Visual display of the New South (Packet, 1887-1905)

New South (Packet, 1887-1905)

  • BOAT TYPE: Packet
  • BUILT: 1887 at Jeffersonville, Indiana. Hull built by Howard Ship Yard
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: On February 12, 1905 the ice gorge broke at Cincinnati. The New South broke loose and was so badly damaged that she was dismantled at Madison, Indiana
  • OWNERS: Shelby and Perkins; U.S. Mail Line
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain Robert W. McCoy (1894); Captain John Newton (master); Captain E.H. Matheus (master); Captain W.P. Norwood (master)
  • RIVERS: Ohio River; Mississippi River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 4189; Home port or owner's residence circa 1887, Cincinnati, Ohio. Original price: $32,500. She was built for the Evansville-St. Louis trade but proved to be too large. In 1890 she entered into the Louisville-Cincinnati trade in opposition to the Fleetwood of the U.S. Mail Line. She made only one stop: Madison, Indiana. The two rival boats attracted a lot of attention and passenger fare dropped to fifty cents per round trip including meals and berth. Both boats were laid up by low water and during the summer lull the New South was purchased by the Mail Line and began running Cincinnati-Memphis. In the summer of 1894, she ran in the Cincinnati-Coney Island trade teamed up with the Bostona. In February 1896 she ran a Mardi Gras trip from Cincinnati to New Orleans. On a trip to St. Louis in October 1896 she got in a windstorm near Harrisonville, Illinois and disabled a wheel when she hit some piling. The C.W. Batchelor took off her passengers and freight. In 1902 she ran a Mardi Gras trip from Cincinnati. She hit an obstruction downbound on the Ohio River and sprung her cabin so badly that hundreds of blankets were bought at Cairo to stuff in the cracks. She apparently gave her original engines to the Grey Eagle and thereafter she had compound machinery
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Side view showing the sidewheel of the New South
  • New South (A)


Steinhardt, Mrs. Norbert
Local identifier
  • Neg. 38159
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