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Old 01-25-2008, 07:38 AM
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Default Steamers Sprague and Delta Queen

I dug into my files on the Str. SPRAGUE last night and thought these images, taken a decade apart, would be of interest. The first photo shows her in the lock here at Louisville in 1959 as she was upbound for Pittsburgh to be an "on loan" attraction during their bicentennial celebration. Union Barge Line handled the towing arrangements and I think the towboats used were the WESTERN, LEHIGH and RELIANCE for the round trip journey. These locks are now gone, replaced with two 1200' chambers. In the background is the K&I Railroad bridge, looking downstream toward New Albany, Indiana, my hometown!

The other two views of the "BIG MAMA" were taken at Vicksburg on May 29, 1969. This gives a good comparison as to the size of the sternwheels of the DQ and SPRAGUE. Look closely at picture #2 and you'll see the pilothouse of the Civil War ironclad USS CAIRO resting next to the floodwall -- straight at the top of the steps that went down to the gangplank to board the SPRAGUE.
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