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Date: January 23, 2003 at 09:28:42
From: Frank X. Prudent, [dsc02-cir-oh-5-202.rasserver.net]
Subject: Re: Steamboat fuels - the steamer AVALON / GORDON C. GREENE


The DQ's boilers never burned coal nor could they in their present set up. She would need ash extractors, fire grates, and space to store the coal. Maybe the engineer meant that coal can be burnt in water tube boilers similar to the DQ's. The S.S. BADGER on Lake Michigan has water tube boilers, and she burns coal.

The MQ has Foster Wheeler boilers and does indeed burn Bunker C. It's thick and gooey, and if it's hauled to the boat in a truck it has such a high flash point that it's labeled NON-FLAMABLE! It has to be heated so it can be pumped to and then atomized/burnt in the boilers. The DQ and QE2 also burns the stuff.

The AQ burns diesel fuel in her package water tube boiler. I also believe that the NATCHEZ burns diesel fuel.

The GORDON C. GREENE did indeed pass along three of her boilers to the AVALON. They were Western River style boilers, and I imagine that they were built at the Acme Boiler Works of Gallipolis, OH. The AVALON also inherited the GORDON's feed water heater, engine room telegraph, main throttle valve and some brass door knobs. The AVALON was landed against the donor and the operation was all done at the GORDON's Owensboro, KY. landing.


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