Thomas Rea Greene

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Captain Thomas Rea Greene (February 3, 1904 - July 11, 1950) was president of the Greene Line of steamboats. [1]


He was born on February 3, 1904 in Ohio to Mary Catherine Becker and Gordon Christopher Greene aboard his father's steamboat on the Ohio River. His brother was Christopher Becker Greene. [1] He married Letha Opal Cavendish and they had four children including, Jane Greene. In 1928 his brother, Christopher Becker Greene won the Ohio-Mississippi inland waterway championship speed race by defeating Captain Frederick Way, Jr. and his ship the Betsy Ann. [2] A rematch was held on July 16, 1929 between the Betsy Ann and the Thomas Greene (steamboat) with Thomas piloting. [3] [4]

Ohio River River in the midwestern United States

The Ohio River is a 981-mile (1,579 km) long river in the midwestern United States that flows southwesterly from western Pennsylvania south of Lake Erie to its mouth on the Mississippi River at the southern tip of Illinois. It is the second largest river by discharge volume in the United States and the largest tributary by volume of the north-south flowing Mississippi River that divides the eastern from western United States. The river flows through or along the border of six states, and its drainage basin includes parts of 15 states. Through its largest tributary, the Tennessee River, the basin includes several states of the southeastern U.S. It is the source of drinking water for three million people.

Captain Christopher Becker Greene was the head of the Greene Line of steamboats after the death of his father.

In 1946 the Delta Queen was put up for auction by the owners. Greene became the new owner with a bid of $46,250. He had the boat refurbished. [5]

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The Delta Queen is an American sternwheel steamboat. Historically, she has been used for cruising the major rivers that constitute the tributaries of the Mississippi River, particularly in the American South. She was docked in Chattanooga, Tennessee and served as a floating hotel until she was bought by the newly formed Delta Queen Steamboat Company. She was towed to Houma, Louisiana, in March 2015 to be refurbished to her original condition.

He died on July 11, 1950 in Evansville, Indiana. [6]

Evansville, Indiana City in Indiana, United States

Evansville is a city and the county seat of Vanderburgh County, Indiana, United States. The population was 117,429 at the 2010 census, making it the state's third-most populous city after Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, the largest city in Southern Indiana, and the 232nd-most populous city in the United States. It is the commercial, medical, and cultural hub of Southwestern Indiana and the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky tri-state area, home to over 911,000 people. The 38th parallel crosses the north side of the city and is marked on Interstate 69.

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  1. 1 2 "Marker #10-84 Captain Gordon C. Greene / Captain Mary Becker Greene". Remarkable Ohio. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-02-25. ... Mary Becker Greene (1867-1949) married Gordon C. Greene in 1890 and raised three sons - Captain Chris, Captain Tom, and Henry Wilkins. She learned navigation and earned a pilot and masters license, becoming one of the most noted figures on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers for more than a half century. The "Greene Line" fleet continued to expand with additions of the "Gordon C. Greene" and the "Delta Queen." Captain Mary Greene served as hostess on these steamboats. She died at the age of 81 on the renowned "Delta Queen," a National Historic Landmark.
  2. "Packets". Time magazine . August 6, 1928. Retrieved 2011-02-26. The occasion was a race between the Betsy Ann and the Chris Greene, two packets plying the Ohio between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Captain Chris Greene of the Chris Greene had boasted that his vessel, a steel craft built in 1925, could beat the Betsy Ann 'any time.' ...
  3. "Steamboat Race Set for July 16". The Daily Times (Ohio) . July 8, 1929. Retrieved 2011-02-26. Another steamboat race on the Ohio river will be held July 16. ... Capt. Way is the youngest steamboat captain on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. A pair of antelope horns, the championship trophy, is at stake.
  4. "Steamer Tom Greene Wins Race Upon Ohio River. Thousands Line Banks As The Betsy Ann Goes To Defeat By Small Margin". The Baltimore Sun . July 17, 1929. Retrieved 2011-02-26. Commander Tom R. Greene, pilot of the winner, received from Commander Frederick Way, 28, of the Betsy Ann, a set of historic antlers as a symbol of victory ...
  5. "Delta Queen Prepared For Greene Line Use". The Portsmouth Times . December 19, 1947. Retrieved 2011-03-01. The steamer Delta Queen, being renovated by the Dravo Corp, here for Greene Line Steamers, Inc., of Cincinnati, has left the marine ways on Neville ...
  6. "Capt. Tom Greene, Noted River Pilot. Last Member of a Family of Steamboat Captains Dies. Born on Father's Boat". New York Times . July 12, 1950. Retrieved 2011-02-26. Tom R. Greene, last of a family of river pilots, died yesterday in Evansville, Ind., at the age of 46. Captain Greene, president of the Greene Line Steamers, ...