Up the Lights
Marking the Channel for Safe Passage
Steamboats rarely traveled at night. Dangerous currents, shifting sandbars, and snags made night journeys to hazardous.
If she had to move at night, some of the crew would mark a clear channel with candles, floated on small blocks of wood.
The steamboat would follow the lights through safe water. As she passed over the candles, it looked to the passengers
as if she were "Eating Up the Lights".