Ca. 1900 gelatin image, 6 1/4" x 8 1/4" on 10" x 12" mount. Handsome broadside full of this shallow draft steamboat. Some random spots of soiling, some wear to mount edges, overall Fine condition.
W.C. Bradley Chattahoochee River in Georgia . The sternwheeler was commissioned in 1898 and worked the Chattahoochee River .(From its source in the Blue Ridge Mountains the Chattahoochee River flows southwesterly to Atlanta , eventually turns due south to form the southern half of the Georgia/Alabama state line, it flows by Columbus, Georgia). She sank at Aspalaga (Florida) in 1919. The Bradley measured 163 feet long by 26.1 feet wide, was built in Columbus, Ga. A Georgia newspaper of the day gave this description of the sternwheeler: “She is one of the neatest and trimmest craft afloat; and has a flat bottom and draws very little water. She is constructed with neat boiler decks, forward and aft, and has an immense carrying capacity for freight, as well as accommodation for quite a number of passengers.” The Bradley had cabins and a dining salon on the second tier, which was called the sun deck. The third deck, known as the Texas, served the same purpose as the dome on an observation railroad car. At the top was the pilot house, where the captain had an unobstructed view of the river. The craft was owned by the Merchants’ and Planters’ Steamboat Co., of which M.W. Kelly was president and W.C. Bradley served as general manager. The company owned another riverboat known as the Queen City. Along with travelers, riverboats carried a variety of freight including bales of cotton, barrels of tar and turpentine, fertilizer, flour and even bee hives.
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