Visual display of the Tornado (Towboat, 1895-1921)

Tornado (Towboat, 1895-1921)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat
  • BUILT: 1895 at Brownsville, Pennsylvania at Axton Yard
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Sank off the Mississippi Jetties en route to Mexico in 1921
  • OWNERS: Posey and Sebolt Line; Combine (1900)
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Crew in 1897: Captain J. C. Kitchell (master), William T. Boles and Frank Williams (pilots), Sam Davidson and Howard Cavett (engineers), Harry Carlton (mate), Elisha McLaughlin (steward); Captain Harry Black (master, 1901); Henry Lindenburn and Frank Lindsey (pilots, 1901); crew in 1908: Captain George Henning (master), John B. Henning (chief engineer), Reuben M. Brown (mate), Lee Smith (watchman), Joe Mitchell (fireman), Ed. Joyce (steward)
  • RIVERS: Ohio River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T2459; Built in 54 days from plans drawn by J. H. Hammitt, with boilers and machinery by Rees and engines from the J. S. Mercer. She towed coal for the Posey fleet, with Captain J. C. Kitchell her master on her most of the time she ran. She took a tow of 5,200 tons of steel products down from Pittsburgh to Louisville in 1897, considered a record for the time. In May, 1898 she took sixteen loaded barges and six coal boats from Pittsburgh to Louisville, another record for a boat of her size. She went into the Combine in 1900. While upbound with empties, she grounded at Possum Bar, Ohio River below Clarington, Ohio at midnight on August 1, 1908 with the river at 4.5 feet and falling, and she remained there, high and dry, until the day before Thanksgiving. On January 25, 1917, she took the first tow of coal from Pittsburgh to Steubenville, Ohio for the La Belle Iron Works; this later developed into a regular trade. She was sold to Mexico in July 1917 but remained in New Orleans several years before attempting the Gulf crossing. She sank off the Mississippi Jetties en route to the Panuco River in 1921
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: At Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tornado (A)