Sternwheeler owner to speak Tuesday about steamboats in Missouri River history

Monday, April 7, 2014 | 7:32 p.m. CDT; updated 8:43 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The paddle wheel of the Joseph M. LaBarge pushes the stern-wheel boat down the Missoouri River on Dec. 1, 2012, near Cooper's Landing.

*CORRECTION: Barbara Giles owns a sternwheeler boat, a previous version of this article misstated the type of boat she owns.

COLUMBIA — For more than two years, Barbara Giles and her husband have plied their 1930s-era *sternwheeler up and down the Missouri River, giving weekend rides and sharing a little history.

Giles will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Les Bourgeois Vineyards' Blufftop Bistro at 14020 W. Highway BB, in Rocheport about how steamboats helped shape the way Missouri developed.

A sternwheeler is a type of steamboat propelled by a paddle wheel.

Giles and her husband own the stern-wheel boat, the Joseph M. LaBarge, named after Giles' ancestor who was a Missouri River steamboat pilot. He counted Abraham Lincoln among his passengers.

Giles will speak about her experience living on the stern-wheel boat. Her presentation, "Lessons Learned from My LaBarges: the Captain and the Sternwheeler" is part of the Big Muddy Speaker Series.

Supervising editor is Adam Aton.


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