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Two Stalwart Steamboat Survivors

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Old 05-27-2009, 02:47 PM
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Default Two Stalwart Steamboat Survivors

Although a rather distant shot, this image is poignant, for the two steamboats are still in existence. Capt. C.W. Stoll snapped this picture as he passed the Mound City, Illlinois marine ways on April 21, 1944, while delivering an LST down the river.

It's during spring HIGH water and up on the ways (but not far out of the river!) is the Str. IDLEWILD, later the AVALON and today the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE. On the right is the Str. MISSISSIPPI, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retired in 1961, she has long been a museum/restaurant/showboat at Hannibal, St. Louis and, since 1975, Marietta, Ohio -- where she has been closed for several years and for sale. Dimly seen in front of the IDLEWILD is the hull of the excursion steamer CITY OF ST. LOUIS, formerly the ERASTUS WELLS.

A whistle salute to these two grand old gals of the river!
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