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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


72050 - THE OPERATIONAL LICENSE FOR THE STEAMBOAT ERA #5 THAT WENT INTO CONFEDERATE SERVICE IN 1861, 12" X 20" pre-printed and filled in initial license for the Steamboat Era #5 that went into Confederate service in 1861. Built in Pittsburgh in 1860 this license is dated August 29th, 1861. The Captain was Captain Noah Scovell and ran the Red River - New Orleans route. The steamboat was in Confederate service until captured by the Queen of the West February 11th, 1863 near Atchafalaya on the Red River. Thus this was the only license that was ever listed for the ship as it was soon lost soon after. Her weight was 115 ton. Printed on blue paper with a nice vignette of a side wheel steamboat, fresh paper...............................................................SOLD

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



12259 - THE STEAMBOAT J. S. MCCLURE
, 8" X 10" waybill with a large attractive vignette of a side wheel steamboat at the Port of Jacksonport, AR. Bound for New Orleans with 13 bales of cotton, November 27th, 1867. Very nice to display. Very fine..............................................................
SOLD


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!

61912 - THE NEW ORLEANS TIMES, JULY 6TH, 1870, complete issue, front page long column announcing the arrival of the Lee which continues on into page two. Captain Leathers of the Natchez claims a moral victory over the Lee due to fog and mechanical problems, those deducted he would have beat the Lee by 20 minutes. Great details about the passage of the boats at Memphis, late reports on page two from St. Louis giving details on the Lee's arrival in St. Louis with the Natchez nowhere to be seen, a dinner was to be held at the Southern Hotel that night for both Captains, much on the betting of the race. The race is finally over with exceptional coverage from Memphis to St. Louis. 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.......................................SOLD



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.


70104 - MISSISSIPPI RIVER STEAMBOAT PASS, Memphis & St. Louis Packet Company. Handsome red and green printing. c1869 as the pass was good on five steamboats mentioned on the verso...passage from St. Louis to Memphis signed by the President of the steamboat company. Choice condition................................................................SOLD

LETTER CARRIED BY THE FIRST STEAMBOAT ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER - THE NEW ORLEANS, 1812

60901 - LETTER SHEET DATED JUNE 17TH, 1812, Postmarked NEW ORLEANS, June 2nd (1812), addressed to Gabriel Tichener at Natchez, Mississippi from the firm of William Kennert & CO. of New Orleans. Marked mail with 32 cents paid postage. Financial letter regarding drafts of money to be exchanged for specie (gold & silver) with specific mention to the steamboat NEW ORLEANS, which had arrived in New Orleans on January 10th, 1812 and put on the New Orleans-Natchez trade route on January17th, 1812. The ship had just completed the first historic trip down the Ohio-Mississippi Rivers from Pittsburg. By June 1812, the NEW ORLEANS was making trips to Natchez from New Orleans once every three weeks. The interesting letter mentions the new "Steamboat" twice as well as Edward Livingston, brother of Robert Livingston who was one of the partners owning the new boat. Robert Fulton, Robert Livingston, and Nicholas Roosevelt jointly owned the boat and Nicholas Roosevelt and his wife accompanied the boat on the initial voyage to New Orleans. This letter was mailed to Natchez on or about June 20th after being written from June 17th through June 20 pending an answer on acceptance of drafts by an individual. By that time the mail was being carried by the NEW ORLEANS between New Orleans and Natchez due to the time saved by the new steamboat. Comments by the writer attest to this practice by June stating that per Steamboat they have received a letter from a representative (from Natchez)...also that Captain Clement had just handed them Mr. Tichener's favor (letter of the 29th "May 29th") - (Captain Clement of the NEW ORLEANS), also in conclusion a mention of money to be sent in the form of specie "byt the return of the steamboat" (return trip to Natchez). A political note seen in this letter is the mention of meeting with M (Mr.) Livingston to find out what his intentions are in relation for the contract for carrying specie. (Edward Livingston was the brother of Robert Livingston and was firmly entrenched with the politics of New Orleans). The Livingston's, Fulton, and Roosevelt were determined to create a monopoly on the river with their new steamboat and contracts to carry mail/specie were in their sights.

New Orleans, June 17th, 1812

Gabriel Tichener Esq.

Dear Sir. We have a letter from our W. Kinnie per steamboat dated the 30th advising us that he had sold you payables out of the drafts in our hands for the account of your bank. Two sets of exchange on New York for $1,624.54 dollars which we charge to the Dr. of the bank. WE have offered the acceptance we hold at the different banks, but the pressure for money is so great that we have not got them done. We have there fore judged most for your interest after consulting Judge Martin on the subject who is of the opinion to purchase a draft with the acceptance of 60 days allowing bank discounts to make equivalent to cash, bills being now at par and you will please find enclosed Amory Callending CO. exchange on J. Lenox & W. Maitland of New York at 60 days. Sight for $1000 which please pass to our credit and advice accordingly. When the drafts we hold are in funds we will remit the balance due you either in bills of exchange or specie as you may direct. Whenever your banks finds an advantage on having good bills from Eastern States, Tennessee, or Kentucky, we shall be happy in attending in any negotiations which may promote your interest views. I beg you shall communicate freely on such subjects as we have frequent opportunities in purchasing such drafts on liberal terms.

Captain Clement has just called and handed us your esteemed favor of the 29th along with $6000 in bank notes and drafts on Samuel Elkins for $1683.76, which has been sent to his house for acceptance, but he is not to be found this evening-if accepted shall attend to your directions respecting the remittance in specie-shall send your $6000 by return of the steamboat. We shall call on M. Livingston tomorrow and ascertain his intentions in respect to the contract for carrying specie. We remain very respectfully, Wm. Kennert & CO.

We have seen Mr. Elkins who says he will let us know tomorrow whether he will accept the drafts or not...

June 20 - Drafts are accepted Mr. Ellis

An important correspondence carried to Natchez by the NEW ORLEANS as well as mention of the boat several times along with commentary on Edward Livingston involved with letting a contract for drayage on the river. The NEW ORLEANS was lost July 14th, 1814 near Baton Rouge after serving the New Orleans-Natchez trade for over two years. Letter is complete with fold separations restored. New Orleans cancellation is near clear with the last digit of the date weak (June 2). Usual age tone to paper, but easily readable. An extremely early Steamboat NEW ORLEANS steamboat item, just a few months in the career of the NEW ORLEANS on the Mississippi River. RARE...............................................SOLD


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