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Old 04-03-2014, 03:57 PM
Lexie Palmore Lexie Palmore is offline
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My first experience with the Belle was in Cincinnati. I do not know why, as I was a steamboat newbie, but apparently, the DQ was overnighting and the Belle was there, so I went over to take an excursion. I had never seen it before except in pictures. I cannot recollect how, but by some special dispensation, I was allowed in the pilot house. C. W. Stoll was the pilot. He informed me that he was using the old bell system as the engineer on watch knew "the bells". I was in hog heaven. It was like finding something you've been looking for all your life. I might have even been allowed to steer a little, even though it was at night. I was walking on air a good while afterwards.
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