Photo Record

Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 1994.108.010
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 lower and upper decks are mostly enclosed. There are two smokestacks in the front of the boat and a pilot house. Along the rear, near the paddle wheel, is "U.S.S.S.H. LONG." There are men standing throughout the lower deck and the pilot is just visible in the pilot house. There is a high bridge over the river in the background and a multi-storied building on the hillside in the background. It appears to be the Knoxville skyline, with the Knox County Courthouse on the rise, and the early Gay Street bridge in the distance.

NOTE: The steamboat in this image is structurally different from one in 1994.108.009. The upper and lower decks are entirely enclosed. The pilot house has been shortened. There are two smoke stacks in the front of the boat. Either the first steamboat was heavily remodeled or this is a different steamboat with the same name.

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