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Steamboat 'Madison' rests in the Suwannee

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Title:
Steamboat 'Madison' rests in the Suwannee
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
Publication Date:

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
River steamers -- Florida -- Suwannee County   ( lcsh )
Shipwrecks -- Florida -- Suwannee County   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Suwannee River (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the wreckage of the steamboat Madison in the Suwannee River at Troy Springs.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed Aug. 4, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

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Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002222655
oclc - 652410017
usfldc doi - D33-0218
usfldc handle - d33.218
System ID:
SFS0000599:00001


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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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