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Old 04-11-2010, 11:40 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Rock Island, Illinois mile 480 UMR
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35 years ago today, April 12, the daughter of the mayor of Natchez Mississippi christened the Steamer NATCHEZ at the Toulouse Street Wharf. The first harbor trip was made the next day, April 13... 35 years, where does the time go? I've been associated with her for 26 of those years.
The first picture was taken this weekend. It doesn't look pretty, and doesn't look like much because there's nothing really left there. But this is where the beautiful Alan Bates-designed NATCHEZ was built: at Bergeron Shipyard in Braitwaite LA, just downriver on the east bank from NOLA. With all the sad steamboating news we've had these past couple of years, it is so satisfying to see the business picking up here and to see the NATCHEZ in all her beauty. Thank you Alan! HAPPY BIRTHDAY WZC8491!!!!!
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