BELLE McGOWAN is one of the earliest boats that JW mentions in his
journal. He writes the names of the boats Captain and Steward during
Other entries occur during
the last entry being on
September 3, 1898.
photo on the left above is dated during the same time period as the repairs mentioned
in 1898. During this time period she was owned by the W. W.
O'Neil Boat Yard, note the WW painted on the barge.