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Steamboat utensils. Spoons from the The St. Louis and Tennessee River Packet Company, KATE ADAMS, Lee Line and Eagle Packet Company.

These steamboat spoons are from the collection of my friend Ed Provine’s collection. The spoon on the left is stamped with the names of 2 boats the St. Louis and Tennessee River Packet Company, a fierce competitor of the Lee … Continue reading

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Memphis mosquito fleet, water taxi, hauler of freight from Mississippi River tributaries

This picture as well as the pictures of the KATE ADAMS are from the collection of fellow steamboat collector Ed Provine who sadly passed away recently. The ELIZABETH most likely was a one cylinder gas fired engine that powered her … Continue reading

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Kate Adams passenger cabin

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KATE ADAMS friendly competitor and later partner

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March 3, 1898 offer to sell one used steamboat

Another EBay find from March 1898. My great uncle Robert E. Lee (no kin) became the general manager of the Lee Line sometime in the mid 1890’s. His grandfather James Lee Sr as well as his father James Lee Jr. … Continue reading

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REES LEE glass negative location unknown

This image was sent by David Reed, Chief Curator Reno County Museum and Strataca Hutchinson Kansas. David emailed the following about the collection of glass negatives, David, thank you for allowing me to use this great image of the REES … Continue reading

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H. W. BUTTORFF in a bad way March 1899

This postcard is a recent EBay find. March 5, 1899 the BUTTORFF struck a bridge pier abutment at Clarksville Tennnessee on the Cumberland River. One account noted that all that was needed to put a steamboat back into service was … Continue reading

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Sinking of the GEORGIA LEE and the JAMES LEE January 1918

Both of these pictures were found in the archive of the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse Collection. Prior to wide spread dredging of the Mississippi River, ice gorges developed due to slow moving currents with the result that steamboats that could … Continue reading

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Captain Milt Harry one time friend of the Lee Line and failed attempt to restore the James Lee House into a museum circa 1962 however later turned into the beautiful James Lee House bed and breakfast.

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Pat Cleburne photo from the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Tulane University

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