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    re: MS Lucky Lady to serve as Rising Sun, IN to Rabbit Hash, KY ferry

    At 11:30 am today the MS Lucky Lady was christen at Rising Sun. Service is now expected to begin sometime in August. The ferry will operate up river from Rising Sun near the Rising Sun Casino that put up 1.7M dollars to get this show on the river. Fairs will be $5 one way or $8 round trip.
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    The river cam at the Rising Star Casino .http://risingstarcasino.com/river-cam. showed the MS. Lucky Lady making what appeared to be test runs across the river between about 9:30 and 11:00 am this date. It is a rainy day in Rising Sun but it looks like they are getting close to beginning operations.

    You can clearly see the newly constructed landing ramp on the Kentucky shore in the cam picture. The Indiana ramp is out of frame just above the casino boat.

    The ferry made an approach and departure from the Kentucky shore not usually seen made by an operating car ferry. It actually made a complete 180 degree turn on departure so if you drove onto the car barge facing Indiana you would have had to back off of the ferry to exit in Indiana. It looks like the push boat is capable of pivoting so it can turn without turning the car barge itself.

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      #3
      The coordinates of the ferry landings are as follows: On the Indiana shore it is off of an Extension of Industrial Drive at 38.958053 and -84.837282. On the Kentucky shore it is at 38.958578 and -84.828967. Access to the Kentucky ramp is off of Kentucky Highway 18. The Kentucky ramp is clearly visible in the Lucky Star Casino web cam.

      Fog permitting, the sunrises and sets over the river are worth seeing. The cam covers the river from approximately mile 504.8 to mile 505.3.

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        #4
        Finally, as of Saturday September 29 the MV Lucky Lady is in limited service between the hours of noon and 7 PM. You can watch her on the Rising Sun Casino river cam. More info and pictures available on the Rising Star Casino web page under the ferry tab. The river has been up as high as minor flood level and is still high but she seems to be handling these conditions well. Looking forward to visiting my home town hopefully sometime in October to ride and take pictures. Rill post an update soon.

        Keep your steam up!

        Russ Ryle

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          #5
          Morning all,

          Last Monday thru Wednesday my wife and I visited Rising Sun seeing family and friends and riding the MS:Lucky Lady several times as a walk on passenger and to get out car over to Rabbit Hash to visit some of my dad's relation still in the area. Spent time at the restored general store. They did a great job putting its old bones back together after the disastrous 2014 fire.

          We drove in on the Kentucky side up from Madison. Boy the roads along the river are all cracked and broken about to slid down hill into the river. Kentucky has put up many many broken pavement signs. In some places they were more numerous than mail boxes!

          Keep you steam up!

          Russ Ryle

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            #6
            My First Trip on the Ferry.

            This is the way my first trip on the RS/RH Ferry went...

            https://www.nkytribune.com/2018/10/t...OseWGgJv93wClk

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              #7
              Nice article. Glad you enjoyed the trip. They hope to operate year round but we all know there are days in the winter when a ferry ride is not a pleasure cruise.

              They took about five days off from running scheduled service between Monday October 22 and Friday October 26. It seemed like it was hard for her to handle well in the very strong winds generating noticeable white caps on the river? All the casino front desk would say was, "service had been suspended until further notice." Last Saturday and each day since the MS: Lucky Lady has returned to her stated schedule.
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                #8
                Long, Windy, Stretch of River

                If anyone knows that Rabbit Hash - Rising Sun stretch of the Ohio River better than I after sixteen years as the Senior Captain of the GRAND VICTORIA II, it's doubtful. The nearly four-mile stretch from North Landing to Middle Creek, when the wind is blowing straight up the river, generates monstrous waves. Once, I used the draft marks on a passing tow and measured waves eight-feet high!

                Over ten years ago, I made a formal proposal to Hyatt Gaming, then the owners of the casino, to establish a ferry, but I chose going from old Dam View Lane to a former ferry landing at McVille, Ky, just around the bend and sheltered from the wind on that long reach. Hyatt turned down my proposal for whatever reason bean counters make such decisions.

                Re-establishing the ferry will have many beneficial impacts on both sides of the river - and I am not talking just about the casino.
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                  #9
                  Morning Don and all,

                  Yep, I have seen down bound tows plow through the waves breaking water spray over the bow barge as far back as the front of the third barge back. How did the Grand Vic handle in the wind with all of her superstructure? Russ

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                    #10
                    The GVII, like any big boat, was a wind-catcher when she didn't have way. Although we didn't normally cruise in high winds, I was caught out in a few, but with 3,000 total horses, she was a dream to handle. What an overnight boat she would make!

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                      #11
                      Don, was unable to open your private message. Yep, 3,000 hp does wonders. I was told the Lucky Lady is powered by two John Deere 365 hp diesel engines? Also the little flat between the pivot point and her bow was added to move the boat back closer to the end of the car barge "to improve handling." Less than optimum design.

                      The days of requiring "floating casinos" are numbered here in Indiana. GVII would not be the first gambling boat to be repurposed. Now, if we could just get a second and recreate the old Cincinnati and Louisville Packet Company days.

                      Russ



                      Russ

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                        #12
                        Morning Don and all,

                        The word is they halted ferry operations back in October because of a problem with the pivot point on the car barge. That would be consistent with what I observed on the web cam. Also, they again stopped operating one day last week with a twitter note it was do to high winds and waves. River is back up but she seems to be handling the current ok so far.

                        Did you get the book I sent you?

                        Russ

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                          #13
                          The Belle of Cincinnati cleared Markland Dam upbound at 7:32 this morning passing the ferry at Rising Sun at 11:15. River is still up but she seemed to handle the current well.

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