Anson Northup

Anson Northup (possibly Anson Northrup) was a 100 horsepower (75 kW) sternwheel riverboat named for her captain who was the first to navigate the Red River of the North from Fort Abercrombie, Dakota Territory to Fort Garry, Canada, departing 6 June and arriving 10 June 1859. Sold and renamed Pioneer, she sank during the winter of 1861–2.[1] Pioneer was dismantled and her boiler reused by SS Colvile.[2]

Anson Northup
  • Anson Northup (–1861)
  • Pioneer (1861)
Namesake: Anson Northup
  • Anson Northup (–1861)
  • J. C. Burbank (1861–1862)
Builder: Anson Northup
Fate: Sank winter 1861/1862
General characteristics
Type: Riverboat
Length: 90 ft (27 m)
Beam: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Installed power: 100 hp (75 kW)
Propulsion: Sternwheel
Capacity: 50 to 75 tons
Anson Northrup
The new Anson Northrup at Dubuque
Namesake: Anson Northrup (Northup?)
Owner: Padelford Packet Boat Company
Launched: 1988
General characteristics
Type: Riverboat
Length: 92 ft (28 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Height: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Propulsion: Twin Screw

The new Anson Northrup is a riverboat that normally offers tours in the Twin Cities area on the Mississippi River. The boat was built in Louisiana and is operated by Padelford Packet Boat Company. In 2004, the boat participated in the Grand Excursion, which ran from the Quad Cities of Iowa to the Twin Cities.


  1. "The Anson Northup". Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  2. Laberge, Jared (27 July 2005). "Navigating the Red: Steamships and the Colville Landing". St. Clements Heritage. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014.

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