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Robert E Lee Riverboat
Robert E Lee Riverboat
Watercolor, Pen and Ink
13.5 x 10.5

Robert E. Lee, nicknamed the "Monarch of the Mississippi," was a steamboat built in New Albany, Indiana, in 1866 (Not to be confused with the second 1876–1882 and third 1897–1904 Robert E Lee). The hull was designed by DeWitt Hill, and the riverboat cost more than $200,000 to build.[2] She was named for General Robert E. Lee, General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States. The steamboat gained its greatest fame for racing and beating the then-current speed record holder, Natchez, in an 1870 steamboat race.[3][4]