Monday, June 27, 2005
St. Louis & Tennessee River Packet Co.
I'M PUTTING this here because my blog often scores well on Google, and I'm interested in brochures, photos or company china from the steamboat line, which my great-grandfather owned. If you have some you'd like to sell, please let me know.
I was once in an antique store in Greenwich Village which had an enormous framed photo of the City of Florence. "How much is the photo of the steamship?" I asked. "Oh, that's not for sale," they said.
To make a long story short, I left a message for the owner that I was very interested in the photo and would come back two days later, when he re-opened after the weekend. When I did, the picture was gone. "Oh, we sold it," they said.
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Posted by: Jerry Guenther at Sep 8, 2005 8:34:23 PM
I just happened to find this entry while researching a painting that we have. It is actually a painting of a steamboat that says ST LOUIS TENNESSEE RIVER PACKET CO. It is done by an artist by the name of E. Blouin. I was researching it because we were planning on selling it on e-bay. If you have any interest, e-mail me and I can send you a photo of it.
Posted by: Kelly at Nov 7, 2005 5:17:26 PM
Hello. I found your blog in doing some research on the City of Florence steamboat. I am originally from Savannah, TN and lived on the river near where the boat went down. Many years ago, when the river was low, you could see the smoke stacks. Do you have any pictures of the boat that you could email? Thanks.
Posted by: Jeremy Blount at Apr 22, 2006 9:17:41 PM
I didn't know about the sinking.
Posted by: john at May 9, 2006 3:45:39 PM
I have a 9" plate from the St. Louis and Tennessee River Packing Co. (3 Rivers 6 States, Great Tennessee River Route) made by Shenango Pottery, New Castle PA and Krenning-Westermann, St. Louis. Anyway, are you interested?
Posted by: Paul at Sep 11, 2010 4:12:24 PM
I am the grandson of Russell Badgett, Sr. who purchased The PADUCAH from St. Louis and Tennessee River Packet Company in 1931 for use as a quarterboat to house workers for his river erosion projects during the depression. Somewhere along the line, he acquired the bell from the Steamer Clyde (in the picture above on this posting). We don't know how he came into possession of the bell which is still in front of my family's home on the Kentucky Lake. The Steamer Clyde was dismantled in Paducah within the same period that The PADUCAH was christened. We think that as last owner of the PADUCAH, the bell from the CLYDE was transferred to the PADUCAH. Do you know if The PADUCAH had its own bell? We plan to donate the CLYDE's bell to the River Heritage Museum in Paducah in my mother's name, Julia Badgett Badger.
Posted by: Kirk Badger at Sep 26, 2010 10:50:56 AM
Regarding my previous inquiry about the Bell from the Steamer Clyde - I've been obsessed with this puzzle for several weeks and just found the answer today. I found pictures of my family on The PADUCAH from 1932 when my mother was 12. In the picture, she is standing next to the bell on the PADUCAH which (with a good magnifying glass) shows the name on the Bell - CLYDE! That means that my grandfather saved the bell from 1938 to about 1954 when it was placed in front of his home on the Kentucky Lake. So for the last 57 years, the Bell has been looking over the Tennessee River where it had a regular run from Paduchah to Florence, AL for your Grandfather
's company - the St. Louis and Tennessee River Packet Company. Mystery solved.
Posted by: Kirk Badger at Sep 27, 2010 6:44:41 PM
Currently researching Shiloh national Military Park. I am looking for the papers and photos possessed by the St. Louis and Tennessee packet co. They loaned plates to the Wisconsin Commission for publication in the commission's book about thier monument adn troops at the battlefield. I am trying to locate those plates or copies.
Posted by: Stacy Reaves at Apr 5, 2011 12:38:18 PM
I am the curator of the Howard Steamboat Museum at Jeffersonville, Indiana on the Ohio River. Looking for a china plate from the St. Louis and Tennessee River Packet Company and any other artifacts from those boats, most of which were built here at the Howard Shipyards. Thanks!
Posted by: Keith Norrington at Mar 2, 2012 1:32:48 PM
I have come across a set of 6 silver (Plated) dinner forks with the mark "Krenning-Westermann C.CO.N.S" I came across THIS website while researching their origin. It seems that Krenning-Westermann is also the china company that your china plates on this Steamboat line came from. If any of you are interested in these forks for your collection please email me @ email@example.com.
Posted by: Sally Darchangel at Apr 5, 2012 10:13:41 PM
Kirk, regarding the bell off the PADUCAH, I may have access to more information from a story memorialized circa 1987 by John's cousin George. Seems someone came to Kirkwood Missouri to an antique dealer looking for a book or books on steamboat parts, and claiming to have the bell of the PADUCAH. It's quite an interesting story, so if you ever get back to this site maybe you can hear more.
Posted by: A E Rosenthal at Nov 18, 2012 6:51:51 PM