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    Maybe we need to invoke the ghost?

    Caught this online article about the Mother Ship. No mention of the SOSA issue, but does start with a recounting of the "barge hitting the bar" story.


    Barge and Bar?

    Is the legend of the barge and bar true? Somewhere I recall hearing or reading that Greene Line did offer tasty beverages during Capt. Mary's lifetime.



      True just colorfully described

      According to the early pictures seen here on this site, the Mark Twain bar which is the one that was hit by the Capt Mary B barge was next to the dining room. It still is but not as an access bar for the customers but rather a service bar.

      That bar was not added until after Mary Greene's death. The Texas Bar existed but more as a tea party area than an actual bar. Also, my understanding was that dear Captain Mary was more like the MADD mother Candy Lightner as far as drinking. She was not against it- just zero tolerance for anyone who is driving or navigating the boat.

      But I also have to admit (even as a former bartender) that there are many times booze does not add to one's enjoyment- it clouds it.

      Need to catch up on reading the other stuff. There are others here who can post more accurate info but I liked the story Paul- thought it was good PR.


        The towboat was named the MARY B, not Capt Mary, and it wasn't named after Capt. Mary.


          Twice Told Tales....


            I believe there was a bar on the DQ long before Ma Greene's death, in fact I'm almost positive the bar was there when the boat started operating under the Greene Line banner in 1947. And NO there was no texas bar or tea party fascilities until the late '60's. The texas bar was Betty Blake's idea. Befroe the texas bar was added that area contained nothing but card tables and chairs. There where some bookshelves built onto the front side of the smokestack and the area was known as the boat's library.
            At night they would put up a long canvas cover over the windows in the texas lounge area to keep the lights from bothering the pilot.


              I believe the canvas (green) curtains met their demise in the 1970/71 refurb at Avondale.

              In the late 70's and early 80's there were from time to time slide shows and movies shown in the Starboard side Texas Lounge; the screen being a piece of Masonite painted white and kept behind the long bench. The "alternative" entertainment never started prior to the official "showtime" of course. Repeat passengers sometimes bringing items to show and share.

              Ah yes,my friend, those were the days--we thought they would never end.


                Capt. Jim Blum has opened a floodgate of memories with his comments about the "evening entertainment" offered in the "RKO Texas Lounge." One of our favorite film series was "Deluxe Transportation from the Past." They were wonderful, grainy B&W 16 mm film clips, similar to what would have been seen in old movie thater newsreels, transferred onto the old Super 8 mm format, and purchased from Blackhawk Films in Davenport. Three that I recall especially featured "Le pacquebot deluxe NORMANDIE", "Around the world on Luftschiff GRAF ZEPPELIN", and "The rise and fall of DLZ-129, Luftschiff HINDENBURG." A chalked announcement heralding the evening's "feature presentation" would mysteriously appear on the board outside the Purser's Office once passengers had descended to the Orleans Room for the evening show. As I recall, there may even have been some "occasional" slide shows featuring both river and rail transportation as well. Some of those slide shows were originally presented on the starboard after end of the cabin deck, using one of the corner crew rooms in what we called Skid Row. With the projector propped on the upper bunk, the window lowered and screen raised and propped open, the inside surface of the splashboard immediately opposite served as a gigantic screen, providing all the ambience of an outdoor drive-in theater afloat! Yes, Jim, those WERE the days. And your movie establishment in the Texas Lounge was frequented by many, passengers and crew alike. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories of times that will never be seen again, I'm afraid.


                  Another film to remember

                  Dear Dave, Jim and other fellow Steamboaters:

                  I just found this wonderful forum yesterday and have been having a ball reading the posts. As long as we are talking about films, let us not forget the immortal classic, "Steamboat Round the Bend." Vic Tooker and I used to exchange lines all the time. One of my favorites was when Vic would come up to me and say, "Say brother, have you seen the New Moses?" To which I would reply, "Why brother, I ain't seen the old Moses!" Bring back those old Riverboat Days. :)

                  "Professor" Pete Eveland


                    Welcome aboard, Pete!! It is wonderful to hear from you after all this time. Your ears may have been burning these past few years, as you have been mentioned in many postings on this message board, as former passengers and crew have recalled you and your superb musical talent on many occasions. Hope this won't be the last time you put in an appearance here. I'm sure many of the DQ's former people will be glad to hear your reminiscences. Again, it's great to have you with us!


                      I love the scene where they start throwing "the cure" into the firebox and flames come out the stacks! Yep, one film ya don't want to forget!
                      David D.
                      PS How come I finally get onboard AFTER all these fun things have been legislated away?? Oh well, at least I snuck in some kite flyin'


                        Glad to be onboard

                        Hi Dave:

                        Great to hear from you!! You were always one of my favorite people. I'll will look forward to sharing and reading stories of the great times we had aboard the DQ. I have a recording studio in my house that is decorated with DQ memorabilia. I'll need to scan some pictures I have that folks might find of interest. I have a couple of really great pictures of the Mississippi Queen being launched.

                        One of the rooms I used to stay in was at the back of the after-cabin lounge. I never saw or heard the ghost of Ma Greene. However, I always felt like her eyes were following me when I walked past her portrait. :)

                        Related to the Texas Lounge and alcohol being served, you might remember how Vic Tooker led the Sunday devotions at 10:00 am in the Orleans room. He used to get a big kick out of scheduling a sing-a-long in the Texas Lounge right after the Sunday service. If that didn't invoke the ghost nothing will! :)

                        Have a great day!

                        "Professor" Pete


                          Hi Pete!

                          Let me add my WELCOME ABOARD to Dave's posting! I was a crew member on the DQ after your time, but was a passenger on occasions when you were on and I always remmber your fine rendering of "Mississippi Mud" and other musical dandies! The late Ann Zeiger always made cassette tapes of EVERYTHING and has a lot of those selections preserved for posterity.

                          And speaking of those slide shows, when Dave (whom I've had the pleasure of knowing for nearly 40 years!) and I were watchman partners, we sometimes had some great sessions of slides from Dave's vast collection of river and steamboat images, replete with popcorn and A&W Root Beer! I also remember bringing back many a pizza from Cassano's each time the DQ stopped at Hannibal. Indeed, them wuz the days!

                          Keep up steam and we look forward to more postings from you!

                          Last edited by Keith Norrington; 10-12-2007, 08:35 AM.


                            Hi Keith,

                            Thank you for your kind words. I'd love to get my hands on that calliope one more time. I used to love to hear it as we would pass under a bridge. There was a place on the Ohio river down around the Ox Bow Bends where I could play the old song, "Little Sir Echo," and at the propitious moment the hills would echo back as if cued.

                            I loved to play "Mississippi Mud" at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The DQ used to pause at that point. In the summer, the green waters of the Ohio would meet the muddy waters of the Mississippi and passengers would through a penny in for good luck. I wonder if they still do that?

                            I'd love to see Dave's slides. We need a reunion sometime where we can all bring our stuff and share memories.

                            Have you ever seen the collection of pictures Bill Muster left the Cincinnati Historical Society? I have wanted to check them out, but haven't got to yet.




                              Hi Pete,

                              Great to hear from you here after many, many years. Through the years of my association with the DQ boats, I would occasionally get asked (usually after playing the calliope) if I ever heard of or met Pete Eveland, an illustrious predecessor. I would reply that the last time I saw you was when we both worked for the Wurlitzer Piano and Organ Company of Cincinnati. You were sellin' 'em as fast as I could tune 'em. I remember playing a two-piano version of "Kitten on the Keys" with you in the showroom.

                              Drop a line sometime at

                              Best wishes,

                              Tom Jazzou Jones