Coosa River Steamboat List
Compiled by
Ken McCulloch And David Robertson
If you have further information on boats on the Coosa River please let Ken McCulloch know.
Ken's Reasons
Also See

Boat
Built/Launched
Owner
Pilot/Captain
ALABAMA 1849 GADSDEN, AL COOSA RIVER STEAMBOAT CO.
ALABAMA II - Pics 1904 PETER WAGNON  
ALPHARETTA CAPT. JAMES M. ELLIOTT, SR. CUMMINS LAY
*1 ANNIE M. - Pics early 1900s CAPT. ? SIMS  
*2 CAPT. LYERLY Pic 1913 GADSDEN COOPERAGE CO. JAMES L. ROBERTSON
CHEROKEE - Pics
*3 CITY OF GADSDEN Pics 1899 GADSDEN, AL GADSDEN STEAMBOAT CO.
CLIFFORD B. SEAY
COOSA 1845 JAMES LAFFERTY
COOSA BELLE 1850s WETUMPKA, AL
COOSAWATTEE 1878 GADSDEN STEAMBOAT CO.
*4 DIXIE - Pics
ETOWAH BILL Pic
GEORGIA 1851
*5 HERCULES COL. R.B. KYLE RICHARD BENTON OTWELL
HILL CITY WILLIAM M. ELLIOTT
JOEL C. MARABLE 1883
LAURA MOORE 1860s CAPT. JAMES M. ELLIOTT CAPTS. ELLIOTT & CUMMINS LAY
*1 LEOTA
MAGNOLIA 1873 ROME, GA GA & AL STEAMBOAT CO. JAMES M. ELLIOTT, JR. &
FRANK BENJAMIN
*7 MONTGOMERY 1926 US CORPS OF ENGINEERS
SAM W. LINE GEN. S.M. WINCHESTER &
CAPT. J.E. LINE
WILLIAM M. ELLIOTT
SYDNEY P. SMITH GADSDEN STEAMBOAT CO.
UNDINE 1870s
*8 WILLIE C. WAGNON 1888 GADSDEN, Ala. PETER WAGNON
*1 - WAS PURCHASED BY THE GOV'T IN 1913 AND RENAMED THE U.S. LEOTA
*2 - WAS THE FIRST GAS ENGINE POWERED BOAT ON THE COOSA THE PILOT WAS MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER'S BROTHER
*3 - FOR IT'S SIZE, IT WAS NOTED AS CARRYING THE MOST TONNAGE FOR QUITE SOME TIME. THE GADSDEN STEAMBOAT CO. WAS OWNED BY JAMES M. ELLIOTT, SR. AND R.B. KYLE
*4 - DESTROYED BY FIRE AT THE DOCK AT ROME, GA IN 1914
*5 - THE PILOT WAS MY MATERNAL GRANDFATHER
*6 - BURNED AT CEDAR BLUFF, AL AUG. 1887
*7 - SNAGBOAT ON THE COOSA & ALABAMA RIVERS UNTIL 1959
*8 - SANK CA. 1903 NEAR CENTRE, AL

From Ken McCulloch

I have always had a great interest in the early history of the Coosa, having been born and raised in Gadsden, AL. I had relatives strung out all up the banks of the Coosa, fished it many-many times and remember seeing the Annie M./Leota right after she was raised some time in the mid 1940's. My Grandfather piloted the Hercules for Col. R.B. Kyle's Lumber yard that was on the Etowah Cherokee County Line. (by the way, it was a small tow boat) My Grandmother's brother was the pilot on the Capt. Lyerly, which, also was a tow boat. After retiring, I started researching my ancestors, and in doing so, the history of the area and the Coosa just fell in line.

Last year I volunteered to digitize photos and documents for the library here in Decatur and ran across the TN River boats, and some of the boats that I knew had run the Coosa. So, I started researching them on both rivers. I really do not have enough time to do as much research on the boats as I would like because I am not only doing the genealogy research, but, am also writing a book on one of my ancestor's family.