This little steamer was one of the fastest sternwheelers ever bullt fort he Western Rivers. You will see why when you examine these hull lines, which were designed by a noted marine architect, C. G. Pierce of Klingston, Ontario. The ROYAL rund mostly in the Evansville, Ind. – Handerson, Ky. trade. Only one commercial steamboat ever beat her time between those two citites. That was the famous raser ROBT. E. LEE – and the LEE only beat the ROYAL’s time by three minutes.