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    Greetings, all...!

    I encountered a picture of the steamer "Oregon" while reading a history of the Stone-Campbell churches. She was built by Rees, knocked down and re-assembled overseas, and operated on the Congo in Africa. A little noodling led me back to my Rees catalog, which includes another photo and a testimonial from the missionary that used the boat. All of these photos of her are bow-on shots, such that I can't tell if she was a screw-boat or a sternwheeler. Even the specs listing in the catalog doesn't say. Does anyone know?

    As always, many thanks!

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._R._Moon suggests she was a sternwheeler.

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    Indeed it does, Jon - many thanks! Close examination of the picture in that link also reveals hog chains that all but seal the matter.

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    From the picture it appears to have small engines... note the cylinder head peaking out.
    Also appears the gents on the stern are putting oil in the journal cups. Luke

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    Right, Luke.....and if I really squint it looks like a slide valve engine sitting on proper cylinder timbers. Clearly a sternwheeler!
    Should anyone encounter other (better!) pictures of the "Oregon", please let me know.
    Many thanks!

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