Visual display of the Twilight (Towboat, 1882-1927)

Twilight (Towboat, 1882-1927)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat
  • BUILT: 1864 at Middletown, Pennsylvania as the Traveler
  • FORMERLY: Traveler
  • BECAME: J.H. McCrady, May, 1927
  • OWNERS: 1882: Captain Lew Clark; Unknown dates: C. Jutte & Company; Combine (MCC); Rodgers Sand Company
  • OFFICERS & CREW: 1882: Captain Lew Clark; 1905: James A. Hornbake (engineer); 1909: James A. Hornbake (engineer); 1917: Captain Brady Berry (master), William Weldon (pilot)
  • RIVERS: Allegheny River; Monongahela River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T2477; Captain Lew Clark rebuilt the Twilight from the old Traveler. He painted her cherry red and did job towing with her. Owned by several owners, she was referred to as the "cat with nine lives" because of all the mishaps she endured over the years. May 13, 1891 she burned at the foot of Ferry Street, Pittsburgh along with two other boats; she was rebuilt. In April, 1898 she hit her hog-chain braces on the 43rd Street bridge, punched them down through the hull and sank. December 3, 1905 she sank clear to the roof in a flood at Lock 2, Monongahela River, after going over the dam. In February, 1909 James A. Hornbake, engineer, was drowned off her at Duquesne, Pennsylvania. On October 7, 1917 she was going along full head near Braddock, Pennsylvania and took a nose dive and sank. In 1918 she was going under the 16th Street bridge on the Allegheny, an old wooden structure, during high water and the sparks from her stacks set the bridge on fire and burned it to a complete loss. On November 15, 1920 she caught fire and was nearly destroyed at Pittsburgh. On January 17, 1921 she sank near 31st Street on the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh. However, she was renamed J.H. McCrady in May 1927 and continued service
  • Twilight (A)


Local identifier
  • Neg. 19684
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