Cincinnati and New Orleans Passenger Line

1880

Trade card for Steamboat Charles Morgan

Cincinnati and New Orleans Passenger Steamer CHARLES MORGAN trade card

DESCRIPTION: Very interesting and rare antique trade card for the side-wheel steamboat Charles Morgan of the Cincinnati and New Orleans Passenger Line. Built in 1873 and burned in Cincinnati in 1886, the Charles Morgan is well known for having Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain as a passenger in 1882 when Clemens took a nostalgic tour to revisit places along the Mississippi River that he had visited in his previous occupation as a riverboat pilot.

Front of the card contains an image resembing the steamer Charles Morgan. Verso contains the names and distances for approximately 100 of the steamboat stops along the route from Cincinnati to New Orleans, a total. distance of 1440 miles.

The Charles Morgan was named for its owner, shipping tycoon Charles Morgan (1795-1878). Morgan moved to New York City at the age of fourteen and began a ship chandlery and import business which lead to investments in merchant shipping and ironworks and to management of several lines of sailing and steam packets trading with the South and the West Indies. He was also both partner and rival of Cornelius Vanderbilt in attempts to establish an isthmian transit across Nicaragua in the 1850s.

Morgan City, Louisiana was named after Charles Morgan.

CREATOR: Cincinnati and New Orleans Passenger Line

PUBLICATION DATE: 1880

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Very Good.  Very clean with sharp edges and corners. Remnants of two paste-on scrapbook mounts.

COLORING: Two color lithograph on recto. Black type on verso.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 4 " x 2 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

PRICE: $180


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