A PHOTO ALBUM DOCUMENTING STEAMSHIPS THAT SAILED THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER – C. 1930 - 1935.
A PHOTO ALBUM DOCUMENTING STEAMSHIPS THAT SAILED THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER – C. 1925.
Sixty mostly captioned photos documenting the Mississippi River, (“the creek”) c. 1930-’35, with its towboats, tugboats, barges, tankers, dredges, crews, riverbanks, trucks, bridges, shipping facilities and personnel. The album can be attributed to Mr. and Mrs Clarence F. Smith and highlights such ships as the Destrehan, the Iowa, the Wynoka, the Franklin K. Lane, the Chinca, a box factory tow boat at Natchez, Miss. and The Oscar Barrett Standard Oil tow boat. Ports of call featured are at Natchez, Mississippi, Vicksburg, Mississippi and Baton Rouge. Other photos are of the crew, a chamber maid, an African American and a woman truck driver. Of historic interest the Oscar F. Barrett was built in 1894 and sold to the Standard Oil Co. in 1925. During the flood of 1927 it worked as an evacuation ship for flood refugees around Greenville, Mississippi. The ship was abandoned in 1933. The Franklin Lane was built in 1920 and originally owned until 1933 by Pan Am. Petroleum and Transport Company. It was then sold to Standard Oil Company in 1935 who owned it until 1942. Photo sizes are 5 ½ x 3 ½ inchs. All photos have great contrast and overall the album is in vg cond. A unique photo document of the most important roll the Mississippi River played in the early 20th century.