Mary Wheeler Collection
Stw. Royal and Stw. John S. Hopkins
Wheeler, Mary (1892-1979)
Starboard sides of the sternwheelers ROYAL (Way #4861) and JOHN S. HOPKINS (Way 3110). According to Way's Packet Dirctory, 1848-1983, the ROYAL, a sternwheeler packet boat with a wooden hull (105 x 19 x 3), was built in 1904 at Golconda, IL. It was owned by J.M. Anderson of Golconda and originally had its pilothouse located at the front of the cabin, as seen in this photograph. She would later run in the Louisville-Kentucky River trade before striking the wharf at Madison, IN and wrecking, on February 12, 1918. The JOHN S. HOPKINS, a sternwheeler packet boat with a wooden hull (200 x 35.3 x 6) built in Sewickley, PA and finished in Pittsburgh, PA in 1880. It was owned by the Evansville, Paducah & Cairo Mail Line and run by Paducahans, Capts. Joe and Dick Fowler among others. After being damaged by fire in 1882 she was rebuilt at Cincinnati, OH. In April 1912 she was converted into an excursion boat by Capt. J.B. Thompson of Evansville, IN. She burned after being laid up in the Green River in January 1917. The majority of the JOHN S. HOPKINS spent the majority of her years running in the Evansville-Paducah trade.
McCracken County Public Library
Lower Ohio River Valley
Permission must be obtained from the McCracken County Public Library, Local and Family History Department
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