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    They can no longer sell "Pluto Water". Sometime...

    They can no longer sell "Pluto Water". Sometime in the late 50's or 60's the govt. analysed the water and found it contained high levels of naturally occurring lithium and declared it unfit for...
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    Yes, Dale Jim and Loretta had a skating rink in...

    Yes, Dale Jim and Loretta had a skating rink in Columbus, Ind. before and after their wedding (they were married in Columbus). They ran the rink for about four years. Jim thought that a rink in...
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    There is no cure

    John Howard was a younger brother to James Howard, founder of the shipyard. John worked in the shipyard alongside his brother until James tragically drowned in 1876; after that John and, James' son,...
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    Dale and Bob.......some years are wet and some...

    Dale and Bob.......some years are wet and some are dry. I think this is just an exceptionally wet year. We've had El Nino and El Nina for ever. The weather people down in St. Petersburg, Fl....
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    What's going on

    Every time I try to post a new message, I get an error report and it won't let me post?
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    Alan Bates and Me Comments and Opinion

    For those who met Alan later in his life, he had mellowed a lot as he aged. As I said in an earlier installment Alan did not suffer fools lightly and he could be quite brash with those he thought...
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    Thanks Bill......as you might remember I built...

    Thanks Bill......as you might remember I built the model of the CHAPERON from the kit several years ago. Nobody, except a steamboat nut, ever heard of the CHAPERON but when you tell them the boats...
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    Alan Bates and Me 10 Final Installment

    Alan's last public appearance was at the Howard Museum. For several years Howard's had an annual "Fall Into Art" exhibit each October which was underwritten by a museum supporter. I got involved...
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    I have a question....I know that James Hines as a...

    I have a question....I know that James Hines as a young man was pilot on the CHAPERON...was his brother Duncan Hines, of cake mix fame? I know they were kin, but not exactly sure how. James would...
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    Steve, no I don't. It was about 14 ft long and 3...

    Steve, no I don't. It was about 14 ft long and 3 ft wide with about a 4 ft wheel. In calm waters it moved right along. I do have one of the name boards which Alan painted that's all thats left of...
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    Alan Bates and Me 9

    Why Alan did not come back as mate for the 1966 season, I'm not sure. Rumor had it that he had gotten "cross wise" with some of the board members and they didn't want him back. Maybe he was tired...
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    I have no way of knowing for sure, but perhaps...

    I have no way of knowing for sure, but perhaps Jeffboat closing will have something to do with their decision. For its 5 yr mandatory drydocking, they will now have to take the boat to Paducah or...
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    When the AVALON was towed from Cincinnati to...

    When the AVALON was towed from Cincinnati to Louisville, the tug landing the boat at Jeffboat made an oopsey, hitting a barge and buckling the stage. Jeffboat tried to straighten it but was unable...
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    Alan Bates and Me 8

    When classes let out in June of 64, I started working under Alan as a deckhand. The first year the boat ran I was purser a job I really didn't like, I was much happier on deck than I was in the...
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    No Keith he didn't as far as I can remember. ...

    No Keith he didn't as far as I can remember. I've checked with Kenny Howe to make sure my memories of the events are accurate...we seem to agree. Looking back, how lucky we were to have been part...
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    Without a person like Commander Jacobs, I doubt...

    Without a person like Commander Jacobs, I doubt the BELLE would have ever run. The last season of the AVALON, Betty Blake, against the advise of people who knew, scheduled the boat up the Missouri...
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    Alan Bates and Me 7

    If Alan stood for his mates license today, he wouldn't have gotten it. Under today's Coast Guard licensing procedures, they wouldn't let him even take the test because he didn't have nearly enough...
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    Dale...there was no hard liquor or beer sold on...

    Dale...there was no hard liquor or beer sold on the BELLE in those early days. There was quite a debate over whether or not to sell liquor. The prevailing view was the BELLE was to be a family...
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    Alan Bates and Me 6

    I'm going to digress a minute and give some background on the BELLE. The world was a much different place in 1963, the first season the BELLE ran. I'm not sure the BELLE would be a success if it...
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    Alan Bates and Me 5

    The AVALON arrived at Jeffboat in late May, 1962, by early June the boat was moved across the river to a weed patch just below Neil Whiteheads River Service where work began to make the boat into...
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    Alan Bates and Me 4

    In 1962, I was a senior in high school looking forward to graduating and going on to college. By then Kenny Howe and I were truly BBFLs having met in school a couple of years before. We used to go...
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    Alan's wife Rita was Alan's equal, she kept him...

    Alan's wife Rita was Alan's equal, she kept him balanced but at the same time she let Alan be Alan. They were married while Alan was in the Army stationed in California teaching calculus to...
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    Alan Bates and Me 3

    Some background......some of this is my opinions and its all what I remember Alan telling me. I did not know Alan's father, he had died a few years before I met Alan. Apparently Alan in many ways...
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    Alan Bates and Me 2

    My real relationship with Alan didn't start until I turned 13 and was old enough to join Alan's sea scout ship. Why Alan wanted to be a scout leader, I'll never figure out. Unlike my experience in...
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    Alan Bates and Me

    No man. except for my father, had more influence in my life than Alan Bates. Alan was intertwined in my life since an early age. I first heard of Alan from Bob McCann when I was about 12 years...
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