Cincinnati Paddlers (Cincy Paddlers) makes an annual after Halloween pilgrimage to the remains of our area’s own “Ghost Ship”. Most recently the Circle Line V, the ship has a storied history which includes service in two world wars, serving as an anti sub warfare experiment platform for Thomas Edison, a tour boat, and a cameo appearance in a Madonna music video before ending up rusting and forgotten in a creek near St. Petersburg KY.
Here’s Queen City Discovery’s post on the ship with awesome details on it’s history.
For the Paddlers, the trip is supposed to be Halloween-esq and some paddlers arrived in costumes and decorated their boats. We of course also had to partake of an after paddle visit to the nearby Skyline…
We launched at Tanner’s creek, near Lawrenceburg, IN and paddled across the Ohio and upriver a bit to the creek. It was about a 4 mile paddle, round trip.
As you might imagine, I grabbed a picture or two….
I also got some video, but I’ll add that in another post.
I was in the process of planning some possible kayak runs on the Great Miami River this morning when I noticed that my Garmin topo maps marked a point as “Ball’s Ferry” on the river at State Route 73. Curious, I did some searching on Ball’s Ferry.
A Lane Public Library site on Butler County place names indicates:
Ball’s Ferry was immediately east of Trenton in Madison Township on the Great Miami River where Davis Ball and then Aaron Ball operated a ferry from about 1818 until 1861, and Peter Schertz until 1867. In the latter year a free bridge was built by the county. The ferry was on the route of the state road from Chillicothe to the college lands (Miami University in Oxford) when Chillicothe was the state capital (1803-1810 and 1812-1816). The ferry site is believed to have been a fourth of a mile south of the present Ohio 73 bridge, which opened in 1965. Ball’s Ferry also was known as Brownstown.
With a bit of further research, I found a Google Books entry for A Centenial History of Butler County published in 1905 with an entry on Ball’s Ferry and an accident that happened there in 1819. The short version is that the ropes controlling the ferry snapped while trying to cross the flooded river and all the occupants on the ferry were lost except one. An image of the page from that book is below.