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Old 01-24-2007, 05:17 PM
Bob Reynolds Bob Reynolds is offline
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Location: Paragould, AR or on m/v MAGNOLIA
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Yes, the TALISMAN was/is hydraulic with pitman drive. It was the first of those boats to be built with horizontal hydraulic pistons driving the paddlewheel through pitmans ~ a way to truly simulate a steamboat. I was unaware of the boats in Virgina and the Bahamas.

We went to New Salem State Park in Illinois (near Lincoln) about 9 years ago and saw the TALISMAN there. She was beached due to low water on the Sangamon River. The boat was owned by Dennis Trone's brother Robert "Moon" Trone, the U.S. District Attorney for that area. Moon died unexpectedly several years back, and I don't know who the ownership/operation of the boat passed to. Maybe Judy knows something???
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