Visual display of the Verne Swain (Packet, Excursion boat, 1913-1929)

Verne Swain (Packet, Excursion boat, 1913-1929)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sidewheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Packet, Excursion boat
  • BUILT: 1913 at Stillwater, Minnesota
  • BECAME: Rose Island, then Roosevelt (1929), and finally City of Memphis
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Sold to D. B. G. Rose, Louisville, Kentucky in March, 1927 and renamed Rose Island
  • OWNERS: Captain David M. Swain (1913); Captain Fred Hornbrook (1918); Captain J. Orville Noll (1923); D. B. G. Rose, Louisville, Kentucky (March, 1927); Pittsburgh Amusement Company
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain D. M. Swain (master, 1913); Verne Swain (engineer, 1913; master, 1915); Gilbert Larkin (master, 1915)
  • RIVERS: Illinois River; Ohio River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 5553; Primarily an excursion boat with a full length dance floor; Captain David M. Swain built her to replace the Fred Swain. She ran excursions on the Illinois River until she was sold to Fred Hornbrook in the spring of 1918. Captain David Swain died delivering this boat to Pittsburgh in July, 1918. Captain Hornbrook ran her in the Pittsburgh-Wheeling packet trade. In 1923 Captain J. Orville Noll ran excursions with her in the Wheeling area for the Anchor Line until March 1927. Subsequent owners included D. B. G. Rose, Louisville, Kentucky who renamed her Rose Island and the Pittsburgh Amusement Company, Captain Griffith W. Shaw and others, who renamed her Roosevelt in 1929. Circa 1932 she was called City of Memphis
  • Verne Swain (C)