Steamboats 1850-53


Built: 1852, New Albany, Indiana.
Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet.
Size: 350 feet, 1,117 tons.
Cost: $375,000.

There were several Eclipse boats. This was the largest sidewheeler to carry the Eclipse name, with 42-foot wheels, operating from New Orleans to Louisville. She was damaged beyond repair at New Orleans in 1860 when she was blown from the levee into the path of another boat.

In this typical Currier & Ives scene, the Eclipse is loading cotton.


More boats to be added .