Monday, September 30, 2019

Steamship Kate Adams


THE FAMOUS PACKET KATE ADAMS

Way’s Packet Directory has the following history of the KATE ADAMS (the first) as follows; built Sewickley, PA, 1882. 250 feet long x 37 foot width x 8 foot draft.  Five boilers .  Boat built entirely under contract to James Rees & Sons., Pittsburg.  Built for Maj. John D. Adams and named for his wife.  He headed the Memphis & Arkansas City Packet Co..  Had an Edison electric light system, one of the first so equiped.

The Adams, along with numerous other river packets, made Helena a regular stop on trips up and down the Mississippi River.  Below is an example of Helena residents using the passage.

HELENA WEEKLY WORLD
SEPT. 3, 1902


HELENA WEEKLY WORLD
NOV. 30, 1898

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