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Old 08-07-2011, 09:15 AM
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Location: On the "Beautiful Ohio" at New Albany, Indiana, opposite Louisville, Kentucky
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Default MISSISSIPPI V on the Ohio

Mary Charlton reports that the magnificent M/V MISSISSIPPI V, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District, was open for tours at Cincinnati yesterday. Mary took an excellent photo of the boat's roof bell, which has served on ALL of the steamers MISSISSIPPI (I, II, III) and her two diesel successors. The bell dates to 1894 (when the first MISSISSIPPI, built in 1882, was rebuilt following a fire) and still rings proudly on the river. The M/V MISSISSIPPI is one AWESOME vessel, with everything state-of-the-art. You could hold a dance in her pilothouse and one river captain I know calls the boat the "Starship Enterprise"!

(1) Capt. Steve E. Greenwell, master, Str. MISSISSIPPI (#1) at Keokuk, Iowa on October 1, 1907, poses with the bell as he prepares to get underway with President Theodore Roosevelt aboard for a four day trip to Memphis.
(2) Str. MISSISSIPPI (later BECKY THATCHER) at Natchez, 1938, with railroad ferry JAMES Y. LOCKWOOD in background. Note bell on hurricane roof.
(3) MISSISSIPPI V at McAlpine Lock, Louisville, with Str. BELLE OF LOUISVILLE, June 25, 1999.
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