Visual display of the La Belle (Towboat, 1921-1945)

La Belle (Towboat, 1921-1945)

  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat
  • BUILT: 1921 at Jeffersonville, Indiana at Howard Ship Yard
  • BECAME: Edw. Smith (1945); A.B. Sheets (second)
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Sold to Zubik Towing Company circa 1945 and renamed
  • OWNERS: Wheeling Steel Corporation
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain J.A. "Jerry" McDavid (master, 1921); A.R. Koontz (chief, 1921); Harry Martin (fireman/engineer, 1921); Captain Tom Cavanaugh, Jr. (master); Captain Robert E. Reed (master); Captain Eddie Brazil (master); Captain Charles C. Foreman (pilot)
  • RIVERS: Ohio River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T1536; Home port or owner's residence circa 1921, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She towed coal mainly from Pittsburgh to Steubenville, Ohio. In 1925, La Belle rammed the Monitor on the Monongahela River causing her to sink. In February, 1935 she broke her shaft at Blacks Island on the Ohio River while downbound with a tow in open river. The lockmaster from Lock 9 got help and she was landed two miles below the lock. On March 13, 1942, she cut loose from six loads at Emsworth Lock on the Ohio River. The tow went over the pass
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: La Belle at the "point" at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • La Belle (B)


Local identifier
  • Neg. 6220
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