This bit of history is from Capt. William Tippitt’s History of the Lee Line. My great grandfather James Lee Jr. purchased 690 Adams Ave. which is now the James Lee House Bed and Breakfast operated by Jose and Jennifer Velazquez. Jose and Jennifer (and partners) have done an amazing job of bring this house back to and above its former splendor and most important are very gracious host.
Regarding this somewhat humorous story, (great grandfather passed away Feb. 1905), in 1890 and 1900 he still had a never back down attitude that served him well the many years he spend battling for his share of steamboat business
Thank you David Tschiggfrie, Editor of the S&D REFLECTOR, for emailing this October 23, 1909 ad from the Waterways Journal.
These pages are from the Standard History of Memphis : From a Study of the Original Sources published by H.W. Crew & Co. Knoxville Tennessee 1912
The Monitor USS Amphitrite was moored at the mouth of the Wolf River where it meets the Mississippi & apparently caused silt buildup causing the eventual forming of Mud Island. This picture and above caption was sent by Henry Carlyle Acosta. Thank you Henry for this very nice picture of the USS Amphitrite and the history. The white building just to her stern appears to the US Custom house.
Credit: From Monitor Amphitrite. Sysid 97315. Scanned as tiff in 2008/03/03 by MDAH. Credit: Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
The value of the ROWENA LEE as insured by 3 insurance companies was $22,500.
The Greenwich Insurance Co. insured $5000 and paid $675.56 of the claim
The St. Paul Insurance Co. ” $2500 and paid $337.78 of the claim
The Sea Insurance Co ” $5000 and paid $675.56 of the claim
Owners self insured $7500 and paid $1013.34 of the claim
Total claims payments to raise and repair the ROWENA Lee was $3040.02
The Eagle Packet Company was a competitor of the Lee Line following the collapse of the St. Louis New Orleans Anchor Line in 1898. A postcard with the REES LEE in the fore ground somewhere on what appears to be the Mississippi River shows a steamer tied up on the river bank. Enlargement of the picture reveals the steamer was the SPREAD EAGLE. This REES LEE postcard was post marked 1910.
Nice Rotograph postcard of the STACKER LEE also known as STACK-O-Dollars by her crew because the STACKER was a very profitable boat.
The Rotograph Co. printed millions of postcards. The link below gives a history of the Photographische Gesellschaft, founded in 1894.
This is the newest addition to my collection of Lee Line passes.