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Date: January 15, 2003 at 11:28:09
From: Keith Norrington, [66.83.131.6.nw.nuvox.net]
Subject: Re: Part IV Capt. Mary B. Greene in the cabin of the GORDON C....


Judy, thanks for mentioning the GOLDEN EAGLE which, with the GORDON C. GREENE, were the last two oldtime packet boats on the rivers until the "Goldie" went to steamboat heaven in 1947 after sinking at Grand Tower Island. Thanks to Ruth Ferris, the Goldie's pilothouse was saved and for years was the centerpiece of the Missouri Historical Society's elegant River Room -- until KNOW NOTHINGS saw fit to dismantle it and put the AUTHENTIC pilothouse into storage. There is talk that the pilothouse MIGHT soon again be displayed at the Mercantile Library as part of the Pott Waterways Library - which houses the Ruth Ferris Collection of River Life and Lore -- but nothing definite. I could scream! But -- stepping down off my soapbox and getting back to business -- The Goldie and the Gordon carried on the river tradition until the DQ came along to take over. That big canvas banner that used to hang across the railing at the stern of the sundeck on the DQ said it all: VOYAGES TO AMERICA!


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