The Neches Belle was a wooden hull packet paddle boat used to move cotton and wool along the Sabine River. She was commissioned in 1889. Pictured above loaded down with bails of goods. In 1897 she was impounded by the law for debt. Left tied in Logansport, LA (DeSotto Parish) where she went down and rolled over.
Type: Side-wheel, wooden hull packet
Size: built to handle 500 bales of cotton. A relatively small boat.
Built: 1889, Beaumont, Tex. total cost, excluding machinery, $3.000
Area: Neches and Sabine Rs., Texas
Owner: When new, Captians Bill Loving and Pearl Bunn
Alladice & Liles, (Capt. John M. Lyles)
Captain: Master was Capt. John M. Lyles.
Pilot, then mate and later master, was John G. White
Toward her end, pilot, maybe, Will Loving
Comments: Engines and machinery from the VICKSBURG.
: Had electric lighting by 1893.
: Was said to be the most luxurious Neches R. Packet of her day.