RIVERBOATS STARTING WITH

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Name: BEN ACCORD Launched: 1850S? EARLY? Area: U. Miss. R. Comments: Mentioned in this Article 1. Name: BEN BOLT Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 167' X 29' X 5.', 228 tons. Launched: 1853, California, Pa. completed Pittsburgh. Destroyed: not inspected after 1858. Area: 1853, Pittsburgh-St. Louis 1857, the Diary of E.F. Beadle has her in Omaha, July 4. Owners: 1853, Charles f. Frisbee, 7/16 - Andrew Miller, 3/16 - both of Pittsburgh; D.S.H. Gilmore, Pomeroy, Oh., and A.B. Fisher of Gallipolis, Oh. Later, sold to Capt. Thomas W. Scott, St. Louis and others of Omaha. Comments: 1856, late Feb, Torn from docks and swept downstream in ice flow during Great Ice Gorge at St. Louis. Badly damaged. Name: BEN CAMPBELL Area: 1847, U. Miss. R. Owner: Ben Campbell Captain: Ben Campbell Name: BEN CAMPBELL
RIVERBOAT BEN CAMPBELL
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection. Click on picture to enlarge
Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet. Size: 287 tons. Built: 1852, Shousetown, Pa and finished at Pittsburgh. Destoyed: 1860, Aug. 23, while laid up at Capt. Clark's home in Buffalo, Iowa. Area: Later in Davenport - Keokuk trade. Owner: Built for Galena, Dubuque & Minnesota Packet Company 1855, Capt. L.W. Clark, Buffalo, Iowa. Captains: *Piloted at one time by Oscar M. Ruby Comments: Mentioned in this Article Name: BEN CAMPBELL Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 130' X 24' X 3.5' Power: Engines, 10's- 3-1/2. Two Boilers, each 44" X 16' Launched: 1865, Buffalo, Iowa. Destroyed: 1870, dismantled Area: Red River during cotton seasons. Name: BEN COURSION Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet. Size: Originally 149 tons. 1854, rebuilt to 161 tons. Destroyed: 1857, *Oct. 4, 2 A.M., La Crosse, Wiss., Collision with KEY CITY 7 lives lost. Area: early, L Miss. R. 1854, Cincinnati-Madison 1856-57, U. Miss. R. *1856, U. Miss. R., tramping. Comments: 1853, Sept. 12, Louisville, Ky., rammed and sank U.S. MAIL 1854, Aug. Rising Sun Bar, was in collision with JANE FRANKLIN 1857, La Cross, Collided with KEY CITY. COURSIN sank. *Jones Worden's Steamboats and Steamboating Career by Frederick J. Worden

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Boats Named BEN FRANKLIN

According to my count there were at least 9 boats named BEN FRANKLIN, and
4 more that were numbered 2, 6, 7 and 8.  The numbers do not
necessarily coincide with the boat's actual place in time within this line
of boats.  For instance BEN FRANKLIN NO. 2 was named in 1923 or 4. and NO.
6, according to the dates I have, is only the 5th boat with BEN FRANKLIN
for its name, leaving open to speculation that whoever named BEN FRANKLIN
NO. 6 either couldn't count or did not do his homework, or possibly there
was another BEN FRANKLIN he knew about that we have all missed.


1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN
    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet.  Size: 163 tons.
    Launched 1826-27, winter, Cincinnati, Oh.
    Power: single engine, low pressure boiler.
    Area: Louisville-Cincinnati, as extra boat when trade warrented.
    Owners: Capt.Jacob Strader, Capt. James Gorman, Philip Grandon,
            James Kelly and others.
    Captains: 1826-30, masters, Jacob Strader and James Gorman 
                      John Blair Summons, mate and pilot;
                      John Wesley Brown, pilot 
              1830-32, Master, Edward Carroll

1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN
    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet.  Size: 89 tons.
    Power: single stiff shaft, 27" X 5 1/2 ft., 4 boilers,
           each 39" X 18'
    Launched: 1934, Cincinnati, Oh.
    Destroyed: 1836, Mar. 13, Mobile, boiler exploded with great loss of life.
    Owners: 1834-35, Fall, United States Mail Line
            1835, Fall-36, Capt. Slade and others of Mobile
    Comments: considered fast boat, Louisville-Cincinnati 00/14/12
            : under U.S. Mail Line made 200 round trips Cincinnati-Louisville.

1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 183' X 25' X 6.5', 194 tons.
    Power:25 1/2's-7 ft., 6 boilers, each 60" X 23', 2 15" flues
    Wheels: 22' dia. 11' buckets w/ 22" dip
    Launched: 1836, Cincinnati, Oh.
    Destroyed: 1841, Mar. 13, Cincinnati, sank, lost.
    Owner: United States Mail Line
    Captains: when new, Master was John Blair Summons
    Comments: record time upriver Louisville-Cincinnati, 00/12/08
            : 1838, Mar. made special round trip Cincinnati-Pittsburgh.
            : was considered very fast.

1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN
    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet
    1841-46

1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN No. 6
    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet.  Size: 289 tons.
    Launched: 1843, Cincinnati, Oh.
    Destroyed: 1849, dismantled.
    Area: Cincinnati-Louisville w/occasional trips to St. Louis
    Owner: United States Mail Line
    Caaptain: 1843-49, John Blair Summons
    Comments: 1843, On special trip, arrived Pittsburgh, Nov.16, from
                    Cincinnati with Pres. John Q. Adams on board.
    Comments from another source: 1846, Made run Louisville - 
                                      Cincinnati 0/11/45

1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN NO. 7
    Type: sidewheel wooden hull packet
     1844-48
    Owner: United States Mail Line

1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN NO. 8
    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet.  Size:
	Launched: 1848, Cincinnati, Oh.
    Area: 1850, Miss. R., Ark R.
    Owner: United States Mail Line
    Comments: The article linked below claims to have a BEN FRANKLIN
              aground at Webbers Falls on the Ark. R. in 1850.
    Comments: see Article

1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN
    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet.   Size:145' X 24' X 5.5'
	Launched: 1854, Brownsville, Pa.
	Area: Cotton carrier out of New Orleans.
	Comments: 1861, went to Confederate registry.
			: 1863, Dec. 14, Red River, captured by U.S. tinclad ARGOSY.

1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN
    Type: sidewheel wooden hull packet
    1856-58

1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN
    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet.  Size: 260 tons.
	Launched: 1861, Parkersburg, W. Va.
	Destroyed: 1867, dismantled.
	Area: was in Wheeling - Cincinnati trade for several years
	Captains: 1861, May, James P. Jack

1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN
    Type: sidewheel wooden hull packet
    1869-1881 or so
    Owner: United States Mail Line

1. Name: BEN FRANKLIN NO. 2, originally the first CHRIS GREEN 
    Type: Sternwheel towboat
    1915-1922
The only teddy bear still made in America

Name: BEN HUR 
BEN HUR
Click on picture to enlarge
Type: Sternwheeler, wooden hull Size: 165' Launched: 1887 at Marrietta, Ga. Destroyed: 1916, March, Duckport, Miss., sank and was lost. Area: Ohio R., Miss. R. : 1887, Towboat for Robinson's Floating Circus : 1888 - 1909, In the Pittsburg/Parkersburg trade. Owner: Original, Cramer Family of Clarington : 1909, Sold to interests on Miss. R. Captain(s): 1888, Kimpel, Fred Jr. 1904, Sims, Edward Comments: Her whistle was from the GEORGE STRECKER and was passed on to the BESSIE SMITH, then to the LIBERTY and on to the towboat MILDRED. Comments: Mentioned in this Document Name: BEN LEE Type: sternwheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 122 tons Launched: 1852, Cincinnati, Oh. Destroyed: 1856, Dec. 13, Mobile, Ala., snagged and lost. Area: 1853, White R. Passed through Marion County Also ran Mobile-Alabama R. Comments: Mentioned in this Article Name: BEN SHARROD Launched: 1830s Destroyed: 1837, May, near 19 mi. above Ft. Adams, Miss., burned Area: Coosa R. and to New Orleans Comments: Was racing PRAIRIE when fire broke out. Eventually a keg of whiskey exploded, then her boilers exploded and a bit later 40 barrels of gun powder blew up. The boat was just plain ment to sink. See Bits and Pieces for the rest of the story. 1. Name: BEN STICKNEY Type: Sidewheel, wood hull packet. Size: 285 X 40 X 8 Power: Engines, 26's- 9 ft.and 5 boilers from the BOSTONA Launched: Hull: Cannelton, Ind. Completed, 1864, New Albany, Ind. Destroyed: 1865, Nov. 16, Island 18, Miss. R. snagged and sunk Area: L. Miss. R. Owner: Principal owner said to be Commodore David Gibson, Cincinnati Ran under Atlantic and Mississippi Steamboat Co banner. Captain: 1864, Aug, Maiden trip, Master, Sheble, E. A.; Pilots, Charles Sebastian and James Ostrander 1865: Master when she sank, Dravo, Charles A.
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1. Way's Packet Directory, 1848 - 1994

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