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Date: January 23, 2003 at 09:36:25
From: R. Dale Flick, [nr12-66-161-190-77.fuse.net]
Subject: Re: Steamboat/Ship fuels: Oil & Coal.


Hi, Keith:
Thanks for the info. on that slide! I knew you'd have more information. Yeah, the HATFIELD COAL CO., also has a long and fascinating history with their big steam towboats here on the river.

Doc Hawley and Alan Bates gave us a 'walking tour' of the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE some years back at the big 'Steamboat Conference' hosted by Jack Custer. That history tour of the BELLE was one of the most fascinating and informative days I ever experienced on the river. Somebody did get a tape recording of it and I think it may have been Barbara Hameister.

John Burns, son of old Jim Burns, builder of the DELTA KING/DELTA QUEEN for the C.T. Co., on the Sacramento, said that when the company paid their monthly fuel bills for all the boats operating then, the local refinery "paid a dividend" to the stock holders!
Cheers,
R. Dale Flick


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