The Reba Reeves,
circa 1924

The New Hanover,
 Feb. 13, 1936

Steamboats Princess, Kentucky and Indiana,  caught in the 1913 flood. 
 Read more here.



January 30, 1918
That's the steamer Princess on the left, the Eugene Dana Smith in the center, and the Success, caught
at the mouth of the Kentucky, during the great ice of 1917-18.  The picture on the left was taken
just several minutes after the one in the center; the pic on the right is the boat in the
accompanying story, but was not taken at Carrollton.  More details here.

High Water Scene, Carrollton, 1911


The Golden Gate ran for a while between Cincinnati and Madison (c. 1902) and then ran between Louisville and Monterey on the Kentucky River for a while (c. 1903) . Built in 1878, she was eventually scrapped in Carrollton in 1903.

Steamer Kentucky coming in to the Wharf Boat, Carrollton, circa 1910




The Loucinda served the Louisville-Madison-Cincinnati route c. 1910-1918.
Her name was derived from:  LOUisville, CINcinnati and inDianA

"The steamer J. C. Kerr is now running between Cincinnati and Carrollton, Ky., having quit the Ripley trade."
from the Daily Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Kentucky


Steamer on Ohio River above Carrollton, 1909


The Oriole generally ran in the Huntington, West Virginia area, but ran excursions to Frankfort in 1910-11.  Built in 1901, she burned in Pittsburgh in 1915.  More here. (pdf)


In Cincinnati In Carrollton In Carrollton

The Hattie Brown.  She usually ran between Warsaw, Carrollton and Madison.  A little more about the Hattie Brown is here.

Lots more pictures of the Hattie are in the Gallatin pages, here.

The Ben Franklin, at Cincinnati

"As soon as there is sufficient water in the river, the Telegraph No. 2 and Ben. Franklin
 will assume their places in the morning line, under their old commanders, and the General Pike,
Capt. Claxo
n, and the Lady Pike in the evening line.  They will leave Cincinnati and Louisville at
9 o'clock, A.M. and 4 o'clock P.M. each day."

"There is a daily line of packets now running between this place and Louisville, the Blue Wing and the Sea Gull.  If our citizens are alive to their interests, they will liberally support this enterprise.  The officers are gentlemen well-known to the public, and they are determined to offer such inducements as will make their respective boats deserving of patronage.  One of the packets will leave here at 9 o'clock AM.  Our businessmen, by this arrangement, can go to Madison in the morning, have five or six hours to transact their business, and return the same evening on the Madison or Louisville packets." - Carroll Courier, December 6,1851

"The breaking up of the ice in the river, on Saturday, caused considerable damage to steamboats, coalboats, etc. to Louisville.  The Courier says seventeen boats were sunk, the most of them laden for the south." 
 The Carrollton Courier, February 7, 1852


An 1894 account of the first steamboat on the Ohio River in 1811-12, here.

Typical of the news coverage  of the time
 is this column of River News from
 Carrollton papers of 1868.  Similar columns ran in virtually all the papers of the river towns.

    The Explosion of the Steamer Redstone above Carrollton in1852, here(pdf)

"The new and beautiful steamer General Pike
continues to make her trips from
 Louisville to Warsaw bar, where she
connects with the Lady Pike from Cincinnati. "
  - The Carroll Courier, November 1, 1851

The steamers Belle Quigley and Vermont, lying at the mouth of the Kentucky river at Carrollton, Ky., were destroyed by fire on Wednesday last.  A quantity of whiskey was consumed with them."
from the Vevay Reveille, February 13, 1856

"The [General] Buell is now in the packet trade from Madison to Cincinnati.  The [Ben] Franklin and the [General]
are the mailboats, but from the present indications, these boats will not be of much use this weather.
from an October,1872 newspaper clipping; which paper and  exact date are unknown.

The Steamer Cincinnati
 at Carrollton
Two Steamers at Carrollton

The Carrollton Wharf
Boat, c. 1900


Unidentified Steamer,
Carrollton, 1909

The Falls City, which ran Frankfort -
Carrollton - Louisville, c. 1910

A page of steamboat links can be found at this site.

Home  Back to the Main Carroll Page   Contact Me    Copyright