Lot 481    

19th & 20th Century Archives of Two River Boat Captains,
2006, Fall Americana, Nov. 16 & 17

These two river men's archives came together by a later marriage. Captain Arlie O'Dell Brotherton (1914-97) married Sarah Knight, who is the great-granddaughter of Capt. William (Bill) Andrews. Sarah was the great niece of Clayton Crawford. So through this chain of marriages the archives all ended up in the Brotherton family and were consigned to us by a member of that family. Clayton Crawford was the chief engineer aboard the Natchez in the race with the Rob't E. Lee made famous by the Currier and Ives print Great Race on the Mississippi (note: this print lists crews of each ship along bottom margin with Crawford appearing on Natchez list) and this archive includes Crawford's own period copy of the related print Midnight Race on the Mississippi, in period grain painted frame, slightly trimmed, 10" x 14", frame 12.5" x 16.5".

Other items belonging to Capt. Crawford in this archive includes Crawford's Chief Engineer cap with embroidered C of C on crest made by the Cincinnati Regalia Co., PLUS his embroidered Captain's cap made by the Flechheimer Bros., Cincinnati, PLUS a large albumen portrait of Clayton in original walnut frame, 11" x 15" on original card stock, matted, 20" x 23.25", PLUS later silver print portrait of his wife (Cecelia Harlan) in original oval frame,. 15.5" x 17.5", PLUS a sterling figural match safe with CHC engraved on one face and Art Nouveau lady in landscape embossed on the other, PLUS sterling pendant with cut-out cCh, PLUS a sterling cigarette box with family crest, 3" x 5.5" x 1.5" high with Victorian London British hallmarks with date letter of 1882, and makers mark of WS, AND a 4.2" x 6.7" albumen steam packet portrait on original card stock mount, 8" x 10", of a small packet with TRANSFER on the wheelhouse side and U.S. Mail on front. Interesting image as the cabin sides and front are decorated with printed advertising such as Haggen & Johnston Furniture Co & Coffins, H.D.S. Stewart Hardware Co, making it a virtual floating billboard.

Clayton H. Crawford's (1849-1906) first boat was the Louisa built in 1863 on which he worked as a clerk. This family was very involved with the river. William Crawford, his cousin, served aboard the Telegraph, (1864) built in Cincinnati. His sister married Wash Honshell (May 4, 1876), a widely known river man in Cincinnati. Clayton's sister Dillie married Dennis Hayes Clark, who began steam boating in 1863. He had flatboats and a boatyard, built 6 steamboats and was superintendent of the Portsmouth and Pomeroy Packet Co. Dillie (Delilah) C. Clark was Sarah Knight Brotherton's grandmother and Capt. Bill Knight (1825-84) her great grandfather built steamboats at Miller, Ohio including Jenny Howell, Nancy, William Butler, Ohio 4 & Wild Wagoner. Knight's boats were taken over by the Union during the Civil War.

The items from Captain Arlie O'Dell Brotherton comprise most of this archive with large selection of manuscript maps of the Ohio/Mississippi Rivers drawn by Brotherton and used by the Army Corps to publish a map of these rivers. Brotherton was a friend of both Frederick Way, Jr. and Capt. Jesse P. Hughes, both noted historians of American inland waterways and the boats that plied these waters. The archive includes a 1st edition autographed copy of Way's Steamboat Directory: Abridged Packet Edition, 1944, self published, 4to in green cloth boards with illustrated dj, 595pp, PLUS a carbon copy of the original types manuscript of this important volume, PLUS 1st edition of Way, Western Rivers Towboat Directory, 1943, self published, 4to in illustrated paper wraps, unnumbered pages, PLUS 1st edition of Way's Western Rivers Steamboat Directory, 1942, self published, 4to in illustrated paper wraps, unnumbered pages, PLUS Hughes Cap'n Hughes' Steamboat Sketchbook, 1951, the Picture Marine Publishing Co. Cincinnati, horizontal 4to, spiral bound in illustrated card stock wraps, with unnumbered pages, PLUS Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States 1807-1868 "The Lytle List", by Wm. M. Lytle, 1952, The Steamship Historical Society of America, Mystic Conn. 4to in blue cloth wraps, 294pp, PLUS Gould's History of River Navigation by E.W. Gould, 1889, Nixon-Jones Printing Co., St. Louis, Mo., 8vo in embossed red cloth boards with gilt title and steamboat on cover, 749pp, PLUS an illustrated catalog entitled James Rees & Sons Company Designers Contractors and Builders of Iron and Steel Hull Freight and Passenger Steamers, Tugboats, Dredge boats, Towboats and Barges For Inland Waters..., n.d., Pittsburgh, horizontal 8vo in printed paper wraps, fully illustrated, 60pp, PLUS 13 other volumes on the inland waterways, including the following titles: River Steamboats and Steamboat Men (2-copies), Old Man River, Laws Governing Steamboat Inspection, Amended Rules I and II General Rules and Regulations, Experimental Towboats, (2-copies) Men Mountains and Rivers, List of Lights and Other Marine Aids Vol. V Mississippi River System, Photo Story Greatest Flood of the Century Ohio Valley-Pittsburgh to Cairo-January, 1937, Steamboat Days, Masters of the Mississippi, American River Boat Album & Steamboats on the Western Rivers. Archive also includes scape books and post card of various steam boats and other later diesel powered water craft, PLUS profile and front full blue prints of the Gordon Greene, with profile framed, 18" x 38", front view same only folded, AND 2 flags/pennants including blue and white machine sewn flag with Barge MV Line, 24" x 68" and red, white and blue nylon from The Ohio River Company, 18" x 44". Archive also includes many personal correspondences between Brotherton and Hughes.

Condition:  
1st as above, both caps with minor wear, VG; Most paper is VG to EXC.
Sold: $1,092.50
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