Photo Record

Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 1994.108.011
Collection Macmurphy Thatcher Family Collection
Description Print from a glassplate negative. Rear side view of the "Stephen H. Long" steamboat in the river. The upper and lower decks are mostly enclosed. There is a row boat on the lower deck. A man is standing on the upper deck. At the rear side is "U.S.S.S.H. LONG" and above the paddle wheel is "U.S. Engineer Dept. S.H. LONG." In the far distance is a bridge over the river surrounded by trees. The image is significantly compromised around the edges due to damage to the glassplate negative.

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