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  • Steve Huffman
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    Jon, you're right, the wheel seems to be gone now. I have circled in red where it should be in these images. That's too bad.. Hope it wasn't scrapped!
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  • R. Dale Flick
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    *Fate of JASON's wheel*
    Morning, Jon & gang,
    Sorry for just clicking/reading this older but interesting web question RE: the JASON's wheel. Two possible sources of information on the wheel's fate may come from the memories of Capts. Bill Judd and Bill Barr. Capt. Judd does 'lurk' here now and then with responses. No idea if Capt. Barr reads Steamboats.org. Thanks for an interesting topic and the photos from you, Don Sanders. Cheers!

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

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  • Jon Tschiggfrie
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    Sorry to dig up an old thread, but does anyone know what's happened to the JASON's wheel? Google Maps shows the area has been repaved as a parking lot and the wheel is nowhere to be seen.

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  • inactive user 02
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    With it looking that good, it makes me want to go up there, get the wheel, and build a boat around it!

    Really, it is in amazing shape for steel which has been out of doors for such a long time. It would be a good basis for a great boat!

    ~Travis~

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  • Bela Berty
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    Yes, Steve, the JASON's wheel was on display at Station Square many years ago; I remember being awed by its size. Perhaps that was in 1989.

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  • Jon Tschiggfrie
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    A picture that I found while going through my photo box....

    This displays the entirety of the bucket-less sternwheel. This photo was taken by me in the summer of 2003.
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  • bernd lorenzen
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    Steve,

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

    Thanks,
    Bernd

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  • Shipyard Sam
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    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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  • Steve Huffman
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    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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  • Keith Baylor
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    I agree with Bernd. It's definitely missing the bucket planks.

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  • Steve Huffman
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    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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  • Richard Weisenberger
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    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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  • bernd lorenzen
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    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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  • David Smith
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    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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  • David Tschiggfrie
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    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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