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Old 06-16-2012, 08:31 AM
R. Dale Flick R. Dale Flick is offline
 
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*Capt. Tom Greene's choice.*
Hi, John steamboating colleagues:
A number of other things were going on at the time [1947] that didn't appear in Fred Way's book 'Saga of the DELTA QUEEN.' Mighty ISBRANSDEN Steamship Co. also was sniffing around the DK/DQ. Indeed, the QUEEN had suffered a major problem with her high pressure engine during the war. Notes sketchy, but a possible 'run through.' The Navy had a new engine cast/milled at great expense--more than the price of the DQ Tom Greene paid in 1947 according to one observer on the scene. A number of engineers on the QUEEN in successive years often "...wondered why the high pressure engine didn't ship up like the other." The KING had always been regarded as the flagship for C.T. Co. on the Sacramento since they were finished. Even Fred Way had not heard about the QUEEN's engine until many years later when all of the research, interviews out in California began on/around 1989/1990. There was just as much, if not more, fascinating history before 1947 as after.

The long prevailing legend that Germany's KRUPP Steel had cast/milled many of the components for the boats was also revealed as a misquote given to Fred Way at the time. Another misleading quote appeared in the Sacramento newspapers at the time when the then new boats entered service. I contacted KRUPP in Essen, Germany at Villa Huegel with specifications, photos, numbers for the DK/DQ requesting data. All of KRUPP's corporate records had survived W.W. II intact. They had no record ever of any connection to the 'Delta boat project.' I don't think Jim Burns or DENNY BROS. in Scotland would have warmed to the proposition of having KRUPP mill the components so soon after the horrors of 'The Great War' 1914-1918. In many ways a good thing Capt. Tom Greene didn't take on both boats at the same time. The QUEEN was enough in her own right and even then it was precarious going.

R. Dale Flick
Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati
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