Thomas Rea Greene

Last updated
Captain-tom-greene2.jpg

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

Biography

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]

<i>Delta Queen</i> ship

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.

Related Research Articles

Steamboat smaller than a steamship; boat in which the primary method of marine propulsion is steam power

A steamboat is a boat that is propelled primarily by steam power, typically driving propellers or paddlewheels. Steamboats sometimes use the prefix designation SS, S.S. or S/S or PS, however these designations are most often used for steamships.

Julia Belle Swain

The Julia Belle Swain is a steam-powered sternwheeler currently under restoration in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA.

<i>Belle of Louisville</i> ship

Belle of Louisville is a steamboat owned and operated by the city of Louisville, Kentucky, and moored at its downtown wharf next to the Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere during its annual operational period. Originally named Idlewild, she was built by James Rees & Sons Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the West Memphis Packet Company in 1914 and was first put into service on the Allegheny River. Constructed with an all-steel superstructure and asphalt main deck, the steamboat is said to hold the all-time record in her class for miles traveled, years in operation, and places visited. Belle of Louisville's offices are aboard Mayor Andrew Broaddus, also a National Historic Landmark.

Jeffboat

Jeffboat was a shipyard in Jeffersonville, Indiana founded by James Howard in 1834, a builder of steamboats. The company was owned by the Howard family until it was sold leading up to World War II. Following the war, it became known as the Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Company and later changed its name to Jeffboat, the more commonly used short form of its name. The company was the largest inland shipbuilder in the United States and the second-largest builder of barges before it closed in 2018.

Blanche Douglass Leathers American steamship captain

Blanche Douglass Leathers was the first woman master and a steamboat captain on the Mississippi River in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her nicknames include "little captain," the "angel of the Mississippi" and the "lady skipper."

Frederick Way Jr. American writer

Fredrick Way Jr. was the youngest steamboat captain on the Ohio River and Mississippi River. He was the author of books on the boats that ply the inland waterways. He captained the flat-bottom, stern paddlewheeler, the Delta Queen, from San Francisco, down the Pacific coast, through the Panama Canal, across the Gulf of Mexico and up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers to Pittsburgh in 1946.

<i>Robert E. Lee</i> (steamboat) steamboat

Robert E. Lee, nicknamed the "Monarch of the Mississippi," was a steamboat built in New Albany, Indiana, in 1866. The hull was designed by DeWitt Hill, and the riverboat cost more than $200,000 to build. It was named for General Robert E. Lee, General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States. The steamboat gained its greatest fame for racing and beating the then-current speed record holder, Natchez, in an 1870 steamboat race.

Steamboats of the Mississippi type of boats used in the 19th century for the Mississippi river

Steamboats played a major role in the 19th-century development of the Mississippi River and its tributaries by allowing the practical large-scale transport of passengers and freight both up- and down-river. Using steam power, riverboats were developed during that time which could navigate in shallow waters as well as upriver against strong currents. After the development of railroads, passenger traffic gradually switched to this faster form of transportation, but steamboats continued to serve Mississippi River commerce into the early 20th century.

Joseph "Diamond Jo" Reynolds businessman

Joseph Reynolds was an American entrepreneur and founder of the Diamond Jo steamboat lines, a transportation company which operated on the upper Mississippi River. In his youth, while still living in upstate New York, he operated a butchery, a general store, a grain mill, and a tannery.

<i>H. K. Bedford</i>

The H. K Bedford was a passenger and trade ship of the Greene Line.

Gordon C. Greene American steamship captain

Captain Gordon Christopher Greene, was the owner of the Greene Line of river steamboats.

Gordon C. Greene was a paddle steamer, launched in 1923, that operated under several names before sinking in St. Louis in 1967.

Delta Queen Steamboat Company

The Greene Line was a line of river steamships along the Ohio River. The name was later changed to Delta Queen Steamboat Company.

Mary Becker Greene steamship captain

Captain Mary Becker Greene, was steamboat captain of the Greene Line of river steamboats. She was the only female steamboat captain in Ohio.

Streckfus Steamers

Streckfus Steamers was a company started in 1910 by John Streckfus, Sr. (1856–1925) of Rock Island, Illinois. He started a steam packet business in the 1880s, but transitioned his fleet to the river excursion business around the turn of the century. In 1907, he incorporated Streckfus Steamers to raise capital and expand his riverboat excursion business. A few years later, the firm acquired the Diamond Jo Line, a steamboat packet company.

Callie Leach French

Callie M. Leach French was an American steamboat captain and pilot. For much of her career as a captain, she worked with her husband, towing showboats along the Ohio, Monogahela and Mississippi Rivers. She played the calliope, cooked, sewed, and wrote jokes for the showboat theater. She never had an accident in her career and was the first woman to hold a masters and pilot's license for a steamboat.

<i>I. C. Woodward</i>

I. C. Woodward was a side-wheel packet boat launched in July 1898 by Andrew Axton & Son Co. of West Brownsville, Pennsylvania, for the Pittsburgh, Brownsville and Geneva Packet Company. She was named for ship captain Isaac C. Woodward. I. C. Woodward was 164 ft (50 m) long by 42 ft (13 m) wide with a 5 ft (1.5 m) draft. She had 50 staterooms with additional passenger room in her texas.

<i>Betsy Ann</i> (steamboat)

The Betsy Ann was a sternwheel packet, next a towboat and finally an excursion boat. She was built by Iowa Iron Works in 1899. She is best remembered for participating in three steamboat races. She lasted 41 years, until 1940, when she was dismantled at the St. Louis Wharf. The Betsy Ann was the subject of the book The Log of the Betsy Ann, by Fred Way, former captain of the boat. She ran on the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to Portsmouth, Ohio.

References

  1. 1 2 "Marker #10-84 Captain Gordon C. Greene / Captain Mary Becker Greene". Remarkable Ohio. 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, ...