Visual display of the Bald Eagle (Packet, 1879-1896)

Bald Eagle (Packet, 1879-1896)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Packet
  • BUILT: Madison, Indiana 1879
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Sank in the cyclone of May 1896 at St. Louis, Missouri
  • OWNERS: Eagle Packet Company (1879); Schwartz Brothers (1894)
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain Alex Lamont (Master); H. S. Ruby (Pilot)
  • RIVERS: Mississippi River; Ohio River; Ouachita River; Illinois River; Red River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 0431; Charles Henry, Esquire, superintended the building, and Captain Henry Leyhe had charge of construction from start to finish. In 1881 she was chartered out to the Diamond Jo Line. The La Crosse Republican Leader May 23, 1881, called her the fastest sternwheel packet on the upper Mississippi. She was owned by the Schwartz Brothers Commission Company and ran in the St. Louis and Clarksville trade until 1895 when the Belle of Calhoun was built to take her place. Captain Alex Lamont was master for many years. She made several trips St. Louis-Red River and St. Louis-Ouachita River during the winter months with large grocery shipments. She was caught at St. Louis in the cyclone of May 27, 1896, broke her moorings, and struck the middle pier of Eads Bridge. Members of the crew climbed on a projection of the pier and were rescued with ropes lowered from the bridge. The watchman was lost. The boat floated on down the river and sank. The machinery was salvaged and used on the J. M. Hannaford and later on the Shaver
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: At St. Louis, Missouri, Eads Bridge in background
  • Bald Eagle (A)


Local identifier
  • Neg. 37430
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