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Old 04-12-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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Default *RE: Mail Boats/Packet Lines, 1900*

Steamboating colleagues:
Yesterday, while researching the archives at the Literary Club, I uncovered an old listing of MAIL BOATS/PACKET LINES operating out of Cincinnati in the year 1900. There was a lot of steamboat activity here in Cincinnati at that time and for those interested I'll append below the list of companies operating then.

1. 'Cincinnati & Arkansas River Packet Co.'
2. 'Cincinnati & Green River Packet Co.'
3. 'Louisville & Cincinnati Packet Co.' [Frederick Laidley, Gen. Manager]
4. 'Cincinnati & Nashville Packet Co.'
5. 'Cincinnati, Portsmouth, Big Sandy & Pomeroy Packet Co.'
6. 'Cincinnati & Red River Packet Co.'
7. 'Cincinnati & St. Louis Packet Co.'
8. 'Cincinnati & Tennessee River Packet Co.'
9. 'Pittsburgh & Cincinnati Packet Co.'
10. 'Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & Louisville Packet Co.'
11. 'Memphis & Arkansas Packet Co.'
12. 'Memphis & Cincinnati Packet Co.'
13. 'Memphis & Nashville Packet Co.'
14. 'Memphis & Tennessee River Packet Co.'
15. 'Memphis & White River Packet Co.'
16. 'New Orleans & Red River Packet Co.'
17. Tacoma Transportation Co.'
18. 'Ohio River Transportation Co.'
19. Edington Packet Co.' [Strs. CHARLES B. PIERCE & M.P. WELLS]

Other than local packet offices on wharfboats other lines were represented with 'through connections' of passengers and freight. Some never landed boats here at all. Mr. J.P. Dorman evidently one agent representing many with offices at 222 E. Front St. His services on a commission basis similar to many agents down to the bitter end of packet steamboating. Horace P. Lyle was one such I knew ending his days before retirement with the venerable GREENE LINE STEAMERS. The GREENE LINE didn't move to Cincinnati until the year 1904. 'General Manager' appears to be the term applied then to steamboat owners, operators and this endured down to the final days of Betty Blake with the DQSB CO. Her official title was 'General Manager.'

I share Shipyard Sam's thinking on how it would have been then for a young man stroll the landing and offices here seeking a new 'berth' on a steamer. Those days gone, gone, long gone.

R. Dale Flick
Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati - 'Librarian/Archivist' Literary Club.
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