Steamboat expert speaks today at museum

Ed Mueller, author of "Perilous Journeys: A History of Steamboating on the Chattahoochee, Apalachicola and Flint Rivers, 1828-1928" will talk about steamboating on the Chattahoochee at noon today for The Columbus Museum's "Lunch and Lecture" series.

The event is part of the museum's exhibit on riverboating. It features the Rebecca Everingham, a luxurious steamboat built in Columbus. It had more than two dozen ornate staterooms and could hold 120 passengers and about 1,000 bales of cotton.

The boat ran from Columbus and Apalachicola 1880-1884. It burned when its cotton cargo caught fire, not an uncommon fate for riverboats of the time.

The museum has an interactive online exhibit at www.columbusmuseum.com/exhibitions/Everingham/index.html.

The next talk will be noon on Feb. 26 when Bill Spohrer of the Apalachicola Area Historical Society speaks on "Steamboating as a Link to Apalachicola."