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Old 09-21-2017, 06:56 AM
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
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*BELLE wheel 'on fire.'*
Morning, Steamboating colleagues,
Dan, Judy, Fran, the above a real hoot but I can understand people today not familiar with steam at all being alarmed. I'd heard a couple of stories about fire departments being called over the BELLE but no idea it was that frequent. Up until the early 1960s steam the general power used in mills, boats/ships, railroads towns and cities.

Several years ago friends of ours from France asked me, "Ah, Daaaale, when we watch American TV movies and detective shows we want to know if in New York city big clouds of steam really blow out of sewer lids in the street. Is it real?" I explained what I knew but added that some film directors do put smoke elements in sewers for added drama. What do I know?

R. Dale Flick
Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.
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