The list of those persons citing or supporting the 3-18-14 is a long one. Here are a few notables: Frederick Way, Jr., Roy L. Barkau, Manley Wade Wellman, Benton Rain Patterson, Garnett Laidlaw Eskew, John H. Carter (Commodore Rollingpin's Almanac), Norbury L Wayman, Herbert and Edward Quick, Ellis Clarence Mace, Lewis and Richard Collins, Samuel Clemens, Jack Rudolph. And there are more. Samuels, Huber and Ogden give the time as 3-18-13.

3-18-30 is another time frequently cited. This this time is supported by Emerson W. Gould, Early Currier and Ives prints, Wes Conners (Pilot on the Lee), Capt. Andrew W. Swain (passenger on the Lee), The Lincoln Daily Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Encyclopedia Americana, and others. One account of the race reported that when the Lee arrived at St. Louis she carried a banner stating the 3-18-14 time as she paraded past the wharf after arriving there. It must have been painted in a hurry. Where did the information come from? Was the existence of this sign really a fact or was this information just a reporters' embellishment to the event for dramatic effect?

I continue to search for the original source of the 3-18-14 time and continue to have no luck. Many accounts of the race state that the "official" timekeeper of the race was Capt. John Kouns (a passenger on the Lee), but my research has not turned up an account per se attributable to the good captain. So far, inquiries to the Kouns family about any record of the race has been unsuccessful.