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    • "Miami"

    • Tugboats; Towboats; "Miami"; Riverboats
    • This is the towboat "Miami". Built in 1912 in Cincinnati, she was mostly a contract towboat. She ended her career on the Kanawha River and was dismantled in 1946. Photograph taken 1928
    • "City of Louisville"

    • Steamboats; Riverboats; Excursion steamer
    • The steamer "City of Louisville" was billed as the "fastest boat in the world". Its dimensions were: length, 307 feet; beam, 43 feet; hold, 7 feet in depth. It was chartered to carry 1,500 passengers. It had 72 state rooms with sleeping...
    • "Trimble"

    • "Trimble"; Ferryboat; Steamboats; Ohio River; Rivers; Riverboats
    • The "Trimble" ferryboat was a familiar sight in Madison for many years. Built in 1895 for Captain Joseph C. Abbott, at the Jeffersonville boatworks, she worked the Milton-to-Madison run for almost thirty-five years. Photograph taken circa 1920
    • "Trimble"

    • Ferries; Ohio River; Eagle Cotton Mill; Milton; Madison; Rivers; Riverboats; Steamboats
    • Here the ferry boat "Trimble" lands at the Milton docks. You can see Madison in the background. The large building in the middle of the picture seen in the distance is the Eagle Cotton Mills. Photograph taken circa 1925
    • "Trimble"

    • "Trimble"; Ferryboat; Steamboats; Ohio River; Rivers; Riverboats
    • The "Trimble" crosses the lazy river. With the huge barges of today, the river seldom remains this calm for long. Photograph taken circa 1925
    • "Cotton Blossom"

    • Steamboats; Showboats; Riverboats; "Grace Devers"; Towboats; Tugboats; Levees; Otto Hitner
    • The "Cotton Blossom" began life in 1896 as a raft for a lumber company working out of St. Paul. She handled the large excursion barge named "Mississippi" at one time, was renamed "The Princess" and was then sold to the Barrett Line for use as a...
    • "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,...
    • Darby and Mae Davis

    • Davis, Sylvester "Darby"; Davis, Bertha Mae; People; Ohio River; Stern wheelers; Barges; Riverboats
    • Shown in this picture are Sylvester "Darby" Davis and his wife, Bertha Mae. Darby and Mae lived in a shanty boat and they were as much a part of Madison, Indiana river life as the wharf boats or the "Trimble" ferry. Darby worked at odd jobs and...
    • "Columbia"

    • Rivers; Waterfronts; Horses; Mules; Steamboats; Riverboats; Mail steamers; Passengers
    • This river scene depicts great activity along the levee in any typical river town. The "Columbia" is either loading or unloading her passengers. The horse-drawn carts near the gangplank were probably used to convey passengers to and from the boat....
    • "Island Queen"

    • Steamboats; Riverboats; Excursion boat; Steamboat accidents; Ohio River
    • The "Island Queen" glides down the Ohio near Madison, Indiana. She was built in 1925 and for more than 20 years, she carried "day trippers" on the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Coney Island. She also ran excursions along the inland waterways...
    • "Washington"

    • Steamboats; Madison, Indiana; Piers & wharves; Ohio River; "Washington"; Riverboats
    • The "Washington" worked the Ohio in the 1920s and 1930s. She was dismantled before 1940. In this view she is tied up at the Madison docks. She was based first in Cincinnati then in Pittsburg. The photo is thought to be from the 1920s.

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