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    • Commission as Major, John Tipton, 1812 May 14

    • Indiana . Militia; Paddacks, Joseph; Tipton, John, Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841
    • Printed document: Commission of John Tipton as Major of the 5th regiment in the militia of the Indiana territory signed by William Henry Harrison. Reverse, Joseph Paddacks handwritten statement of oath taken by John Tipton.
    • "America"

    • Steamboats; Riverboats; Excursion boat; "Indiana"
    • The "America" was built at Jeffersonville as a packet boat. Her hull and machinery came from the "Indiana" which had burned at Cincinnati on May 1, 1916. She was later remodeled to a full-fledged excursion boat operating mostly out of...
    • "Avalon"

    • Steamboats; Riverboats; Excursion boats; "Belle of Louisville"; "Idlewild"; "Avalon"; Rivers
    • The "Idlewild" was sold to J. Harold Gorsage in 1947 and the name was changed to "Avalon". She became the most widely traveled excursion boat on the rivers. During her tramping days she made stops at Omaha, Nebraska; New Orleans; Stillwater,...
    • "City of Madison"

    • "City of Madison"; Steamboats; Riverboats; Steamboat accidents; Explosions; Civil War; Vicksburg
    • The "City of Madison" was built in 1860 and originally ran from Cincinnati to New Orleans. She was built in Madison, Indiana and was used as a government boat during the Civil War. She participated in Grant's campaign on the Tennessee and was at...
    • "City of Madison" on the Dike

    • Steamboats; Riverboats; "City of Madison"; Dikes (Engineering)
    • Built in Madison in 1882, the boat was the second "City of Madison," the first having been lost in a devastating explosion during the Civil War. On June 18, 1894, she was returning from a trip to Memphis, with a stop-over in Owensboro, Kentucky,...
    • "Hattie Brown"

    • Steamboats; Riverboats; Markland, Indiana; Ice gorges
    • The "Hattie Brown" was built in 1884 and made a regular run from Warsaw to Madison, Indiana and back daily. She was converted to an oil engine in 1915; two years later she was lost in the terrible freeze of 1917-1918 when the Ohio River froze for...
    • "M. G. Bright"

    • Railroad locomotives; Engines; Railroads; People
    • This is the "M. G. Bright", the original No. 634. She was companion to the "Reuben Wells" and worked the incline until 1895 when she was replaced by the new coal burner. The Bright was of the rack and pinion style locomotive and was built by...
    • "Monongahela"

    • Tugboats; Towboats; Steamboats; Stern wheelers; Paddle wheel steamers
    • The "Monongahela" was built in 1927 and rebuilt in 1945-1946 when she was converted from coal to an oil burner. In the late 1950s she was partially dismantled. Her remains were sold to a South American firm. She broke away from her tug during...
    • "Princess" and "Island Queen"

    • Ice gorge; Ohio River; Winter; Steamboats; Riverboats; Steamboat accidents
    • The "Princess" and "Island Queen" are shown in the grip of ice during the winter of 1917-1918. The "Island Queen" surivived only to face the inferno at the Cincinnati docks on November 4, 1922. The "Princess" was lost when the ice gorge broke. ...
    • "Princess" in the Ice

    • "Princess"; Steamboats; Ohio River; Ice; Winter; Riverboats; Steamboat accidents
    • This scene is the Ohio River during the terrible winter of 1917-1918. You can see the "Princess" locked in the ice. That winter was exceptionally cold and the river and its tributaries froze "stem to stern". It caused much destruction along the...
    • "Trimble"

    • "Trimble"; Ferryboat; Ice; Ohio River; Riverboats; Steamboat accidents
    • Here you can see some of the devastation the ice caused during the harsh winter of 1917-1918. The ferryboat "Trimble" is caught and nearly buried in the thick ice. She did survive but was badly damaged. On February 20, 1918 the newspaper reported,...
    • "Trimble"--Madison and Milton Landing

    • Ferryboat; Ferryboat landing; Madison, Indiana; "Trimble"; Ohio River; Rivers; Riverboats; Steamboats; Steamboat accidents
    • The inscription on the old picture reads, "Madison & Milton Ferry Landing--1908." The landing at Madison and the ferryboat, "Trimble" looked much like this during the winter of 1917 and 1918 when some of the worst weather of the century hit much...
    • "W. C. Mitchell"

    • Towboats; Steamboats; "George Matheson No. 2"; Steamboat accidents; Riverboats
    • Perl Inville watches as the "W .C. Mitchell" passes by. In 1907 a new towboat was built and named "George Matheson No. 2". She was known familiarly along the Kanawha River as the "Bologna George". In 1920 she was renamed the "W. C. Mitchell" and...
    • "Water Queen" and "Grace Devers"

    • Showboats; Tugboats; Towboats; Swanson, Gloria; Stage Struck; Calliopes; "Grace Devers"; "Water Queen"
    • The showboat, "Water Queen" was once host to, and co-star with, Gloria Swanson during the filming of 'Stage Struck'. The "Water Queen" looks like anything but a movie star while resting along side the levee at Madison, Indiana. She sank at her...

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