Visual display of the General Wood (Packet, 1918-1936)

General Wood (Packet, 1918-1936)

  • 1934
  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Packet
  • BUILT: Slidell, Louisiana in 1913; originally named S. L. Elam
  • FORMERLY: S. L. Elam
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Sank in ice early 1936
  • OWNERS: Liberty Transit Company (1918); Pittsburgh, Wheeling and Cincinnati Packet Company (April, 1924); Captain Fred Hornbrook and Fred Hoyt; William S. Pollock and Frederick Way, Jr. (1927); Peter Milliron (November, 1934)
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain William D. Kimble (master); Captain W. Ed Dunaway (master, 1918); E. Dayton Randolph (pilot); Edgar Brookhart (pilot); Charles Douglass (purser, 1918); Herbert Worlein (clerk); Lee Markham (chief engineer); Alonzo Sewell (mate); William H. Jones (steward); Captain Fred Hornbrook (master, 1924); Fred Hoyt (purser, 1923, 1924); William S. Pollock (clerk, 1924); Captain William S. Pollock (manager, 1927-1929)
  • RIVERS: Ohio River; Monongahela River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 2283; Bought by the Liberty Transit Company, Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1918 and made one Pittsburgh-Cincinnati trip under her first name. She was remodeled into an Upper Ohio packet, her cotton guards cut off, her cabin altered, given a new name, and entered into the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati trade. Captain William D. Kimble was master, and later Captain W. Ed Dunaway, with E. Dayton Randolph and Edgar Brookhart, pilots. Liberty Transit Company "folded" in 1923, and in April, 1924 the General Wood was sold to the Pittsburgh, Wheeling and Cincinnati Packet Company, who continued her in the same trade. Captain Fred Hornbrook took charge, with Fred Hoyt, purser, and William Pollock, clerk. In early 1927, Captain Hornbrook and Fred Hoyt sold their interest to William S. Pollock and Fred Way, Jr. She continued in the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati trade, teamed up with the Betsy Ann and managed by William Pollock. In June, 1929 she was up Monongahela River to Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. She pinch-hit in the Cincinnati-Louisville trade that fall and was laid up at Pittsburgh. She was sold to Pete Milliron, East Liverpool, Ohio, in November, 1934 for use as a wharf boat there. She sank in ice early 1936, and the wreckage was deposited below Lock and Dam No. 8, Newell, West Virginia, and burned that summer for scrap
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: At Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1934
  • General Wood (A)


  • 1934
Local identifier
  • Neg. 16159
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