Visual display of the Eugene Dana Smith (Towboat, 1913-1939)

Eugene Dana Smith (Towboat, 1913-1939)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat
  • BUILT: Dana, West Virginia, 1913
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Dismantled at Reed, West Virginia (formerly Dana, West Virginia), 1939
  • OWNERS: Campbell's Creek Coal Company
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain Rush Burnside (master, 1918); Captain Jim Woodward (master, 1920); Roscoe Strother (pilot, 1920); Frederick Way, Jr. (steersman, spring 1920); Charles Young (mate, later master); crew in April 1927: Captain Howard West (master), Elmer Owrey (pilot), Harvey Brown (pilot), Norval Horton (engineer), George Rea (engineer), Charles King (mate); Captain C. M. Young (master, June 1927)
  • RIVERS: Kanawha River; Ohio River; Mississippi River; Kentucky River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T0762; Engines by Marietta Manufacturing Company; owned by Campbell's Creek Coal Company; named for the grandson of J. B. Dana. She towed coal out of Kanawha River to Cincinnati and Louisville. She was caught in the 1918 ice at Vevay, Indiana; her master, Captain Rush Burnside, turned back to Kentucky River for protection. That winter the Kentucky River was frozen solid, end to end, and when the ice thawed, boats that had been trapped came out, including the excursion boats Island Queen, Princess, and the old British prison ship Success. The Eugene Dana Smith was caught on shore at Brookport, Indiana and stranded but a later rise in the river took her off. In 1920 Captain In the fall of 1926 she was rebuilt at Dana, West Virginia, where Campbell's Creek Coal Company had a marine ways in the charge of J. P. Heatherington. In 1927, the Eugene Dana Smith came to Pittsburgh in March, her first trip above Pomeroy. She was dismantled in 1939 at Reed (new name for Dana), West Virginia
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: The EUGENE DANA SMITH on an icy river with an unidentified steamboat crushed by ice
  • Eugene Dana Smith (A)