Published by the Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen

S&D Reflector

America's Steam & Diesel Riverboat Magazine

The Inland Waterways Festival is held in odd-numbered years in Marietta, OH. It is a project of Ohio River Museum which houses the extensive collection of Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen. It is also a partnership with Washington County Public Library.

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The river faithful returned to Marietta, OH on September 15-16, 2017 for the Annual Meeting of Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, the 78th such gathering. As per tradition, the Lafayette Hotel, conveniently located at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers, served as base of operations for what proved to be a marvelous weekend.

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As most of you know, the New Orleans Steamboat Company is now the proud owner of the Riverboat CASINO ROCK ISLAND, formerly of Rock Island, IL. She is currently in the middle of a 11⁄2 year-long renovation to become a new dinner/excursion boat to operate primarily here in the New Orleans harbor.

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Lisa Stevens writes: “Just wanted to let you know that we received the issue of S&D Reflector that you kindly sent back in August and it was quickly snapped up by our volunteers and I haven’t been able to get it away from them! Everyone is still ‘ooohhh-ing and aaahhh-ing’, but I hope to see it soon. What I did glimpse looked great. Thanks so much for including our images and please let us know if we can ever be… Continue reading

Featured is a barge carrying the first shipment of automobiles ever to move on the Tennessee River at Guntersville Ala. During the 1940’s and 50’s it was common for barge loads of new automobiles to be seen moving along the waterways of the Tennessee River, transporting from northern states to destinations south.

Yesterday another box in storage coughed up this B/W photo of the Str. ISLAND MAID. No point in boring you with her statistics when you can run and pull down your WAY’S PACKET DIRECTORY and gaze on entry No. 2796 Pg. 227. I was thinking of David Tschiggfrie’s recent article in the REFLECTOR referencing the ISLAND MAID and last ISLAND QUEEN. 1932 is now a long time ago. Now to steamboat ‘forensics.’

This family photo I found was snapped from… Continue reading

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