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Old 08-17-2008, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Pat Fitzhugh View Post
. In a nutshell, the boilers hadn't been in great shape in a while, but running the boat over passenger capacity, coupled with running against the current AND floodwaters, put too much of a strain on the boilers and vapor leaking through a crack eventually caused an explosion.
Certainly a recipe for disaster.

In another life, I was a boiler & machiney underwriter for HSB and I have nothing but respect for large kettles that boil water. And if you abuse 'em, they have a rather unambiguois way of letting you know.

Yet another reason to celebrate the engineers that have kept the flame on the Queens and all those other ], safe, steamboats we love.

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