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Steamboat Scarab
Steamboat Scarab
TitleSteamboat Scarab
Date of Originalbetween 1906 and 1918
CreatorFiske, Frank Bennett, 1883-1952
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionThree men are working with piles of coal on an unidentified barge. The front of the steamboat Scarab is visible behind the barge.
Ordering Information
General SubjectTransportation
Subject (LCTGM)Steamboats
Photographic postcards
Organization NameScarab (Steamboat)
LocationMissouri River
Item Number1952-7140-3
Format of OriginalPhotographic postcards
Dimensions of Original14 x 9 cm.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryThe Scarab, a sternwheel packet with a wood hull, was built in Pierre, S.D., in 1906 and was originally named the W.D. Walden. She was renamed by the Benton Transportation Co., but they did not operate her very long inasmuch as she burned expensive "eastern" coal. She was sold October 1918 to the Flesher Towboat Co., Mt. Vernon, Indiana.
Frank Fiske served as an assistant steamboat captain prior to his lifelong work as a studio photographer, mostly associated with Fort Yates, N.D. He learned the trade from S.T. Fansler, post studio photographer, and remained in Fort Yates to document the town, the Standing Rock Agency, and the changing ways of the frontier. Fiske was also a writer, and served for a time as a newspaper editor, and wrote a popular column carried in many newspapers. He was best known for his Indian photographs, which depicted everyday Indian life, as well as studio views.
Bibliographic ReferenceWay, Frederick. Way's Packet Directory, 1848-1983. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University, 1983.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionFrank B. Fiske Photograph Collection 1952
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (1952-7140-3)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh195271403
OCLC number61156024
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