Donald B. (towboat)

Donald B. (towboat)
DONALD B (towboat)
Location: Vevay, Indiana
Coordinates: 38°41′23.12″N 85°11′32.44″W / 38.6897556°N 85.1923444°W / 38.6897556; -85.1923444Coordinates: 38°41′23.12″N 85°11′32.44″W / 38.6897556°N 85.1923444°W / 38.6897556; -85.1923444
Built: 1923
Architect: Marietta Manufacturing Co.
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#: 89002458
Significant dates
Added to NRHP: December 20, 1989[1]
Designated NHL: December 20, 1989[2]

DONALD B, originally STANDARD, and now BARBARA H is a towboat that has been named a U.S. National Historic Landmark and is now based at Lamb, Indiana, across the Ohio River from Carrollton, Kentucky. She is owned by the Historic Sternwheeler Preservation Society, a not-for-profit corporation.

The boat was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.[2][3]

The boat measures 99 feet (30 m) long overall (80 feet (24 m) hull length plus the paddlewheel) by 18 feet (5.5 m) beam. She draws 32 inches (0.8 m). She is powered by a 160 horsepower (120 kW) 1940 Fairbanks-Morse 35E10 direct reversing diesel engine. She measures 51 gross registry tons and displaces approximately 108 long tons (110 t).[4][5]


  • 1923 - 1940 STANDARD, owned by Standard Oil Company of Ohio
  • 1940 - 2001 DONALD B, named after the owner's son, Donald Brookbank, who later became her Captain
  • 2001 - BARBARA H named after the Captain's wife, Barbara Huffman

Vessels which move barges on the Mississipi River and its tributaries are known as "towboats" despite the fact that they do not tow barges, but always push barges from behind.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "DONALD B (Towboat)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  3. ^ Foster, Kevin J. (July 10, 1989). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: DONALD B.". National Park Service.  and Accompanying photo from 1988
  4. ^ Boats and Harbors 54 (10): 20. August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "m/v Barbara H Sternwheel Towboat". Historic Sternwheeler Preservation Society. 

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