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Visual display of the Julia Belle Swain (Packet/Excursion boat, 1917-1931)

Julia Belle Swain (Packet/Excursion boat, 1917-1931)

  • BOAT TYPE: Packet/Excursion boat
  • BUILT: 1913 at Santa Rosa, Florida
  • FORMERLY: Charles E. Cessna (1913)
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Burned in her winter quarters on the Monongahela River in December 1931
  • OWNERS: Swain family (1917); Edward M. Cody and Captain Oscar A. Moore/Penn Excursion Company (1924)
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain Percy Swain (master, 1917); Captain Oscar Moore (master, after 1917)
  • RIVERS: Illinois River; Allegheny River; Mississippi River; Ohio River; Monongahela River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 3179; The Swain family was involved in her construction and repossessed her in 1916. They brought her to the Illinois River and there renamed her. She was used in packet and excursion work until sold in April 1924. The new owners (Penn Excursion Company) took her to Pittsburgh. She was the last steamboat to be owned by the Swain family
  • Julia Belle Swain (B)