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The Weems Line

From site visitor, Sherry Simpson
Dear Dave, Thanks for the quick reply. I'm from Midwest myself, Wisconsin, but my roots were in Maryland and D.C.. The Weems line was begun by Captain George (Weems) of Baltimore 1817 when he acquired steamboat Surprise. His next two were the "Eagle" and the "Patuxent". George suffered serious burns an explosion on "Eagle" in 1824, but he recovered and expanded the steamship line to include other ports. The business remained in the family until 1904. George's son, Mason Locke Weems took it through many years then two of Manson Locke's daughters continued the family tradition. Apparently the Weems line was famous for its excellent Southern cuisine for many years! Elijah Weems, my ancestor, appears to be the only family member who left Maryland to work the Mississippi River trade during those bustling days of the 1830's. I would so like to find out more about his life when he called Vicksburg his home port! Again, thanks. Sherry S.
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