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Howard Shipyard boiler and stern wheel shaft drawing for Lady Lee

This drawing is another Howard Shipyard Univ of Indiana Lilly Library find showing the LADY LEE boiler dimensions and dimensions for her stern wheel drive shaft mechanism.  This drawing is dated May 31, 1889.  

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Howard Shipyard freight hoist and capstan mechanical drawing dated 1874

During a recent trip to the Univ of Indiana Lilly Library Bloomington Indiana I found this drawing dated 1874 showing the under deck drive mechanism powering a steamboat’s freight hoist and capstan.   Also found were drawings of several other Lee … Continue reading

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S&D Reflector History of the Lee Line part 4

This colorized picture of the GEORGIA LEE shows her tied up at or near the Beale Street landing Memphis Tennessee.  I hope you have enjoyed reading these 4 articles detailing some of the milestone events in the history of the … Continue reading

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S&D Reflector History of the Lee Line part 3 September 2015

She takes the horns refers to a steamboat that won a time trial seeking to prove which boat was the fastest boat between 2 river town.  The fastest boat either kept a set of deer antlers or was forced to … Continue reading

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S & D Reflector History of the Lee Line part 2 June 2015 pages 6 to 11

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S&D Reflector History of the Lee Line part 2 June 2015 pages 1 to 5 of 11

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History of the Lee Line S&D Reflector part 1 of 4 March 2015

Thank you David Tschiggfrie for your excellent editing of my four submissions to the S&D Reflector and permission to reproduce these articles.

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Delta Transportation Memphis run by Frederick Smith and Earl Smith

This compilation of articles was found in the Dover County TN Historical Society archives.  The left hand articles detail the last relic from the Lee Line’s dispersion in 1926.  My great uncle G Peters Lee continued to operate several Lee … Continue reading

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Howard Ship Yards letter dated Dec 31, 1908

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Kate Adams table ware

Alice G. of north Mississippi sent me this picture of this great family heirloom.  I am always interested in posting pictures of steamboat items related to the Lee Line as well as items from friendly competitors.  On several occasions the … Continue reading

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