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 to gather up all the pieces and nail them back together. As this picture shows, the BUTTORFF suffered more damage than hammers and nails could repair. She was purchased by the Lee Line January 1911 and renamed the JOHN LEE.

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