Visual display of the John Ross (Towboat, packet (1905-1925)

John Ross (Towboat, packet (1905-1925)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat/Packet
  • BUILT: 1905, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Sank, August 9, 1925 above the lock at Spottsville, Kentucky on the Green River
  • OWNERS: 1905: Tennessee River Navigation Company; 1919: Captain E.P. Matthews; 1923: Captain Otto Hitner
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain Joseph E. Goold
  • RIVERS: Ohio River; Green River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 3106 & T1437; Captain E.P. Matthews ran her briefly Gallipolis-Huntington doing towing. By 1922 she was chartered by the Campbell's Creek Coal Company. Captain Joseph E. Goold and his crew had many trials and tribulations trying to move coal with her. Captain Otto Hitner used her to tow his showboat Cotton Blossom. She was laid up above Spottsville Lock on the Green River in July, 1925 and she sank there on August 9, 1925
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Left: Cotton Blossom; Right: John Ross
  • John Ross (A)


Other title
  • Cotton Blossom (Barge/Showboat)
Local identifier
  • Neg. 6155
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