Steamboat Natchez, Mississippi River (New Orleans)
The ninth Natchez, the SS. Natchez, is a sternwheel steamboat based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Built in 1975, she is sometimes referred to as the Natchez IX. She is operated by the New Orleans Steamboat Company and docks at the Toulouse Street Wharf.
The first Natchez was a low pressure sidewheel steamboat built in New York City in 1823. It originally ran between New Orleans and Natchez, Mississippi, and later catered to Vicksburg, Mississippi. Its most notable passenger was the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolutionary War, in 1825. Fire destroyed her, while in New Orleans, on September 4, 1835.