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 George Claiborne Wolff

George Claiborne Wolff

Birth
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 18 Jan 1881 (aged 51)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Lot 492, Block 71/72
Memorial ID 22907 · View Source
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Steamboat Captain. He started as pantry boy, then steward, mate and finally, captain on steamboats on the Mississippi River. He steamed past St. Louis, Missouri thousands of times in an Illinois Packet Company vessel. A devout Baptist when ashore, he had a shrewd eye for the profits from bourbon and rock and rye in the river trade. In partnership with a St. Louis liquor dealer, he ran 30 bars on Mississippi steamboats. He had a much longer and more prosperous life than the steamer named for him by the Illinois Packet Company. After just two years afloat, the ship survived an explosion at Helena, Arkansas, but then was sunk by a Missouri River snag at Bowling Green Bend in 1874. When Wolff died nine years later, a silhouette of the G.C. Wolff steamer was carved on his monument.

Bio by: Connie Nisinger


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  • Added: 10 Jul 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22907
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Claiborne Wolff (17 Mar 1829–18 Jan 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22907, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .