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Date: May 07, 2006 at 18:31:35
From: Cap'n Walnut, [fl-esr1-72-49-150-251.fuse.net]
Subject: Re: Delta Queen


Mary, the term steamboat is accurate, but is, perhaps, more properly termed a steam launch. She was built on a GRP hull designed by Bill Durham known as a Rose hull. It is trimmed in mahogany. She is 20' X 56" and weighs about 3/4 ton. She has a gunboat style water tube boiler, fired with propane and drives a fore and aft compound, condensing, steam engine and turns a top speed of something over six mph through an 18" dia bronze propellor. She seats four well acquainted adults...two in front of the boiler and two aft of the engine. Her hame is MISS DEMEANOR...aka MISSIE. She sleeps in Tom Schiffer's barn and runs mostly on the Ohio River in the Markland pool. She usually puts in at Big Bone Marina and boat dock on Big Bone Creek. She is only in her mid thirties, but has the lines of an 1890s steamer...smokestack, steam whistle et all. See Cap'n Don's site for a picture of her.


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