It does. And includes shallow boating as indicated by the pictures.
Its why Ive kept referencing the name of the ferry boat line in every discussion we've ever had about this subject.
Lol. Well that would explain a lot.
Except of course that at low tide the river was fordable by wading it. Deepening the channel was one of the first acts of the incorporated city of Jacksonville.
Like Hogans Creek, the shape of the waterway has changed dramatically over the years.
Trout River and Sisters Creek have remained more original than the St. John's or Hogans. Both due to human tinkering. By the late 1880s, the river was deeper and consequently narrower at points than it had been earlier in the century.
Here is a mid 1880s image of the cows crossing the river from the Florida Memory Collection:https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/39022