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Date: May 23, 2002 at 17:09:46
From: Wesley Paulson, [160.253.90.18]
Subject: Re: Belle of Louisville's Calliope


I just read this yesterday elsewhere on the Steamboats.org website:

The Belle of Louisville had 3 steam operated calliopes and one air-operated. The first was installed in April, 1924, at Memphis, TN. This one was built by Thomas J. Nichols as one of the famous "Three Sisters", one can be found on the Delta Queen. The calliope was sold seperately in the 1962 auction of the boat. The buyer was Capt. Gabriel Chengary, actual head master of the Delta Queen. The next one was the air-operated calliope donated by William J. Smock, built by Kozat. In April, 1966, Earnest J. Wilde constructed another steam operated calliope for the Belle of Louisville with a brass and copper keyboard and 32 whistles. The instrument caused many problems and many parts had to be changed. In the early 1980s the whistles came to their end. On April 18, 1988, new whistles were installed made by David Morecraft of Peru, IN, who was building replicas of the Thomas J. Nichols steam calliopes.


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