Visual display of the Chickie (Towboat, 1935-1941)

Chickie (Towboat, 1935-1941)

  • July 3, 1938
  • BOAT DESCRIPTION: Sternwheel
  • BOAT TYPE: Towboat
  • BUILT: 1899 as the Titan in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
  • FORMERLY: Titan; J. F. Douglas; W. L. McKinney
  • FINAL DISPOSITION: Sank in the Allegheny River, near the Point on the North Side, Pittsburgh on January 10, 1941 and was dismantled
  • OWNERS: Captain A. C. Lyons
  • OFFICERS & CREW: Captain A. C. Lyons; Captain Robert Smith (master, 1938-40); Harry McGuire (1939); Captain Harry Woomer (master,1940)
  • RIVERS: Kanawha River; Ohio River; Allegheny River
  • OTHER INFORMATION: Ways - T0412; Some sources say she was operating under the name Chickie as early as 1932. Captain A. C. Lyons bought the boat at a U.S. Marshal sale in January 1935 at Pittsburgh. He did contract towing with her. Under charter to ABL, she overflanked Half Moon Bend above Steubenville, Ohio and broke up her tow on the bridges below Lock 10 with Harry McGuire on watch, February 1, 1939. The towboat Costanzo rescued the tow and there was quite a fuss when the Costanzo's owners seemed inclined to collect a large sum for salvage. The boat went to marshal's sale on December 20, 1940 and was sold to Captain Lyons for $450
  • Chickie (A)


  • July 3, 1938
Local identifier
  • Neg. 7411
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