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Thread #94329   Message #3492731
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
20-Mar-13 - 04:12 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Stowing Sugar in the Hold
Subject: RE: Origins: Stowing Sugar in the Hold
All current versions seem to be at the whim of the singer; the only early version is the one collected by Lafcadio Hearne and copied by Botkin.
I made no mention of any newspaper article but quoted from the link given, the article in the Illinois Museum article.

Continuing my digression: The J. M. White was launched in 1876 (I mis-read the first line of the Illinois Museum article, which stated, "Captain John W. Tobin, a successful river magnate, first piloted the J. M. White to New Orleans in the summer of 1878.").

The article states that, although the most advanced steamship in New Orleans service, it never raced against the Robert E. Lee, although it had beaten that boat's record by 40 minutes. It did defeat the Natchez in a race, in record time.
The J. M. White was large and luxurious, seating 250 at dinner. Much of her loading technology was steam-powered.