City of Hawkinsville

City of Hawkinsville is a surprisingly intact survivor steam technology and was the largest and last steamboat to use the Suwannee River. In 1900 she was sold to a Tampa company and became a steamboat on the route that included Branford, Clay’s Landing, Old Town, and Cedar Keys. Built in 1896, Hawkinsville was 141 feet long and was mainly used to carry lumber - cedar for pencils and construction materials for the railroad. Abandoned in 1922 in shallow water on the western bank of the Suwannee, 100 yards south of the railroad trestle at Old Town, she is today well-preserved in fresh water. You can easily recognise her two steam engines and pumps, boiler room, and stern paddlewheel.