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Old 04-15-2014, 11:46 AM
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Default Str. SPRAGUE Burned 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago tonight, on April 15, 1974, the Str. SPRAGUE burned on the Vicksburg waterfront, where she had been a tourist attraction since being retired by the Standard Oil Company in 1948.

My Old Boat Column in this week's issue of The Waterways Journal recounts the blaze and aftermath.

"Big Mama" was truly an AWESOME lady of the river. She 'rests in pieces' along the Yazoo and in museums and private collections. It was my delight and privilege to visit the mammoth sternwheeler four times before the fire, and on numerous occasions afterward. I especially loved that HUGE pilothouse with its 13.5 foot pilotwheel!

A long and two shorts to the memory of the largest steam towboat ever built!
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