This steamboat was named for my great aunt Rosa. Rosa founded the James Lee Memorial Art Academy in the Lee House 690 Adams Street Memphis TN. She later purchased the Woodriff Fountain House 680 Adams to expand the Academy. In the late 1950’s the Art Academy move to its present location and became the Memphis Art Academy.
ROSA LEE: Boat 4827 Way’s Packet Directory page 401. Stern Wheeler, Packet, wood hull, built Paducah Ky. 1887, 225 x 36 x 7. Engines 32’s – 7 ft. from FRANK PARGOUD. Christened by Jennie Fowler daughter of Capt. Joe Fowler. Owned by the Lee Line Memphis. Burned at Memphis Nov. 10, 1892
This picture was used with permission from the Univ of Wisconsin collection.