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Old 10-14-2008, 12:56 PM
Keith Norrington Keith Norrington is offline
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Default Str. Belle of Louisville Christening Anniversary

Today in Steamboat History marks the 45th anniversary of the old Str. AVALON being christened BELLE OF LOUISVILLE. The bottle of bubbly was swung against the capstan by our own beloved Mrs. Rita Bates, wife of Capt. Alan L. Bates, who put the dilapidated steamboat back together again. A long and loud whistle salute to Capt. Alan and Miss Rita -- and to that spunky little steamboat that valiantly chugs on and on!

Photos herewith show the boat in 1963, the only year she had a yellow domed pilothouse.
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