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    #16
    question did the Mackenzie always blow such black smoke or had the photographer ask the engineer / or fireman for some smoke. As for Missouri River steamboat men those that are left are few maybe some off the corps dredges. Bob Sage in Brownville, Ne. may have visited some corps boats as a kid. There is one fellow in Washington , Mo. who may still be alive. I was Curator on the Dredge Captain Meriwether Lewis but we never fire her water tube Foster Wheeler boilers. In fact I helped pump the last of her bunker C off. I ran the transfer pump on air from the starboard to port tanks. Had to re gasket that steam engine to do it.
    ut riverrat

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      #17
      Norman Hilman

      I had the great honor of serving aboard the Delta Queen with Captain Norman Hilman, the long time Captain of the Mack! The stories he had,along with my very good friend who tought me the Upper, Bill Foley, my miserable life was blessed to have lived and learned in the presence of these wonderful rivermen,talented, experienced pilots, careful, but stern teachers,some of the most beautiful human beings I have ever known! Thank you, my friends!

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        #18
        Capt. "Sam", I was aboard the Delta Queen on her trip up the Missouri back about 88? Adrian Hargrove and I believe John Davitt were pilots, we only went as far as St. Charles, (about 32 miles) 32 too far for the old Delta Queen, any higher water, she couldn't have shoved up river, we only made about 3 mph up bound, any lower on the gauge and we couldn't have made it, the old DQ with her near 9 foot draft drug across a few bars on the way up and out... As I recall our top downbound speed out of St. Charles was 22 mph, had to run her full hard ahead to out run the current to maintain steerage, kind of scary on a little river with the most damn wood and rock dikes I have ever seen!

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          #19
          Machinery on "Lewis"

          Mr. Jones - you must've done nice work on the transfer pump gaskets, because I ran that same pump on air from time-to-time in 1987-88.

          Originally posted by Carl Jones View Post
          I was Curator on the Dredge Captain Meriwether Lewis but we never fire her water tube Foster Wheeler boilers. In fact I helped pump the last of her bunker C off. I ran the transfer pump on air from the starboard to port tanks. Had to re gasket that steam engine to do it.
          ut riverrat

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            #20
            Alexander Mackenzie at Joliet 1-2010

            Here is the Alexander Mackenzie on the waterway in Joliet, IL in January of 2010
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              #21
              Hold on here!! So the AM still exists? I didn't know that. Anyone have a brief synopsis of how it got to where is it is today and its current disposition? Is she afloat or hauled ashore? Interior gutted or no? Machinery?

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                #22
                Historic Aerial Photos

                There is a company on the web that has historic aerial photos. Alex Mackenzie appears in a 1963 aerial photo. I believe she is in an old power plant raceway or part of the I&M canal.

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                  #23
                  Don't recall any more where I acquired this print of a watercolor, but always liked it. Pictured are the ALEXANDER MACKENZIE and the Streckfus excursion steamer SAINT PAUL, probably on the Upper Mississippi.
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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Shipyard Sam View Post
                    Now I realize why I did not see the last days of the HEJ... as I was on the AVALON somewhere on the Upper working our way to the Missouri River. Anyone else, on here, ever steamboated on the Missouri? It's become a pretty select club.
                    Shipyard,

                    Check your e-mail as I've sent you two newspaper clippings that you might find interesting.

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                      #25
                      Joliet Marine and Drydock Inc. owns and operates the Joliet Marine & Drydock Landing in the Port of Joliet to moor and repair floating equipment and barges and to moor its floating dry dock. At the head of the slip is permanently moored the office boat Alexander McKenzie, and a 450-ton floating dry dock is moored next to the office boat. Another 200-ton floating dry dock is moored at the outer end of the slip. The Port of Joliet's Marine & Drydock Landing has berthing space of 335 meters (1100 feet) NPE.

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