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    *BLOUNT CO. adds Mississipi cruises in 2012*

    Steamboating colleagues:
    Thanks for keeping us posted on the progress with the re-emerging AMERICAN QUEEN preparing for her long anticipated entry in the river cruise market.

    Word arrived via business B=Mail this week announcing that BLOUNT MARINE, formerly AMERICAN CANADIAN CARIBBEAN LINE [ACCL] of Waren, Rhode Island will be cruising its 96-passenger GRAND CARIBE on six Mississippi and Cumberland River trips up from three in 2012. Cruises will be Nashville-Memphis, Memphis-New Orleans and New Orleans-Nashville. Several of us on this web have cruised when them back in their earlier AMERICAN CANADIAN days aboard the original M/V MOUNT HOPE and others. The company was founded by Capt. Luther Blount, a near spitting image of Capt. John Beatty, with a large shipyard in Warren, RI.

    The GRAND CARIBE is 184 feet with draft of 6.5 feet and not at all like the AMERICAN QUEEN

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    *RE: BLOUNT CO. Something went PFFT while typing.*

    Steamboating colleagues:
    I did it again typing and my earlier posting went PFFT! The GRAND CARIBE, unlike the AMERICAN QUEEN or ACL's new boat QUEEN OF THE MISSISSIPPI. The BLOUNT logo states, "We go where the big ships can't." Prices 'begin' at $2,359 for an eight day cruise. Wines provided at dinners with a BYOB basis for passengers on their own. 'Mixers' and storage provided for guests. I found the older MOUNT HOPE rather Spartan but well appointed with fine food. In addition VIKING RIVER CRUISES in Europe expanding with renovations of present river vessels, new builds for other world rivers and a new ocean cruise division with new ships on order. The somewhat improving economies seeing a sudden burst of cruise vessel bookings. Time will tell. Well, what do I know?

    R. Dale Flick
    Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River Cincinnati.

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