"position lights are located on the Mississippi Sternwheeler. . .
Just couldn't find it."
I'm not surprised, she very likely didn't have any!
Esp. if she was built and operated in the so called golden age of Mississippi Steamboats, ca 1810 - 1850.
Coloured sidelights for orientation were first proposed in the UK in 1958.
Edit: OOPS! 1858 of course 😌😉
The USA had been adopting UK rules (Trinity House and Admiralty) since 1850.
Before that probably at most a white mast light was carried - if that, until 1848 there were no binding regulations for NAV lights for steam ships at all.
The first international regs for NAV lights were ratified in the 1890s I believe (1897?).
If I were you I'd just fit a white mast head light and cabin/deck lights and be done with it.
Cheers, Doug 😎
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