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“Whirlwind” Freight List & Account Travel Ledger
1852
 
Extent: 1 item
 
Accession Number:2008.109
 
Abstract:   Records of freight carried on the steamer “Whirlwind” for trips to and from different destinations on the Mississippi River for the year 1852. John A. Williams was listed as the Master of the steamer.
 
Processed by:  Esther H. Bohnert, April 2008
 
Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Phone: (573) 651-2245; Fax: (573) 651-2666; Email: semoarchives@semo.edu
 
Citation:  “Whirlwind” Freight List & Account Travel Ledger, John W. Williams, Master, 1852, Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
 
Restrictions: None
 
Provenance: Unknown
 
Historical Note
Steamers, more often referred to as steamboats, were a major method of transportation and shipping throughout most of the nineteenth century. This was particularly true on the Mississippi River, were the steamboat has become an icon due to the writings of American author Mark Twain. “Whirlwind” was a steamer that operated along the Mississippi River between St. Louis [Mo] and Cairo [Il]. The Whirlwind carried people and cargo to multiple destinations along its route.
 
Scope and Content Note
Records of freight carried on the steamer “Whirlwind” for trips to and from different destinations on the Mississippi River for the year 1852. John A. Williams was listed as the Master of the steamer. Contains columns for shippers, embarkation, consignees, destination, marks, articles, weight, rate, amount, paid, charges, and remarks. The steamer made trips from St. Louis [Mo] to Cairo [Il], Rush Tower [Mo], Cape Girardeau [Mo], Commerce [Mo], Thebes [Il], and as well as other stops on the Mississippi River. Items shipped include coffins, bags of grain, buggies, barrels of linseed oil, whiskey, vinegar, and ale, boxes of cheese, oak and poplar lumber, sand, ploughs, flour, thrashing machines, and many other things.
 
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