I'm looking forward this weekend to manning the gift shop on the TWILIGHT as she makes 4 day-long roundtrips between Dubuque and Guttenberg. All are sold out, but she has 3 more scheduled at the end of the season the last week of October. She has been running 90 minute harbor trips out of LeClaire the 3rd Saturday of each month, most of which have sold out. Last Saturday she ran 4 1 hour trips in conjunction with a Corvette rally on the LeClaire levee. Profits from the Vette show and the TWILIGHT went to Iowa veterans' groups. And of course she is running her signature 2 day trips from LeClaire to Dubuque and back 3 times a week. For those who aren't familiar with this boat, it is truly a family business, owned by Capt. Kevin and Carrie Stier, who were longtime crew members under Capt. Denny Trone. Their son Jacob recently earned his first pilot license and daughter Emily helps out in office matters when not at her job at the U Wisconsin/Platteville. If you've never taken a trip on the TWILIGHT, please consider it. You'd enjoy a wonderful time and would be helping keep local affordable riverboating alive in this era of big box/megapriced overnight vessels.

Down on the other end of the river, the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, nee CASINO ROCK ISLAND, is taking shape in the Industrial Canal in New Orleans. Hopes are for a debut around Thanksgiving. Her exterior is mostly finished so the focus is on the interior work. For those curious about the placement of her big nameboard, it will go on the boiler deck, just as on her big sister NATCHEZ. It will be affixed outside the stanchions and railings. The CoNO is not built symmetrically, due to the placement of cashier cages as a casino boat, so while one side has plenty of room for the name on the bulkhead on one side, the other side does not. Capts. Steve Nicoulin and Matt Dow and Chief Scotty Viaeges are the main leaders at the construction site. Capt. Steve will be her first Master.

Now both of these boats are diesel-electric but that doesn't mean I've forsaken steamboats - my next trip to ride the NATCHEZ is in November (shingles attack postponed my August trip), and I'll be riding the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE on her October Madison trip. The BELLE trip will be preceded by River Ramblings at the Howard Museum and a Riverboat Rummage sale on Sunday Oct. 14. Hope to see many river people over there!

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