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    This picture surfaced in an old family album. I showed it to Alan Bates the other day and he asked what boat these 6 girls were aboard. I assumed it was the AMERICA, but Alan said he didn't think so because of the gingerbread on the wing bridge and the pipe extensions on the texas railings. I got the UW/LaCrosse web site and looked at all the pictures of the AMERICA and, by goodness, Alan was right; it's not the AMERICA. I wonder what boat it could be.
    This is what I know.....it was taken here at Louisville. It was taken by my aunt who went to the Louisville Girls High School (they look like high school girls so I assume it was a school trip) and she graduated around 1925. It is a sidewheeler because the second picture was taken on the same day and clearly shows a girl standing next to the paddle box.
    Did Streckfus have any sidewheel excursion boats operating around here in the mid-1920's? Could it have been the first ISLAND QUEEN?
    The big Snickers bar is at stake here.
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    RE: 'Identify the boat.'
    Hi, Jim & steamboating colleagues:
    Two interesting photos you posted on this thread. I looked and looked again but am not certain either. Judy may know as she has an eye for such details and a collection of photos that could nail it down. Boats changed over the years as we all know.

    The 1st ISLAND QUEEN was long gone by 1922 in the big fire here in Cincinnati. The group photo on the (L) shows metal pipe railing; then the bridge from the top deck with the wood gingerbread. My one thought is, possibly, the Str. WASHINGTON after she was entered in the Ohio River excursion runs after being rebuilt.

    At times the round structural work looks like a paddlebox but could that be housing for stairs? The attire worn by the young ladies is mid 1920s +. Don't you hate it when people didn't write down the date, place or boat? 'Takes a village.' Heck, I don't know.

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    'Insignia' on round housing in photo:
    Jim, I looked again and in the 2nd snap of the young lady standing alone you'll see on the left of the photo a 'clipped' sign or insignia on the round structure of some type. Just a wild guess: could that be an 'S' for STAIRS or STRECKFUS?

    Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River.

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    Sidewheelers around Louisville in the 1920's include:
    America, Cincinnati, Island Queen, Rose Island, City of Memphis, Verne Swain
    and Saint Paul(?) Saint Paul was renamed Senator in 1940, which is too late.
    Rose Island's trim matches, but rails do not. City of Memphis's forward stair has a round hood, as does Rose Island. These were the same boat. It is definitely NOT America, Cincinnati, St. Paul or Island Queen.
    The Verne Swain became successively: Rose Island, Roosevelt (while at Pittsburgh), and City of Memphis. I'm betting she is this boat under one of those names. I'm also betting I'm probably wrong.
    The girls dresses hint at 1920's. Notice the high belts, low hems, opaque stockings and flat chests, all pure flapper style.

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    If it is a sternwheeler she could be the Homer Smith.

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    Virginia, Steel City, East St. Louis, Island Belle, but not Greater New Orleans (all one boat) lurked around, too. Homer Smith is out of the running.

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    Jimmy: I'll vote KATE ADAMS. The KATE was a side-winder. She din't run out of Louie, but she sure went by now and then including Mardi Gras about that time, but this looks like warmer weather (could the photo have been snapped in warmer climes...ie NOLA?. The "S" seen in the second pix could have been part of her name. But, I'm like Alan in this regeard, this is my bet but I'm betting I'm wrong! Cap'n Walnut

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    Default not a Streckfus, almost positive on that

    Of course I can't find my notes on the Streckfus boats when and where they ran. But I can say for sure it isn't the WASHINGTON or SAINT PAUL. They both had a little row of gingerbread under the wing bridge, but not that design , and those railings aren't familiar to me on a Streckfus boat. It of course isn't the CAPITOL either, because she never came over there. I'd put my money on something like the EAST ST. LOUIS or VERNE SWAIN in one of its incarnations. I'll look at more pix later, just got done snowblowing. Again.

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    There were two other sidewheelers in Louisville then. The Henry Watterson and the Froman M. Coots, but I'm sticking with Rose Island. She was not renamed City of Memphis until 1931-32.

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    If the picture was made in 1925, then the boat is the Verne Swain, not Rose Island.

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