Lee Line encounters with law enforcement

This newspaper clipping is from the Memphis Commercial Appeal December 17, 2018.
Tennessee Prohibition began in 1917 2 years prior to when the 18th Amendment was passed
outlawing possession and  manufacturing of alcohol as part of the US Constitution.

June 27, 1929

Posted on February 22, 2012 by leelinesteamers

The Evening Independent Newspaper St. Petersburg Florida reported on June 27, 1929 the following story

G Peters Lee Caught after repeated warnings by Memphis Chief of Police

Memphis Tenn., June 27 (AP)

G. Peters Lee, president of the Valley Line Steamers, Inc. was arrested today on charges of possession of liquor, conspiracy to violate the prohibition law and violating the liquor law.   He immediately made bond of $500 cash of each of the charges.

Capt. Lee’s arrest followed a visit by police chief  Will D. Lee and Capt. Hulet Smith accompanied by Finis Wilson, federal prohibition chief, here.  The officers said they found 75 gallons of liquor on the wharf-boat and 100 gallons in an auto.

“For years I have been telling Captain Lee that we would get him sooner or later,” Chief Lee said.  “We have arrested several of his employees and each time have given Captain Lee a warning.”  We have an open and shut case on him this time.”

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Beautiful cursive script July 3 1891 letter to Lee Line Capt. Robert E Lee

This letter resides in the Lilly Library at the Univ of Indiana Howard Shipyard archive.  

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Howard Shipyard boiler and stern wheel shaft drawing for Lady Lee

This drawing is another Howard Shipyard Univ of Indiana Lilly Library find showing the LADY LEE boiler dimensions and dimensions for her stern wheel drive shaft mechanism.  This drawing is dated May 31, 1889.  

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Howard Shipyard freight hoist and capstan mechanical drawing dated 1874

During a recent trip to the Univ of Indiana Lilly Library Bloomington Indiana I found this drawing dated 1874 showing the under deck drive mechanism powering a steamboat’s freight hoist and capstan.   Also found were drawings of several other Lee Line boats purchased from Howard as well as interesting correspondence to my great uncle Robert E Lee regarding proposed work on the Georgia and James Lee.

 

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S&D Reflector History of the Lee Line part 4

This colorized picture of the GEORGIA LEE shows her tied up at or near the Beale Street landing Memphis Tennessee.  I hope you have enjoyed reading these 4 articles detailing some of the milestone events in the history of the Lee Line.  David Tschiggfrie, long time editor of the S&D Reflector elevated my submissions with the addition of pictures and his skilled editing to create what you are reading.
 

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S&D Reflector History of the Lee Line part 3 September 2015

She takes the horns refers to a steamboat that won a time trial seeking to prove which boat was the fastest boat between 2 river town.  The fastest boat either kept a set of deer antlers or was forced to present the faster boat with its set of antlers.   The antlers or horns were a source of great pride for a river town, the rousters on the boat as well as the boat owners.  Boat owners were fierce competitors.  Mail delivery contracts often went to the fastest boat.  The St. Louis and New Orleans Anchor Line was one of the fiercest competitors of the Lee Line.   My hope is you find this history interesting as well as humorous.

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S & D Reflector History of the Lee Line part 2 June 2015 pages 6 to 11

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S&D Reflector History of the Lee Line part 2 June 2015 pages 1 to 5 of 11

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History of the Lee Line S&D Reflector part 1 of 4 March 2015

Thank you David Tschiggfrie for your excellent editing of my four submissions to the S&D Reflector and permission to reproduce these articles.

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Delta Transportation Memphis run by Frederick Smith and Earl Smith

This compilation of articles was found in the Dover County TN Historical Society archives.  The left hand articles detail the last relic from the Lee Line’s dispersion in 1926.  My great uncle G Peters Lee continued to operate several Lee Line boats along with my grandfather S Rees Lee until Peters passing.  Of interest is the involvement of the Delta Transportation Line operated by Frederick Smith and Earl Smith.  Also of interest is the reference to the steamboat J B SMITH.  This boat must have been named after James Buchanan Smith father of Frederick Smith (not absolutely certain though).

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