Str. Kate Adams III

Painting Details
Size: 16 X 20
Medium: Watercolor
Print: Lithograph
Edition: 600 (S / N)

Signed Price: $225.00
Signed and Numbered by the Artist

Information / History

The Kate Adams III, third in the line of illustrious river boats bearing that name burned at her wharf in Memphis on January 8, 1927. The event caused a reporter of that era to write:

“Sole survivor of the elegance, the beauty, the romance in 100 years in the history of the western waters…has cleared the Memphis landing for the last time…Gone not in the swirling currents of a lower bend, or piled up on some lonely bar out to be buried in the changing sands and silt of the Mississippi, but as a great beacon of flame high for a little while against the towering skyline of the riverfront and then puff out, leaving a mass of twisted steel and ashes. Ashes of romance, of high day on the great river and of gallant adventure…”

The first Kate Adams was launched in 1882 and reached Memphis on December 14th of that year. She was named after the wife of one of her owners, Capt. John D. Adams. She burned on Christmas Eve a year later at Commerce Landing with a loss of 33 lives.

The second Kate was built and slid from her ways on March 15, 1889. For ten years she plied the river carrying passengers and freight. As a gesture of patriotism in the war of 1898 she was renamed the Dewey.

The Kate Adams III was launched at Pittsburgh in 1898, 240 ft. long and a 40 ft. beam. She made her maiden trip in the Memphis-Arkansas trade Thanksgiving Day, 1899. Several years later her run was shortened and she plied between Memphis and Rosedale, Ms. In 1921 the run extended to Arkansas City and then Greenville.
She was used for scenes in a film, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Tradition tells that a youngster in Sunday School being quizzed said that Adam was the first man and Kate Adams the first woman.

A dear lady recalls she along with her brothers and sisters running to the bank of the great Mississippi to the sound of the sweet musical whistle of the Kate Adams. No other boat in the world had a sound like hers. There on the river was the gorgeous Kate Adams, sparkling in the sun a sight to behold. Even on cloudy days it seemed the whitest of white.
There on the bank they stood, spellbound, watching the beautiful Steamboat ease down the river like a graceful swan.

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