Steamboat 'Pioneer'

Near the east end of Main St., site of Titusville's city dock, a famous Indian River steamboat of the Lund Line burned to the waterline in 1877. Noted on later maps, the charred hulk of the vessel long remained visible to passersby. It now lies buried beneath the modern street.

Audio

The destruction of the Steamship 'Pioneer' From the Jacksonville Daily Times-Union, April 19, 1877 Source: Excerpt from Michael Knight, Did You Know?

Images

Steamboat "St. Augustine" landing at Rockledge, Florida, c. 1880. A common sight along the banks of the Indian River before the age of passenger rail travel Source: Florida Memory: Florida State Library and Archives
Interpretive panel at 100 Indian River Ave Source: City of Titusville
Lund House Hotel Hotel operated by Thomas W. Lund (1831-1898), owner of the Pioneer Steamship Company, to accommodate arriving passengers. Source: North Brevard Historical Society and Museum
Detail of 1889 cadastral map showing the location of the Steamboat Pioneer remains. Source: City of Titusville
"City Of Jacksonville" Steamboats like this one were common means of transport of cargo and passengers on both the Indian and St. Johns rivers in the late 1800s. Source: North Brevard Historical Society and Museum

Location

100 Indian River Ave., Titusville, FL 32780

Metadata

“Steamboat 'Pioneer',” Explore Historic Titusville FL, accessed December 3, 2022, http://history.titusville.com/items/show/14.