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m09 STEAMBOAT 'MADISON' RESTS IN THE SUWANNEE By HAMPTON DUNN MAYO --For more than 100 years now, the remains of the colorful river steamboat, "Madison," have rested on the bottom of famed Suwannee River at Troy Springs near here. When the water is low and clear, the hull can be photographed (Accompany ing photo is by E. K. Hamilton, of Luraville, retired manager of the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce and a regional historian.) The "Madison" was one of many boats that used to ply the Suwannee back befo re there was much of a road network, and the waterway was about the only means of communication. This particu lar boat stood out because of it's shrill and noisy whistle which alerted the countryside when it was in the vicinity. A fearless and adventureso me captain, James Tucker, was skipper of the vessel. He knew the Gulf coast well from Key West to New Orleans, as well as the Atlantic coast to New York. He liked to go up the Suwannee and once rammed the Madison through thick underbrush and other obstacle s to prove that he could run as far up as White Springs, and thus to have the river declared navigable that far. Came the Civil War, and Tucker joined the Confederate Army. The Madison was being used to transport Confederate troops, but it was feared the Federals would capture it. One day in 1863, Captain Tucker decided to scuttle his boat. He pulled the plug and watched her sink.
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Steamboat 'Madison' rests in the Suwannee
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by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed Aug. 4, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the wreckage of the steamboat Madison in the Suwannee River at Troy Springs.
Suwannee River (Fla.)
x Description and travel.
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.