MARITIME historian Ken Goodman is looking for information on the steamboat SS Louisa.
The 87-foot steamship was built in 1872 by Brisbane firm R. R. Smellie & Co and was one of the first iron ships built in Australia.
"Built for a bloke called Mellor, before the railway was built, she worked the Bremer River to Ipswich - including a sinking on the Bremer in 1872," Mr Goodman said.
"Luckily there was bugger-all damage to the cargo of beer and wine, nor to the steamer."
The Louisa was then purchased in 1884 by Orr and Honeyman and started trading on the Albert and Logan rivers.
"She used to drop into Jacksons Wharf on Russell Island in her travels to Logan Rivers," Mr Goodman said.
"Luckily, in memory of the old steamer, I did manage to tie up my little Louisa, my 24-foot long steamboat I named after the original, to Jacksons Wharf not long before the jetty collapsed into the water in the 1980s."
Louisa was sold to captain John Burke in 1884 and was used her to carry timber, maize, settlers' supplies, cotton and sugar along the Brisbane, Albert and Logan rivers.
John Burke established a company which traded up and down the Queensland coast for more than a hundred years.
The steamboat played an important part of the Queensland shipping scene.
John Burke sold her to three men in 1926, who started trading her again on the Logan River but they on-sold her in 1927 to Peters Slip at Kangaroo Point.
"She was used until 1937 as a dumb barge - meaning she had no engine," Mr Goodman said.
"After that she moved to the Mary River where she was used as a lighter.
"I made enquiries with the local historical society but couldn't find the date or location of her demise."
Anyone with information on the SS Louisa can phone Ken Goodman on 0423 216 909 or email email@example.com