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  1. Answering the question asked

    All interesting stuff Dale, but I think Russ was asking about the physical changes made over the years, not the expenses incurred. Russ, here are a few from my cruising days: in 1973 there were...
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    Until Bob or Bill give a real answer, an...

    Until Bob or Bill give a real answer, an 'outdraft' is above the dam. It causes the vessel to be pulled 'out' from the lock entrance and toward the dam. The DQ incident at 22 near Hannibal in 1982...
  3. Dale, where on earth have you been if you think...

    Dale, where on earth have you been if you think the only thing the owners have 'broadcast' was just basic cosmetic work needed? All along they have said there would be new boilers, moving the steam...
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    Riverboat TWILIGHT, CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

    I'm looking forward this weekend to manning the gift shop on the TWILIGHT as she makes 4 day-long roundtrips between Dubuque and Guttenberg. All are sold out, but she has 3 more scheduled at the end...
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    Keith Norrington's mother died

    Janet Norrington, the mother of Keith Norrington, died Thursday August 23, two weeks after her 86th birthday and 65th wedding anniversary to Ken. Visitation and funeral will be Saturday Aug. 25 at...
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    I talked with a Kirby crew member tonight. They...

    I talked with a Kirby crew member tonight. They said the hull was not in the Kirby fleet at Harahan, They also think it was scrapped.
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    Thanks for the tip. I know nothing about...

    Thanks for the tip. I know nothing about Northwest steamboating other than Kahlke Yards built a couple of boats for use up there. And since I prefer my cruising to be in warm climes, I obviously...
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    And I'd venture to say it is Travis on the...

    And I'd venture to say it is Travis on the BELLE...
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    I personally lost interest when it became so...

    I personally lost interest when it became so obvious that the winner was predetermined. That might have been so in early years, but it wasn't so obvious.
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    Derby boat race

    Can't call it the steamboat race, but it happened yesterday in Louisville with the one steamboat BELLE OF LOUISVILLE, and two diesels the BELLE OF CINCINNATI and the first-tiime entrant the overnight...
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    Just got reregistered. I had posted on Facebook...

    Just got reregistered. I had posted on Facebook that .org was down, I'll update it now. Good luck!!!
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    Alan, when they removed the extended Texas on the...

    Alan, when they removed the extended Texas on the Belle, which gave more passenger room, didn't the CG actually reduce the capacity by a couple of hundred? As to the Natchez' capacity/loads: she's...
  13. Madison is about 46 river miles from Louisville....

    Madison is about 46 river miles from Louisville. The BELLE runs a Thursday evening sunset/dinner cruise. Go to her website for details: www.belleoflouisville.org
  14. Majestic

    hmmmmmmmmmmm....its been a long river tradition that naming a vessel beginning with an M is bad luck, since M is the 13th letter of the alphabet. See Mississippi Queen, or Majestic #3709(burned),...
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    MRB was up there several springs ago, a meeting I...

    MRB was up there several springs ago, a meeting I missed.
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    There's no verification that those engines are...

    There's no verification that those engines are definitely from the DK - several knowledgeable people believe so, and some others mechanically inclined believe they aren't. Many of the DK parts have...
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    email me: wzc8491@aol.com

    email me: wzc8491@aol.com
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    Cruise price comparison 1970s/now

    My first DQ trip in 1973 was a 3 day, $60 a day. In today's money that would be $273.65 a day. There was no single penalty - we had the share basis on any category of room. I was in a C, which then...
  19. New rates

    This single is 200% sure she's been priced out of any future trips!
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    money conversion site

    I don't know what Sharon posted, but here's the site I've posted several times and used in discussions - hope I typed it right as this new board won't let me copy and paste. ...
  21. AVALON/BELLE/Howard/Leonie weekend

    Many of us already have our plans made for that glorious weekend, which is happening due to the efforts of Keith Norrington. Keith and Dave worked together on the DQ as watchmen and have kept up with...
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    No, she was built at Kahlkes and ran between RI...

    No, she was built at Kahlkes and ran between RI and Davenport, upstream about a mile from the boatyard, and she never strayed from there. The one stack in front of the pilothouse was sure strange,...
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    WJ QUINLAN pix of week

    I don't know if this is the right category, or if it should be river talk. The QUINLAN was built in 1904 as the DAVENPORT. She operated in tandem with a smaller ferry, the ROCK ISLAND. In 1924, W.J....
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