Visual display of the Thistle (Towboat/Rafter/Packet, 1889-1900)

Thistle (Towboat/Rafter/Packet, 1889-1900)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat/Rafter/Packet
  • BUILT: 1889 at La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Dismantled at Higginsport, Ohio in the fall of 1900
  • OWNERS: McDonald Brothers (1890); Kratka Towing Company (1893); Captain Mirrell Looney (1894); Three States Lumber Company (1895)
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain N.B. Lucas (master, 1890; pilot); Captain Bud Smedley (master, 1897); Charles Trombley (2nd pilot); George Trombley (2nd pilot, master); James Tully (chief engineer); John McCissie (mate, 1895); Captain Felix King (master, 1895); Captain Sam Green (pilot, 1895); Chris Adolph (pilot, 1894)
  • RIVERS: Mississippi River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T2413; 5359; At one time she towed lumber and ties around Paducah and Cairo. Used regularly as a rafter but in 1894 she worked for the Carnival City Packet Company, along with the Lizzie Gardner, in the St. Paul-La Crosse trade. After she was dismantled, her engines went to the new towboat Hermann Paepcke
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: The Thistle (on the left) being dismantled; some of her parts used in the construction of the towboat Herman Paepcke (center)
  • Thistle (A)


Other title
  • Herman Paepcke (Towboat)
Barrette, Thornton
Local identifier
  • Neg. 12637
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