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Thread: New Steamer by L. E. Fry, Clayton, NY, 1910

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    As much as it pains me....

    I gotta ask ...a fine Kentucky gentleman lovingly strokin' a yankee boat from, hold your breath... New York ? An area of the country, Clayton New York, a tourist trap it is, full of people that don't have a clue about condensing steam...

    yet the town is just a cough, a mere stones throw from Sodus, New York, great people live in Sodus, ya know, or so I've been told (Clayton and Alexandria Bay, THE two places to go on the Seaway in the summer are a little more than halfway from Sodus to our cabin...) So it can't be too bad of an area, about as far from New York City as you can get and still be in New York...

    The ultimate Great Lakes outflow, the mighty Saint Lawrence Seaway, flowing fast, real fast right past Clayton , but what the frit does that have to do with brown water. This water ain't brown, kinda greenish blue, day in and day out...and we're talking big bass and pike here, ain't gonna find Asian Carp or Catfish here... Are you sure your new boat will understand this new, this new... brown?, especially being in Florida so long? But, she's from a great pedigree area, should help a bit with the confusion, keep in mind the Edmund Fitzgerald powered by Clayton many times, good ancestry, should help...but can she understand "right descending bank"?

    Clayton is a great, little quaint, picturesque town, a tourist trap but fun nonetheless...just bustin' your chops my friend...real good beer there...

    I wanna ride...damn, she's pretty...

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    Tom, think if we scrap the wood and replace it with a few lumps of good ol' eastern Kentucky cannel coal we could get that sucker up on a plane?
    I really think Harrods Creek would be a perfect stream for a shakedown cruise.

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    Jim: If them there alligators in Fla din't make her git up on plane, don't reckon cannel coal will do it!

    Harrods Creek sounds good, but I wanna know that her rod is right and tight before I go.
    Cap'n Walnut...

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    Jim: Thanks for your good wishes and, yes, I found out that Harry Card built your paddle-wheel boat. OLIVER is now owned by Bob Good, and it is indeed a near twin in design to my "blue boat", only a little larger. There is no builder's plaque in my boat but after seeing OLIVER with a builder's plaque intact, there is no doubt in my mind what yard it came from. And, yes, Harry built the Roberts style boiler in my boat. I never knew or met Harry, but dealt with his three daughters who were heir to this boat...really nice people. Bob Good was heir to OLIVER and to Harry's machine shop too except for the wood-working equipment. In a trip to Silver Springs, a Cap'n Bob there remembered Mr Card not at all until I mentioned that he was in charge of maintenance there. Bob knew him only as "Harry" and said that he could make any part for their equipment that was needed and unavailable from suppliers. My review of the evidence left behind in the BLUE BOAT is mixed...some was VERY well done and a bit here and there as though he was in a hurry to get 'er done. There is a marvelous mixture of brass, black iron and galvanized in the same run of piping! Going to have to be careful with boiler treatment to keep all that galvanic activity to a minimum. Best of luck with your project with the new boiler. Cap'n Walnut.

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    Did someone say Licking River trip? Did I hear Harrods Creek Run? Must be these old ears longing for the sounds and smells of his former steam-powered home!

    Where is the ticket booth? How much? Need a Riverlorian? Does that thing have a calliope?

    Travis

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    Sigh! Yeah, we said alla that stuff and we allus need a riverlorian...and yeah, it has a one-whistle three-chime calliope...likely put a boom box unner the front seat! Ticket booth? Just tell me that all of you guy down there in Louisville are OK after all that rain yester. Timetable and itinerary will appear in these pages...after the engine repairs.
    Cap'n Walnut.

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    We are okay...and as far as I know all are accounted for!

    But, we were moments away from the construction of an ark in these parts!

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    I'll be damned, I head up north to Michigan to ride an old coal fired steam ship and we get an old new steam boat right here. I might have to think twice before I leave town next time. And I haven't even been on the MISSIE yet!

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