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Keith Norrington 05-30-2012 08:35 AM

"River Ramblings" Program at the Howard
Just a note so you can mark your calendars for the 8th program in my "RIVER RAMBLINGS" educational lecture series at the Howard Steamboat Museum.

This year's program will be on SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th and will be entitled [B][I]"The Big Silver Boat: Remembrances of the Excursion Steamer Admiral"[/I][/B], presented by Capt. Jim and Annie Blum. Both were longtime crew members on the boat and will provide personal insights and images.

As many will recall, the ADMIRAL was cut up for scrap last year after a long career as the sidewheel railroad ferry ALBATROSS, the Streckfus excursion boat ADMIRAL, an entertainment vessel for Six Flags and finally as a casino on the St. Louis riverfront.

The program will begin at 3:00 PM (EDT) and admission is $5 per person. If it's a hot and humid day, we will convene inside the mansion where we now have air conditioning!

I always schedule these presentations at 3:00 PM so those who wish can ride the BELLE of LOUISVILLE on her afternoon cruise (Noon-2:00 PM) and have plenty of time to drive over to the museum. Ride the BELLE while you can!

Looking forward to seeing y'all!

"Curator Keith"

PS: Don't forget: Memorial service for Capt. Alan Bates aboard the BELLE (dockside) this Saturday from 4:00 until 6:30 PM, followed the next week by the HSM Pilothouse and MQ bell dedication on Saturday, June 9th at 2:00 PM.

Judy Patsch 05-30-2012 11:33 AM

The BSB as Jim calls it...
Their crew experiences and relationships with the Carrolls give them both a working and aficionado knowledge of the BSB... last fall Jim gave the Midwest Buffs a slide show of the demise of the ADMIRAL, and his onboard shots during the dismantling were breathtaking and heartbreaking. I'm sure the RR program will be about the happier days of the St. Louis icon, which has always seemed to take a back seat when discussions of excursion steamboats take place. Maybe it is attributed to her modernistic design rather than the traditional gingerbready look?
Speaking of food(gingerbread), the usual chocolate chip cookies will be available at RR, and the post Kingfish gathering will be at the Towne Place Suites as usual.
Not only is the Howard the little museum that can and does, but Keith is the Curator who can and does, without monetary support from other river organizations which purportedly fund such educational endeavors.
August 11 it is!

Judy Patsch 05-31-2012 01:11 PM

The first piece of 'silver'
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Here's the first piece of silver in place on the then-unnamed boat under construction above the Eads Bridge. On August 11, Jim and Annie will complete the picture for us at the annual successful [I]River Ramblings[/I] sponsored by the Howard Museum.

Kevin Dickmeyer 05-31-2012 01:19 PM

Judy, are there any shots of the paddlewheels before they were "boxed" in? I have always wondered what they looked like.

Judy Patsch 05-31-2012 01:49 PM

I've seen some shots of them from the interior, but not exposed. I don't think I have any in my collection. Long ago we had a discussion on here about whether or not they were painted, so maybe you could find that archived thread.

David Tschiggfrie 06-01-2012 05:55 AM

Early ADMIRAL construction photos
[QUOTE=Kevin Dickmeyer;29932]Judy, are there any shots of the paddlewheels before they were "boxed" in? I have always wondered what they looked like.[/QUOTE]


Log on to Murphy Library at University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse, to access their steamboat photo collection. In the "Search Collection" box type in steam00243 and also steam 00244. These two views show the boat before the new paddlewheels were built. The old wheels from the ALBATROSS were apparently replaced by new ones, as these photos show only the wheel shafts and flanges as the boat is being built. I don't believe the Murphy collection has any shots of the new wheels actually under construction. Perhaps they were built after the exterior steel bulkheads were already in place, which would explain why there are no shots of them in the collection.

Kevin Dickmeyer 06-01-2012 07:24 AM

Thank you Judy and David!

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