Visual display of the Josephine (Packet/Snagboat, 1873-1907)

Josephine (Packet/Snagboat, 1873-1907)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Packet/Snagboat
  • BUILT: Freedom, Pennsylvania (hull and frame), completed 1873 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Cut down by ice and lost, March 8, 1907 at Running Water, South Dakota
  • OWNERS: Original owners: Coulson family (J. S., Eliza, and Sallie B.), James C. McVay, and Fanny Maratta; U. S. Engineering (1885); Captain Joseph Leach (circa June 1906)
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain Grant Marsh (master, 1873, 1874, 1875); Captain Gould (master, 1891)
  • RIVERS: Yellowstone River; Missouri River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 3149, T1464; Named for the daughter of General David S. Stanley. Captain Marsh superintended her construction as a packet and took her up the Yellow River for Custer's Seventh Cavalry. She was in Fort Benton packet service in 1874, and in 1875 Captain Gould used her to conduct a survey of the Yellowstone River, the 483 miles to Hell Roaring Rapids, arriving there June 7, 1875. She transported Canadian troops bound for Alberta and Saskatchewan. While ferrying supplies to troops, she survived an attack by Sioux at Glendive Creek in 1876. Under Coulson ownership she made about fifty trips to Montana, the only packet to reach Helena, according to one source. She operated on the Missouri as a packet until sold April 13, 1885 to U. S. Engineering at Sioux City, Iowa, for use as a snagboat. She was transferred to Missouri River Commission at Bismarck, North Dakota in 1889, rebuilt in 1891/1892 for government inspection work, working out of Bismarck. In 1900 she was in U. S. Engineering service, based at Sioux Ice Harbor, South Dakota. Sold to Captain Joseph Leach for packet service, she was cut down by ice and lost March 8, 1907
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: At Fort Benton, Montana, passengers waiting on shore
  • Josephine (A)


Local identifier
  • Neg. 36617
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