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1903 Lee Line pass

A recent EBay find.  1900’s Lee Line passes are somewhat harder to find than pre 1900.

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Definition of cotton

“Cotton is the over-coat of a seed that is planted and grown in the Southern States to keep the producer broke and the buyer crazy; is planted in the spring, mortgaged in the summer and left in the field in … Continue reading

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1868 Early Lee Line boats NATOMA and NATRONA

Capt. William Tippitt’s History of the Lee Line sited the Memphis Appeal Jan. 3, 1868 “A change has taken place in management of Str. NATOMA Capt. James Lee , formerly of DAN ABLE in Memphis & Vicksburg trade, will be … Continue reading

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Capt. Stacker Lee as recorded by Capt. William Tippitt

 

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1871 PHIL ALLIN and 1877 COAHOMA payment receipts

These receipts are 2 of 4 recent finds dating to the early history of the Lee Line.  Both show James Lee Sr. my great great grandfather as Captain.    The clerks signature Lee would have been Stacker Lee who is listed … Continue reading

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1882 BELLE MEMPHIS and JAMES LEE clash

The page below from Capt. William Tippitt’s History of the Lee Line recounts the clash and competitive spirit between the Lee Line and the St. Louis and New Orleans Anchor Line.  The JAMES LEE “Took the Horns” (deer antlers – … Continue reading

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ECLIPSE formerly City of St. Joseph

My new friend Jeff Wilkes of Savannah TN gave me this great old picture.   Jeff has an amazing collection of St. Louis and Tennessee River Packet items.  This picture was cropped from the original which is a stereoscopic card. … Continue reading

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August 1, 1944 Rennes France 50 young American men died in less than 5 minutes

This historical account was sent to me by Nancy Buchant whose father died along with my uncle Jim and 47 other young American men August 1, 1944.  The Captain in charge was told by a young French boy that if … Continue reading

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Howard Steamboat Museum Jeffersonville, Indiana

The Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville Indiana is must see for anyone interested in steamboat history.  Howard Shipyard built for the Lee Line the following boats, LADY LEE 1889, ROWENA LEE 1890, ORA LEE 1891, GEORGIA LEE 1898, ROBERT E … Continue reading

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May 27, 1896 Disaster strikes the City of St. Louis and The Anchor Line

The third deadliest tornado in United States’ history struck St. Louis, Missouri, and the East St. Louis, Illinois, area on this date back in 1896. This F4-rated twister left 255 dead and over 1,000 injured as it devastated the region. … Continue reading

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