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Old 05-09-2008, 05:31 PM
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Default steamboat research questions for kids book

I am writing a children's book, and need some information on steamboats. First, the background -- This is a paperback series for ages nine to 12, about a brother and sister who travel with a ghost hunter TV show, and discover that the girl can see ghosts. The first book will be out in summer of 2009. I'm working on the second book now, and it's set on a steamboat. (The ghost is a steamboat pilot who fell asleep on the job, caused an accident, and now is trying to make amends.) I've been on steamboats in the past, but new questions have come up during the writing. I've gotten a number of books on steamboats, but they don't always cover what I need to know. For example:

This is a steamboat that does multi-day river trips, with passenger cabins, and travels at night. How many people are likely to be on duty at night? Where would they be, and what would they be doing?

What does the boiler room look like inside, and what happens there? This is supposed to be an old boat that has been modernized for safety.

If you can suggest books or other sources that would help, please let me know. If you can answer from your personal experience, of course I'm glad to hear from you as well! You can learn more about me and my other books through my web site,

Thank you,
Chris Eboch
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