Visual display of the Northern Belle (Packet, 1856-1874)

Northern Belle (Packet, 1856-1874)

  • BOAT TYPE: Packet
  • BUILT: Cincinnati, Ohio, 1856
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Abandoned in 1870 and dismantled at La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1874
  • OWNERS: Galena, Dunleith and Minnesota Packet Company; La Crosse and Minnesota Packet Company (1862)
  • OFFICERS & CREW: E. V. Holcombe (pilot, 1855); Captain Preston Lodwick (master, 1856); M. L. Virden (clerk, probably 1856-1857); J. C. Cooper (clerk, 1857); Captain George C. Blish (master, 1858-1860); Captain Jesse Y. Hurd (master, 1857-1860); Captain W. H. Laughton (master, 1861-1862); Charles Hinds (clerk, 1862); Captain John Cochran (master, 1863); William Tibbals (clerk, 1863); 1865: Captain J. T. West (master), N. B. Hatcher (first engineer), William Ewing (second engineer), Charles Hambleton (clerk); Titus Davis (clerk, 1868)
  • RIVERS: Mississippi River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - 4236; Built for the Minnesota Packet Company, Captain Preston Lodwick, running Galena-St. Paul. She transported troops during the Civil War, including five companies of the First Minnesota Infantry Volunteers from St. Paul to La Crosse on June 22, 1861. She was in the Davidson Line, La Crosse-St. Paul, 1862, under Captain Laughton. She was inspected, district of Galena in 1867; first home port was Galena; off the lists in 1870
  • PHOTO DESCRIPTION: Passengers and cargo on shore, many passengers on deck; horse-drawn carriage and cart on shore; inscription on sidewheel says La Crosse & St. Paul NE Packet
  • Northern Belle (A)


Local identifier
  • Neg. 788
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