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Date: May 22, 2002 at 15:31:34
From: Judy Patsch, [69.132.175.209.lth2.k12.il.us]
Subject: Re: Delta King's "parts"


Hopefully Chief Engineer Dennis Shank will check
this spot out and fill us in officially on all the parts
now on the DQ from the DK. I know that they have
used more than the shaft, but which parts I'm not
sure. There are engines stored in the Robin Street
warehouse, but they are not DKs. There are quite
a few odds and ends stored there, so some could
still be DK, but I suspect that anything functional
has been used already on the DQ. Travis gave a
detailed account of the shaft incident. It was
strange to see an empty spot where the wheel
should have been, looked like she had her own
swimming pool! It took about a month to rebuild
the wheel, and the trips continued using a towboat
for propulsion. I believe it was 80, Travis, as it was
just a year after Carter, and his trip was in 79.
Travis mentions a crosshead repair in the 90s. I
was on board for one in ?78. It had cracked on the
previous trip on the Ohio. They took it off for repairs
and our trip which was to start in St. Louis, started
in Cairo. The towboat pushing couldn't get her
against the current of the Mississippi, so we
boarded in Cairo. Late the first night I watched Pete
Feilhauer and crew bring the crosshead back on.
We started our tow trip up the Ohio and Pete and
crew had us functional within 24 hours. Capt. Don
Sanders was pilot of the tow, and Lexie Palmore
stood watch on the DQ assisting him. More than
you asked for, but as you'll find out, we
steamboaters have lots of steam(wind)..........


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