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Date: January 24, 2003 at 23:45:19
From: Tuck Tabler, [loudsl01.5.0.1.105.g.iglou.com]
Subject: Re: Steamboat fuels - cork life vests - IDLEWILD life float


For the record, we still do run into those old floats
from time to time. Cleaning out the holds recently,
we found a baker's dozen of them and strategially
hid them to keep them from walking off. We could
already make out the Avalon and Idlewild imprints
under layers of paint in some of the better
examples, but many were worn, torn, or had been
used to hold paint.

One interesting (if minor) thing; some of the life
floats appear to be "made on the run". Bill Ray's
(Yes, he has one) and the majority of the floats we
found have smooth oval hand grips. Some,
though, had very uneven rectangle grips, often
rough still after many years. There's a little
speculation from me on who made these floats.


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