SS Brown postcard at Memphis

The third KATE ADAMS is behind the SS BROWN.  The SS BROWN was bought by the Lee Line in 1909 and renamed the REES LEE after the previous owner failed in 1908.  The Panic of 1907 may have contributed to the previous owners failure.  Way’s Packet Directory notes that the SS BROWN “pinch hit” for the KATE ADAMS some time in 1908 prior to being purchased by the Lee Line.  Way’s describes the REES LEE as “the fireproof elegant flagship of the Lee Line.”   The REES LEE was sold circa 1919 to Capt. D.W. Wisherd who with others converted her to an excursion boat and renamed her the MAJESTIC.


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