Steamboat Resources

Way’s Packet Directory, 1848-1994

Frederick Way, Jr., was a noted steamboat pilot and river historian who collected steamboat data throughout some 80 years of his life. Whether you are a steamboat historian or a genealogist whose ancestors traveled on the rivers, Way’s Packet Directory is bound to help in your research. Steamboats are listed in alphabetical order, by name, with entries detailing when and where each steamboat was built, often including the names of captains, clerks and owners, and in some cases what happened to the steamboats. This is the most comprehensive directory of Western Rivers steamboats.

The cover features a painting of the famous J.M. White, by renowned maritime artist John Stobart, titled: The J.M. White, Mistress of the Mississippi.

Life On The Mississippi ~ by Mark Twain

If there is one essential book for the Mark Twain and steamboating era enthusiast, this is surely it. It has been described as ‘Twain’s prose hyme to the Mississippi’. Filled with reminiscences, yarns and anecdotes, it is entertaining, historically detailed, and nostalgic. The original missing chapters of Huckleberry Finn are a delight.

Life on the Mississippi reveals much of the heart of its great writer.

This Signet edition has a cover depicting the spectacular 1853 painting by Hippolyte Sebron titled: Giant Steamboats at New Orleans.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ~ by Mark Twain

From The Mark Twain Library, this complete version compiled by The Mark Twain Project, is the culmination of many years of painstaking work. This is the one to read.

In 1985, The Mark Twain Project combined the second half of the original manuscript (presented by Twain to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library), with the first half of the book first published in America on February 18, 1885.

Subsequently, the first half of the original manuscript was found in the attic of the great-granddaughter of James Gluck, the curator of the Buffalo Library, in 1990. We now have the restored, complete manuscript, published as Twain had surely intended before editors, typesetters and proofreaders introduced a variety of errors. Most of these errors are minor misspellings and punctuation, but some, like three revised sections of the novel, are significant changes. Twain scholars will appreciate the meticulous and faithful restoration this volume represents, and all will relish reading the complete story, as Twain so carefully wrote it, for the first time. Huck would like this.