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Alan Bates 06-06-2006 06:00 AM

DQSBCo. machinery
The DQSBCo is giving away the engines and other machinery from the Delta King and the Ste. Genevieve to museums in Jeffersonville and Dubuque on a come-and-get-them basis. Negotiations are under weigh to manage this.

Greg Weber 06-06-2006 08:40 AM

And so, the question is, why in the world would they do this? What Delta King machinery remained, low pressure cylinder? I wonder what Chief Dennis thinks of this.

Steve Huffman 06-06-2006 09:24 AM

Maybe they are doing it to reduce miscellaneous costs, such as storage fees for those engines(?).. Maybe DQSC could borrow the DK hardware back from the museums if they were in dire need for them?

Jamie Donohue 06-06-2006 09:55 AM

Rumor has it they are going to move out of New Orleans. They probably don't want to have to move and store it.

Carmen 06-06-2006 10:44 AM


Most of the stuff is stored in Robin Street Wharf. You can walk around the parking area and the old machinery is stored along the walls.


Steve Huffman 06-06-2006 11:56 AM

Yes, I was aware of the Robin Street wharf as the location of most of that stuff, but thought maybe they still had to pay someone to have it there.

Keith Norrington 06-06-2006 12:26 PM

Chief Engineer (and museum board member) Kenny Howe is in New Orleans as we speak to examine what "goodies" will be suitable for the Howard Steamboat Museum. Since we recently lost out on one of the WAKEROBIN engines (both went to the museum at Chilo, Ohio) we are pleased to have another chance to obtain a steamboat engine. The museum at Dubuque was given the engines from the Corps of Engineers sternwheel dredge SAINTE GENEVIEVE. So, old steamboat engines are being distributed far and wide -- but we can boast that we are the ONLY steamboat museum to have an excursion boat brig!!!

Greg Weber 06-07-2006 08:36 AM

It bothers me more than a little that no one here seems to grasp the importance of what the loss of this machinery could mean. No less than the continued operation of the DQ as a steam powered boat is at stake. The cost of storing the stuff is nothing compared to what it would cost to fabricate these parts new, if even possible. Machinery wears out, regardless of how well built it is and the hardware on the DQ is no exception! Better book your trips now no matter the price because without that machinery, the DQ is on borrowed time.

Judy Patsch 06-07-2006 09:58 AM

There's no verification that those engines are definitely from the DK - several knowledgeable people believe so, and some others mechanically inclined believe they aren't. Many of the DK parts have already been placed on the DQ, like the paddlewheel shaft in '80 and the notorious section of the starboard engine in '54 here in Rock Island after she ran through herself. So you're not looking at a complete set even if it is the authentic twin. Perhaps Chief Dennis can chime in here....

Keith Norrington 06-07-2006 11:22 AM

No need for panic! If it came to a "life or death" situation where the continued operation and "life" of a steamboat was in jeopardy, I know that the Howard Museum would be more than happy to return whatever part(s) necessary to ensure that steamboating is kept alive and well! If it weren't for other old boats (including the Str. W.P. SNYDER, Jr.) being "organ donors", the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE most likely would NOT be running today!

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