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An undated advertisement for the steamboat "Kate Adams" sailing between Memphis and Arkansas City every Monday and Thursday, and operated by the Memphis and Arkansas City Packet Company. The "Kate Adams" was built in Pittsburgh in 1898. The boat ferried cotton, cargo and passengers to and from Memphis until the 1920s when competition from railroad and road transportation led to it being moved to work other routes on the upper Mississippi and Ohio rivers. In 1926, the "Kate Adams" returned south for the film "Uncle Tom's Cabin" shot in Natchez, Mississippi. After the film was completed, the boat sailed to Memphis and it was while moored on the riverfront at the foot of Monroe Avenue that a fire destroyed it on the night of January 8, 1927. The steel hull was salvaged and converted to a barge, which sank during a storm in 1931. The remains were towed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to their final resting place off Presidents Island.


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Steamboats--Mississippi River.

S.S. Kate Adams advertisement