Life on the Mississippi
Since Jan. 12, 1812, when the New Orleans first docked in her namesake city, steamboats have been plying the mighty Mississippi. By the 1870s hundreds operated out of the Crescent City, helping usher in New Orleans’ golden age; today there is one. In her new book, Steamboat Natchez, New Orleans (Vissi Darte Books), author and photographer Kerri McCaffety charts the history of steamships on the river, along with the evolution of the Natchez, which has been navigating local waters since 1845. Natchez IX, the last true steamboat on the Mississippi, debuted in 1975 and continues to be one of the city’s most popular attractions, offering daily harbor and dinner jazz excursions (p. 44). Book a cruise … and grab the book.