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Old 08-07-2010, 04:39 PM
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Default str. ADMIRAL photos

I was looking through my ADMIRAL file for photos for another .orger, so I thought I'd post a couple of them here.
1) This is obviously pre-Arch and pre-interstate. Does anyone know what the grand columned square building is? The boat inside the ADMIRAL is the H.S. DOUGLAS(nee PLAQUEMINE built at Howard), which was used on the St. Louis levee as a floating night club and then later as a supply boat for the Piasa Tool & Die and Eagle Boat Store. She was dismantled in 1949. So the picture was taken between 1940-49. Note the Old Cathedral to the far left. It appears to be high water, as it looks like the railroad trestles are standing in the water and the cobblestone levee isn't visible.
2) Passing under the new Jefferson Barracks (I-255) Bridge at the bottom of the harbor, I believe. When I took my first trip in 1956, we went below there and headed back upriver on a trip that went from 10 AM to 4:30 PM.
3) Do a double take on this one! That's the Memphis bridge and Mud Island. So this might have been taken either coming or going to New Orleans to stand in for the PRESIDENT while the PREZ was dieselized in the winter of 1977-78. Did she run some excursions out of Memphis enroute? That would have necessitated a larger crew than she would have needed for the trip. My guess is this was just a service stop and the photographer took advantage of it.
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