New Year’s Cruise on the Caloosahatchee

In late December 1947, Joe Steinmetz, along with family and friends, embarked from Fort Myers on a New Year’s cruise aboard the shantyboat Lazy Bones. The group motored up the Caloosahatchee River and into Lake Okeechobee, bound for Clewiston.

Lazy Bones docked near La Belle

Lazy Bones docked near La Belle

Lois Steinmetz (later Duncan) entertaining passengers

Lois Steinmetz (later Duncan) entertaining passengers

Joe, a world-renowned professional photographer, captured candid scenes from the splendid excursion. In the spirit of the intrepid travelers aboard Lazy Bones, get outside, take in the outdoors, and enjoy all the benefits of New Year’s in Florida.

Sunbathers on deck reading about winter storms “Up North”

Sunbathers on deck reading about winter storms “Up North”

Joe performing magic tricks

Joe performing magic tricks

The culmination of a successful trip

The culmination of a successful trip

The Joseph Janney Steinmetz Collection is just one of the remarkable photographic collections held by the State Archives of Florida.