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Dan Back 10-18-2006 11:21 PM

The boats of Tall Stacks
The following is a list of all of the boats that have been at the 7 Tall Stacks.

Boat Year
American Queen 1995 1999
Anson northrup 1992 1995 1999 2003
Becky Thatcher 1988 1992
Belle of Cincinnati 2006
Belle of Louisville 1988 1992 1995 1999 2003 2006
Belle of St. louis 1992
Blennerhassett 2006
Bonnie Belle 1988 1992 1995
Celebration Belle 1999 2003 2006
Chattanooga Star 2003
Colonel 1999 2003 2006
Creole Queen 1995 1999 2003
Delta Queen 1988 1992 1995 1999 2003 2006
Dottit G 1999
General Jackson 2003 2006
Harriet Bishop 1999 2003 2006
Island Queen 1988 1992 1995 1999 2003
Jonathan Padelford 1992 1995 1999
Josiah Snelling 1992 1995
Keystone Belle 2003
Magnolia Belle 2006
Majestic 1992 1995 1999 2003 2006
Mark Twain 1988 1995
Memphis Queen III 1995 1999
Mississippi Queen 1992 1995 1999 2003 2006
Music City Queen 1995 1999 2006
Natchez 2006
P. A. Denny 1988 1992 1995 2003 2006
President 1988
Quad City Queen 1992
Queen City Clipper 1988
Queen of Hearts 1992 1995
River Queen 1988 1999 2003
Southern Belle 1988 1992 1995
Spirit of Cincinnati 1988 1992 1995 1999 2003 2006
Spirit of Jefferson 1999 2003 2006
Spirit of Peoria 2006
The Queen 1988
Tom Sawyer 1999
West Virginia Belle 1988 1992

inactive user 01 10-19-2006 06:39 AM

Tall Stacks 2011

Thanks for posting that very comprehensive list of vessels from previous Tall Stacks. Here is my dream line up for 2011 along with what I feel should be the focus of the event in regards to the entertainment. Comments on this vessel list and the "entertainment" are welcome to my e-mail. I realize that alot of the information here is "stuff" that is already a part of the event, but there are some new ideas.


Vessel list for Tall Stacks 2011:

One admission price for 5 days of the festival or daily admission for 1 day.
Admission to include tickets to The Cincinnati Museum Center and Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Delta Queen
Mississippi Queen
American Queen
Belle of Louisville
Julia Belle Swain
New Orleans (replica)

Diesel sternwheel propelled:
General Jackson
Creole Queen
Spirit of Peoria
Star of Knoxville
Magnolia Belle
Jonathan Padleford
Anastasia (St. Croix)
Memphis Queen III
Cotton Blossom
Spirit of Dubuque

Diesel propeller:
Southern Belle
Mark Twain (Hannibal)

Operating out of Newport on 1 hour sightseeing cruises:
Valley Gem
Mark Twain (Cincinnati)
Spirit of Cincinnati

Cincinnati to Newport shuttles: (to be included in admission)

Newport to Covington shuttles: (to be included in admission)
Boone #7
City of Sistersville

Working River Boats:
JS Lewis (1931) Early Propeller Towboat
Barbara H (1923) Diesel sternwheel towboat
PA Denny (Orsanco) (1930) Dockside only
Derrick Boat 25 steam crane
AEP towboat (modern diesel towboat)
CG buoy tender (Osage, Obion, or Cimmaron)
ACOE tender (Porter)
Elizabeth Lea (1939) Former dredge tender
Susan C. McBride (1942) Early propeller towboat

Additional Newport activities:
Taylor Park
Daily civil war re-enactment and camps:
Drills, infantry, drum and fife corps, mounted cavalry

Examples of early river transportation:
(on shore or on the water)
Dug out canoe
Log raft
Trading post

Working river area:
Daily speakers on various aspects of river life
Line handling area professional to children
Displays from historical groups, industry, government
Guided informative tours of the working river area boats
Daily whistle blow and calliope concert

Historic Riverside home tours
Crafters of Kentucky booths
(hand made items for sale)
(including make your own area)
Native to Kentucky food booths

Children’s education segments:
Costumed story tellers
Crafters of Ohio booths
(hand made items for sale)
(Including make your own area)
Games of the times area
History of Steamboating:
Model displays and model pool (From a distance viewing)
How a steamboat works display
Ohio River aquarium (Orsanco)
Early river town complete with shops/wares of the era

Musical entertainment:
All entertainment would be derived from the river
P and G stage
Public Landing stage
Newport stage

Dan Back 10-19-2006 07:35 AM

6 years of tall stacks not 7
I counted one too many fingers when I was counting up the Number of Tall Stacks.


inactive user 01 10-19-2006 02:27 PM

Hi Again,

Not included in my original posting about Tall Stacks 2011 would be the inclusion of an open invitation to anyone with a steam launch to tie up at Newport (including our very own Capt. Walnut and his Missie). Also along with the big boat parade I'd like to have a steam launch and wooden boat parade one of the days of the event.


Tom Schiffer 10-19-2006 07:35 PM

Aaron: I enjoyed reading your proposal for Tall Stacks and hope that someone is listening...I might add the W. P. Snyder to the list of attendees, but understand that there may be any number of reasons why she could not make it. MISSIE does quite well at Tall Stacks in spite of it being antagonistic to small place to launch closer than Wilder Kentucky(the ramp on the Public Landing was the mooring spot of the General Jackson) and NO place to tie up at Tall Stacks. There are several fine, vintage gas and diesel boats already in this area that would excite plenty of interest from the spectators if given a good showcase. There is such an event at Mystic, Connecticut where classic wooden boats are not only welcome, but the featured event...usually, there are no steam launches, however. Although Tall Stacks is traditionally late in the season, there ARE quite a number of steam launches in the US...mostly on the coasts. Although I do not know any of them I am a member of the North American Steam Boat Ass'n the members of which attend meets all over the eastern part of the US and into Canada. The Ohio River is not exactly the sea of tranquillity, but, MISSIE has, I think, demonstrated that, with proper attention, such vessels can handle the usual chop and take it in stride. If I remember correctly, at the 2003Tall Stacks event, MISSIE was the ONLY steam powered boat present for a couple of the days. I applaud your suggestion that other events be included in TS and that the ferrys should be free to those who paid to enter or charge a more reasonable fee. I think your suggestion that BOONE NO. 7 be included is a great one...It is historic, a side-wheeler and did yoeman service at past tall stacks as a ferry. The LST was a great thing to tour but I fear that the neighbors on Riverside Drive and elsewhere were livid at the traffic that it attracted. The houses in that area are a real attraction in and of themselves as you mention. Provide a good place to moor them in Newport and I bet you can attract any number of great old-time classic boats that will provide a great deal of interest and a whole new dimension to Tall Stacks. I might add, that FROM the vantage point of a small boat, Tall Stacks is even more spectacular! Cap'n Walnut.

Shipyard Sam 10-27-2006 11:42 AM

How could you forget the flatboats?

LIVING WATERS 1992 (I think)

Steve Huffman 10-27-2006 03:38 PM

Could be that Dan was listing excursion boats only. I think the flatboats were dockside attractions, right? Of course, if we start counting dockside attractions, then there was the BARBARA H, 2003. 2006 being the first TallStacks that the DONALD B/BARBARA H missed, unfortunately!
Would be good to see flatboats back at the 2011(?) TallStacks...

Shipyard Sam 10-27-2006 04:07 PM

Didn't want Flatboat Bela to be disappointed, so I gave his flatboats a plug. Rather see the new NEW ORLEANS steaming into the Cincinnati harbor.

Steve Huffman 10-27-2006 04:19 PM

I heard a rumor that Nelson's ANNA MARIE steam barge (which was once the steam towboat COP-R-LOY) could potentially be rebuilt into a steam sidewheel reproduction of the NEW ORLEANS, for the 2011 anniversary. But that is only a rumor, as far as I know!

Bela Berty 08-04-2017 01:24 AM

flatboat 2018
Finally, here in 2017, there is a potential of building a flatboat in Charleston, West Virginia, because one man in Kanawha County wants to donate his standing timber for the project and film the lumbering and the building and the first ride. Lots of funding needs to be proposed and granted. Notwithstanding, I used Google Earth to pick six potential sites on the riverbanks to build the flatboat. We will do trips from Charleston to Cincinnati, as documented in National Geographic publications, in our first year. Eventually, we plan to start at the Head of Navigation in Fairmont, WV, and, after many side trips, end up in New Orleans in 2026 as our way to celebrate the semi-quincentennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Because a flatboat is as flat as a pancake, when we meet up with the beautiful steamer Natchez., the newspaper headline might read "Short Stack meets Tall Stack."

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