Date: January 25, 2003 at 09:08:25 From:Ted Guillaum, [dsc01-nvl-tn-2-5.rasserver.net] Subject: Acorns & Five Pointed Stars
The other day Jane brought up a discussion of steamboat superstitions and traditions. I cannot believe we all forgot to mention the most obvious good luck symbol on steamboats. ACORNS! All those acorns on the pilot house roof, flag poles, etc. Another good luck symbol is the five pointed stars on the hub of the paddlewheel crank. The Belle still has hers but the stars on the DQ have been painted over for some time. Every time I see the boat I look for it but, disappointingly, it is still not there. I know it is a maintenance problem keeping the grease off the crank but a steamboat without its stars is like getting dressed up and not polishing your shoes. Does anyone know if the AQ or MQ has stars on its cranks?