth of the Taunton River, the city [Fall River, Mass.] became famous during the 19th century as the leading textile manufacturing center in the United States. Very fine.................................................$25.00


82308 - LOUISVILLE, KY, MORNING COURIER, May 12th, 1846, four pages, large eagle masthead, loads of steamboat ads, illustrated merchant ads, very minor archival restoration of edge of page 4; otherwise fine, uncommon paper..............................................$25.00

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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