Photo Record

Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 1994.108.008
Collection Macmurphy Thatcher Family Collection
Description Print from glassplate negative. Pilot's cabin of the steamboat "Stephen H. Long." A man is standing in the pilot's cabin. He has his left arm extended and his hand is resting on the boat's wheel. His other arm is resting on the cabin opening. The man is wearing a long-sleeved white shirt, overalls, and a short-brimmed hat. The steamboat's name is in dark letters across white wood panels. This appears to be from the steamboat version pictured in 1994.108.010.

Stephen Harriman Long (1784-1864) was a U.S. Army explorer, topographical engineer, and railway engineer, being noted for his designs on steam locomotives. In 1830 Colonel Long conducted a survey of the Holston River in Tennessee [which joins with the French Broad and becomes the Tennessee River]. This report would be cited in the 1890s for the need for river improvements in the Tennessee River and the need for a light draft steamboat- the Stephen H. Long.
Date 1890 circa
Print size 3.50" x 5.00"
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact
Accession number 1994.108