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Shipyard Sam 08-25-2006 05:45 PM

City Of St. Paul
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The RH Shipyard needs help identifying the handsome sidewheeler, CITY OF ST. PAUL, featured in this interesting oil painting that is signed, but not even Crazy Clifford can unravel the artist's name. Any help from our UMR friends is urgently needed with history on the boat and the masterful, and illusive, artist.

Shipyard Sam 08-25-2006 08:32 PM

Clifford just ran into the office, all out of breath, with this tasty information he dug out of the dusty corners of the Rabbit Hash Public Library Rare Book Room, Maritime Collections section:

Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet. Size: 398 tons.
Launched: 1855, Cincinnati, OH.
Power: 4. 4 boilers, 40" X 20' each and each having 2 14' flues
After rebuild into CITY of ST. PAUL, 21's-7 ft., 3 boilers,
each 42" X 26'
Destroyed: last known inspection at St. Paul, 1867. Don't know ultimate fate.
Area: 1855, Cincinnati-Louisville
Later, Cincinnati-Memphis into 1860.
1861, Jan., made trip to Pittsburgh with cotton.
1861, Jan., Delivered U.S. Army supplies to Camp Piatt, Kanawha R.
1864, U. Miss. R.
Owner: United States Mail Line
: 1864, Northwestern Union Packet Company
Captain: 1861, William Knight, Pilot, William F. Gregory
At one time, P.S. Davidson
Comments: Mentioned in this Article
: named for Capt. Moses McLellan
: *1862, Madison, Ind, Rebuilt and Renamed CITY of ST. PAUL
: *1866, completely rebuilt, LaCross, Wiss. Renamed CITY of ST. PAUL
: As CITY of ST. PAUL, mentioned in this Article
: *Once declined a race with KEY CITY.
* These conflicting dates and locals are both from Way's Packet Directory.
*Jones Worden's Steamboats and Steamboating Career by Frederick J. Worden

David Tschiggfrie 08-28-2006 10:06 PM

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There are two references to the Str. CITY OF ST. PAUL in books from my library. The first is in "Upper Mississippi River History" by Capt. Ron Larson, copyright 1998, on page 73, which also features a photograph of the boat, courtesy of the Winona County Historical Society. Larson's caption for that photo states: "Str. CITY OF ST. PAUL, wood hull, 1866-?, [rebuilt] at La Crosse, WI for LaCrosse and St. Paul Packet Co. 220 x 36 x 6, engines 21's with 7-foot stroke, 3 boilers. The machinery came from Str. MOSES McLILLIAN." The second reference comes from Dr. Bill Petersen's classic "Steamboating on the Upper Mississippi," copyright 1968. On pages 384-5 he writes: "Immense shipments of farm machinery were carried aboard steamboats. The development of agricultural implements is exhibited by the character of farming machinery transported upstream: tools were simple during the [eighteen-] thirties and forties, as manifested by bills of lading, but each decade witnessed an advance . . . The steamboat CANADA passed Dubuque in May 1867 with 264 reapers aboard. Throughout the season the CANADA, the RESERVE, and other craft landed farm implements at Dubuque and other ports. The following year the MOLLY McPIKE, IDA FULTON, CITY OF ST. PAUL, and HAWKEYE STATE left their tribute of mowers, reapers, threshers, plows and other agricultural implements . . . In the fall of each year steamboats carried heavy cargoes of fruit upstream. The apple trade at Dubuque was described as enormous. In the fall of 1869 rousters on the CANADA, CITY OF ST. PAUL, DUBUQUE and LADY PIKE rolled barrel after barrel down the gangplank."

Based on Petersen's research, the CITY OF ST. PAUL was still in service on the UMR in the fall of 1869.

Shipyard Sam 08-29-2006 10:04 AM

Great! Thanks Dave. The painting closely follows the looks of the actual boat. Especially note all the elaborate stuff on the pilothouse roof. Imagine all those barrels and the rousters raising a song, "Roll dem bar-oles, Roll dem bar-oles...Roll."

Alan Bates 08-29-2006 02:51 PM

It was much like listening to Germans sing, "Roll Out the Barrel."

Shipyard Sam 08-29-2006 04:04 PM

Roll dat Cott' n...
Actually comes from an old 78 rpm Edison platter about the crew aboard a cotton packet. The ancient, scratchy recording starts out with, of course, the blast of the steamboat's whistle and the Head Mate's roar. Then a rouster with the deepest voice on the crew raises the tune: [I]"Roll dat cott' n. Roll dat Cott' n. Roll dat cott' n... R-r-r-o-o-o-o-l-l-l-l-l." [/I]

It would have brought tears to H. Tate's eyes.

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