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    This is too complex a question to cover in a few...

    This is too complex a question to cover in a few message board posts. I would suggest several things. All come under the heading of basic research. First, if it is at all possible, visit and ride...
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    Steamboat weekend.

    I had the priviledge and pleasure this weekend of visiting the Heroine archeological site on the Red River and then dropping down to Caddo Lake and meeting the Captains McMillen and the Graceful...
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    Thanks for the info, sir. I'm well aware that...

    Thanks for the info, sir. I'm well aware that registry tonnage is a legal fiction, but from the standpoint of historical research, it's useful for know what the fictions of the era were.
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    The source is probably Gibson & Gibson's ...

    The source is probably Gibson & Gibson's "Dictionary of Transports & Combatant Vessels, Steam & Sail, Employed by the Union Army, 1861-1868"
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    Old Registry Tonnage

    I had asked several times about the old formula for Registry Tonnage, & there have been several discussions about it. I ran across the (or a?) formula in "The History and Archeology of Two Civil War...
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    What is the 'Ghost's ratio of stack area to flue...

    What is the 'Ghost's ratio of stack area to flue area and her ratio of height to diameter for the stacks? Do you have a vertical or horizontal boiler?
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    Thanks to both of you. I strongly suspected that...

    Thanks to both of you. I strongly suspected that the old time builders used mostly rule of thumb, or it worked last time, lets try it again. Most of them weren't really engineers in the modern...
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    Chimneys

    Can someone enlighten me about how chimneys were/are sized? The diameter must be related to the flue area, but in what ratio? How does diameter interact with the height required to achieve an...
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    Thanks ever so much for posting that.

    Thanks ever so much for posting that.
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    Beautiful boat! Nice porportions for a 128...

    Beautiful boat! Nice porportions for a 128 footer. Unusual for a boat of her era to have the wheels so far forward, though that may be an illusion because of the angle of view. Way says she came...
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    I seem to recall reading somewhere that the...

    I seem to recall reading somewhere that the Anchor Line introduced the first uniforms for western rivers steamboat officers.
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