Visual display of the Exporter (Towboat, 1895-1936)

Exporter (Towboat, 1895-1936)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat
  • BUILT: 1895 at Madison, Indiana
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Dismantled in 1936
  • OWNERS: St. Louis and Mississippi Valley Transportation Company; Mississippi Valley Transportation Company; Snyder, Barthel and Company, New Orleans (1900); Combine (1901); Mengel Box Company, Hickman, Kentucky; Barrett Line
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain George Hibstonberg (master); Captain Lawrence McMakin (master); T.O. Stone (chief engineer); Matt Leek (striker); Captain J.B. Mougin (pilot)
  • RIVERS: Ohio River; Mississippi River; Yazoo River; Kanawha River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T0775; Her engines came from the towboat John Gilmore; those same engines had originated on the packet Wild Wagoner. In November 1896 she ran from St. Louis to Cairo in 14 1/2 hours to bring in the tow of the Henry Lourey which was out of commission due to engine breakdown. During the June, 1896 cyclone at St. Louis, the cabin was blown off and she had to be rebuilt. After being sold to the Combine in April 1901 she went to Pittsburgh, her first appearance there in five years. She towed coal south until sold in April 1918 to the Mengel Box Company. They used her for the next 15 years and sold her to the Barrett Line who never used her. Other notable events in the long life of the Exporter included the burning off of her pilothouse and part of the cabin at Pittsburgh in early 1915. In September 1916, she sank in shallow water near Ironton, Ohio but was quickly raised. In March 1917 she pioneered in towing coal to the LaBelle Iron Works at Steubenville, Ohio. She left Pittsburgh on March 21, 1917 with a tow of empties for the Kanawha River and never returned to the headwaters of the Ohio River thereafter. She once pulled loose in the middle of a zero night above the Memphis bridges with a 500 foot tow and only 75 psi. on her boilers and ran the bridges without incident. Captain McMakin was master then. In April, 1925 she went up the Yazoo River 65 miles to Satarsia, 15 miles above the mouth of the Sunflower and brought out a long tow; this was the biggest boat up the Yazoo in 25 years. Captain J.B. Mougin did the piloting, he having run on the Rescue of the P. Line to Clarksdale, Mississippi on the Sunflower River in former times
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: The wrecked Exporter after the 1896 tornado at St. Louis
  • Exporter (B)