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Bill Judd 09-11-2016 07:58 PM

9-11 flag
Today is of course 9-11 and all the news has centered on that terrible day. One unusual news story told of the return of the iconic 9-11 flag made famous in that photo of the three firemen raising it on a pole amid the ruin. They had taken it off of a nearby yacht. Now that yacht had a real connection to our inland rivers.

The yacht was the STAR OF AMERICA, built and owned by Dudley Webb of Lexington, Ky. It was a star attraction at the 1990 Tall Stacks. Webb also ran the excursion vessels, Star of Cincinnati, Star of Knoxville, Star of Lexington and the Star of Jamestown.

Webb had just sold the vessel to a Shirley Dreifus of New York and on that fateful day it was moored at the World Financial Center dock.

Bill Judd 09-11-2016 08:17 PM

OPPS-- it was the1992 tall stacks

Jim Reising 09-12-2016 02:51 PM

That was a Star that took off like a rocket and crashed like a falling star. The Star of Louisville was some how involved, but I'm not sure what role Dudley Webb played. The STAR OF LEXINGTON was a pretty neat sternwheeler. When I was at McBrides we blasted and tar set the hull and installed a bow thruster, then led the boat up Kentucky River clearing out the locks (which were closed at the time) as we went. I think we went up through lock 6.

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