The Steamer “Swan” Schedule of Tolls

The listing of tolls to travel along what would become the Intracoastal Waterway between several points along the privately owned Florida East Coast Canal in 1911. During its long history, the "Swan" would carry freight and passengers, and often, passengers and their automobiles. Freight included large cargoes of citrus fruit and pineapples in the late [...]

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 [...]

Steamboat “Swan” about 1900

The "Swan" plied what was then called the Florida East Coast Canal (later, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway) during the early 1910's. On the first level, the steamer carried freight, including crates of pineapple, citrus, and fresh winter vegetables. The crew was housed in cabins on the third or upper level. At other times, the "Swan" [...]