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" The Welcome's " Unwelcome, Ladies Traverse The Mississippi

Discussion in 'The Ladies Tea' started by JPK Huson 1863, Apr 20, 2017.

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    Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper published a story from the Mississippi squadron. Once under Federal control , by 1863 the river saw much traffic; steamers huffed, stuffed with passengers and cotton, lengths between necessary ports. The Mississippi may have been open- it was hardly safe. Steamers were frequently attacked from shore . Leslie's paper picked up one story, that of steamer " The Welcome ", possibly because this attack sent shot through the ' Ladies Saloon ' , an eye catching headline.

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    But. As dramatic the story, replete with illustration ( and, published January 2, 1864 already over a month old ), it was just one. That there was a Ladies Saloon tells its own tale- women made these trips up and down the Mississippi on steamers, coming under fire and sometimes paying a far greater price than just that of their passage.

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    Photo of one of the long saloons on board a steamer.

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    Same steamer, 4 weeks later and the Black Hawk and Texas



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    It's not difficult to find these stories- they're extremely common.

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    One of the more elegant ' salons ' on board a steamer " Peerless "
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    General Crocker, photo from Find a Grave

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    Amazing, how lovely these salons/saloons could be

    Story on one of the deadliest passages, albeit from a danger within, next post
     
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    This was not caused by being under fire- but steamboat travel ( The Sultana is hugely well known but her disaster wasn't an uncommon event ) could be hazardous.


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    I still think Steamboat travel could have been quite an experience. Love the chandelier.
     
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    Just thinking about how to clean that chandelier might change your mind.
     
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    I love the photo of the salon on the Peerless. I'm pretty sure there is a mirror in the background and it's neat checking out the reflection to try and find the photographer!
     
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    That's why they had a crew....
     
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    In today's world (just imagine tomorrow's) it is difficult to appreciate how difficult it was to travel. Riverboats- relatively clean, comfortable and fast- must have been a great way to travel.
     
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    They have riverboat cruises up the Mississippi that make stops at various Civil War sites (needless to say, these trips run from jillions of dollars to hordes of gold doubloons). Looks like fun once I find the buried treasure!
     
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    Yes, there was a discussion on this a few years ago? It's the kind of thing that makes the top of your head wish to pop off and cling to the ceiling- so inane! Wish I could remember which special interest has an oar in ( sorry..... ) ensuring these forms of transport are taxed to the gills. Other cruise ships can be registered overseas hence avoid it- not our historic, wonderful, fascinating steamboats! Keeps them priced out of range for most.
     
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