Visual display of the De Smet (Packet, 1872-1886)

De Smet (Packet, 1872-1886)

  • BOAT TYPE: Packet
  • BUILT: 1872 at Mound City, Illinois
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Burned June 12, 1886 opposite Newport, Arkansas
  • OWNERS: Captain Joseph LaBarge (1872-74); Eagle Packet Company (1874)
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain Joseph LaBarge; Captain John Bruner (1874, 1876, 1878); Captain Leyhe (master, circa 1875-76); Captain Williams (master, 1877)
  • RIVERS: Missouri River; Mississippi River; Ohio River; Red River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 1514; Named for a famous Indian missionary, Father De Smet. Her first mission was taking freight from St. Louis for the building of the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Louisiana regions of the Red River. The water was too low to make delivery and the freight was forwarded by mule pack. She was caught in ice that winter at Helena, Arkansas. In 1873 she made a successful trip to Shreveport, then to Fort Benton, Montana. At Fort Benton Captain LaBarge was arrested for selling alcohol to the Indians and there was a long delay while he went to Helena, Montana to be cleared of the charge. Upon return to St. Louis, the boat was entered in the St. Louis-Alton trade competing with the Eagle Packet Company. Eagle bought her in 1874 and ran her St. Louis-Grafton, helping out the Spread Eagle. In 1877 she ran under charter to the Northern Line in the St. Louis-Louisiana, Missouri trade. In 1876 she was in the St. Louis-Paducah trade. She was registered at Vicksburg in 1883
  • De Smet (A)


Local identifier
  • Neg. 47715
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