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Old 05-06-2013, 07:57 PM
Keith Baylor Keith Baylor is offline
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Location: Columbus, IN
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The "Belle of Louisville" ran the course in an hour and 42 minutes, but she came drifting in under the bridges on a slow bell (about 9 rpm) due, I suppose, to the medical emergency onboard the Cincinnati challenger. Captain Al's boat looked to be just above Jeffboat when Louisville's legendary lady passed beneath the Clark Bridge.

Pete O'Connell piloted, Ronnie Lawrence presided over the deck crew, and all the usual suspects were on watch in the engineering spaces (McCoy, Mattingly, Lewis, Coursen, and Johnson). I did not recognize the officer on the wing bridge, and I cringe to admit that I cannot now remember his name (even though I was told shortly after the event).

'Twas one mighty pretty day for a boat trip, a far cry from that cold windy day of 50 years ago.
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