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Post Card R. C. Gunter - St. Louis, Missouri

The Quincy Daily Journal - Friday, March 16, 1900 - Page: 5


St. Louis, March 16, 1900, - Intelligence was received here from Hardin, Calhoun County, Illinois, last evening that the steamer R. C. Gunter struck a stump and sunk at Wetzel's landing, on the Illinois River, at 9 o'clock yesterday morning. She is said to be submerged to within 2 feet of her boiler deck, and as the river is still rising, it is feared that she will prove to be a total loss. The boat left this city Wednesday evening in charge of Captain Alex Lamont, with a fair cargo of general merchandise, bound for Montezuma, Illinois. She had been partially rebuilt during the winter, the new work being mostly in her hull, and the boat was valued at about $8,000. It is said that she was not insured. She was owned by a syndicate of merchants and shippers at Kampsville and Hardin, Illinois.

The R. C. Gunter was built at Chattanogga, Tennessee, in 1886, and was of 233 tons burden, 153 feet long, 28 feet beam and 4 feet depth of hold. She ran in the Tennessee, Ohio and lower Mississippi rivers for years, and came to this city about three years ago, taking the trade of the little steamer J. J. Odill, that was destroyed in the tornado of 1896.


Type: Sternwheel wooden hull packet
Power: Machinery came from J. T. Wilder
Size: 153' x 28' x 5.2'
Launched: 1886, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Destroyed: 1907-08, Winter, St. Louis, Dismantled
Areas: Later went to Illinois River, 1902, spring, at Kansas City running excurssions
Owners: Built by Chattanooga & Decatur Packet Company 1896, Owner by St. Louis, Hardin & Hempsville Packet Company, in 1901, purchased by Eagle Packet Company
Captains: 1886, R. C. Gunter
1900, Alex Lamont
1902, Harry H. Monaghan, in Kansas City
While on Illinois River snagged and sank to within 2' of roof. Raised.

Captain R. C. Gunter, who was her Master. The R. C. GUNTER, like the Nathan B. Forrest, was one of the major packet boats operating between Chattanooga and Paducah, Kentucky. The crew on the first trip of this vessel was M. W. Sams, first clerk; John H. Jackson, Mate; Chris Short and Buck McKey, Pilots; George and Henry Pittman, Engineers. She later went to the Illinois River.

In 1900, Captain Alex Lammond was the Master, with W. C. Colvin and Frank Ebaugh as her Pilots. John and Allie McCann was the Engineers. She was sold to Eagle Packet Company of St.Louis in 1901, and in the spring of 1902, she was in Kansas City running excursions. Captain Harry H. Monaghan was her Master. While on the Illinois River, she was snagged and sank within two feet of the roof. She was raised, and towed to St. Louis, where her machinery was dismantled in the winter of 1907.

The Gunter family operated two boats, the R. C. Gunter and the Nathan B. Forrest. They also owned the Bridgeport Land Company. Guntersville, Alabama is named for the Gunter's of Bridgeport. In the late 1800's Augustus Gunter moved to Texas.

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