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Gina Fischer 06-12-2007 04:13 PM

Where is the photo?
I am looking for any pictures of my grandfather, Albert Kelley. I know he was a pilot for the Delta Queen. I came across this discussion of a picture. His name was listed in your discussion. Is there a way I could see the picture you are discussing. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Shipyard Sam 06-12-2007 05:25 PM

The Picture
I spent many hours working in the pilothouse of the DELTA QUEEN with your grandfather, Captain Albert Kelley, and he remains one of my favorite steamboatmen of all times, as I am sure others would agree that he was a DELTA QUEEN favorite with everyone who knew him.

Actually, he also piloted the AVALON when I was a youngster, and I recall the times when he, Captain E. E. Wagner, and other old-timers could be found in the original Kingfish, on Louisville downtown (4th Street?) enjoying a Falls City brew, or two, after the AVALON tied up for the night.

Please go to:

Gina Fischer 06-12-2007 07:12 PM

Thank you!
I cannot thank you enough. My father will enjoy seeing this picture as well. If you have any more links about my grandfather, pictures or stories, please let me know.

Lil Smith 06-13-2007 07:17 AM

Gina, my grandfather is Capt. Jesse Hughes, also pictured in this photograph, a gentleman who was with Greene Line Steamers from 1896 or 1897 until his retirement in the late 1950's, I believe, although he was still riding on the DELTA QUEEN, his last boat, and standing watches with friends for fun, after that. One of his very favorite people to work with, over the course of [U]many[/U] years, was your grandfather, Albert Kelley, for whom he had great fondness and professional respect. I heard many stories from Grandpa about your grandfather when I was younger. I just wish I had been smart enough at the time to write them down so I could remember them, because I [U]do[/U] remember that they were all good.

Shipyard Sam 06-13-2007 07:47 AM

Fishing At Kelley's Landing
Captain Albert Kelley grew up on the family farm at Kelley's Landing on the Ohio River, above Louisville, or so he once told me. When as a young fellow, his mother often sent him down to the river with a large wicker basket that he placed carefully on a selected spot upon the riverbank and waited for the CITY OF LOUISVILLE, to pass by. As the mighty steamboat approached [I]"it sucked the water off the banks and stranded all sorts of fish,"[/I] he swore. Young Albert then ran down amongst the flopping catfish and flung the choice ones into the basket before the water returned, and then carried them home where his mom cleaned and [I]fried 'em up[/I] for a big Kelley catfish dinner.

Eventually, Kelley became a Pilot on that very same boat that was lost in the great Cincinnati ice gorge in January 1918.

Judy Patsch 06-13-2007 04:19 PM

Capt. Jesse's last DQ trip
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Lil, here is a picture from Capt. Fred Way of the DQ leaving Pittsburgh in June1962. Doc said your grandfather was pilot in this picture and that it was the last trip he piloted on the DQ. So I don't know if this was an official watch, or if he was standing in with some friends, but he was still piloting the DQ in 1962...

Thomas Allen 12-08-2009 11:02 AM

Group photo of Captains...
Lawrence Allen was a great-uncle of mine and I am researching his history. Can anyone provide photos and other info about my great uncle Lawrence and of his nickname "Bo" ..I have found him in the Knoepfle interviews/archives at [U][url=]Oral History Guide - Projects Listing - Archives/Special Collections - University of Illinois at Springfield - UIS[/url] [/U]and reference to him in photos in the [I]Richard W. Lemen
Photograph Collection [/I]. Don't know if I'll ever get to St. Louis to see those photos though. Any help will be appreciated greatly. tea

Thomas Allen 12-08-2009 11:08 AM

this is a great site...
I only discovered this site last week and have not yet fully explored it.
A great site for an extensive collection of old riverboat photos is
[U][url=]Inland Riverboats - T - PLCHC Wiki[/url][/U]

Ted Davisson 12-10-2009 04:03 AM

Capt. Don , how do you view the picture you are referring to ??
Capt. Don ,
How do you view the picture you are referring to ? I see the other picture of the Str. Delta Queen makeing a departure but not the shot of Capt. Wagner and his crew . Thanks !
Smooth Sailing !
Ted Davisson

[QUOTE=Shipyard Sam;1195]This pic is a doozy! There are truly many "steamboat legends" in that grouping.

First of all, is that Richard, second from the right, front row? (It's been a long time, and I'm guessing that it has been 1965 since I last saw Mr. Steward.) If so, then I worked with seven out of eleven of the legends; if not give me a six.

Front Row. L-R: Albert Kelly, Harry Hamilton, Howard Tate, Richard?, and Bob Zang.

Back Row. R-L: Ernie Wagner, ??, Doc Carr, ??, Jesse Hughes, and ??.

The two fellows framing Captain Jesse really look familiar, and I'll probably feel silly when I find out who they are. Dale, now that you are back, give us some enlightenment.

The photograph dates from about 1963 to 1968 is my take. Wasn't '68 the last year Captain Carr was on the DELTA QUEEN? In 1965, I left the QUEEN for four years in the Air Force, and when I returned in '70, much to my disappointment, Captain Carr was gone.[/QUOTE]

Shipyard Sam 12-10-2009 11:29 AM

Can anyone help find this pic-- it's been over three years since my posting?

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