Steamboats

Steamboats (HM11XI)

Location: Bainbridge, GA 39817 Decatur County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 54.39', W 84° 34.934'

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In 1827 the Fanny was the first of more than 220 steamboats to visit Bainbridge and ply the waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. These boats docked at the city's landings below the high bluff on the Flint River. Boatyards on both sides of the river built craft for individuals and the U.S. Government. Several steamboat lines operated here including the Oak City Navigation Co. (later known as the Bainbridge Navigation Co.), which was organized in 1901 and the Callahan Line, which was formed in 1906. The last working steamboat on the Flint River was the Elberta, which went out of service in the late 1930's.

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Between Columbus, Georgia and Apalachicola, Florida many steamboat landings dotted the riverbanks. Smaller boats navigated Spring Creek, the Chipola River and the Flint River to Newton and Albany. In addition to passengers, the boats hauled cotton, rosin, turpentine, fertilizer, lumber, oysters, catfish, honey, brick and shingles. The river system was one of the most dangerous in the United States and many boats met misfortune by hitting rocks, snags and ferry cables. Other boats ran aground on sandbars or sank due to boiler explosions. It is said that there are more sunken boats per mile on this river system than any other system in the country.
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HM NumberHM11XI
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Year Placed2002
Placed ByHistoric Chattahoochee Commission and the Decatur County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 3:37pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 731072 N 3421744
Decimal Degrees30.90650000, -84.58223333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 54.39', W 84° 34.934'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 54' 23.40" N, 84° 34' 56.04" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-25 Hatcher Rd, Bainbridge GA 39817, US
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