LK Riverboat Goes to Pittsburgh in 1915

(08/01/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/29/1915.

The Clarence a Long Way from Home

The following from one of the Pittsburg papers concerning the good steamer Clarence will be of local interest.  The Clarence was built in the local ship yards by Capt. C.C. Starcher and operated on the Little Kanawha up until last winter when Capt. Starcher sold the boat to L.E. Tigner, of Parkersburg.

The article follows:

"No vessel that has arrived in the local harbor for a long time attracted more attention than did the steamer Clarence from Parkersburg, W. Va., all day yesterday.  The visitor was a miniture craft with all the lines of a regular river steamer and during the day was inspected by many rivermen.  The vessel, 85 feet long with a beam 16 feet wide, arrived at the wharf with its owner, Capt. L.E. Tigner, manager of the Essex Glass company, at Parkersburg, who, accompanied by a party of friends, attended the opening baseball game at Forbes Field.  The boat was run by gasoline and on the second deck had half a dozen small cabin rooms.  The trip to Pittsburgh was made in 30 hours.  The boat will likely clear for the return trip the latter part of the week.  Yesterday was the first time it was seen in this port." - Pittsburgh Gazette-Times.


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