I agree with Frank on all counts! However, I would also add Alan Bates’s “Westrn Rivers Engine Room Cyclopaeduem” to the list. It gives a very good explanation of the engine room and different types of engines, valve gears, etc. and touches on auxiliaries such as generators and so forth. You really can’t go wrong with anything Alan wrote.

Another book that I like is Letha Greene’s “Long Live the Delta Queen”...no real technical information, but it is a good story by the owner of the DQ and a very “human” book. One other is Fred Way’s “The Saga of the Delta Queen”. Those last two are strictly about the Delta Queen and not steamboats in general, but are both good reads and shed light on the later days of steamboats in America.