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    Default Paddle Crank at the USACOE St Louis...

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    Saw this on a USACOE deck barge in St Louis. Don't see too many any more!
    Surprised it has survived.

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    Belonged to the St. Genevieve? Only sternwheeler I can think of that the Corps
    would have spare parts to. Note the Corps tan paint.

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    Iíd say thatís a pretty good gues, Luke.

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    Look at the flanges and they can tell you two things for sure. The boat had a staggered wheel and Nordberg engines. The two flanges in the center are set up for a staggered wheel and only Nordberg had those teardrop shape cranks.

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    The St. Genevieve did NOT have a staggered wheel.

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    So who's crank would they be packing around? It looks like Corps tan.

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    Morning friends,

    Anyone operating a stern wheeler today with this type of crank configuration need a spare? Which boats would this work on?

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    Here is a view of the St. Genny's backside... looks like the crank on the barge at St. Louis.
    ALso a great link about attempts at restoration in the 80's. https://qctimes.com/news/local/remem...2c2021.html#34
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    That is an excellent picture of the Gennys wheel. I blew it up so that my 83 year old eyes could see better and it appears that it is what the "old timers" called a split wheel. Would that match the center flanges as Frank Prudent saw them ?? The mystery continues. Maybe "Tommy Towboater" would solve the mystery???

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    I think that photo solves the issue. It's not a staggered wheel that she has, but a wheel heavily built with a set of two flanges in the middle of the shaft. And we know that she had Nordberg machinery.

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