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Steam Players: 1907

Steam Players: 1907

The Ohio River circa 1907. "Along the levee at Cincinnati." The Coney Island Co. sidewheeler Island Queen and her retinue. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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SS Tryst

I wonder what was the function of the small, curtained vessel moored near the shore. It lacks the stovepipe of a 'live aboard'. Cleopatra's mini-barge?

Version 1.0

This is the first of two boats named Island Queen. It was built at the Cincinnati Marine Railway Company in 1896, 281.4 feet long, 42.6 feet wide. Destroyed by fire in 1922.

More hogging chains

More hogging chains in evidence.

This time even on the floating pier.

"This way to join the Paddlewheel Navy" says Stan

Ollie is noticing the mud on his shoes and saying "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." What a great comedy team they were!

Bridge to Kentucky

That's the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge in the background. Built in the 1860's and still used today. Roebling also designed the Brooklyn Bridge.

Teeny tiny and gigantic!

Those three small boats in the foreground give some scale to the Queen in her magnificence. I once lived in a houseboat like the closest one, but the teeniest one looks no bigger than a camper!

And the warehouses look mobile as well!

Side wheelers

What a sight it must have been to see all those big paddlewheel boats! I grew up in a Mississippi River town. There was an old paddlewheel boat rotting on the shore when I was a kid. It always set my mind dreaming of the days in this photo.


Taking a short nap on the riverbank next to the barge?

The side wheeler just moved up river

Google street view.

[That was a sternwheeler, originally the steam towboat John W. Hubbard, built in 1936. It was moved to Newport in 2014. -tterrace]

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