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Name: DI VERNON
    Type:                Size: 255'
    Launched: 1840s?, early
    Comments: Mentioned in articles here and here

Name: DIADO
    Area: 1862, Ciaro-Columbus
    Comments: From site visitor Forrest Fothergil
              The Civil War Journal of 2nd Liut. Rev. Victor M. Dewey
              mentiones a steamer called "Diado." I have very little
              information on it. All I know is it carried the 124th Ill.
              Inf. Vols. from Cairo to Columbus on 7 Oct 1862. My guess is
              that it did duty on the Mississippi for most of the war. The
              diary is not currently available, and frankly it doesn't give
              much information on the War.  Most of the entries give only the
              specifics of where the 124th marched that day

1. Name: DIAMOND JO
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull townboat/packet.  Size: 165.5' X 32' X 4.', 242 tons.
    Designed by, Capt. Hudson Porter, a ship's carpenter.
    Launched: 1864, Prairie du Chien, Wis. for Diamond Jo Line
    Destroyed: 1883, Dubuque, Dismantled.
    Area:  U. Miss. R.
          1875, Fulton-Burlington
    Owner: Diamond Jo Line 
    Captains: 1864- William Fleming, Lancing, Mi.
              *For a time, Master, Joseph Reynolds (Diamond Jo);John Killeen, Mate
              1875-78, Ben Conger; clerk, Al Conger
              1878-83, R.F. Isherwood
              * Near end piloted by Oscar M. Ruby
    Comments: Was 2nd boat of the line.
            : * Was briefly in the Davidson Line, under Capt. E.H. Thomas,
            : * Also was briefly under the Minnesota Packet Company, then briefly
                  under the North Western Union Packet Company. 
            : 1869, Just above Dubuque, snagged and sunk.  Raised.
            : 1872, Below Keithsburg, Ill, hit some rocks and sank.  Raised.
            : Machinery went to JOSEPHINE
    Source:* Much of this info from an article by
             William Petersen in The Palimpsest 

Name: DIANA
    Launched 1828, Brush Creek, Ohio
    Owner: Capt. Joseph Swager

Name: DIANA
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet   Size:
    Destroyed: ?*1836, Oct.  Snagged 2-1/2 mi above Rocheport Mo. at
               what is now known as Diana Bend.? Dates conflict between sources.
    Area: Miss., Mo. and Ohio Rs.
    Owner: Capt. Joseph Swager.
    Captain(s):  4. *1838, Joseph Swager
                 Shallcross, John
    Companies Associated with:  ?American Fur Co.?
    Comments: Built for Cincinnati and Louisville Packet Co. by
              Capt. Swager, Joseph, one of the founders of line.
    Comments: from Boone's Lick Heritage Quarterly.
            : boat was built at cost of $37,000.  Made $25,000 in 1st. season.
            : 4. Captured reward of $500 in gold from U.S. Postal
               service for being first steamboat to make New Orleans-Louisvill in under
               6 days.  Did it in 183?8? in 05/23/15.

Name: DIANA
    Launched: 1840, after or 1850s?
    Area: Ohio R. and Miss. R. and Mo. R.
    Owner: Lightning Line

3. Name: DIANA
    Launched: 1840's mid?
    Area: Sacramento R. Calf.
    Comments: 1849, Aug. 31, Listed in the Alta Californian as plying trade
              on the waters of the Sacramento R.

Name: DIANA
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 296 tons
    Power: 30-1/2's - 8 ft., 4 boilers, each 42" X 28-1/2'
    Launched: 1845 for owner, Capt Joseph Swager
    Destroyed: 1850, Jan. 23, Pilot Station, New Orleans, lost in collision
                with OHIO.
    Area: Louisville-New Orleans
    Owner: Capt. Joseph Swager

Name: DIANA
    Launched: 1849, Cincinnati, Oh.
    Destroyed: 1864, off the lists.

1. Name: DIANA/ROSALIE JUDSON
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 257' X 37' X 7.'
    Power: 28's- 9 ft.   Wheels: 37' dia. w/12-1/2' buckets and 30" dip.
    Launched: 1857, Jeffersonville, Ind. by Howard Yard
    Destroyed: 1867, off the lists.
    Area: 1857, Louisville-New Orleans
    Owners: 1857, principally, Capt Edward T. Sturgeon
            1862, Dec. 6, Sold to USQMD
            1866, Apr. 14, sold to private interests and renamed ROSALIE JUDSON
    Captains: 1857, 1850, Edward T. Sturgeon
    Comments: 1858, raced the BALTIC
              1858, June, was present and picked up survivors when PENNSYLVANIA
                    blew up.
              1860: Drive Shaft accident aboard the Diana.
              During Civil War was Union troop transport and supply boat.
Outdoor 12
Name: DIANA
      1858-1863


Name: DIANA
    1865-1878

Name: DIANA
    1870-post 79

Name: DIANA
    1894-??

Name: DIANNA
     1880-??


1. Name: DICK BROWN
Click to enlarge
From
The James E. York Post Card Collection
    Type: Stern-wheel wooden hull packet
	Size: 132' X 24' X 4.5'
    Power: Compound engines, 8-1/2's 15's- 15 ft. by Marietta Mfg.
    Launched: 1893, Harmar, Oh. by Knox Yard
    Destroyed: 1900, June 23, Sedamsville, Oh., sank
    Area: When new, local trade out of Huntington, W. Va.
          Later, Cincinnati-Kentucky R.
    Owners: The Browns
            Later sold to the White Collar Line, Cincinnati
    Comments: Machinery went to the ROBERT TAYLOR

1. Name: DICK FOWLER
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From
The James E. York Post Card Collection
    Type: stern-wheel, wooden hull packet
    Size: 175' X 31' X 6.5'
    Power: Engines, 16's- 6'.  Three Boilers, each 42" dia. by 26 ft.
    Launched: 1892, Evansville, Ind.
    Destroyed: 1911, Nov. sank in wind storm.
    Area: 1893-1912, Cairo-Paducah
    Owners: The Fowlers of Paducah, Ky.
            1911, June, Purchased by Capt. Ralph Emerson
    Captains: Ben Howard
              1905, R.D. Crider 
    Comments: Bell was from W.P. HALLIDAY.  Whistle from the IDLEWILD.
            : Speed trials - 
                           Cairo-Evansville, 14 hr., 7 min. beating the IDLEWILD by 42 min.
                           1896, Apr. 10, raced SPREAD EAGLE, Paducah-Cairo.  Won by 9 min.
              After that she wore antlers on her roof with a sign "Take Them If You Can."
              Nobody did. 

Name: DICKY or DICKEY
    Type:                Size: 255'
    Comments: From The Diary Of Joseph T. Anderson, shopkeeper,
             Commerce Mo.
             - Saturday night, March 23d, 1861. " . . . The Dicky came
              up with the mail about 5 o'clock."
             - Tuesday Night, March 26th., '. . . The Dickey landed about
              half an hour after dark going down, put off the mail and
              John Jehlen with a lot of groceries, also groceries for
              Woods and Newman. . . . "
             - Tuesday Night, April 2nd, 1861.  "Business dull.  Weather
              rainy.  The Dickey came down about 2 o'clock, took Hess
              Isobel on for Hickman, put off mail and shoved out upon
              the bossom of the deep.
             - Saturday Night, April 4th, 1861.  "The Dickey and (E.M.)
               Ryland both landed at the same time about 4 o'clock. . . . "
             - Tuesday Night, April 9th, 1861.  "River rising.  Boats thick.
              Dickey landed 3 o'clock, put off some freight and mail. . . . "
             - Tuesday Night, April 16th, 1861.  "Business dull.  River on
               stand.  Boats plenty.  Intelligence came thismorning on the
               Dickey that it was a mistake about Anderson being killed, but
               true that Fort Sumpter had been taken and its inmates being
              taken prisoners.
             - Tuesday Night, April23rd, 1861.  "Business tolerable.
              River faling. Some boats running.  Dickey landed down
              about 6 o'clock, put off Mr. Eversol and Mrs. Swinney.
              Bad news with reguard to war."
             - Saturday Night, April 27th, 1861.  "Business has been
              tolerable good today. River falling.  Weather rainy.  Boats
              running.  Dickey went up about 11 o'clock today with a
              number of emiguants on her from the South, they being sent
              from there because they would not join the army. . . ."
             - Saturday, May 4th, 1861.  "Business dull.  Weather good.
              The Dickey came up in due time and the Memphis down,
              weather looks very gloomy."
             - Tuesday Night, May 7th, 1861.  "Business dull.  Weather fine.
              River on stand.  Diockey went down this afternoon. . . ."
             - Wednesday Night, May 14th, 1861.  "Business Dull.  River
               rising. Weather fine.  Dickey sailed."
             - Wednesday Night, May 15th, 1861.  "Business tolerable in
              bacon and butter.  River rising very fast.  Memphis up today.
              Dickey down with good mail.  Learned the Southerners were
              taken prisoners in St. Louis."
             - Sunday Night, May 16th, 1861.  ". . . Dickey went up today,
              weather rainy most of the day but cleared in the evening
              fine and nice. . . ."

Name: DIME
    Comments: Mentioned in this Article

Name: DISCOVERY III
    Type: Sternwheeler replica
    Size: Beam 34', length: 156', Draft 3', #passengers 900
    Speed: 14 knts.  3 enclosed decks, 1 open deck, 2 galleys,
           9 rest rooms, 1 gift shop
    Launched: 1987     Power 2, 540 h.p. 12V71 Detriot Diesels
    Area: Alaska
    Captain and pilots: Capt. Jim Binkley, Skip Binkley, Jim Binkley
                        Jr., Johne Binkley
    Comments: For more on Alaskan Riverboats, see Alaskan Riverboats

Name: DIRECTOR
    Launched: 1850s?
    Area: Panama; ?
    Owner: Vanderbilt, Cornelius
    Captain and pilots: Capt. 

Name: DISPATCH
    Type: Sternwheel wooden hull packet     Size: 45 tons
    Launched: 1846, Freedom, Pa.
    Destroyed: 1854, off the lists
    Area: 1848, Jan., tri-weekly, Pittsburgh-Monongahela City, Pa.
    Owner: 1846, first owners, Andrew Leach, Jr., William Bell, Thomas Smith and
                 George Bradshaw, all of Allegheny City, Pa.
    Captains: 1848, Jan., John Nelson
    Comments: Boat became associated with Leechburg coal mine above Elizabeth
              and towed coal barges.

1. Name: DIURNAL
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet
    Size: 170' X 24' X 5.' 199 tons.
    Power: Engines 18's- 7ft, from the LOUIS McLANE. Three Boilers, each 40" X 24' 
    Launched: 1850, Nov.Brownsville, Pa.
    Destroyed: 1863, Sept. 12, St. Charles, Ark., burned.
    Area: When new - 1857, Pittsburgh-Wheeling
    Owners: 1852, Capt. Thomas D. Calhoon, Georgetown, Pa. and others
            1857, Capt, James H. Sholes and others
            Later Capts. John and David McDonald and others
    Captains: When new, Willis S. Conwell
              1854, A.S. Shepard
    Comments: Was run as towboat for coal under Capts. John and David McDonald

1. Name: DIURNAL
	Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet.   Size: 200'X 31.3' X 4.
	Launched: 1879, Harmar, Oh/Wheeling W. Va. for Capt. John K. Booth
	Destroyed: 1885 - Grassy Flats, above Louisville, sank and lost.
    Area: 1879: Ohio R., Wheeling, W. Va. to St Mary's
				Wheeling-Parkersburg
	Owners: When new, Capt. John K. Booth,
			1884, 1/4, Capt. J. Mack Gamble 
    Captain(s): 1879, A.B. Booth,  Muhleman
			  : 1884 or 5,  Master, J. Mack Gamble, *possibly with Capts. Ike Fisher and Mike 
                           Davis as pilots.
	Companies Associated with: 1879 or so, Wheeling & Parkersburg Packet Company.
							 : 1885 or so, chartered to Louisville & Evansville Packet Company
    Comments: Notes from WHEELING NEWS-REGISTER, June 24, 1951
			: Mentioned in LDS Document and Here
Magic Cabin
Name: DIXIE
	Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.   Size: 130.8' X 24.4' X 4.2', 106 tons.
	Launched: 1860, Cincinnati, Oh.
	Area: 1865, Shreveport-Jefferson connecting with the BART ABLE for New Orleans
	Destroyed: 1871, out of service.
	Owners: When new, Capt. S. H. Parisot and others
			1865, Capt. J.D. Wilbanks
			Later, various owners
	Comments: Was Confederate transport during Civil War. See
			: see Note

Name: DIXIE
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Picture donated by Ken McCulloch
    Type: Sternwheel wooden hull packet
    Area: Coosa River
    Comments: Above picture is the source for this boat's listing.

Name: DIXIE  Web Site
    Type: Sternwheel steel hull paddlewheeler  Size: 78' X 25' X 22", 35 tons
    Launched: 1929, North Webster, Indiana
    Area:  Boat has operated on Webster Lake, North Webster, Indiana
            since it was built.  There is no way out of the 1,000 acre lake. 
    Owners: 1929-39 Joseph Breek; 1939-49, Jay Knapp; 1949-59, Earl Ungeright
            1959-1981, Ernest "Tag" Huffman; 1981-87, Walter Nellessen;
            1987-92, Greg Van Pelt; 1992- present, Dan Thystrup
    Captains: 1959-80, Tag Huffman; 1983-86, Steve Huffman
    Comments: The Dixie is still operating as an excursion.  In the early
              years the Dixie had a small grocery store aboard and
              delivered mail to residents opposite the town side of
              the lake.  The Dixie was converted to diesel-electric in
              1949.  A large electric motor powers the chain driven
              paddlewheel. (when chain-driven sternwheelers first
              appeared in the 1890's they were called "Bicycle boats").

Name: DIXON PHOTO BOAT
    Area: 1900-10 aprox., out of Memphis on Miss. R.
    Owner: Jesse Dixon or Dickson
    Comments: This info from site visitor Glen B Nicholas

1. Name: DR. BUFFINGTON
    Type: Sidewheeler, Wooden hull packet    Size: 175 X 32 X 5
    Launched: 1857, Cincinnati, Oh.
    Destroyed: 1862, Dec. lost on White R. (See ** below)
    Area: 1857-61, New Orleans - Grand Encore; 1861, N. O. - White R.
    Owner: 1857, Buffington, A. J. of New Orleans
           *1860, Avant, Nathan T. of Union, Ark.
           *1860, Dec. 4, Buffington, A.J., again.
           1861. Witherington, A.L. of Carrollton, La.
    Captain: 1858, Moore, L.T. 
             *1860, March, 28, - 1861 Avant, Nathan T. 
             *1861, Witherington, A.L.
    Comments: From site visitor: 
             *"I have a letter from the National Archives addressed to
              my Mother in 1940 when she was asking for information
              on the Dr. Buffington.  They replied that the Doctor
              Buffingtion was built in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1857. A.J.
              Buffington was the original owner. On March 28,1860,
              Nathan T. Avant of Union Co. Arkansas became the owner
              and master.  On December 4,1860, A.J. Buffington was
              again the owner and Nathan T. Avant was master.
              **The Doctor Buffington may have been one of six vessels sunk
              by Confederate forces in December,1862, to obstruct the
              channel of the White River and also to prevent capture
              by the Federal forces.
              I have spoons off of the Steamer Doctor Buffington.
              I would like to find out more if possible but have been
              hitting dead ends.
              Any suggestions would be appreciated.
              Thanks",
              Sarah Jane Brown
    Comments:  Also mentioned here

Name: DR. BURLEIGH
    Area: 1876 or so, Mo. R., replaced the BELLE of LEXINGTON as ferry from
                      Yankton, S.D. to  Green Island, Neb.
          Later, Pierre du ?Chaine?sp.
          1877 or so, returned to 1875 work, temorarily.
    Comments: This info from Bob Karolevitz's column The Way It Was,
              believed to have been in a 1995 Yankton. S.D.. newspaper. 

1. Name: DR. FRANKLIN
    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet.  Size: 280 tons.
    Launched: 1843, Cincinnati, Oh.
    Destroyed: 1846, Mar. 8, New Orleans, burned.
    Area: Cincinnati-New Orleans
    Captains: Master, John Blair Summons, Jr.
	Comments: Mentioned in this Article

1. Name: DR. FRANKLIN
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 156' X 24' X 4.1', 149 tons. 
    Launched: 1847, Wheeling, Va., Dunlevy and McNaughton Yard. 
    Destroyed: 1854, May 7, McCartney, Wiss., Collision with GALENA 
    Area: U. Miss. R.
          1847, Wheeling-Cincinnati
          1847- Galena-St. Paul trade
    Owner: 1847, Built by Capt. John McClure of Wheeling
           1847, fall, sold to Galena, Dubuque and Minnesota Packet Company
           1854, Galena & Minnesota Packet Co.
    Captains: 1847- Master, M.W. Lodwick brother of Kennedy Lodwick; clerk, Russel BlakelyKennedy Lodwick
    Comments:  Mentioned in this Article

1. Name: DR. FRANKLIN No. 2
    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet
    Size: 173' X 26.5' X 4.3'
    Launched: 1848, Wheeling, Va.
    Destroyed: 1853, July 7, St. Louis, burned.
    Area: U. Miss. R.
    Owner: 1848, Built by Capt John McClure of Wheeling
           1848 or 49, winter, sold to The Harris Bros., Smith, Scribe and Meeker.
    Comments:  Mentioned in this Article
            : 1852 boiler explosion on Mo. R.? See query about it.
              Please let me know if you know anything about this incident.

Name: DOCTOR MASSIE
    Area: Under John Clemens, Neches R., Tex.
    Owners: *between 1852 and 57 purchased by Capt. John Clemens

Name: DONALD B
    Type: Sternwheeler               Size:
    Area: Kentucky
    Comments:  9/3/98, There is a rumour that this National Historic Landmark
                sternwheeler may soon be put up for sale.
The only bear still made in America
1. Name: DORA
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet/ferryboat.  Size: small
    Power: 17" X 34", 1 boiler
    Launched: 1872, by J.D. Hibbler and Capt.  August Wohlt
    Destroyed: 1877, after, Madison Crossing, 17 mi. above St. Louis, burned
               when an oil lamp exploded.
    Owners: originally, J.D. Hibbler and Capt. August Wohlt
           after sinking, sold to Washington Ferry Company, Washington, Mo.
    Comments: 1877, Jan. 22, Mouth of Charlotte Creek, Mo. sunk by ice, raised.

Name: DORA CABLER
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: unknown
    Launched: 1877, Cincinnati, Oh. for Capt James W. Lowell
    Area: Built for and remained in Cincinnati-Evansville trade
    Owners: Capt James W. Lowell
    Captains: 1879, Master, Thomas H. Armstrong
    Comments: had machinery and calliope from JULIA NO. 2
			: see Ad 

Name: DORRANCE
Area: 1862, May 3 was used to transport the 2nd. Alabama Light Artillery Brigade from a factory at the mouth of Dog River to Ft. Gaines. Source: The History of Lumsden's Battery, by Dr. George Little and James R. Maxwell Name: DORTHY Type: FERRY BOAT Size: Launched: 1887. in Boonville, Mo., by builder John J. Walther. Area: Mo. R. Boonville, Mo. Owner: Porter, Capt. John Captains: Porter, Capt. John, Wilson, R. C. Comments: from the Boone’s Lick Heritage Quarterly. Name: DOTTI G. Type: Sternwheel excursion boat Size: 68' Launched: 1984, Utica, Ind. Area: 1999Aurora, Ind. Captains: Conrad Gerdes Comments: 1999, Took part in Tall Stacks Cellebration. Name: DOVER Area: Pittsburg; Allegheny R. Captain(s): Marsh, Grant Name: DREW Type: Side-wheeler Launched: 1864? Owner: Drew, Daniel Comments: 2 storey Main saloon 1. Name: DUBUQUE Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet Size: 230' X 35' x 5.5', 602 Tons. Power: 20's- 7 ft., Wheels were 26' with 10' buckets Launched: 1867, Hull at Wheeling, W. Va.. Completed at Pittsburg for Northern Line Packet Company Destroyed: 1879, Mar. 4, Alton Slough, burned with LAKE SUPERIOR while being readied for spring season. Area: U. Miss. R. Companies associated with: Northern Line Packet Company Keokuk Northern Line Captains: 1867, April, Master, Capt. J.W. Parker *At one time piloted by Oscar. M Ruby At one time, Thomas B, Hill Comments: Hull by Dunlevy & Co.. Engines by Snowden & Co. Cabin landscape paintings by Emil Botts. Capt. Richard C. Gray superintended construction. : 1867, May 4, first trip, hit Rock Island bridge crippling starboard engine and sustaining other damage. Name: DUBUQUE/CAPITOL orginally the PITTSBURGH :1879- Name: DUCHESS 1846-50 Name: DUCHESS 1853-66 Name: DUCHESS/PETREL Type: Sternwheel wooden hull packet. Size: 226 tons. Power: Machinery from the JACOB POE Launched: 1862, Brownsville, Pa. Destroyed: 1864, Apr. 22, Yazoo R., captured and burned by Confederates Owners: Built for Capt. John H. Rhoads. 1862, Dec. 22, Cincinnati, taken over by U.S. Captains: When new, on first and only up-river trip as a packet, Pittsburgh-Cincinnati, J.H. Lightner Comments: U.S. renamed this boat, tinclad PETREL Name: DUCK Launched: Pre 1877 Area: 1877, U, White R., then Black R. Captains: 1877, John T. Warner Comments: Mentioned in this Article Name: DUFFY
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From
The James E. York Post Card Collection
Name: DUKE of ORLEANS
    Comments: Made run N.O. - Louisville 1843, 5/23/0

Name: DUNCAN S. CARTER
    Type: Side-wheeler   Size: 221' X 33', 428 tons.
    Launched: 1858, Mound City Ill. by Howard Yard
    Power: 20-1/2's- 7 ft., 3 boilers.
    Destroyed: 1859, Aug. 28, Augusta Bend on down-trip from Weston
               Mo. to St. Louis. Snagged. Boat and cargo total loss.
               Boat valued at $44.000.
    Area: Mo. R. trade.
		: 1858, St. Louis - Leavenworth, Ks.
    Owner: Capt. William Pierre Edds/Eads, Jr. and Eardly O. Sayle
    Captain: William Eads/Edds
	Comments: Built for Kansas and Leavenworth, Ks. trade

From the Missouri Republican, Feb. 22, 1858


Name: DURA
    Type, Sternwheel, wooden hull packet
    Size: 70' X 14'
    Area: cir. 1893 - Sabine R., Tex.
    Owner: Capt. George Wolford
           Later, Capt. John G.White
    Comments: See Article

Name: DUROCK
    Type: Side-wheeler
    Destroyed: 1852.  Snagged at St. Charles Bend
    Area: Mo. R.
    Captain(s): McCloy, John

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