Visual display of the Natchez (Towboat, 1920-1948)

Natchez (Towboat, 1920-1948)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Screw propeller
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat
  • BUILT: 1920 at Charleston, West Virginia by Ward
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Sank March 4, 1948 at the Greenville bridge
  • OWNERS: Federal Barge Lines
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain Cassius C. Woods (master); 1925: Captain Charles E. Moore (master), Bernard Chotin and C.S. Wilkins (pilots), W.L. Craig (chief engineer); ca. 1920s: Captain Tom Ledger and Captain Billy R. Smith (masters); ca. 1930s: Captain Bob Manning (master); 1945: Wilson H. Bragg (chief engineer); 1948: Captain James F. Browinski, Keith A. Montgomery (chief engineer), Charles Jarvis (2nd engineer), Walter I. Hass (pilot)
  • RIVERS: Mississippi River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T1890; On August 15, 1945, eight miles above New Madrid, Missouri chief engineer Wilson H. Bragg fell overboard and was drowned. The Natchez struck a pier of the Greenville bridge on March 4, 1948, rolled over and sank with a loss of 14 lives. Among those lost were: Captain James F. Browinski, Keith A. Montgomery (chief engineer) and Charles Jarvis (2nd engineer). The Sohio Latonia commanded by Captain William A. Powell rendered aid. The wreck was not recovered
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Right to left: Natchez; Demopolis; Choctaw; Montgomery at the waterfront in Cairo, Illinois
  • Natchez (I)


Other titles
  • Demopolis (Screw propeller towboat)
  • Choctaw (Sternwheel USED towboat)
  • Montgomery (Sternwheel towboat)
Local identifier
  • Neg. 14112
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