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 sternwheel. The LEE LINE owned at least one very small steamboat that travelled up small rivers to bring out cotton and other freight to feed her larger boats who would gather freight from multiple farmers landings. As railroads built out their networks, all river traffic declined.

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

  1. Joseph Alley says:

    Hello, I was wondering if you could direct me to any articles on this website that give a basic overview of the history of the Lee Line?

    • leelinesteamers says:

      Joseph, thank you for contacting me. The Sept 2018 archive tab will take you to 4 sets of articles I wrote for the S&D Reflector giving a history of the Lee Line. This history was taken from the History of the Lee Line written by Captain William Tippitt. Helena certainly was a large part of the Lee Line history.

      Blessings,
      Jim Lee

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