At the Howard Steamboat Museum we are interested in educating about the Howard Family, the steamboat era, and the time of the Victorians inside and outside the museum.

 Preserving the Howard’s Legacy

  •  The Howard Saga   This page offers a brief background on the Howard family and their shipyards.
  •  Howard Steamboats   A concise list of all steamboats produced in Howard Shipyards, their dimensions, their price, and their home port
  • Full Steam Ahead! This is the official blog of the museum where we explore the Howard family members, their boats, and the steamboat industry in general
  • Field Trips  Are you K-12 educator? If so, learn more about scheduling a trip to the museum and have your students receive a customized learning experience about 19th & 20th century transportation, economics, and/or cultures

Steam Engines and Steamboat History on the Web

  • Steam Engine Information This site developed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers discusses the effects and advancement that the steam engine brought about.  
  • A great site for research and background on inland rivers steamboating. Here you will find a cache of photos, stories, and research materials on the American river steamboat.
  • – This is a very comprehensive view of past and present steamboats
  • Howard Family Research  The museum’s photograph collection, which is housed in the University of Louisville Photographic Archives, consists primarily of images captured by Captain James E. Howard (1875-1956) between 1888 and 1934. His glass plate negatives showcase more than 300 completed vessels and document the construction of at least 200 boats built, or rebuilt, at Howard Shipyard. Captain Jim’s negatives also include pictures of family members, the family mansion, extreme weather incidents in the Jeffersonville area, and boats built at other shipyards. After his death, additional prints, negatives and postcards, most by unknown photographers, were added to the collection