Steamboat Traditions on the Hudson River

 
 

My paternal grandfather, John E. Worden, was a steam tug boat engineer for Messeck and then Moran Towing. His father, John H. Worden, was a harbor pilot for Lehigh & Wilkes Barre Coal Co, then later for Dalzell Towing.


When son, John E., married Miss Electa Savage, another Sea Captain was added to the family. Electa’s father, John Savage, was a Captain on the Hudson River Day Line in the mid 1800’s to at least 1900.  All of the males in the tree portion above were seafaring, and spent their careers on steamboats.  John Savage’s wife, Emma, even owned a tug until she sold it to her uncle Abner Downer, who owned 8 tugs.


This collection includes photos of the ships and crew, as well as ephemera (letters and souvenirs, etc). If you’d like to learn more about the family, itself, please click the tree above. There is also an album here with family photos and letters.


If you have any additional information or photographs to contribute, please contact me. I hope you enjoy these selections of a unique part of American history.

 

Rare Old Photos from my paternal line of Tugs and their Crews

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© Copyright S. Leighland-Pence, 2009, 2011. All Rights Reserved. 
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© Copyright S. Leighland-Pence, 2009, 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Ask permission, please.