GEORGIA LEE sunk Paducah Kentucky

Sunk Georgia Lee

This great postcard turned up on Ebay recently, it was postmarked June 29, 1909.   In May 1909, she broke free from the chains used to pull her out for repairs and made a run for the river as Way’s Packet Directory describes her sinking.  A enterprising photograher turned her sinking into a business opportunity by publishing this card shortly after her sinking.  The University of Wisconsin LaCrosse archive has several photos of the sinking from various angles.   A colorized postcard showing the GEORGIA Lee after being refloated is more commonly available to collectors of steamboat postcards.   Having watched EBay for Lee Line postcards over the past several years, I was happy to be able to purchase this rare postcard at a very reasonable price.

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