Visual display of the America (Packet, 1917-1930)

America (Packet, 1917-1930)

  • BOAT TYPE: Packet
  • BUILT: 1917, Howard Boatyard, Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • FORMERLY: Indiana
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Burned at Jeffersonville, Indiana, September 8, 1930
  • OWNERS: Louisville-Cincinnati Packet Company
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain James O'Brien (master), Roy McBride (pilot), Wymond Brasher (pilot), Frank Buening (purser), Floyd Goffenet (clerk), Henry McClananahan (chief engineer), Floyd "Skyjack" Turner (second engineer), Billy Sampson (steward)
  • RIVERS: Ohio River, Mississippi River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways -0241; America's hull and machinery came from Indiana which had burned off her upper works at Cincinnati on May 1, 1916. She came away from Howards as a packet complete with staterooms, and was entered in the Louisville-Cincinnati trade. The engines originated on the Bostona, classic examples of the "broadhorn" type. She carried the whistle of the City of Louisville and had a framed roof bell handed down from the Telegraph No. 3. After several years she was remodeled to become a full-fledged excursion boat, all staterooms removed, etc., and operated principally at Louisville, Kentucky. She made a trip to Pittsburgh in September 1923, tramping and at least one to New Orleans. Louisiana. She and the Cincinnati ran a staged race at Louisville, Kentucky in 1928, a spectacular affair in which the American showed ability to win, but was prevented by management, a hotly debated topic for many years after. While laid up for the winter above Jeffersonville, Indiana she burned September 8, 1930. Arson was suspected but nothing proven
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: America with passengers on deck
  • American (B)


Stottlebower, Alene
Local identifier
  • Neg. 37891
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