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Frank X. Prudent 03-06-2017 12:27 AM

[QUOTE=Jess Burchill;36358]That is so interesting! My boyfriend and one of his friends/employees is driving a Steamboat Paddle Wheeler up the Missouri. The boat came from Cincinnati, OH and was attached to a barge on the Ohio River and onto the Mississippi. The boys are currently at Mile 294 on the Missouri River, starting at St. Louis. They have had many days worth of troubles, but it has been quite an adventure. He is pushing the boat with his diesel ocean boat.[/QUOTE]

Jess, just because she has a paddlewheel doesn't mean she's a steamboat. Both boats are diesel boats. Unfortunately honest to God steamboats are as scarce as hen's teeth on the Mississippi River System. Hopefully, the JULIA BELLE SWAIN will add one to the numbers this summer. Otherwise it's just the AMERICAN QUEEN, NATCHEZ, BELLE OF LOUISVILLE, and CHAUTAUQUA BELLE out there now.

Jess Burchill 03-07-2017 08:44 AM

Wow that is great, Thanks Judy! She is to land in Pierre, SD. Still has three dams to overcome in South Dakota. They are not quite to Kansas City, MO yet

Jess Burchill 03-07-2017 08:46 AM

Thank you! This is very helpful as well. She went in the '90s to St. Charles? Or further up the Mighty Mo?

Jess Burchill 03-07-2017 09:04 AM

Frank, Technically, yes you are correct. She's a Diesel Paddelwheer (Sternwheel), 120 passenger with 84 dining capacity built in 1964. Nonetheless it is very rare for her to make her way up the Mighty Mo. She has a journey ahead of her of approx. 1300 miles from St. Louis, MO to Pierre, SD and three dams (Not lock dams. They are mainstream earth rolled reservoirs). So we have an adventure/challenge ahead of us. The 40 ton boat only goes approx. 2-4 mph up river and that is with our other diesel boat pulling her along too, Running all motors.

Denny Hamilton 04-17-2017 11:58 PM

This quick thread seems to have died. Is the boat still making progress on the Missouri River? If so, where is the boat at now, and how is it getting around the Mo River dams?

Jess Burchill 04-18-2017 09:51 AM

Hi Denny. Sorry to the delay in the thread. We have been pretty busy lately. The boys and the boat made it to Dakota Dunes, SD. Here they encountered very low water levels. The vessel was parked for a couple of weeks until more water was released from the dams. Caleb headed back and made the journey up the toughest part of the Missouri River (Dakota Dunes to Vermillion, SD). He lost power to the port engine when the chain broke, he was forced to keep moving forward only with the Starboard running. (this meant he was moving less than 1 mph). He decided to pull out at Vermillion, SD and attempt to fix the motor, His intention to get around the dams was to put the boat on low boy trailer and drive up and around the dams. However, the boat weighed far more than was disclosed. She was said to weigh approx. 40,000 lbs. When the moving company put her on the commercial scale, she weighed 120,000 lbs!! Therefore, the wheel house was removed, the paddles had to be removed, and various other parts of the boat (railings, anything heavy metal). Therefore, as you know, since the paddles propel the boat, and having to replace everything, Caleb made the decision to drive the boat the entire way to Pierre, SD rather than keep motoring up river. He has been gone three months on this adventure and needs her home. He needs to get back to his other businesses and bring in some money as he is tapped out. It was a long journey and he's very disappointed he could not have motored up river the entire way home. If you would like to read about the journey. He did almost daily journal entries on his facebook page.


Thank you for following. He hopes the boat will be all put back together and operating by May 3rd.

[QUOTE=Denny Hamilton;36484]This quick thread seems to have died. Is the boat still making progress on the Missouri River? If so, where is the boat at now, and how is it getting around the Mo River dams?[/QUOTE]

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