Two great little writing sheets and one envelope from onboard the SS South American. These South spent the better part of the 20th century cruising the great lakes before being retired in the mid 60’s. Oh .. the lost and romantic art of writing letters! In good shape .. though need to be pressed to clean up the minor edge bumps.
Folder for the Delta Queens River Cruises Voyages to America 1975 season. The folder has all sorts of information, a few pictures and little mini plans for the vessel. Gosh, who doesn’t love the Delta Queen? She has had such a good long life .. though forced to retire from service about 3 years ago due to her wooded superstructure .. she still serves as a B&B In Tennessee. The folder is in great shape, though a little wrinkled.
Nice portrait of one of these 2 sisters in their original 3 funnel configuration. They were the fastest on the lakes in their day … and their hungry boilers ate tons and tons of coal to maintain their high speed as there raced train passengers across the lakes from one side to the other. The cabinet photo is in pretty good condition … the details of the ship are quite clear, though there are age spots.
A lovely Hudson river day liner named for the last Dutch leader of the New Amsterdam settlement … which today is the BIG Apple, NYC. The PS was a medium sized vessel in the fleet and did a lot of charter cruising for the Day line. She was laid up in 1962. This is a wonderful heavy brass souvenir model …probably purchased onboard many years ago for some lucky little devil.
American Queen was the largest river steamboat ever built when completed in 1995 … and holds that title still today. She went through several owners and was retired in 2008 … but came back into service in 2011 under contract to the newly formed American Queen Steamboat Company. Let’s all hope she remains successful and we can continue to cruise the inland rivers (primarily Ohio and Mississippi). There are some wrinkled edges and border blemishes (one small tear)… this poster came from Frank Braynard’s collection. Would looks stunning framed .. If river lore is your thing … this poster is for you! Will ship rolled in a tube.
A lovely fold brochure for the 21 day to Mardi Gras cruise of the Gordon C Greene arriving in New Orleans in March 1941. Named after the founder of the Greene Line … she would be joined after WW2 by her most famous and beloved fleet mate, the Delta Queen. Great little brochure in wonderful shape.
This is an interesting souvenir ceramic dish … from the coloring, I’d date it to the late 60’s or early 70’s. For almost 80 years the twin Kirby designed steamers took Detroit area tourists to Bob Lo island and Amusement Park. The Ste Claire is currently undergoing restoration and hopefully will return to service soon!!
A six pack of matches … totally unopened and mint condition. The Milwaukee Clipper is currently docked in Muskegon, Michigan. She is open in the summer on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for tours. Say “Yes” to Pure Michigan and come see her!
Nice set of cards for the Clipper! She was a post WW2 reconstruction project for George Sharp ( she started life as the Juniata built about the turn of the century). Nice set of cards … and they are all there with 2 jokers in the original box!
A nice little blue matted print of the Belle! She is still chugging along today … long after the DQ went to retirement in Tennessee. I wonder who challenges her in the Great Steamboat Race at Derby Dime … Maybe the little Julia Belle Swan? The artist is Robert Conely.
Here is a rare one … nice souvenir pennant for the paddle steamer Avalon. She started life as the Idlewild .. and since the 60’s has been the beloved Belle of Louisville! I have been aboard a few times …and I stop and see her any time I cross the 31/ Stansifer street bridge in Louisville. Excellent condition except the typical pin holes from display use and missing one set of the tiebacks.
After the Columbian exposition , The whaleback Christopher Columbus was purchased by the Goodrich line for use as passenger service form Chicago to points north (specifically Milwaukee). There is an amazing model of the CC at Navy Pier in Chicago … very interesting maritime hull design that was specific to the great lakes system.
Great historical work on the Howard Ohio river ship/ boat building. The Howard works still churn out maritime work today … mostly barge work for the inland river fleets. I have been to the Howard home and Steamboat museum … it is a beautiful place packed with Hoosier riverboat history.
Oh if only these 3 were still plying the American inland waters! Only the Americian Queen is in active service today (under different owners). The DQ herself is currently a B&B type hotel … and the MQ was deemed so full of mold that she is slowly being scrapped. Buying this plate was a way to support saving these ladies way before thier final demise! Great condition!
As I type this , I am about 1/2 mile from where the Milwaukee Clipper is docked today. This photo pack would have been offered in her gift shop before she was withdrawn from her daily service between Milwaukee Wi and Muskegon MI. Nice views from all over her decks and interiors!
SS Delta King and Queen: A wonderful book on the DK and DQ which tells their 2 very different stories right up till the 1990’s. Full of photos and author signed. Great like new condition
12 Riverboat images in a folio by noted artist Lexie Palmore. These are nicely done and printed on medium weight stock …very suitable for framing … sample Delta Queen image is shown. This folio was from the Frank Braynard collection.
1938 Route map for the HRDL services.Great map of the route on one side … the other side panels with Information and a few pictures. Shows the steamers Alexander Hamilton, Robert Fulton, Hendrick Hudson and Peter Stuyvesant on the covers. Excellent little phamplet and map.
Giant post card for the George Sharp designed Aquarama. she was the “oceanliner” of the great lakes durning the 50’s and 60’s. She was just towed to turkey for scrapping about 2 years ago after languishing at several locations on the Great Lakes for the past 3 decades. Mint and Unused