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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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Bohlen Huse Ice House equipment repair following April 1913 Miss. River flood

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Bohlen Huse Ice and Coal Co. April 1913 following Miss. River flood

James Lee Jr purchased the Bohlen Huse Ice and Coal business sometime in the mid 1880’s and installed one of his sons as the President.   Following the flood of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers April 1913 the facilities were flooded … Continue reading

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GEORGIA LEE Paducah KY circa 1900’s

This picture was also found at Gentleman’s Antiques Collierville TN.   A postcard version of this picture exists locates this picture at Paducah KY.  The Royal Photo Co., Low Kentucky dates this picture during 1894, however the GEORGIA LEE was … Continue reading

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Memphis River Front circa 1915

Another recent find from Gentleman’s Antiques Collierville TN.   From the amount of cotton on the Memphis cobblestones, this picture would have been taken during peak fall cotton transportation time.  Three other Lee Line boats are tied up behind the … Continue reading

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HARRY LEE helped young love April 8, 1908

Thank you Mary Smith for sharing these 2 newspaper articles.  The HARRY LEE in this story is the first HARRY LEE which was a wood hulled steamer. HARRY LEE: Boat 2540 Way’s Packet Directory page 207. Stern Wheeler, Packet, wood … Continue reading

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HARRY LEE later years

This postcard is from my from my friend Ed Provine’s collection of steamboat postcards.   Way’s Packet Directory recorded the following on the HARRY LEE which was the last boat to enter the Lee Line fleet.  The cars in the … Continue reading

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James Lee House a labor of love

https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2017/jul/28/love-in-the-bones/ Thank you Dan Conaway for this story of love for the James Lee House.  Jose and Jennifer and partners have indeed engaged in a labor of love to restore this grand old Memphis home and operate it as a … Continue reading

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Eagle Packet Co. Lee Line competitor 1907

Following the bankruptcy of the St. Louis New Orleans Anchor Line due to financial decline and massive damage caused to their boats by killer tornado’s that hit St. Louis May 26, 1896 the Lee Line expanded their business north to … Continue reading

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1874 Competitor Pass

Both the Idlewild and Quick Step entered the Lee Line fleet after 1874.  Capt. James Lee Sr. had a knack for buying or chartering boats as family boats were lost or sent to repair yards following accidents.

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