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Vintage photos of:
Mobile, Alabama. "River packet Jas. T. Staples." Sternwheeler steamboat (known as "Big Jim") launched at Mobile in 1908; plied the Tombigbee River between Demopolis and Mobile; destroyed in a boiler explosion at Powes Landing in 1913 at a cost of 26 lives, one week after its owner had killed himself with a shotgun. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
"The handsome new screw ferry steamer PLEASURE, recently added to the large fleet of excursion steamers in the service of the Belle Isle and Windsor Ferry Company. She is to run on the Detroit River, touching at Belle Isle, Windsor, and other summer resorts."
Detroit circa 1901. "Screw ferry excursion steamer Pleasure at Belle Isle ferry dock, Woodward Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.