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Boating on the Tennessee

  • A small powered craft on the Tennessee River near Chattanooga.

    Boat on the Tennessee River

    This boat, with an unconfirmed name 'The Bend,' floats on the Tennessee River in the gorge between Walden's Ridge and Raccoon Mountain near Chattanooga. The caption below this image from 1900 is a giveaway that the craft was used for tourism. From Chattanooga Albums Collection scrapbooks compiled by E. Y. Chapin, Walter Cline, and Frank F. Stoops of the Chattanooga Half Century Club.

  • Mules pull "The Rose" boat along Market Street in Chattanooga, Tennessee during 1908.

    "The Rose" pleasure craft being transported for launch

    The scrapbook label from the Chattanooga Albums Collection reads, "'The Rose,' being transported on wheels to the river for launching, was built by Captain Andrew J. Stoops in 1908, being his third constructed pleasure craft to ply the river at Chattanooga. This was the most luxurious and costliest craft that ever danced over the surface of the Tennessee River. It was built especially for and under the specifications of its owner, Randolph H. Rose, who was a wealthy distiller and capitalist. The boat represented an investment of $40,000." It was 43 feet in length with a 9’ 3” inch beam and drew thirty-three inches. It had two 35 horsepower engines. Also in this photo you can see the Gottschalk Furniture building in the background. 

  • Image of a newspaper page from the Chattanooga Times dated 1940 with article regarding early pleasure boats.

    Newspaper article from 1940

    This newspaper article, which takes a look back at early Chattanooga boats known as "Pleasure Launches," was published in the Chattanooga Times on August 25, 1940. Gems like this are preserved in the local newspaper microfilm and provide details that might otherwise have been lost to time. This article is also part of the Chattanooga Albums Collection which was compiled by E. Y. Chapin, Walter Cline, and Frank F. Stoops of the Chattanooga Half Century Club.

  • Several passengers are aboard a small steam driven boat used for tours on the Tennessee River during 1876.

    "The Telephone"

    This photo from 1876 shows “The Telephone," a screw propeller steam launch built and owned by Andrew J. and George W. Stoops. It was used for river tours to visit the Cincinnati Southern Railway bridge while it was under construction, and for excursions up and down the Tennessee River. The launch was sold to the Federal government in 1877 for use as a mail and dispatch boat in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The image is from the Chattanooga Albums Collection scrapbooks compiled by E. Y. Chapin, Walter Cline, and Frank F. Stoops of the Chattanooga Half Century Club.

  • This is a photograph of boats at a dock on Chickamauga Lake.

    Sailboats docked at lake

    It is likely this photograph of docked boats was taken just before or after a regatta or possibly a sailing class on Chickamauga Lake. The group may be the Privateer Yacht Club. This 1955 photograph is from the Picture File Collection.

  • This is a photograph of boats on Chickamauga Lake.

    Sailing on Chickamauga Lake

    These sailors (unidentified) are out to enjoy some sun, water, and wind on Chickamauga Lake. This appears to be during a regatta and the group may be from the Privateer Yacht Club. This 1942 photograph is from the Picture File Collection.

  • This is a photograph of boats on Chickamauga Lake.

    Sailing on Chickamauga Lake pt. 2

    This 1942 photograph captures the almost glassy waters of Chickamauga Lake and the shimmering reflections of sails on the water's surface. It looks like just enough wind for these small craft to move along. This sailing group may be members of the Privateer Yacht Club during a regatta or sailing lesson. A larger boat just showing on the right hand side of the photograph appears to be anchored with no sails up, it may be the committee boat. From the Picture File Collection.

  • This is a photograph taken from shore with trees in the forground of two sailing boats on Chickmauga Lake near Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Sailing on the lake

    This view from the shore captures the wind picking up. The trees and bushes are blurry and there is a light chop on the water's surface. Two boats are out taking advantage of the higher winds. This photograph dated 1942 is from the Picture File Collection.

  • This is an aerial photograph overlooking a marina on Chickamauga Lake near Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    Aerial view of Chickamauga Lake

    This photograph overlooking Chickamauga Lake was captured during a Tommy Bartlett Water Show, a water skiing exhibition held August 28, 1960. You can see from the large number of cars parked in the area that the show was well attended. Also there appear to be several watercraft near the marina entrance. From the Picture File Collection.

  • This photograph is an aerial view overlooking a resort and marina on the Tennessee River near Chattanooga.

    Lake Resort Villas and Marina

    Located just 12 miles from downtown Chattanooga, Loret Villas opened in 1954 on land purchased from TVA by Harry Levin, President of Seed-Feed Supply Company. The resort expanded and added a dining room overlooking the lake in 1957. Another expansion concluded in 1968 with the opening of the Loret Villa Moter Lodge. This aerial photograph dated 1954 is from the Picture File Collection.

  • A man paddles a small motor boat while a woman fishes from the bow of the boat at Chickamauga Lake.

    Fishing on Chickmauga Lake

     A man paddles a fishing boat while a woman stands in the bow to cast her line, on Chickamauga Lake, Chattanooga, Tennessee. According to a label attached to the back of the photograph describing fishing near Chattanooga, the fish here are wiley and include pan fish, large and small mouth bass, catfish, sauger (jack), and the "illusive" trout. The label also makes the claim that Chickamauga is one of the cleanest lakes in the South.  From the Paul A. Hiener Collection, dated between 1940-1984 and used by the Art Dept. Greater Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.

  • Two men catch a fish from a boat on Watts Bar Lake.

    Two fishermen in motorboat on Watts Bar Lake

    Two anglers enjoy a quiet fishing spot. A note on the back of the photograph describes fish in the area, such as, large mouth bass, catfish, and fighting pike; and goes on to declare the marinas, cabins, harbors, fishing camps and state parks along the shoreline, provide the ardent angler "ample facilities for enjoying his sport". This photo was used in a 1963 article on Watts Bar Lake in Tennessee Conservationist and was used by the Art Department of the Greater Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. From the Paul A. Hiener Collection.

  • Racing boats on Chickmauga Lake. The dam can be seen in the background along with other boats. Spectators can be seen on a hillside in the foreground.

    Boats racing, Chickamauga Lake

    Notice the spectators perched on a rocky overlook in the foreground, and the dam in the background, in this ca.1950 image captured during a boat race on Chickmauga Lake. From the Picture File collection.

  • Spectators on the beach observe a water skiing show at Chickmauga Lake. Sailboats can be seen in the background.

    Motorboat and water skiers on Chickamauga Lake

    Lots of straw hats and permed hair are noticeable in this photograph dated between 1942-1955. A few sailboats can be seen out on the lake as well. Paul A. Moore captured this picture for the Tennessee Conservation Department. From the Paul A. Hiener Collection.

  • Overhead photograph of two men in a motor boat towing two skiers.

    Motorboat with water skiers

    This overhead shot of boaters with skiers having fun in the sun was taken by Paul A. Moore during 1962. The location is Chickamauga Lake, Chattanooga, Tennessee. From the Paul A. Hiener Collection.

  • A view of the Tennessee River showing a cruising boat and along the bank a boy fishing from his boat on a landing.

    Fishing and boating on the Tennessee River

    This image, captured between 1942 and 1955, shows a young man fishing from his beached boat on the bank of the Tennessee River while a wooden cruiser goes by. The stamp on the back of the photograph implies it was used to promote area resources: "Chattanoogans, Inc., Chamber of Commerce Bldg., Chattanooga2. Tenn." From the Paul A. Hiener Collection.