Lily White's Houseboat at Dunthorpe Water Works - c. 1903


Lily White's Houseboat at Dunthorpe Water Works - White

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Lily White and her friend Sarah Ladd were accomplished amateur photographers whose work is still appreciated today. White was known for her houseboat, the Raysark, which she used as her photography headquarters, usually anchored along the Columbia River. In this view, we find the Raysark at anchor on the Willamette, tied up next to the Dunthorpe Water Works just north of Lake Oswego, near the home of Sarah Ladd. It's possible the woman in detail view 1 is White, as she looks much like other known photos of her. While she had no children, she was known for hosting friends on her boat. I like to think the woman in detail view 2 is Sarah Ladd, though I don't have any other photos of her to confirm that. The small craft tied up next to the Raysark is the Hoo Hoo, a 16 ton steamboat that operated on the Willamette at about 1900. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0433
Photographer Lily Edith White
Location Lake Oswego, Clackamas County
Subject Rivers and Streams
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 6.1 x 8.3 inches
Photographer's Number No