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Old 02-28-2008, 03:58 AM
Alan Bates Alan Bates is offline
 
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Default Garbage disposal

The western rivers were regarded as a garbage chute with unlimited capacity until the late 1940's, not only by steamboats but by cities, industries and farms. To get rid of anything, throw it in the river was the rule.
Captain Paul Underwood's term as master on the Delta Queen coincided with the "Clean Up The River" effort. Somewhere on the Upper Mississippi a couple of bags of garbage were cast into the waters, but they failed to sink. Captain Paul spent time in a town jail, the Delta Queen paid a fine and orders were given forthwith to put a bricik or something heavy in every bag as insurance.
"How did the authorities know the culprit was the Delta Queen?" you ask. Why, every lousy paper cup had the boat's name printed on it, that's how.
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