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WP SNYDER Jr Whistle blows on anniversary of last day with steam

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Old 09-16-2006, 06:45 PM
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Default WP SNYDER Jr Whistle blows on anniversary of last day with steam

Greetings from Marietta, OH.

Today, at approximately 2:15pm Capt. Nelson Jones and his crew from Madison Coal and Supply succesfully blew the steam whistle of the Str. WP SNYDER Jr at the meeting of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen in Marietta, OH.

We took the whistle down at 11am this morning and found massive amounts of corrosion in the bowl and languid of the individual whistles. It took several hours work to free the corrosion and get the wind ways clear enough to blow. But, our work paid off and the whistle blew successfully several times at the luncheon. Most likely the first time since the late 1960's when it was blown for a recording of historic steam whistles. As locals report the whistle has been blown at S&D meetings since, but the smallest whistle has not functioned until today.

Several members will surely be sharing their experiences with hearing the whistle as a major fund-raising effort was launched to raise money to restore the historic vessel.

We were also entertained by Capt. Clarke C. "Doc" Hawley on the steam calliope aboard the ANNA MARIE. Beautiful weather made for a wonderful day to have the S&D luncheon at the Ohio River Museum. A great day was had by all!

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