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    Not For Old Men

    I love this photo because it shows so much. It's the hurricane roof of the CITY OF CINCINNATI while the boat sits at the L&C wharfboat in Louisville. Notice to the right the stair way going down. Look at the railing, it's not 2 feet high. As an older, overweight man who is not as agile as I used to be, it would take all my courage and concentration to desend those stairs. Think about having to go down those stairs in the middle of the night when there is no moon, the wind is blowing a hurricane, and the boat is shaking. That was real "steamboatin'".
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    Great shot, Jim. That tiny railing gave me the shivers, too, but it was old men who ran that boat and transversed those sloping decks on long-ago windy, wet, slippery nights.

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      #3
      Or for old women!

      My motto now is: no railing, no stairs!!! In so many old pictures of the top decks/roofs of excursion boats there is such a minimal railing, its hard to believe there weren't problems. But back then more common sense prevailed, and there weren't specific CG regs for barrier heights I presume. Pilothouse steps always seemed to be steep and narrow. I believe Capt. Walter Karnath's DQ piloting days ended long before his skills did, simply because he couldn't navigate those steep stairs up to the pilothouse.

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        #4
        *Those classic old piles of lumber*
        Steamboating colleagues,
        WOW! Jim, thanks for the photo posted above showing us "what it was really like then on those classic old piles of lumber." The open decks on those L&C LINE boats often looked like a tennis court. I agree about the low outer deck "barrier heights" and bad weather with dark, wind, rain, boat running with the 'shimmies' as she works along. Also think of cold with snow and ice. Judy correct that people possibly had more sense then. Today the Coasties would have a fit, passengers would be contacting lawyers galore.

        Capt. Don may know/remember Albert Kelly on the DQ for years possibly [?] being one of the very last next to Charlie Dietz who told us their memories aboard boats like that.
        Great photo! Are there more? Cheers!

        R. Dale Flick
        Summer from the northern shores of mighty Lake Michigan

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          #5
          Unsafe at any speed. But neato nevertheless!

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