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    Nothing but the Steamer NATCHEZ

    Here's a series of pix I took today as the NATCHEZ was downbound below the Chalmette Ferry and oil refinery. She made her turn behind a big row of willow trees which obscured it from my view, so we go from downbound to upbound with no in between.

    As you can see, she is dwarfed by the ocean-going vessels. The orange one is a tanker unloading at the refinery and the black one is an American-flagged tanker heading upriver.
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    Continuing downriver

    there are very few places where you can get only greenery in the background. This is one of the better places to catch it.
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      And starting back upriver

      She's downbound - no wait, now she's upbound!
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        #4
        Nice. I'd sure like to get a ride on her some day.

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          #5
          The willows strike!

          The willows on the levee are obscuring her!
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            #6
            The command center

            The pilothouse is perched higher than any other I've been in. It was raised with the expectation of needing room below for the big wheel which the Coast Guard wouldn't allow because it was too much wood.(That wheel is in the stern windows of the dining room, still wood...)
            And moving on upriver...
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              One last shot

              She's in the General Anchorage here, about to go to the starboard side of a ship and out of view...
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                #8
                What beautiful pictures, Judy! The NATCHEZ is about the most photogenic boat I have ever seen in history or modern times. What a testament to the architect, Captain Alan Bates and his eye for functional beauty!

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