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Old 04-16-2009, 07:54 AM
Keith Norrington Keith Norrington is offline
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Location: On the "Beautiful Ohio" at New Albany, Indiana, opposite Louisville, Kentucky
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A civic club at Mauckport used to sell gavels, small picture frames, lamp bases and other items made of wood salvaged from the ALICE DEAN, set ablaze and sunk by General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders on July 8, 1863 after they crossed the Ohio from Brandenburg, Kentucky near Morvin's Landing. I have one of the picture frames which contains a photo of the second ALICE DEAN, built in 1864, as no image has yet come to light of the original vessel, which was a new boat at the time of her untimely demise, having been built at Cincinnati in 1863 for the Cincinnati-Memphis trade. It was said that she was built short in order to fit into the small lock chambers at Louisville, and that her replacement was more or less built from the same specifications.

I know two ladies from Mauckport, one of them a retired towboat cook, who tell of watching a crew lifting the heavy iron safe from the ALICE DEAN wreckage during the construction of the bridge. They ALMOST had it safely to a barge when the cables broke and the safe plunged back into the river, never to be found again! There's an old general store on the river at New Amsterdam, Indiana that has a large timber and some square spikes from the ALICE DEAN hanging overhead as a display. At the Howard Museum we have a small oval dish with the boat's name on it and a few other odds and ends of square cut nails, scrap wood, etc. There are still numerous bits and pieces of the unfortunate little steamboat around this area.
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