Returning to St. Louis, 1876
The Josephine is a "mountain boat" that attained many records,
which is the longest service record of any steamboat of the 19th
She was in service from 1873 until 1907. Thirty-four years of service
the norm was four to five years is amazing, and on the Missouri River
The Missouri River was indeed a "killer river". It had rocky shoals,
shifting sandbars, caving banks, and so many snags that some called it
"The River of Sticks". It was a steamboat captain's nightmare. The
survived because she was well cared for by the Corps of Engineers in
later years, and, she was also built for the geography of the river.
would draw less than four feet of water fully loaded. She was a grand
on a deadly river.