Steamboat Times

Pilot At The Wheel
Credit: Photographer, unknown.

This is a Corps of Engineers boat. Date unknown.
Pilot At The Wheel

My chief was presently hired to go on a big New Orleans boat, and I packed my satchel and went with him. She was a grand affair. When I stood in her pilot-house I was so far above the water that I seemed perched on a mountain; and her decks stretched so far away, fore and aft, below me. . . the pilot house was a sumptuous glass temple; room enough to have a dance in; showy red and gold window-curtains; an imposing sofa; leather cushions and a back to the high bench where visiting pilots sit, to spin yarns and 'look at the river;' bright, fanciful 'cuspidors' instead of a broad wooden box filled with sawdust; nice new oil-cloth on the floor; a hospitable big stove for winter; a wheel as high as my head, costly with inlaid work; a wire tiller rope; bright brass knobs for the bells; and a tidy, white aproned, black 'texas-tender,' to bring up tarts and ices and coffee during mid-watch, day and night.
Credit:~ Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi.

Carneal Goldman Engineers
Credit: Photographer, unknown.

CARNEAL GOLDMAN Engineers ~ 1885

Three Engineers and perhaps a "Stoker" pause for this rare engine-room photograph in the Carneal Goldman, in 1885.

Carneal Goldman Officers
Credit: Photographer, unknown.

CARNEAL GOLDMAN Officers ~ 1885

Several un-named Officers of the Carneal Goldman.

Credit: Photographer, unknown.


Deckhands resting. Steamboat and date unknown.

Crescent City Cabin Scene
Credit: Photographer, F.A. Miintzer.


Diners and crew pause for this rare photograph in the cabin of the Crescent City, circa 1900.

Pilot Holding The Wheel
Credit: Photographer, unknown.

In the Pilot-House

A Pilot at the wheel. Steamboat and date unknown.

Lula Prince Deckhands
Credit: Photographer, unknown.


Deckhands and perhaps a Mate standing by the "stage" on the Lula Prince. Date unknown.

Pilot Looking Out Window
Credit: Photographer, unknown.

Looking out of the Pilot-House

The starboard windows are open and the Pilot is looking out, perhaps speaking with someone forward.

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