Dale mentioned Roy Barkhau's book on the Eagle Packet
Co., which was just a little paperback of similiar size
to his other book, "The Great Steamboat Race". But what
information is contained in these small volumes! It
made me go grab a handful of these small books which
might never come to anyone's attention, but are
certainly worth acquiring if you can.
"The Child of an Eagle" Wm. Robert White 1980 78 pp.
-the story of the Eagle Packet Co. and its relationship
with the city of Cape Girardeau, Mo.(3 boats named CG)
"Log of the Steamboat DQ" by Virginia Eifert 1960s 75
pp. published by Greene Lines several different logs:
Cincinnati to NOLA, Cincy to Kentucky Lake, Kentucky
Lake to Chattanooga,etc.
"From the wake of our past.." Betty Blake Simcox, but
written by Richard Stewart A previously mentioned
book, the 75th anniversary of Greene Lines
"The SS DQ's Historic Steam Calliope" Greene Lines 10
"Log Cincinnati to Pittsburgh" Capt. Fred Way Jr. 32
pp. - includes a small pix of a Dorothea Frye painting
"River Drift" 1-2-3-4 Runs late 1960s-72 Jim Swift
published by Waterways Journal 32 pp. - old boat pix,
stories, advertisements, etc.
"Twenty Miles of Steamboat Wrecks" R. Allen Coleman 24
pp. - details of a section of the Missouri River
"The Howards:Master Steamboat Builders" John Rust, Huey
Shelton 16 pp. - short history of the famous shipyard
in Jeffersonville, Ind.
"The River" William Ellis 1978 30pp. - a
commemorative booklet published by Fifth Third Bank
honoring the Ohio River
This is just a sampling of some of the smaller, yet
valuable, printed matter out there which I fear we
sometimes overlook in favor of the big coffee-table
type books. I would imagine that some of these would
turn up on Ebay or in flea markets, as they aren't big
enough to list on Amazon.com or the like. I was able
to purchase the DQ books in my early years of riding.