Visual display of the A.J. Whitney (Towboat/Packet, 1880-1905)

A.J. Whitney (Towboat/Packet, 1880-1905)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat/Packet
  • BUILT: 1880 at Rock Island, Illinois
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Rebuilt and renamed in 1905; sold in 1909
  • OWNERS: A.J. Whitney and Sons
  • OFFICERS & CREW: E.J. Sauer and Albert Kimball (captains, 1913); Henry B. Whitney (captain and pilot, 1880, 1881, 1883); George Winans (captain); W. Holsapple (captain); Frank A. Whitney (engineer)
  • RIVERS: Mississippi River; Fever River; Galena River; Missouri River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T0017; Employed 1880-1881 dredging the Galena, Illinois harbor; built for Captain Whitney for towing on government river work; first towing on Galena River in 1880, captain was W. Holsapple, Frank A. Whitney was engineer with additional crew of one fireman and two deckhands; used at St. Charles bridge on Missouri River in 1882; Merrick states that this boat was 95 feet long; towed a small excursion barge named Sophia in 1904; Ways states disposition unknown
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Winter scene with boat in ice
  • A.J. Whitney (A)


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