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Forum: River Talk & Cruises 09-02-2011, 12:21 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,306
Posted By Alan Bates
And there was always at least one passenger to...

And there was always at least one passenger to ask, "How long does your two-hour trip last?"
Forum: River Talk & Cruises 08-28-2011, 10:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,306
Posted By Alan Bates
Chet Foster, engineer on the Belle of Louisville...

Chet Foster, engineer on the Belle of Louisville was accosted by a couple of men one of whom asked him where the stem was. Dead-faced, Chet replied, "Buddy I don't know; I just come to her last...
Forum: Steamboats & History 08-19-2011, 03:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,254
Posted By Alan Bates
The City of Louisville was easily capable of...

The City of Louisville was easily capable of 18-20 miles per hour. It averaged over 16 mph on its two record runs, one against and one with the current. Even so, I wouldn't bet a nickel for either...
Forum: Steamboats & History 08-11-2011, 05:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,254
Posted By Alan Bates
At the risk of tootething my own horn, I believe...

At the risk of tootething my own horn, I believe the present-day Natchez could do it. She easily knocks off 12 mph upstream in the New Orleans harbor. Between Louisville and Madison summertime...
Forum: River Talk & Cruises 07-12-2011, 10:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,322
Posted By Alan Bates
If I were mate I would fire the entire watch! ...

If I were mate I would fire the entire watch! And I would not be caught dead where that mate is standing. Why would anyone need three men to hold up that line coming off the capstan? Further, none...
Forum: Steamboats & History 07-12-2011, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,754
Posted By Alan Bates
That shows what happens when I get to thinking,...

That shows what happens when I get to thinking, Bob. There is no such thing as "never happened" on the rivers.
Forum: Steamboats & History 07-12-2011, 12:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,754
Posted By Alan Bates
Travis, see figure 101 in the Western Rivers...

Travis,
see figure 101 in the Western Rivers Steamboat Cyclopoedium. There were two identical complete bell systems, one to the starboard engine, one to the port. There were two engineers or an...
Forum: Steamboats & History 05-19-2011, 01:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,949
Posted By Alan Bates
Ah, Lexie, Lexie, you're getting bitter! ...

Ah, Lexie, Lexie,

you're getting bitter! But artists do not know squat about what riverboats look like.
Forum: Steamboats & History 05-06-2011, 10:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,295
Posted By Alan Bates
Rule numberr 3 means don't throw anything over...

Rule numberr 3 means don't throw anything over the head of the boat. The superstition was that doing so brought bad luck. In my ignorance it happened that I threw a weevily box of cereal over the...
Forum: Steamboats & History 05-06-2011, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,295
Posted By Alan Bates
On my first trip as a deckhand I was told rule 3...

On my first trip as a deckhand I was told rule 3 when I threw a bug-infested box of cereal over the bow at the landing. "Don't let the Old Man catch you doing that. It brings bad luck." A few days...
Forum: Steamboats & History 05-04-2011, 12:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,295
Posted By Alan Bates
When a steamboat runs through herself one of the...

When a steamboat runs through herself one of the connections between the piston and the paddlewheel crank fails. It can happen at the crosshead or the crank journal or along a pitman strap. When it...
Forum: Steamboats & History 04-28-2011, 10:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,901
Posted By Alan Bates
The CHAUTAQUA BELLE engines were made for her by...

The CHAUTAQUA BELLE engines were made for her by Harry McBride in 1975. They have Stevenson valve gear.
Forum: Steamboats & History 04-26-2011, 01:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,136
Posted By Alan Bates
Ah, Lexie, one of my clients suggested that I...

Ah, Lexie, one of my clients suggested that I should go measure the Rob't. E. Lee to confirm my drawings' accuracy. He became defensively angry when I asked him where to find her. She is in the...
Forum: River Talk & Cruises 04-26-2011, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,898
Posted By Alan Bates
This flood will probably not approach the level...

This flood will probably not approach the level of the 1937 inundation, which was more than 24 feet higher than today's predictions. The Ohio River extended from south of Churchill Downs to...
Forum: Steamboats & History 04-21-2011, 01:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,442
Posted By Alan Bates
Bill Bowell

Captain Bill Bowell died yesterday. He operated the Padelford Packet Co., at St. Paul and ran excursions. He was also a student of steamboat history and donated his library to the museum at...
Forum: Steamboats & History 04-13-2011, 07:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,071
Posted By Alan Bates
Today's postal service could learn a lot from...

Today's postal service could learn a lot from their 1900 acivities. At that time mail was shipped out on the first vehicle headed toward the mail's destination and sorted en route. Today it is...
Forum: River Talk & Cruises 04-08-2011, 09:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,513
Posted By Alan Bates
I was a consultant at the building of the Dutch...

I was a consultant at the building of the Dutch Mississippi Queen when a letter arrived from some goose-juice attorney who claimed they could not use the name and threatened reprisals. The owner...
Forum: Steamboats & History 04-06-2011, 09:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,068
Posted By Alan Bates
My books have been offered for more than they are...

My books have been offered for more than they are worth for a long time.
Belle of Louisville sold for $2.50 when first published. Now: $65.00 even though it remains in print and can be bought for...
Forum: Steamboats & History 04-03-2011, 08:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,832
Posted By Alan Bates
As I remember the old piston heads on the Belle,...

As I remember the old piston heads on the Belle, it was not necessary to stretch the rings over a land. Instead of a land there was a removable plate. The ring was sluud into place and the plate...
Forum: Save the DELTA QUEEN 03-19-2011, 05:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,059
Posted By Alan Bates
I do not recall any services, special or not, at...

I do not recall any services, special or not, at the Vicksburg Hotel. I guess I had better read the book.

Incidentally, Vicksburg is the only place I ever saw spaghetti and grits on a menu.
Forum: Steamboats & History 03-19-2011, 09:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,832
Posted By Alan Bates
The piston head in the port cylinder was...

The piston head in the port cylinder was shattered by ice during the winter of 1964. On the day set for our trial run Dave Crecelius eased the throttle open, the wheel made part of a turn, there was...
Forum: Save the DELTA QUEEN 03-18-2011, 10:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,059
Posted By Alan Bates
In January, 1961, I was part of a survey team...

In January, 1961, I was part of a survey team that studied the depth and the composition of the riverbed at Milliken's Bend. Among other fasinating conclusions we found that the river in Milliken's...
Forum: Steamboats & History 03-16-2011, 06:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,205
Posted By Alan Bates
An apology and explanation

As soon as a professional musician heard Helen Prater play three bars he knew her. He recognized that she was "solid" in musical argot, meaning she could read, fake or transpose as needed and was...
Forum: Steamboats & History 03-15-2011, 09:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,006
Posted By Alan Bates
The biggest problem this mate had with the stage...

The biggest problem this mate had with the stage was automobiles parked too close to shore. Once we scraped a scratch from end to end of a beautifully kept Pontiac. When the owner came by I...
Forum: Steamboats & History 03-15-2011, 09:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,006
Posted By Alan Bates
You betcha stages were a trial in a strong wind. ...

You betcha stages were a trial in a strong wind. I don't think they made any difference in navigation, but they gave a lot of trouble in a cross wind handling the stage itself.
If the deckhand...
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