Riverboat "Return" Burns on the LK in 1921

(12/22/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/17/1921.

Steamer Return Burns

The Steamer Return plying the Parkersburg-Creston freight trade, burned to the water's edge and sank Saturday afternoon.  The boat, heavily loaded with merchandise for up-river points, had reached a point a short distance below Leachtown when Capt. Russell Righter who was in command saw flames shooting upwards from the boats deck and in less than ten minutes the vessel was completely enveloped.  As soon as the fire was discovered the boat was headed for the shore and the crew escaped only with difficulty.

The loss is estimated at fifteen thousand dollars.  The boat was owned by Righters and Gibson, of Creston.


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