The “Saint Lucie”

While the Florida canal company dredged what would become the Intracoastal Waterway, company directors in 1896 organized the Indian River and Bay Biscayne Inland Navigation Company to run steamboats on navigable portions of the waterway. One such steamboat was the "Saint Lucie" depicted here.</ In 1898, the steamboat affiliate won the contract to ship munitions [...]

Commodore Brook “rescues” Harding

Owned by Commodore Avylen Harcourt Brook, the sloop Klyo "rescued" President-elect Warren G. Harding (in white pants, waving the hat) when the houseboat in which he had cruised hit a "snag" on the poorly maintained--and privately owned--Florida East Coast Canal (after 1929, the Intracoastal Waterway) at Fort Lauderdale in 1921. Born in Sheffield, England, in [...]

The Steamboat “Courtney”

One of the older steamboats plying the waters of what was then called the Florida East Coast Canal, the "Courtney" carried mostly passengers on short trips along the Florida East Coast in the 1890's. Henry Flagler, then president of both the Florida East Coast Railway and the Florida canal company, cruised into Miami on the [...]