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Nettie Quill: 1906

Nettie Quill: 1906

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "River packet Nettie Quill." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.



Nettie has a lot of deferred maintenance.

Can we ID the square-rigger on the right?

Nice tight furl on the sails.

[It's the __er Black. - Dave]

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Based out of Mobile and built for Capt. John Quill in 1886. Was lost in a hurricane at New Orleans in September 1915.


Nettie Quill was photographed many times. More of her here.


What's the box-like thing strung between the smoke stacks? BTW, everyone here looks happy except the guy on the right.

[A little cotton bale. - Dave]

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