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    Paddlewheel at Fort Pitt Bridge

    Can anyone shed some light on this paddlewheel that was seen recently sitting below the Fort Pitt Bridge in Pittsburgh?
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    Paddlewheel

    That wheel is from the Str. Jason / Herbert E. Jones

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      #3
      ...and isn't the AQ's whistle from that towboat?

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        #4
        The whistle she came out with was from the Str. HERBERT E. JONES, on loan from Capt. Nelson Jones, Madison Coal and Supply Company. She currently carries a 3 chime brass whistle from Khalenberg. The whistle was installed aboard in 1999 and later dedicated her to her late Captain Lawrence Keeton.

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          #5
          Bill,
          Who has the Jason's hull these days? I was thinking Madison Coal had it for a while with an A-frame lifting rig on it. It was listed for sale in a Waterways Journals a couple years ago.

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            #6
            Not sure where I found this photo.... but I figure this constitutes fair use (educational).
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              #7
              Talk about taking a detour and coming in by the back door! I just read Jonathan's inquiry about the JASON's sternwheel at Pittsburgh, and recall being taken over to view the remains of that boat (which served as a "boatel" if memory serves correctly) back in 1968 or 69. Jimmy Swartzwelder took Gabe Chengery and myself out to see it while the DQ was in port that day. Somewhere in my slide files I have some slides of that day's outing. Strange thing is, Jonathan never mentioned this to me, and it wasn't until I read his posting that I made the connection! Isn't the internet and this message board wonderful? They have ways of bringing families together!

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                #8
                While true that the wheel was last on the HERBERT E. JONES, it is actually the shaft that came out on the ALEXANDER MACKENZIE in 1939. The JONES ran through herself and broke her shaft, I think in 1954, and Amherst brought the laid up MACKENZIE to Port Amherst where they dismantled her, using the shaft and assorted parts to get the JONES going again.
                To answer Steve's question, the JONES hull is at Tarentum, PA, in the fleet of R.J. Brown Towing Co., where she does serve as an A-frame. I was on her a couple of years ago, and it is in pretty good shape. Still welded on each side of the bow is "STR. HERBERT E. JONES".

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                  #9
                  The crank looks big in comparison to the diameter of the wheel. Seems to me like the outer circle (and the bucket planks, of course) are not there anymore?!

                  Bernd

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                    #10
                    Identify the Whistle

                    http://www.kahlenberg.com/airsteam.html
                    Is the the three bell chime on the bottom right of the webpage the same whistle? Click on the icon to hear it. The General Jackson carries one like it.


                    Originally posted by Travis Vasconcelos View Post
                    The whistle she came out with was from the Str. HERBERT E. JONES, on loan from Capt. Nelson Jones, Madison Coal and Supply Company. She currently carries a 3 chime brass whistle from Khalenberg. The whistle was installed aboard in 1999 and later dedicated her to her late Captain Lawrence Keeton.

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                      #11
                      David,
                      Thanks for the info on the JASON's hull. Regarding the wheel, I haven't seen it in person, but wasn't it on display at Pittsburgh's "Station Square" shopping mall a few years ago? Has it been moved to its current location at the Fort Pitt bridge, or is this location part of "Station Square"?

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                        #12
                        I agree with Bernd. It's definitely missing the bucket planks.

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                          #13
                          Here is a photo of the JASON's wheel in action, June 1943. This is the same wheel that is on display, except the shaft is now from the ALEXANDER MACKENZIE, as David said. So here you can see the full diameter with bucket boards, etc.

                          Barbara and I inherited a bunch of JASON photos when we moved into this house, as it was the former estate of Capt. Leon Ash, the first Master of the JASON from 1941-1944.
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                            #14
                            Herbert E. Jones

                            Here's the HERBERT E. JONES doing it's own fleet work in the west end of the Cinti harbor in the late 1950's. The HEJ was my family's fav steam workhorse, and it was always a treat when Mr. JONES was in town.
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                              #15
                              Steve,

                              o.k., I am convinced. What a great shot of the Jason`s wheel in action.

                              Thanks,
                              Bernd

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