Does anyone have any history on Captain William Maikell
Thank you Jim for your reply…here is a little more information from articles printed in Newspapers about my great grandfather…looks like he also did some work in Texas. I would so love to hear from any one who had more information on him.
________________________________________________________ STEAMBOAT GOES DOWN Strikes Snag in Red River and Goes to Bottom. Shreveport La. March 12 (not sure of the Year) The Stern Wheel boat Barlow, Capt. William Maikell, struck a snag in Red River six miles above Shreveport this morning and sunk in seven feet of water. She carried a full cargo of provisions for plantations along the Upper Red River. Her Crew of five men are said to have escaped. The accident occurred opposite Colquitts Landing which can not be reached by telegraph or telephone. No particulars are obtainable.
________________ Next article: Another article on Capt. Maikell occurred in the Port Arthur Tx. Beaumont where he was hired by the Shell company to be the lead engineer to raise the Barge “Cyclone” —This article was small but I transcribed most of it Capt. Maikell Barge Cyclone Raised 1910 Port Arthur Tx. “Beaumont Enterprise and Journal” Barge “ Cyclone” Raised
Captain Maikell rights the Vessel in Sabina River Near Orange
Port Arthur, Texas, Dec. 18-The Iceland shell company’s barge “Cyclone “ was righted last Saturday by Captain Maikell a professional wrecker from New Orleans and was taken to Orange and pumped out. She will be again put in commission in the san J and shell bossiness’s. Captain Maikell was working for the underwriters who would not make public the cost of the job. Some things can be arrived at by analysis and comparison and the righting of the Cyclone is one of them. The Texas Dredging company’s barge “H Deuteer” which turned turtle in the lower Nechesis a year ago cost $2,250 go put upon its feet. These figures appear to be out of all proportion to a job like that, but they are correct. In the final attempt which succeeded to right the “Deuteer” four of the heaviest sea going tugs in these waters were employed at once. These tugs were the “Captain “ the della, “ the Russell and the “Viva.” The last named tug was owned by the steering company. The others were hired. The service of sea- going tug is worth about one hundred dollars a day. While the Deuteer” was turned over in about three hours, when the four tugs got a grip on the craft, yet a month had been spent before the numerous and vain attempts to get the vessel on its feet. This was what made the cost run up to over $2,000 about one –half of the original cost of the barge. The job on the “ Cyclone” was done much cheaper for fewer….at taking her had been marked. But that it was an under-writer’s job, and that a professional man had to be accrued from New Orleans. Individuals indicates that the expense was heavy. In a swift current the….. would have been particularly ……(a little more to this article but light and difficult to read) They were successful.
________________ newpaper articles Notice from 30 Mar. 1919 Times Picayne (Maikell to furnish Boats)
Capt. Wm. Maikell – Article dated 30 March 1919 Times Picayune Has the privilege to furnish boats to carry visitors to the war vessels now at anchor in stream / foot of Canal street and will have the steamer Dixie and the launches Hazel and Henry W.. Visitors allowed aboard from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Round trip 25 cents.