About Boats Whose Names Start With The Letter
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- JAMES L. DYKES - JAMES N. TRIGG - JOE WHEELER - JOHN R. WELLS -
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JAMES L. DYKES

The information and image are borrowed from the City of Bridgeport, Alabama's
Bridgeport, Alabama and Steamboatin' on the Tennessee

Don't know anything about this boat, other than what you see.

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Bridgeport, Alabama and Steamboatin' on the Tennessee


JAMES N. TRIGG

The information and images are borrowed from the City of Bridgeport, Alabama's
Bridgeport, Alabama and Steamboatin' on the Tennessee

Tennessee steamboat JAMES N. TRIGG

The James N. Trigg, docked beside a barge on the Tennessee River, with bags of corn to be loaded onto the Trigg. Note passengers boarding and debarking the boat. A gang plank is used at this docking. If you will note the A frame at the head of the boat, and the extended boom, is a modern new stage for loading and unloading, where wharfs were not available. The James N. Trigg was 158.2' long, and 28.2 ' wide. Her draft was 4.1 feet, enabling her to operate on very shallow water. She was owned and operated by the Tennessee River Navigation Company, and Captain Paul Underwood was her Master. She was built in Decatur, Alabama in 1910, and was blown into the banks and wrecked in a storm at Guntersville in 1921, where she sank.

Please take a look at the City of Bridgeport's site.
Bridgeport, Alabama and Steamboatin' on the Tennessee


JOE WHEELER

The information and images are borrowed from the City of Bridgeport, Alabama's
Bridgeport, Alabama and Steamboatin' on the Tennessee

Steamer Joe Wheeler, named for General Joe Wheeler. This boat was built in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1898, was a 155.8 ft. long x 33.5 ft wide sternwheeler, drawing a draft of only 3.5 feet of water, making it easy for her to navigate in the most shallow waters along the Tennessee River. She had a wooden hull, and her engines were 13's with a 4.5 ft stroke.

She had two boilers, each boiler 38" long x 20" in diameter. This vessel was owned and operated by the Tennessee River Navigation Company of Chattanooga, with W.C. Wilkes the Manager of the Company. She ran from Joppa, Illinois to Chattanooga until 1907, then Chattanooga to Kingston. She made one trip to Knoxville, taking Government officials. Her machinery came from the J.C. Warner.She carried passengers as well as freight until June of 1918, when the cabin was cut down. After that time she served as a towboat. If you notice the front of the boat, she has the towing bulk heads in this picture. The Joe Wheeler was dismantled in 1919, and the machinery was sold to a Captain Lyerly.

Please take a look at the City of Bridgeport's site.
Bridgeport, Alabama and Steamboatin' on the Tennessee


JOHN R. WELLS

Information from site visitor
Kelly Hokkanen
An excerpt from
History of Miller County Missouri
by
Gerald Schultz, Midland Printing Co.,
Jefferson City, MO, 1933. Microfilm

The "J.R. WELLS", a sternwheel of 92 tons, 100 1/2 feet long, 20 feet wide, 4 feet deep, was built by Anchor Milling Co. of Tuscumbia, Missouri, in 1898 - named after one of the mill stockholders. The Milling Co. was run by the Hauenstein family in Tuscumbia. The JR Wells traveled on the Osage River with Capt. John W. Adcock as pilot and later Capt. P.F. Hauenstein.

 

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