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Newport in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Captain Gordon C. Greene / Captain Mary Becker Greene

 
 
Captain Gordon C. Greene Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 14, 2011
1. Captain Gordon C. Greene Face of Marker
Inscription. Captain Gordon C. Greene, a veteran riverman, was born in Newport, Ohio, on September 8, 1862. In 1890 he started the “Greene Line” with the “Henry K. Bedford,” a small shallow draft steamer: he owned twenty-five packets in his lifetime. The “Greene Line” later became the “Greene Steamboat Line” then the “Delta Queen Steamboat Company,” with the original port at the Newport Landing. The Greene family launched packets for tours on the Ohio River and its tributaries. Captain Greene died in 1927 at Hyde Park, Cincinnati, and is buried in Newport Cemetery.

Mary Becker Greene (1867–1949) married Gordon C. Greene in 1890 and raised three sons—Captain Chris, Captain Tom, and Henry Wilkins. She learned navigation and earned a pilot and masters license, becoming one of the most noted figures on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers for more than a half century. The “Greene Line” fleet continued to expand with additions of the “Gordon C. Greene” and the “Delta Queen.” Captain Mary Greene served as hostess on these steamboats. She died at the age of 81 on the renowned “Delta Queen,” a National Historic Landmark.
 
Erected 2007 by Ohio Bicentenial Commission, the Longaberger
Captain Mary Becker Greene Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 14, 2011
2. Captain Mary Becker Greene Face of Marker
Company, J. Mack Gamble Fund, Newport Township Trustees, and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 10-84.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 23.316′ N, 81° 13.869′ W. Marker is in Newport, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is on Ohio Route 7 near Greene Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38090 Ohio 7, Newport OH 45768, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vaucluse (approx. 0.3 miles away in West Virginia); Hi Carpenter Bridge (approx. 1.1 miles away in West Virginia); Pleasants County / State of Ohio (approx. 1.1 miles away in West Virginia); St. Mary's (approx. 1.4 miles away in West Virginia); Early Settlers (approx. 2 miles away in West Virginia); Harrisville (approx. 15.7 miles away in West Virginia).
 
Also see . . .  Mary B and Gordon Greene. “In 1890 Cincinnatian Gordon C Greene took his new bride Mary Becker Greene, aboard the newly bought H K Bedford. At 149 ft. and built in 1885, it was the first boat in the Greene Line. Mary lived aboard and worked side by side with her husband. And ever after, they
Captains Gordon C. and Mary Becker Greene Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 14, 2011
3. Captains Gordon C. and Mary Becker Greene Marker
The Captain Mary Becker Greene side faces the Ohio River.
were made a home on one of the 28 steamers they were to own and operate. She became a captain two years before she became a mother.” (Submitted on April 16, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Mary Becker Greene and Gordon Christopher Greene image. Click for full size.
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4. Mary Becker Greene and Gordon Christopher Greene
The Delta Queen docked at Mud Island, Memphis, Tennessee image. Click for full size.
Jeremy Atherton, 2003
5. The Delta Queen docked at Mud Island, Memphis, Tennessee
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The Ohio River and the Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 14, 2011
6. The Ohio River and the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 517 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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