Visual display of the Kate Adams (Packet, 1882-1888)

Kate Adams (Packet, 1882-1888)

  • BOAT TYPE: Packet
  • BUILT: Sewickley, Pennsylvania (hull, frame) and completed at Pittsburgh in 1882, entirely under contract to James Rees and Sons, Pittsburgh
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Burned at Commerce Landing, forty miles below Memphis, Tennessee, December 23, 1888
  • OWNERS: Memphis and Arkansas City Packet Company
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain Mark E. Cheek (master, December 1888)
  • RIVERS: Ohio River; Mississippi River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 3215; Named for the wife of Major John D. Adams, head of Memphis and Arkansas City Packet, and built for him; one of the first boats with an Edison electric lighting system. Her hull was nearly identical to that of the sidewheeler James Lee, and they vied for the speed championship over the 90 miles between Helena, Arkansas, and Memphis; Kate Adams broke the record March 18, 1883, covering the distance in 5 hours, 33 minutes. On her 602nd trip in the trade, Memphis, Tennessee-Arkansas City, Arkansas with a cargo of 1,161 bales of cotton, 1,900 sacks of cotton seed, and 87 sacks of seed corn, she caught fire at Commerce Landing below Memphis; thirty-three lives lost
  • Kate Adams (A)


Local identifier
  • Neg. 29415
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