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Old 04-04-2014, 09:16 PM
Dan Lewis Dan Lewis is offline
 
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Growing up in Cincinnati, my first recollections of the Belle were as the Delta Queen's rival every year for their race. Of course, I rooted for the DQ then. My family moved to Louisville, though, when I was a young teenager. The first year we lived in Louisville we road the Belle on one of her Fall lock trips. Of course, the boat was packed! One of the most poignant recollections of that trip was feeling the heat and noise coming from the boiler room. As many times as I've had the experience, I've always enjoyed the first time steam is brought back to a cold boat. Their is a smell I've caught before anything else that tells me there's steam on her. Each boat--Belle, DQ, AQ--though, has its own unique scent--but I know it's the scent of steam!
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