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German river steamers

Posted 12-09-2015 at 12:24 PM by Klaus Schmidt
Regarding the question of wooden superstructures on European steamers: There are 9 (nine!) excursion sidewheel steamers regularly running out of the German city of Dresden on the Elbe river, roughly between Meissen and the Czech border (sometimes into that republic). The oldest "Stadt Wehlen" was launched 1879, one called "Diesbach", built in 1884, is still coal-fired - the others have been converted to oil. I have personally observed that some parts of their superstructures...
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A day on the Delta Queen

Posted 06-22-2015 at 08:02 PM by Capt Mike
A quick peak out my cabin door this morning revealed a calm, very foggy morning, a heavy wet, hot mist, that cloaked the Delta Queens' decks in a sullen gray veil. I hope for a rain free day but wish for an overcast sky to shield us from the oppressive heat of the sun, so that we can continue to patch the deck without baking....In the distance across the field the gravel trucks have already started moving, trundling dusty loads of gravel off to fill some unknown hole. The boats numerous moorings...
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on board the Delta Queen

Posted 06-09-2015 at 09:02 PM by Capt Mike
A quiet rainy night here on our beloved Delta Queen. She rests in a dead end slip away from town surrounded by open grassy fields, sitting undisturbed by the surrounding world. I wander the old boat in the dark, pausing to listen, hearing the patter of rain on her decks, distant thunder rumbles outside...She is resting quietly tonight, and I get a sense that she is sleeping, perhaps dreaming of the rush of the river around her hull as she pushed upriver against the warm current on a moonlit night...
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The Delta Queen in Houma

Posted 04-28-2015 at 06:47 PM by Capt Mike
Greetings, from Houma, Louisiana, live aboard the Steamer Delta Queen. Well, they said it couldn't be done, but here she is. After an amazing 15 day journey we finally got the Delta Queen tucked safely into a dead end slip just south of the intercoastal waterway. Our epic journey south out of Chattanooga is the subject of a documentary now under production and hopefully will be released in a couple of months. It was an incredible experience, being on board the Delta Queen underway again. The 3 of...
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What small car owners should know about car insurance

Posted 04-15-2015 at 05:31 AM by Amber Singleton
Americans are known around the world for their love of big cars. Many wouldn’t be caught dead behind the wheel of one of those little cars you’re more likely to see on the streets in Europe. But as gas prices continue to climb higher and more Americans become concerned with the environmental impact of larger, less fuel-efficient cars, small cars are starting to grow in popularity even here. What many haven’t considered is that smaller cars tend to have a lower safety rating. For example in a recent...
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