Steamer “Saint Lucie,” early 1900’s

Steamer "Saint Lucie" on the Indian River (passengers only), early 1900's. Courtesy, Florida Photographic Collection, State Archives, Tallahassee, Fla.

Steamer “Saint Lucie” on the Indian River (passengers only), early 1900’s. Courtesy, Florida
Photographic Collection, State Archives, Tallahassee, Fla.

Sometime in 1896 or 1897, the Steamer Saint Lucie joined the Steamers “Saint Augustine,” “Saint Sebastian,” and “The Swan” in plying the waters of the Indian River. The Indian River and Bay Biscayne Inland Navigation Company, an affiliate of the Florida canal company constructing the ICW, purchased these vessels from the bankrupt Indian River Steamboat Company. Between constant repairs and an uneven business along the unfinished waterway, it was only a matter of time before this new steamboat company would abandon the business in the early 1900’s.

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