Visual display of the E.D. Kenna (Towboat, 1926-1953)

E.D. Kenna (Towboat, 1926-1953)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat
  • BUILT: Charleston, West Virginia by Ward, 1926
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Dismantled March, 1953
  • OWNERS: 1926: Ohio River Company, Cincinnati, Ohio; December 11, 1948: Lucas Towing Company, Stout, Ohio; 1952: Hillman Barge and Construction Company, Brownsville, Pennsylvania
  • OFFICERS & CREW: 1926: Captain Edgar "Jacko" Meek (master), James Rowley, Jr. (pilot), Carl Hall (chief engineer), Cecil Faudree (2nd engineer), Tom Van Meter (mate), Wilbur Chapman; 1935: Captain Wilbur Chapman, W.F. Edwards (pilot), Harry G. Nichols (pilot), R.F. Rodgers (pilot), E.R. Rodgers (pilot), G.E. Young (pilot); 1937: Captain Thomas P. Craig (master), W.L. Foley and Charles R. Spear (pilots); 1938: Captain Vernon K. Byrnside (skipper); Captain George "Thuse" Hamilton (pilot/master); Captain David Stout (master)
  • RIVERS: Ohio River; Mississippi River; Illinois River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T0651; The E.D. Kenna came out new in July, 1926 and left Charleston with 4.8 ft. on the gauge. Her first trip out of the Ohio River was June, 1935 when she was sent to St. Louis for a barge of scrap consigned to Ashland, Kentucky. In 1936 she was taken to Dravo ways at Neville Island, Pennsylvania and lengthened. In the spring of 1937, she went to the Illinois River in the coal-towing trade. Later she was back in the Huntington-Cincinnati run under Captain George "Thuse" Hamilton as pilot then master. In 1952 she was traded to the Hillman Barge and Construction Company and was dismantled in March, 1953
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Left: E.D. Kenna; Right: Roosevelt on the ways
  • E.D. Kenna (A)


Other title
  • Roosevelt (Sidewheel packet)
Local identifier
  • Neg. 11264
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