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Name: Union Packet Line  Actually the Wheeling Union Packet Line

Name: United States Mail Line: (The Mail Line)/U. S. Mail Company
From: 1818 with launching of the ZEBULON M. PIKE.
Area: Miss. R. 
Owners:  ?c.1834?-1847, Jacob Strader and James Gorman had interest in.
         Eventually, Pat Rogers, Thomas Sherlock, Ed Montgomery,
         Capts. John Blair Summons and J.H. Barker were stockholders.
         1847, Capt. James Montgomery, New Albany, Ind., became 1st
               president of newly organized U.S. Mail Company
               Z.M. Shirley was next Pres.
Boats: List not complete.
       1817 or 18, ZEBULON M. PIKE
       1834-35, the 1834 BEN FRANKLIN
       1836-41, the 1836 BEN FRANKLIN, 1836-? PORTSMOUTH
       1843-49, BEN FRANKLIN No.6
       1854-50, PIKE No. 8
       1851-1853, Sept. 23 when snagged and lost GENERAL PIKE,, the 1st one
       1853, TELEGRAPH No. 3
       1854, MANSFIELD
       1844-49, PIKE No.7, NORTH AMERICA, MOUNTAINNEER 
       1865-1868, Dec. 4, the 1865 UNITED STATES
       1867-1868, Dec. 4, the 1867 AMERICA
       1870's, PAT ROGERS
       1877-91 when she backed into coal barges and sank, GENERAL PIKE (the 3rd one) 
             JACOB STRADER, MOSES McCLENNAN, FASHION, ALVIN ADAMS,
             NORTHERNER, SOUTHERNER, HIGH FLYER, CAPE CATERLIN
             TELEGRAPH III
Captains Associated With: List not complete.
         1818-58 or so, John Blair Summons
         1847, John Armstrong 
         late 1850s or early 1860s, Boies
         1851, John McLure, Jr.
         1851-78, Richard M. Wade
         1867, David Whitten, on AMERICA
         1868, Charles Dufour, Napoleon B. Jenkins on AMERICA
Comments: Was the longest lasting steamboat line.
        : Was in fierce competition with Capts. Ed Montgomery and J.H. Barker
          who owned NORTH AMERICA and MOUNTAINNEER, Louisville-Cincinnati
          trade.  Mail Line eventually absorbed this competition, whose owners
          became stockholders.
        : 1847, reorganization brought about the U.S. Mail Company with
               new major stockholders, Pat Rogers, Thomas Sherlock,
               Ed Montgomery,and Capts. John Blair Summons and J.H. Barker

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