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    MISSISSIPPI QUEEN: The Name Lives On

    Last Saturday night, May 8, amidst a parade of less vessels and spectacular fireworks the R.M.S. QUEEN MARY 2 was escorted out of her berth and through the Hamburg, Germany harbor. The two diesel paddlewheel boats MISSISSIPPI QUEEN and the LOUISIANA STAR were in the QM2's entourage, and it was a stirring sight for those of us onboard the great Cunarder.

    The German MISSISSIPPI QUEEN has a strong resembelance to the CREOLE QUEEN and COLONEL. The LOUISIANA STAR doesn't have the looks of her German counterpart, but boy is she fast! I think that the NATCHEZ might have a hard time staying up with her.

    #2
    Frank,

    No wonder the MQ of Hamburg is looking like the Creole Queen :-). Make an educated guess who might have been a consultant... BTW they even have a photo of the MQ and DQ onboard.

    The Lousiana Star is a nice boat but the paddlewheel is fake. They can lift it up and then it doesn´t even turn.

    Carmen

    PS: Photo was made in 2007.
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      #3
      I looked twice, but I think that the LOUISIANA QUEEN is a true sternwheeler. I saw what I believe to be hydrolic motors outside of the shaft on the fantail. Her wheel is staggered, and I don't think that a fake wheel would carry wheel wash over it like it does. Now, I could be wrong, as I only saw her from a distance, but I feel pretty strongly that she is real. Perhaps she is like the BELLE OF CINCINNATI or AMERICAN QUEEN and also has props.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Carmen View Post
        Frank,

        No wonder the MQ of Hamburg is looking like the Creole Queen :-). Make an educated guess who might have been a consultant.

        Carmen
        I know the answer to that already, and perhaps he'll post something here about his relationship with her.

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          #5
          MQ designer

          Well let's hope Miss Rita doesn't get wind of this 'relationship'!!!

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            #6
            Hold on, thar!

            I did not design the Dutch Mississippi Queen. The de Hoop Shipyard did that. I was a consultant. About the only thing that resembled the Creole Queen was the windows with the curved sills and heads.

            Has her name been restored? The latest I heard she was called Kapitaen Pruessen. When she was christened Mississippi Queen DQCo sent a threatening letter to Hans Heijmen, the owner. He just laughed about it.

            One of the few things I suggested was to get rid of a lot of superfluous steel in the paddlewheel. They wanted to decorate it! When I pointed out that merely being there was decoration enough, they deleted the oddly shaped junk. Those naval architects were good fellows.

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              #7
              Frank,

              We rode the Louisana Star and I saw her cruising with the paddlewheel not even touching the water :-).

              Here are some more pix

              Schaufelraddampfer.de Fotos

              Franz made some detail photos of the paddlewheel. The bucket boards are mounted wrong. There´s even one pic where the paddlewheel does not touch the water. But she has a steam whistle (air operated). She´s nicer inside than the MQ.

              Here are more pix of the MQ (Alan, Kapitän Prüsse is the company operating the MQ, but she´s still called MQ):

              Schaufelraddampfer.de Fotos

              Carmen
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                #8
                And Alan, tell 'em about the Alan Bates Buffet, rising from the floor!

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                  #9
                  Well, there goes my idea of having an across the world paddlewheeler race between the LOUISIANA STAR and NATCHEZ similar to the GOLDEN EAGLE, DELTA QUEEN, and DELTA KING race.

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                    #10
                    The Alan Bates Buffet is an elevator.

                    The elevator is a two-story affair that serves all levels from hull to roof. Let's say Krupp wishes to introduce a new diesel engine. The elevator would be raised and the engine placed on the upper level. At the moment of grand entry the trumpets would bray and the brasses would clash as the engine descended through the ceiling. Conversely, meals were placed on the lower level of the elevator down in the hull. When all, was ready the buffet would rise to main deck level to serve the people.

                    Sadly, I never got to ride the boat or to watch the elevator in action. The day I saw the completed boat those Hollanders were offering a Mexican menu!

                    If the buffet still has the same name, I'll bet the people of Hamburg wonder just who the devil Alan Bates is.

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