Visual display of the Transit (Towboat, 1889-1925)

Transit (Towboat, 1889-1925)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat
  • BUILT: 1889 at Brownsville, Pennsylvania by the Axton yard
  • BECAME: A.W. Armstrong
  • OWNERS: 1889: John Hoffman; Later: Combine (MCC); 1920: John F. Klein; 1925: Ayer & Lord Tie Company
  • RIVERS: Ohio River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T2463; While owned by John Hoffman she was a harbor boat at Louisville, Kentucky. In April, 1901 she sank at the Louisville harbor while moored at shore with four loaded coalboats; one of the coalboats sank and pulled the other three and the Transit down. In March, 1912 Captain Dan Varble died on the Louisville levee enroute to catch the Transit. She was later owned by the Combine (MCC) and in March, 1918 they brought her to Pittsburgh. John F. Klein bought her in October, 1920. In 1925 she was rebuilt at the Ayer & Lord ways at Paducah, Kentucky and renamed A.W. Armstrong. At that time she was owned by Ayer & Lord Tie Company
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Left to right: Julien Poydras; Transit
  • Transit (B)


Other title
  • Julien Poydras (Packet, 1898-1904)
Local identifier
  • Neg. 32726
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