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    My friend Ray Brubacher is the theater organist for the American Film Institute here in Washington. I posed the Steamboat Bill question and he replied:

    I have absolutely NO idea of the names of the vessels that were used. It appears that they were mock ups when you think of the decrepit old tub that Keaton and dad Ernest Torrence were operating with ropes.

    I looked at this website. On the larger boat it appears that the stacks are not connected below the roof line?

    STEAMBOAT BILL, JR.

    Stan Garvey lists the Steamboat Round the Bend boats in King and Queen of the River: LEADER, PRIDE OF STOCKTON (Capital City), T.C. WALKER, PRIDE OF THE RIVER, CAPT. WEBER and CHEROKEE.

    I recall an article in the 1970s in "American Film" the old AFI magazine, about Keaton's location filming, but that may have been only for The General. Maybe one of the internet/library sleuths out here can look for that citation? A virtual Snicker's bar could be at stake.

    Wesley
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