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Old 04-29-2011, 06:13 PM
Keith Norrington Keith Norrington is offline
 
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Default Proms on a Paddlewheeler

With another school year winding down and many high school students looking forward to their proms, I thought the attached images might be timely to share. This was the time of year that the faithful old Str. AVALON (now our beloved BELLE OF LOUISVILLE) tramped the river, taking out proms in various river towns. My parents-to-be were aboard for the 1949 New Albany High School prom (and they didn't even buy me a souvenir captain's cap!) in the last days of New Albany's cobblestone wharf, before the floodwall was built in 1952. My dad remembers seeing coal shoveled into the boilers and visiting the engine room, while my mother recalls how she and many of the girls were chagrined to have their white ballerina slippers coated with river mud after walking across planks to reach the stage!

NAHS chartered the AVALON, and later the BELLE, many times for their proms. In 1972, when I graduated, our prom was at a convention center. Whoopee!

Images:
(1) AVALON at the New Albany Wharf for NAHS prom - 1949
(2) AVALON at Louisville for NAHS prom - 1961 - Rhythm Masters Orchestra in residence.
(3) NAHS girls visit Capt. Wagner in the pilothouse - 1961
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