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  1. *Christmas with Commodore Laidley?* Hi, Frank,...

    *Christmas with Commodore Laidley?*
    Hi, Frank,
    Thanks for words above. I posted the story for Thanksgiving and read later. One or two 'typos' crept in and I don't know how but it often happens...
  2. *Commodore Fred Laidley's Thanksgiving, 1895.*

    Steamboating colleagues,
    A request this week for another fun story with ole Commodore Fred Laidley as in the past. I'll see what I can do here.

    November, 1895 freight rates on steamboats...
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    *RE: 'Way-strip' on wood boats* Morning,...

    *RE: 'Way-strip' on wood boats*
    Morning, Steamboating colleagues and others,
    Harlan, you ask a good question with no doubt others on here who would know the complete answer. I don't know much but...
  4. *'Grasshoppering/Other methods* Greetings,...

    *'Grasshoppering/Other methods*
    Greetings, Franz,
    Glad I could be of some help no matter how humble. Again, techniques those old timers used then were no doubt hard on the boats and hulls--which...
  5. *'Grasshoppering' a steamboat* Morning,...

    *'Grasshoppering' a steamboat*
    Morning, Steamboating colleagues:
    Franz, what an irony reading your posting here this morning RE: 'grasshoppering' a steamboat as I had this topic on my mind briefly...
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    *RE: 'Hydraulic' elevator/"Personal" etc.*...

    *RE: 'Hydraulic' elevator/"Personal" etc.*
    Morning, steamboating colleagues,
    Thanks, Jim, for notes on the "hydraulic elevator in 1882" as I'd not thought about any other system than steam or...
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    *Accidents/Doctors & Lawyers* Morning,...

    *Accidents/Doctors & Lawyers*
    Morning, steamboating colleagues,
    Right, Jim, RE: "50 lawyers on the scene today." Also back then no OSHA regulations, major union involvement, insurance underwriters...
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    *John Howard/Elevator tragedy* Greetings,...

    *John Howard/Elevator tragedy*
    Greetings, steamboating colleagues,
    Thanks, Jim, for one fascinating story/history of John Howard and colleagues above. This tragedy a far cry from perceived...
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    *Hero of the big race* Morning, Steamboating...

    *Hero of the big race*
    Morning, Steamboating colleagues,
    Great historical account, Jim, and I'm eating it up word by word. Fine job. Veteran steamboat engineer, John G. Gibbs, wrote a letter to...
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    *Pluto Water/Unfit to drink* Afternoon, Jim, ...

    *Pluto Water/Unfit to drink*
    Afternoon, Jim,
    Yes, I heard something about 'Pluto Water,' chemicals, minerals etc. but not the whole story. We've been to 'French Lick' several times with...
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    *Jim & Loretta's marriage date/Maple floor*...

    *Jim & Loretta's marriage date/Maple floor*
    Morning, again, Jim. I ruminated after posting my last above. The story of the maple skating ring floor being used for other boats at the yards a good...
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    *Boarding House/Skating rink* Morning,...

    *Boarding House/Skating rink*
    Morning, Steamboating colleagues,
    Frank, you've got me rolling on the floor here with "Pluto Water;" Jim, you have me hooked on your next story. This the stuff...
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    *No cure/I'm hooked.* Morning, Steamboating...

    *No cure/I'm hooked.*
    Morning, Steamboating colleagues,
    Jim, the above account RE: John Howard has me hooked and hooked good as only you can do. Sure, I've had the Fishbaugh book on the Howard...
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    *Rain here/El Nino* Morning, Bob, and thanks for...

    *Rain here/El Nino*
    Morning, Bob, and thanks for mentioning the El Nino pattern I suspected. I saw an earlier El Nino traveling in South America with the Amazon and other major tributaries running...
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    *What does the incessant rain mean?*

    Morning, S&D colleagues,
    May not be pure steamboats but close to the subject. We've seen nothing but incessant, heavy rains and storms here for weeks now. Not one dry weekend in eight weeks. What...
  16. *RE: DQ Promotional Video* Steamboating...

    *RE: DQ Promotional Video*
    Steamboating colleagues
    Thanks, Carmen and Russ for drawing attention to the 'promotional DQ video from the 1970s.' I saw it earlier but too busy here to respond/post. ...
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    *'Additional Essential History* Steamboating...

    *'Additional Essential History*
    Steamboating colleagues:
    Well, the more I look here the more I find in my library. Two additional books on steamboat history are:
    1. "SCENES FROM MEMORY" By...
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    *'Essential' Steamboat Books/References.*...

    *'Essential' Steamboat Books/References.*
    Morning, Steamboating colleagues,
    Good topic here with a nice list above of books on steamboat history, lore. I've a few to add on my end:
    1. "SHE TAKES...
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    *RE: Coast Guard Boo-Boo* Steamboating...

    *RE: Coast Guard Boo-Boo*
    Steamboating colleagues,
    Thanks for the tip off above. Rob, I also receive GCaptain here and will call up to see what all of this is about. Well, 'things' do happen...
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    *March 2019 S&D REFLECTOR on the way*

    Morning, steamboating colleagues,
    The March 2019 quarterly issue of S&D REFLECTOR [Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen] is in hands of our printer and soon on the way. REFLECTOR Editor, David...
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    'Life, career of Alan Bates* Morning,...

    'Life, career of Alan Bates*
    Morning, steamboating colleagues,
    Jim, as I suspected, you had all of us hooked and good with your 'Alan Bates and me' commentary nailing it head on. Depending on our...
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    *Varying LEE times* Steamboating, colleagues,...

    *Varying LEE times*
    Steamboating, colleagues,
    Hi, Jerry, and thanks for your notes above. Interesting, very interesting. You're sources also parallel mine but I didn't post earlier so as to keep...
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    *Alan's license/Mates on boats* Steamboating...

    *Alan's license/Mates on boats*
    Steamboating colleagues,
    Jim, the more I read the more you have me hooked. Interesting about licenses then with or without Coast Guard "human interaction." A...
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    *ROBT. E. LEE's 'Speed Chart is true* Morning,...

    *ROBT. E. LEE's 'Speed Chart is true*
    Morning, Steamboating colleagues,
    Jerry, you ask a good question RE: "source" for the LEE's time in the celebrated race. Again, and again various 'legends,...
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    *Liquor sales/Group ticket profits* Hi, Jim,...

    *Liquor sales/Group ticket profits*
    Hi, Jim,
    Great stuff RE: liquor sales on the BELLE then. Factors I hadn't considered. Interesting RE: when groups chartered they made money. This an old, old...
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