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    Today in History has the ALEXANDER MACKENZIE being sold in 1952 to Mississippi Valley Barge Line. Here are a few shots of her:
    Note in the first shot her homeport of Wilmington Delaware. Obviously her company was incorporated there for tax and financial reasons, but she didn't operate out of there of course. This is seen quite often on the river. For ocean traffic, they license under what is known as a 'flag of convenience', for the same purposes. Liberia, Panama, Cyprus, Singapore, Malta, Bahamas, Vanuatu are some of the most popular flags of convenience.
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    Here are two photos taken by Capt. Leon Ash of the ALEXANDER MACKENZIE being built at MMC, circa 1939. Leon was long-time Master of the U.S.E. IROQUOIS before going to Union Barge Line and helping them procure the JASON, when it came out the following year. Could be these photos were taken from aboard the IROQUOIS.
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      #3
      ALEXANDER'S info

      Found my misplaced towboat directory: 167 x 37.5 x 8.4. Condensing engines 16s, 32s 10 ft. stroke. 2 Foster Wheeler boilers. Original crew has a couple of familiar names: Capt. A.C. Ingersoll Jr and pilot Marquette Lancaster. She worked mostly on the upper Miss and the Illinois. She was dismantled at Port Amherst WV in 1954.
      The JASON was built a year later with the same specs and was the last steam sternwheel towboat built new for inland river service, according to F. Way.

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        #4
        Also the ALEXANDER still exists today, partly dismantled as a "workshop/wharfboat". I think it's on the Illinois River near Joliet, but don't quote me! Seems like a photo of her present incarnation was in a Reflector 5 or 6 years ago(?).

        Here is another photo taken a few days before Leon's photos showing the new boat on the ways, ready to be launched. (origin of photo unknown, but could be from Keith's collection).
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          #5
          I'm glad that I wasn't the artist who had to paint that long name on both engineroom bulkheads! Ditto for the Julius Fleischmann!

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            #6
            In 1973, aluminum siding was installed on the boiler deck of the Str. BELLE OF LOUISVILLE. The new material covered STEAMER BELLE OF LOUISVILLE - PORT OF LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY across her stern and had to be relettered. Capt. Doc Hawley, an expert steamboat sign painter, undertook this task in the spring while the BELLE was in winter quarters near McAlpine Locks. I was standing down on the deck of the wharfboat RENOWN as Doc began his task, precariously perched above the paddlewheel. He looked down and said, "Damn! I wish this boat's name was J.S.!"

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              #7
              And approximately how cold was it? Add to that the wind blowing and a chill factor. And the only part of his body that was moving was his painting hand. And the paint was probably stiff as a board. At this point in time he was probably not getting paid near enough.

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                #8
                More on the MACKENZIE, JASON/JONES

                At dinner tonight Vi Foley pointed out that Capt. Bill Foley had worked on the ALEXANDER MACKENZIE with both Capts. Ingersoll and Marquette Lancaster.
                Also, it isn't well-known that passenger boat Capt. Doc Hawley once worked on the towboat HERBERT. E. JONES(nee JASON), in order to increase his license. He went from the JONES to the DQ in the 1959 season to earn this upgrade. Coincidentally, the JONES was cooled down for the last time on Aug. 1 of that year, which is Doc's birthday.
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                  #9
                  1959

                  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.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Judy Patsch View Post
                    At dinner tonight Vi Foley pointed out that Capt. Bill Foley had worked on the ALEXANDER MACKENZIE with both Capts. Ingersoll and Marquette Lancaster.
                    Also, it isn't well-known that passenger boat Capt. Doc Hawley once worked on the towboat HERBERT. E. JONES(nee JASON), in order to increase his license. He went from the JONES to the DQ in the 1959 season to earn this upgrade. Coincidentally, the JONES was cooled down for the last time on Aug. 1 of that year, which is Doc's birthday.
                    Judy,

                    Add to the list of rivermen who worked on the MACKENZIE Capt. Walter Karnath of Winona, long-time UMR trip pilot on the DQ. And in commiseration with Lexie's lament about sign painting during inclement weather, I remember being asked one late fall afternoon to paint KEEP OFF signs on the rungs of the two ladders up to the sundeck roof outside the Master's and Chief's rooms on the DQ. At the time, we were underway SB to Winona, with a good, stiff, cold wind blowing. Cap Wagner wanted the signs painted after several passengers had "investigated" where those ladders led to. I recall seeing an inquisitive face peering up and over his shoulder toward the PH window as the man held on with one arm. And on another occasion, we heard a knock from outside the PH door which led out to the roof! Someone had climbed up the ladder unbeknownst to us and apparently thought this was the only way to gain entrance! Ah, them was the days.

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                      #11
                      Doc lettering the "JS"

                      Since Keith's offline till Monday, here's the pix he took of Doc as he prepared to paint: BELLE OF LOUISVILLE Port of Louisville KY on the newly-installed siding. This was taken in March 1973 in winter quarters.
                      The second pix is in better weather and is a much shorter task. Here Doc is painting the stern sign for the new NATCHEZ in the shipyard at Braithwaite.
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                        #12
                        In April 1977 I was aboard the Julia Belle Swain for a 5-day trip from Chattanooga to Louisville. I had volunteered to re-paint the three arched signs above the front stairway. We picked up some sign painters enamel in Evansville and I did the job while the boat was underway. I hadn't thought about how much a sternwheeler vibrates but I sure found out in short order! It was cold too! However, persistance and determention won out over adversity and everyone was pleased with the finishd job.

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                          #13
                          Among my souvenirs and river treasures is a well worn log book from the Str. ALEXANDER MACKENZIE, a gift in 1968 to Capt. Doc Hawley from Capt. Walter Karnath -- and a gift to me from Doc in 1998. The log is for the years 1941-42 and contains the typical entries of a working towboat with weather, river stages, diagrams of tows, crew, etc. A fascinating look at the day to day activities aboard the MACKENIZIE.

                          Photos:
                          (1) ALEXANDER MACKENZIE passing La Crosse, Wisconsin.
                          (2) Capt. C.S. "Rip" Ware (left) and Capt. & Mrs. Walter Karnath on DQ at Winona - June, 1979 - Photo by Judy Patsch.
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                            #14
                            Alexander Mackenzie can be viewed at this link on google...wait for the street view to pop up.
                            <Joliet, IL - Google Maps
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                            &ll=41.533929,-88.082746&spn=0.004923,0.012521&t=h&z=17&layer=c&c bll=41.533689,-
                            88.08284&panoid=liqPpVptbwoqBH9N0zC2dw&cbp=12,322. 59,,0,-8.33>

                            I went to Alexander Mackenzie when looking for a job out of highschool in about 1973, Mississippi Barge Lines used her/him as their office...all the doors still had the oval door knobs on them.

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                              #15
                              Hello:
                              Were the boilers water tube or fire tube? How far could the boat go before it needed coal? Were the boilers automatic stoker?

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