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Princess Issena: 1900

Princess Issena: 1900

Circa 1900. "Ormond, Florida. Princess Issena at Tomoka landing." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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A 1905 Princess Issena Excursion

The Princess Issena was a naphtha powered steamboat built in 1899 in Long Island City, NY with St Augustine as her home port. Her first inspection (1900) describes her as "length 81.0, width 16.0, depth 3.2". She does not look that long in the photo. (click images to enlarge)

The Motor Age (Feb 2, 1905) has an engaging story of a trip up the Tomoka River. Included is a reference to difficulty of warping her around for the return trip.

Here is a link to the Motor Age story.

In case you missed the reference to Lazarnick taking some photos. Nathan Lazarnick, working for The Motor Age, was in Ormond Beach to photograph the 1905 speed trials. He is considered the father of automotive photography.

BTW, C. C. Post and his wife opened the hotel Princess Issena at Ormond Beach in 1908. It is likely that the Post family owned the vessel as well.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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