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    Yes, Judy, that is true. Doc Hawley knows more...

    Yes, Judy, that is true. Doc Hawley knows more about that than I. It had something to do with enclosed spaces and registered tonnage. . .let's not start THAT again. The Idlewild was allowed 1,600...
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    Jim, you neglected to mention the Cincinnati...

    Jim, you neglected to mention the Cincinnati codfish that floated past Louisville.
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    Jim, passenger capacity varied according to the...

    Jim, passenger capacity varied according to the whims of the inspectors. When the America came out in 1918 she was a "half-boat" with staterooms half the length of the cabin and a dance floor the...
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    Rose Island was a small corner of the Charlestown...

    Rose Island was a small corner of the Charlestown ammunition and bag plant.
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    Steamboats were used for everything including, I...

    Steamboats were used for everything including, I am sure, smuggling. Yes, it would have been propelled by a paddlewheel. The crew could have varied from twenty to a hundred or more. Small is a...
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    A thrifty hen is a Scottish Leghorn.

    A thrifty hen is a Scottish Leghorn.
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    Jim, the river was relatively clean in the...

    Jim, the river was relatively clean in the 1920's. The general accptance and installation of flush commodes during the 1930's and 1940's did it in. I can recall "islands" of algae floating along in...
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    Simpson's Rule, as used for determining volumes...

    Simpson's Rule, as used for determining volumes for admeasurement works this way:
    Determine the length. Divide it into any convenient even number of equal spaces. The dividing points between...
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    Steve, the USCG goes by long tons only for...

    Steve, the USCG goes by long tons only for displacement and stability calculations. What you calculated is displacement tons. A registered ton is 100 cubic feet and is not a measure of weight. ...
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    Today's rules may be found in 46, Code of Federal...

    Today's rules may be found in 46, Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter G. This is about 110 pages of rules for measuring, lists of exemptions and exceptions, etc. In addition the admeasurer's...
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    Here is Moorman's Formula to approximate register tonnage under any proposed dimensions: Let L = length on upper deck [of hull] from plank at bow to plank at stern. Let B = inside main breadth from...
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    Businesses that grow too fast are obliged to do...

    Businesses that grow too fast are obliged to do so with borrowed money. Time after time we see firms expand on other peoples' cash until their debts become insoluble. Notably it has happened to the...
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    The rules for admeasurement of boats and ships...

    The rules for admeasurement of boats and ships are designed for cheating. Each nation aims to favor their own ships and penalize those of other lands. Each owner wants to reduce the tonnage as much...
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    Picture of the Week

    The C. C. Bowyer (pronounced BOYer) was a packet boat. Mr. Charles C. Bowyer was a fried to all rivermen and helped finance many boats.
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    It's the same Zachary Taylor. The boat was a...

    It's the same Zachary Taylor. The boat was a continuous rebuilding job as long as Ted Huffman lived. She was like the family axe that had three new blades and five new handles, but was the same old...
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    As a former building cost estimator, I cannot help wondering why the DQSB, LLD has such a complicated rate structure. If they were to calculate their costs, and surely by now someone has analyzed...
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    Captain Harris Underwood disliked running master...

    Captain Harris Underwood disliked running master on steamboats and seldom did it. On the Belle of Louisville, for example, he ran master for a total of one week while Paul took a vacation. He much...
  18. I blame my parents for this.

    I blame my parents for this.
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    DQSBCo. machinery

    The DQSBCo is giving away the engines and other machinery from the Delta King and the Ste. Genevieve to museums in Jeffersonville and Dubuque on a come-and-get-them basis. Negotiations are under...
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    I must have met Doc Carr much, much later in his...

    I must have met Doc Carr much, much later in his career! When I knew him he was a wispy little guy, nearly blind, and with a sour expression.
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    My guesses, l. to r.: Harris Underwood, Albert...

    My guesses, l. to r.: Harris Underwood, Albert Kelly, Jim Swartzwelder, unknown, Paul Underwood, unknown, unknown, Bob McCann. I do not know the lady.
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    I shall have to get out the picture and look...

    I shall have to get out the picture and look again.
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    Was the Quinlan ever in Louisville, Kentucky, or...

    Was the Quinlan ever in Louisville, Kentucky, or Jeffersonville, Indiana? I have a small picture of a completely enclosed sternwheeler with one stack passing the Big Four Bridge and it resembles her.
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    That dog's name was Ranger. He brought in a...

    That dog's name was Ranger. He brought in a raccoon one time when I was there and we ate coon livers for lunch. They were very good a crispy.
    Ranger patrolled the Hubbard estate. On another visit...
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