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Also see DECOTAH 1. Name: DACOTAH Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 90 tons. Launched: 1857, Freedom, Pa. Destroyed: 1862, Mar. 15, St. Joseph, Mo., tornado. 4 lives lost. Owner: Hannibal and St. joseph R.R., St. Joseph, MO. Name: DACOTAH Type; Sternwheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 252' X 48' X 5.5'. Power: 18's-7 ft., 4 boilers Launched: 1879, California, Pa. Destroyed: C. 1893, Jrffersonville, Ind., dismantled Area: Maiden trip, Pittsburgh-Fort Benton, Ohio and Mo. Rs. : Mo., Red and Yellowstone Rs. 1889, New Orleans to Ft. Benton. Owners: Originally, Coulson Line Later sold to Capt. Hunter Ben Jenkins and others. 1889, sold to New Orleans 1889, sold to Capt. William T. Boardman Captains: Under Capt. Hunter Ben Jenkins ownership, George G. Keith 1889, sold to Capt. William T. Boardman Comments: In all, made 7 trips to Fort Benton : Machinery went to IMPERIAL : Mentioned in this Article : Sister boat was MONTANA 1. Name: DAKOTA Size: 117.75 tons Launched; 1872, Breckinridge, Minn. Destroyed; 1876, 2 mi. below Ft. Pembina on Mo. R., burned. Comments: 1876, documented, Galena, Ill. Name: DAKOTA CITY Area: 1859, June, Mo. and Big Sioux Rs., Sioux City northward. Comments: 1859, June 30, The Sioux City Register, tells us this boat was to start up the Big Sioux for a 4th of July trip. Name: DALLAS Type: Stern-wheeler Size: Small boat Destroyed: Sometime in the seventies, near Morgan's Is. Area: Mo. R. Name: DAMSEL Type: Stern-wheel, Circus boat Size: 191 tons Launched: 1864, Wellsville, Oh. Destroyed: 1873 or 6 snagged and run aground at the head of Onawa bend. LaBarge on JOHN M. CHAMBERS took passengers aboard. Area: U. Miss. R and Mo. R. Owner: Rice, Dan Captain and pilots: Pilot, Charles Davis Comments: Mentioned in this Article Name: DAN Type: 1862-63, Union gunboat Destroyed: 1863, Jan. 8, Sabine Lake, Tex., burned by Confederate forces. (See) Area: Sabine R. Tex. Comments: Source Name: DAN B. HURLBURT Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 62.6' X 11' X 2.4' Launched: 1881, Warsaw, Mo. on Osage R. Area: 1880's early-1888, Lower Osage R., Mo. Owner and Capt: Henry Castrop Source: See Comments: Mentioned in this Article. 1. Name: DAN CONVERSE Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 142' X 27' X 4.10' ft. Power: 16's- 5 ft., 2 boilers. Launched: McKeesport, Ind. Destroyed: 1858, Nov. 15, Amazonia, Mo., 10 mi above St Joseph Mo. Snagged. Valued at $3,000. Boat and cargo total loss. No lives lost. Area: 1852, Pittsburgh-Zaneville trade. That summer, Newport, Oh.-Zanesville Mo. R. Mountain trade 1853, Marrietta-Zanesville Later, Pittsburgh-Zanesville into 1855 1855, Upper Miss. R. trade. 1857, Diary of E.F. Beadle has her ariving Omaha, Neb. June 12, July 16. Aug 21. Left Omaha downbound. Aug. 22, Grounded on a sand bar 3 mi. below Plattsmouth. All passengers transfered to the Watossa. Owners: 1855, sold into Upper Miss. R. trade Captains: 1852, Charles Gallagher, then Till Devol 1853, E.C. Granger Later, Monroe Ayres into 1855. Comments: about grounding and conditions aboard this boat in Aug, 1857.
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Name: DAN POLLARD
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 77 tons.
    Launched: 1857, McKeesport, Pa. by . *Isaac Hammitt yard.
    Destroyed: 1864, Aug. 3, Cairo, Ill. snagged and lost.
    Area: 1st home port, Wheeling, W. Va.
    Owner: Capt Dan Pollard

1. Name: DANIEL BOONE
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December 11, 1845
	Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 169 tons.
    Launched: 1844, Cincinnati, Oh.
	Destroyed: 1853, Sept. 10, College Point, La., collision with SOUTHERN BELLE.
    Area: Built for Cincinnati-Maysville trade

			1849, went to Ill. R. trade
	Owners: When built, Capt. Grafton Molen
			1849 or so, sold to Draper & Leslie, New Albany, Ind.
	Captains: When new, Grafton Molen
	Comments: 1845, Carried the bodies of Daniel Boone and his wife, from Marthasville, Mo.
					to Frankfort, Ky for final burial.
			:1849, Feb. President-elect Zachary Taylor took this boat from Nashville to
just below Louisville. 1. Name: DANIEL BOONE 1848 - 54 1. Name: DANIEL BOONE 1854 - 59 1. Name: DANIEL BOONE 1872 - AFTER 1886 3. Name: DANIEL MOORE Launched: 1840's late? Size: 63 tons. Area: 1853, Sacramento R. Calif. Name: DAN or DANIEL POLLARD Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull towboat Launched: 1850's, early, Isaac Hammitt yard, McKeesport, Pa. Owner: William Dunshee Name: DANIEL G. TAYLOR Type: Side-wheel, single engine. Size: Destroyed: 1838, hit rocks 1 mi below Glasgow, Mo. Owner: partial, Capt. John Cleveland. Captain and pilots: Capt. John Cleveland 1. Name: DANIEL G. TAYLOR Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet Size: 240' X 38' Power: 24's- 7 ft., four boilers Area: For a time, Mo. R. 1856, late, went to St. Louis- New Orleans trade Launched: 1855, McKeesport, Pa. Destroyed: 1864, Louisville, Ky. burned. One life lost. Owners: in St. Louis-New Orleans trade Capt. Robert A. Reilly and others 1864, wreck purchased by Capt. Henry Symmes for machinery Comments: primarily a freight boat : Named for mayor of St. Louis : 1856, July 5, snagged and sunk, Paine's Island, below Rochport on Mo. R. Raised : See letters from soldiers on this boat during the Civil War Name: DART Destroyed: 1838, Wrecked near Glasgow or in Euphrase Bend, Mo. R. Area: Mo. R. Comments: from the Boone’s Lick Heritage Name: DAUNTLESS Launched: 1894, summer Size: 73 tons. Destroyed: 1896, Nov. 10, Burned. Area: U, White R., Ark. and Black R. Owners: Captain Will T. Warner had her built Comments: Source Name: DAUNTLESS Area: Ohio R., Osage R., Mo. Owner: 1897, July, Ailes, John Captain(s): Ailes, John Comments: Notes from The Tribune Telegraph, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, Wed. July. 12 1897 Comments: Mentioned in this Article. 1. Name: DAVENPORT Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 203' X 34.3' X 5.2', 340 tons. Launched: 1863, Californis, Pa. under supervision of Capt. Richard C. Gray Destroyed: 1876, Dec. 13, St. Louis, by ice. Raised and dismantled. Area: U. Miss. R. Also ran trips to Cincinnati in winter months. Owners: Northern Line Packet Company Captains: 1st was Richard C. Gray Comments: Name: DAVENPORT/W. J. QUINLAN
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Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull ferryboat/excursion boat Size: Hull: 112.5' x 36.5' x 3.5', 195 tons Power: Engines: 14's-5 ft. (200 hp each) by the Clinton Novelty & Iron Works of Clinton, IA. Paddlewheel: 18.5' x 15' Boilers:(2) 18' x 42" Marine-type/water tubes. Coal-fired. Michaelman Boiler Co., Quincy, IL Launched: 1904, at the Kahlke Yard by Peter Kahlke for Rock Island-Davenport Ferry Co. Destroyed: 1967, April 8, vagrants set her afire. Completely destroyed. Owner: 1904,Rock Island-Davenport Ferry Co.. : 1924, William J. Quinlan Captain(s):1911-1924, Young, Harry F. wa pilot. 1929-1942, Capt. John (Hans)Witt 1942-1946, Capt. Arthur L. Quinn Comments: Source with much more information. Name: DAVID BRONSON Type: rafter Size: Launched: 1880s? Area: Mis. R. ? 1. Name: DAVID R. POWELL
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    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet
    Size: 258' X 38' X 7.'
    Launched: 1882, Cincinnati, Oh.
    Comments: this boat was occasionally chartered by Scharff & Bernheimer
              to take a load south.


1. Name: DAVID SWAIN
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    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet
    Size: 136.6' X 26' X 4.5'
    Power: Swain inclined oscillating engines, 10's, 20's- 5 ft.
    Launched: 1906, Stillwater, Minn.
    Destroyed: 1930s, early, Vidalia, La., dismantled
    Area: Under the Swains, Ill. R.
          1922, after, replaced the sunken PERCY SWAIN in Vicksburg-Natchez trade
    Owners: built by the Swains
            1922, Sept., purchased by Capt. George Prince
    Captains: Percy Swain
    Comments: Was last side-wheel packet on the Ill. R.
            : Was last packet in Vicksburg-Natchez trade




Name: DAVID TATUM
    Area: Mo. R.
    Captain and pilots: Capt. J. A. Williams.
    Comments: Plied trade from St. Louis to Ft. Weston and St. Joseph.

Name: DAVID TIPTON, originally the COL. A. MACKENZIE 
    Launched: 1900    Destroyed: unknown 

Name: DAWSON
    Type: Stern-wheeler       Size:
    Launched: 1901 
    Area: Yukon R.
    Owner: The British Yukon Navigation Co.
    Comments:See Yukon Boats for Other Facts

Name: DEBUQUE  See PITTSBURGH

Name: DECATUR
    Type: Coal burning Steamboat
    Launched: 1924
    Area: Mo. R.
    Captain(s): 1924-29, Craig, Thomas P.
    Comments: from the Boone’s Lick Heritage Quarterly.

Name: DECOTAH
    Type; Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 230 tons.
    Launched: 1858, Belle Vernon, Pa.
    Destroyed: 1864, Paducah, Mar. 25, burned during Confederate raid
    Area: 1861, Cincinnati-Pittsburgh trade
          Later, under J and H, Tennessee R. cotton trade.
    Owners: Originally, Pittsburgh concern.
            Later, Capt. Theodore Fink
            Then, Johnson and Heydock, Cairo, Ill.

Name: DE SMET
DeSMET
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Type: Side-wheeler, wood hull packet Size: 184.4' X 34' X 5.1' Launched: 1872, Mound City Ill. Area: U. Mo. R. Owner(s): 1872-74, La Barge, Joseph Captain(s): La Barge, Joseph Comments: Gary Lucy artwork and comments
Name: DE SOTO
    Type:  Union cotton-clad    Size:
    Launched: 1850s? 
    Area: Miss. R.?

Name: DEER LODGE
    Type: Stern-wheeler               Size:
    Launched: 1860?
    Area: Mo. R.; Miss. R.
	Captains: At one tme, Grant Marsh
    Comments: 1865:  Hit snag after snag while en rout to
              Ft. Benton on upper Mo. R.
              Preceeded ill fated BERTRAND on this trip.

3. Name: DEFENDER
    Launched: 1850's early
    Area: 1854, Sacramento R. Calif.

Name: DEFIANCE
    Launched: 1840s? 
    Area: San Francisco bay

*Name: DELAWARE
    Launched: 1835
    Owners: Elli Mills and Capt. Herman Price
    Captains: Herman Price
    Comments: *Source 

1. Name: DELAWARE
         1851-60

Name: DELAWARE
    Type: Side-wheeler   Size:
    Destroyed: 1857, Snagged near Smith's Bar in Mo.
    Area: Mo. R.

1. Name: DELAWARE
         1862-68

1. Name: DEL NORTE
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 136' X 25' X 4.5'
    Power: 16's- 6 ft.
    Launched: 1846, Elizabeth, Pa., completed in Zanesville, Oh.
    Destroyed, 1849, snagged on Rio Grande R. in Tex.
    Area: 1846, Pittsburgh - Zanesville.  Later, Rio Grand R., Tex.
    Owners: 1846, Probably William F. Bowen of Zanesville, Oh.
            Later sold to New Orleans partners, Ellmaker & Viosca with
            William F. Bowen retaining an interest. 
    Captains: 1846, master, William Bowen.
    Comments: Capt. William Bowen Bowen contracted to deliver her
              to the Rio Grand R. in Texas and did so in a harrowing voyage.
            : Mentioned in this Article.

Name: DELLS
    Type: Stern-wheeler        Size:
    Destroyed: 1878, Oct. 26 snagged and exploded above Arago Neb..
               Boat and cargo total loss.  2 lives lost.
    Area: Mo. R.

Name: DELTA KING   Delta King:An original riverboat from the 20's rehabed into a hotel. 
Type: Sternwheeler Size: 285' Launched: 1926-27, Christened 1927, May 20 Destroyed: Area: 1927 - 1940: 10 1/2 hr. luxury cruises between San Francisco and Sacramento World War II: Painted Gray, renamed YFB55 to serve as anti-submarine net tender, troop barracks, troop transport and hospital boats for the U. S. Navy. After War: Shuttled to Canada and back looking for a home. Presently: a floating hotel in Sacramento, Calf.. Captain and pilots: Capt. Comments: Sistership to DELTA QUEEN (below). 1927 - late 1930's: 10 1/2 hr. luxury cruises that included prohibition drinking, jazz bands, gambling and fine dining between San Francisco and Sacramento. Stateroom, $3.50. Cargo Deck, $1.00 1952-53 or so: Served as power plant and bunk house for builders of an aluminun smelter site in British Columbia. SEE 1960: Was in the 1960 version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Tony Randall. See ARTICLE. Also SEE 1983 -1984: lay sunk for 18 mos. then refloated and underwent complete renovation

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    Type: Sternwheel steel hull luxury cruise boat
    Size: 285 X 60' height 57.5'  87 staterooms to accomdate 174 Passengers
    Launched: 1926, fabricated  on the River Clyde at the Isherwood Yard in
              Glasgow, Scotland, and assembled that same year in a small
              yard in Stockton, California.
    Area: 1927 - late 1930's: Sacramento R.  San Francisco to Sacramanto
    Owner:1947: Green Line Steamers
          19?? - 2005?: Delta Queen Steamboat Co.
		  1005- present (2007), Majestic America Line
   Captain(s): At various times, Way, Fredrick, Clark Hawley, Paul Underwood
                1961?, Earnest E. Wagner   
                1977 - Master, Gabriel Chengery;
                     - Alternate Master, Donald J. Sanders
                1999: Gabriel Chengery
   Comments:  Sistership to DELTA KING
          1927 - late 1930's: 10 1/2 hr. luxury cruises that included
                 prohibition drinking, jazz bands, gambling and fine
                 dining between San Francisco and Sacramento.
                 Stateroom, $3.50.  Cargo Deck, $1.00
          World War II: Along with sistership DELTA KING, sge was painted
                 Gray, renamed YFB56 to serve as anti-submarine net
                 tender, troop barracks, troop transport and hospital
                 boats for the U. S. Navy. 
          After War: Purchased by Greene Line
          1947, Aug. 10:  On her way to the Dravo Shipyard, Pittsburgh,
                          for repainting and to be converted to a modern,
                          air-conditioned tourist boat she became the
                          first riverboat to pass through the Panama Canal
             : Present: Year round cruises from 3 to 16 nights.
               A National Historic Monument. 
               For more history, see DELTA KING's web site
               Decorated in rare and all but gone exotic hardwoods,
               brass fittings, Tiffany-style stained glass windows.
               Every stateroom is an outside state-room
               Until recently, when the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE fell on hard times,
                the two boats raced the each year at Kentucky Derby time.
              : 1999, participant in Tall Stacks Celebration.
			: See her complete details HERE
    History: National Historic Landmark Study

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Name: DENMARK
	Launched: 1832, Wheeling W. Va.
    Comments: Source - WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA,
              WHEELING NEWS-REGISTER,  June 24, 1951

Name: DENMARK
    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet.   Size: 171' X 34' X5.3'
    Launched: 1856, Shousetown, Pa. by and for Capt R.C. Gray
	Destroyed: 1862, Oct. 8, Atlas Island below Keokuk, snagged and sunk.
    Area: 1857-62, St. Louis-St. Paul
    Owner: 1857, Northern Line Packet Company 
    Captain: 1857, Richard C. Gray 
			 In Civil War, J.J. (Windy) Robinson
    Comments: Machinery and boilers probably built by T. Sweeney & Son Foundry 
    Comments: Mentioned in this Article
			: was part of Grant's fleet to Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn.

Name: DENNING
    Destroyed: 1857, Snagged near Smith's Bar in Mo.
    Area: Miss. R.
    Comments: From The Diary Of Joseph T. Anderson, shopkeeper,
             Commerce Mo. 
            - ". . . Denning brought Joe Kelly and two boats. . . . "

Name: DENVER No. 1
    Type:Side-wheeler  Size: 225 X 33 Ft. 300 tons.
    Destroyed: 1867, May 16,  Burned while lying at warf at
               St Joseph Mo..  Wreck was afterward built into
               DENVER No. 2.
    Owner: Hannibal and St Joseph Railroad Co.
    Captain(s): Waddell, John.
    Comments: Named for first Govenor of Colorado.

Name: DENVER No. 2
    Type: Center-wheel  Size:
    Destroyed: 1880, May 13, sunk or crushed by ice opposite Fort
               Lincoln N. Dak.
    Area: St Joseph and Omaha and ferrying
    Owner: Hannibal and St Joseph Railroad Co.?
    Captain and pilots: Capt. 
    Comments: Built from parts of Denver No. 1.

1. Name: DES MOINES
    Type: Sidewheel wooden hull packet               Size: 298 tons
    Power: 3 boilers, each 44" dia by 26'
    Launched: 1857, Madison Ind.
    Destroyed: 1865, was off the lists, fate unknown.
    Area: Miss. R.; 1864, Red R.; 1864, Nov. 22, Ohio R.
    Owner:  Capt. John G. Prather was part-owner.
    Companies associated with: 1857-61, Keokuk Packet Company
                             : U.S. appropriated during Civil War to transport
                               troops and supplies.
    Captain:  1857-61, James D. Malin
    Comments: 1864, Nov. 22, Ohio R., struck and sank the KATIE at Diamond
              Island.  Took survivors aboard and to Evansville.
             : 1865: Her machinery was placed aboard the new sidewheeler,
                    CORNELIA

1. Name: DES MOINES CITY
    Type: Sternwheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 122 tons
    Launched: 1859, Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Destroyed: 1865, Jan 1, Arkansas R., snagged and lost.
    Area: 1859, out of Keokuk, Iowa.
          During Civil War, Arkansas R.
    Captains: 1864, May, Keinser
    Comments: 1864, May, was attacted by shoreline Rebel riffle fire.  Hit
                    over 150 times. A woman passenger was shot through the 
                    breast and later taken ashore in critical condition.
                    Capt. Keinser was nearly wounded by a ball that tore
                    his trousers below the knee. 
 
1. Name: DE SOTO( the 3rd one)/GENERAL LYON/ALABAMA(the 3rd one)
    Type: Sternwheel wooden hull packet/gunboat
    Size: 182.1' X 35' X 7.5', 390 tons.
    Power: 23's-7 ft.
    Launched: 1860, Hull built Madison, Ind. Completed, New Albany, Ind.
    Destroyed: 1867, Apr. 1, downbound with 1000 bales of cotton at
                     Grandview Reach above New Orleans, burned. No life lost.  
    Area: 1862, Apr. Miss. R; 1864-5, New Orleans-Red R.
    Owner: 1860, Beard, Capt. HighH., of New Orleans  
           1861 aquired by USQMD.
           1862, Apr 17, Captured, Union forces
           1865, Aug. 17, Thorwegan, W.H.
           1866, Nov., Purchased by Lee, Capt H.L., and others including
                       Capt Thorwegan.  
    Captains: 1860, Beard, Hugh H.
             1865, Aug. 17, Thorwegan, W.H.
             1865, Oct. - 1866, Nov., Harrison, William C. 
    Comments: 1862, Apr., Captured by U.S. Forces at Island 10 Miss. R. and
                    made into a tinclad.
              1862, Oct. 24, renamed GENERAL LYON
              1865, Aug. 17, Mound City, Ill., Purchased at public sale by
                    Thorwegan, Capt. W.H.
              1865, Oct. 20, renamed ALABAMA

Name: DESOTO, Excursion boat, Originally the JAMES LEE

Name: DE SOTO originally the LEXINGTON
      1918-


Name: DEW DROP
    Type: Stern-wheeler   Size: 148 tons.
    Launched: 
    Destroyed: 1860, June. Mouth of Osage R..  Burned.

Name: DEW DROP
	Type: Sternwheel wooden hull packet.  Size: 44 tons.
	Launched: 1867, Catlettburg, Ky.
	Destroyed: 1871, off the lists.
	Area: Big Sandy R..  Also ran low water trades on U. Ohio R.
	Captains: J.M. Jarred
	Comments: Mentioned in this Article

Name: DETROITER Formerly the COPPERTORY

* Name: DEWITT CLINTON
	Size: 132 tons
	Power: Low Pressure
	Launched: 1825, Cincinnati, Oh.
	Comments: Mentioned in this Document

Name: DEWITT CLINTON
    Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.  Size: 265 tons.
    Launched: 1847, Elizabethtown, Pa.
    Destroyed: 1852, Jan. 25, Dismal Point, opposite Presidents Island below
                     Memphis, snagged and lost.  36 lives lost.
    Area: 1847, Pittsburgh-Cincinnati
          1849, U. Ohio R. to St Louis with several parties for Calif. gold fields.
          1852, Pittsburgh-New Orleans
    Owners: 1847, Capt. Devinney and others in Steubenville
    Captains: 1947, Devinney

Name: DEWITT CLINTON Photo 
    Launched:1900 - 1920? 
    Area: Eastern rivers
Name: DEXTER
    Launched: 1860s?, early?
    Area: U. Miss. R.
    Comments: Made run N.O. - Cairo 1869, 3/6/20
              Made run N.O. - St Louis 1869, 4/9/0
    Comments: Mentioned in this Article

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