December 17, 1875

The largest and most lavish steamer ever to sail on an inland waterway was launched on this day. The Grand Republic was built at Carondelet. It later burned while undergoing repairs there.


October 20, 1883

The historic riverboat Far West sank at Mullanphy's Island near the mouth of the Missouri. It was one of Custer's boats and after Little Bighorn it steamed back 920 miles in just 54 hours! The Far West is also the subject of a Gary Lucy painting.


March 16, 1875

The W. J. Lewis a stern-wheeled mountain boat sank just north of the mouth of the Missouri.


February 26, 1856

The side-wheel riverboat Sonora sank near Portland, Missouri. The dangerous spot where it sank is now known as Sonora Chute.