Thursday, January 20, 2011

Unknown Birthday: Blanche Leathers

Blanche Leathers, steamboat captain
c. 1860-?

Steamboat! The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers by Judith Heide Gilliland, illustrated by Holly Meade (DK, 2000)

Blanche Leathers didn't listen when as a child she was told, "Girls don't grow up to be steamboatmen." America's first woman steamboat captain proudly sailed the Mississippi River for years.

View a photo of a steamboat Captain Blanche Leathers commanded, on this link to the Tennessee Genealogy & History site.