As a teen I knew Loretta Howard quite well. Oh how I wish she were still here so I could ask her one question; "Why didn't John W. Cannon have Howard's build the RO
BT. E. LEE? Why was it built in New Albany? Cannon had Howards build him boats before the Civil War and they built him more boats after the LEE was built. When James Howard tragically drowned on that cold, drizzly October afternoon in 1876 the ROBT. E. LEE ll was on the blocks in the shipyard. Cannon was one of James Howard's pall barrers. There must have been some compelling reason that sent Cannon to New Albany. Was it too soon after the war? Was Howard too busy to complete the boat when Cannon neede it?
Any ideas?