Photo Record

Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 1994.108.009
Collection Macmurphy Thatcher Family Collection
Description Print from glassplate negative. Broadside view of the steamboat "Stephen H . Long" in the center of a river. The rear of the bottom deck is enclosed but all other areas, aside from the pilot house, are open. The pilot is visible through the windows of the pilot house. There is a man standing next to the pilot house and he is leaning against it with his right arm. Another man stands to the front of the pilot house. There are four men at the front of the steamboat. "U.S.S.S.H.LONG" is written on the rear, side of the boat, near the paddle wheel. There are no buildings along the riverbank, only trees.

NOTE: This steamboat is structurally different from the U.S.S.S.H. Long in 1994.108.010. It has open decks and a single smokestack to the rear of the pilot house. Either this is an early version that was later remodeled or the other one is a different boat.

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 5.00" x 7.00"
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact
Accession number 1994.108