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Old 03-10-2017, 09:27 AM
Dan Lewis Dan Lewis is offline
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Location: Louisville, KY
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Yes, I'm aware of the DQ's boilers, being the last engineer to fire them. They were a much different animal from the Belle's, though. While the DQ's boiler settings are certainly original, she's had many tube replacements over the years--as was typical practice for boilers of that type. Those boilers also ran with clean water, not the raw river water pumped into the Belle's, which would significantly shorten the life of any boiler. What I should ask is whether any Western River style firetube boiler was in service as long as the Belle's. Of the riverboats left in this country, I'd say the Belle's boilers have the closest resemblance to what was typical of the boats of her day.
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