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Date: November 22, 2003 at 05:57:49
From: Alan Bates, [cache-dm10.proxy.aol.com]
Subject: Re: Steamboat fuels


Today the Belle of Louisville burns a weird mixture of Kentucky crude oil cut with diesel fuel. This melange is designed to gain the heat units of crude while gaining the fluidity of diesel oil. The stuff sinks, but it burns. We used to burn bunker C, which had to be heated to make it flow. When firing up we heated the bunker C with steam coils. The steam came from the auxiliary boiler formerly on the Betsy Ann. Bunker C practically disappeared from the Louisville area in the middle 1960's. I've had some rough jobs in my time, but cleaning the Bunker C out of the tanks was by all odds the worst. We had to dig it out from under the floors with table knives!


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