A few days before the Magnolia blew up, the Maysville Republican contained the following notice of that steamer. Estimating the reliability of steamboats in these days seems to be a risky matter:
“Those who travel between Maysville and Cincinnati cannot have failed to note the fact that the Magnolia is one of the most reliable as well as one of the best officered packets plying the western waters. She is always “on time” when navigation is at all possible, and her officers are gentlemen of great experience in their calling. The veteran Prather is on the roof, whilst Oscar F. Shaw, Esq., one of the oldest steamboatmen in the West, will always be found in the office, polite, gentlemanly and accommodating to a fault. The larder of the Magnolia is constantly provided with the best of everything by our friend Jackson, who is universally acknowledged to be a ne plus of stewards.
The Ironton (Ohio) Review, March 26, 1868