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    Question about the "Gordon C. Greene"

    Hi everyone,
    at the moment, I´m writing a children´s nonfiction book about ships for Random House. We would like to portray the steamboat "Gordon C. Greene" (built in 1923 als the "Cape Girardeau"), but for this I need information about how many passengers and crew were typically on board of this steamboat. So far, I´ve only been able to find out how many cabins the boat had, but it would be great to have a more exact number of people on board.
    Looking forward to hearing from you!
    Sylvia

    #2
    GCG

    First of all, multiply the number of cabins by two to get the passenger load. I'd guess about 37 in the crew - email me if you'd like a breakdown of this guesstimate: wzc8491@aol.com. Also, do you need any pix?

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      #3
      Sylvia, You can get the plans for the Gordon, as well as the Cape Girardeau from Alan Bates, 2040 Sherwood Ave, Louisville, Ky 40205. They are reconstructions for model building purposes, but there's lots of good reference material in them - - number of staterooms, deck plans , etc. And, of course they will show what the boats looked like, if an artist needed to do ilustrations for your book.

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        #4
        Yes, and if said artist didn't know squat about what riverboats look like, usually the case, the Greene might end up being a sidewheeler, or looking vaguely like the Delta Queen, or having 4 smokestacks, and on and on......it happens.

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          #5
          Ah, Lexie, Lexie,

          you're getting bitter! But artists do not know squat about what riverboats look like.

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            #6
            Just stating the facts, Ma'am. They will probably and maybe aught to use old photos as there are plenty of those around, making sure that the photo is of the right boat.

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              #7
              I have a bib apron with a picture of the GORDON C. GREENE on it. When I saw the guy wearing it, I said, "Oh, where did you get that apron? That's the GORDON C. GREENE and I want one!" He says, "The what? How can you tell what boat that is?" He was so impressed that I could see that that he gave me the apron.

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                #8
                For those of us who study these things, each boat is recognizable, like people we know. To everyone else, they are all the same. Delta Queen = Robert E. Lee = Memphis Queen = Casino Whatever...

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                  #9
                  Lexie,
                  Are you saying the public thinks;"Once you've seen one steamboat, you've seen them all?"
                  Could be true, I know I've been out in my Model A and folks come up and say, "My Dad had one just like that--but it was a Chevrolet!"
                  S'
                  David D.

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                    #10
                    That is a really deep subject. The general public thinks Lady Gaga is a great entertainer. I rest my case.

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                      #11
                      Lexie,
                      What can I say but; "Gag-Gag"
                      :)
                      S'
                      David D.

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                        #12
                        Crew members of the "Gordon C. Greene"

                        Hi everyone, sure, I already looked at the construction plans - the problem is not the illustration, but the facts about the number of crew and passengers. Can anybody give me a qualified guess about that?

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                          #13
                          Before anyone can give a passenger number or crew number, the year has to be known. Over the years the number of starerooms grew, and with more passengers more crew were required. Also she was converted from coal to oil. Fewer crew are needed to tend to oil fired boilers.

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                            #14
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                            Sylvia, did you not see my previous post? I gave some info and provided my email address if you wanted more specific information. Here it is again:
                            wzc8491@aol.com

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Frank X. Prudent View Post
                              Before anyone can give a passenger number or crew number, the year has to be known. Over the years the number of starerooms grew, and with more passengers more crew were required. Also she was converted from coal to oil. Fewer crew are needed to tend to oil fired boilers.
                              That´s very interesting! Let´s say, how much crew and passengers did she have in the first years after she was built when she was still running with coal?

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