Photo Record

Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 1994.108.061
Collection Macmurphy Thatcher Family Collection
Description Print from glassplate negative. In the foreground is a dry dock. There are six African American men working in the dry dock among the braces for the boat. Several men are along the left hand edge of the dry dock. There are several outbuildings and pieces of machinery in the distance. Tied up and waiting in the water is the steamboat "Stephen H. Long." The location of the dry dock is unknown, but possibly around the Knoxville, Tennessee area.

This shows the "Stephen H. Long" before the second deck addition was added. Images 1994.108.061 - 1994.108.063 and 1994.108.067 show the boat and the dry dock.

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