The River Boats

November 2, 1866


An article is published that reports that there is now only one riverboat on the James River and that having so few boats is causing problems for the city. This is an early indication of the role river boats and trade will have in the future of the city.


The River Boats.--The steamer Morgan has been withdrawn from the James river and thus leaves only one line on the river. Captain John H. Freeman, that well-known river-boat commander, contemplates, we understand, putting an opposition boat on, the river at an early day. Captain Freeman is well known, and his personal popularity will give much strength to the new line.
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