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Re: 'Pic o' the Week'/QUEEN CITY's roof bell.

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    Re: 'Pic o' the Week'/QUEEN CITY's roof bell.

    Dear Steamboating colleagues:
    Applause to Shipyard and Franz for posting this interesting deck view of the Str. QUEEN CITY with her classic roof bell, pilothouse and the fashionable group posing for the 'pitcher man.' See Fred Way's 'big blow' on the QC in WAY'S DIRECTORY Entry No. 4615. Fred was bewitched with the QC from the first time he laid eyes on her to her final end, 1933. Rather spooky seeing the roof bell here dating to the Anchor Line's CITY OF ST. LOUIS later serving on the MILDRED, OUICHITA, JOHN W. HUBBARD and, finally, the DELTA QUEEN. Think how many photographs of travelers have been made posing by that incredible bell. Fed Way wrote about "catering to a rather high-class patronage." The group in this photo are all dressed according to the day when people spiffed up for boat trips, railways etc. We can only wonder who they are and who is related to whom. Everybody wearing stylish hats with the gentleman sporting a boiled white shirt and bow tie. Wonder what they wee having for lunch that day now so long ago? Her whistle appearing over the gentleman's hat was mounted away from the starboard side of the pilothouse. That same whistle was blown again and again this past September, 2005, at Marietta with steam provided aboard the barge by Nelson Jones.

    The date? Unless Shipyard's photo is marked on the back it would be a good guess. I'd feebly opine on/around 1910 + or -. Another question, considering Pilot Tony Meldahl (father of S&D's long-time member Louise Meldal-Carley) "never missed a trip on her for ten years," has us wondering who that is standing behind her wheel in this picture. She's rolling smoke and Fred Way indicates "she consumed 3,200 bushels of run-a-mine a week."
    Yes, I would have liked to have tripped on the QUEEN CITY just once. The photo mural, cabin door with the gold QC emblem, and furnishings on view at the Ohio River Museum, Marietta, give a good indication as to the splendor of her main cabin.

    Cheers & thanks,
    R. Dale Flick

    Dale: I was wondering if anyone else was as bemused as I was to see this photo...Obviously, there was! I guessed the date at about 1915, noticed the pilot in place for a run and the smoke rolling aft as if in brisk forward motion. If I had the camera set up on that day, I would not use a tripod due to the vibration of the QC under way...there is nothing visible in the photo to suggest camera motion with respect to the subject/s. Shipyard Sam strikes again!


      More QC Bell Pics

      Click onto this link and then follow the next four pictures to see the QC Roof Bell as featured in the early 1900's. The "pic o' the week" photo was brought to light by the recent discovery of an oil painting by Donna Ashley, a Rising Sun, Indiana artist, who "made a painting" from this photograph of several ancestral ladies of her family snapped while aboard the QUEEN CITY for a long-ago summer outing.

      Notice how the top of the bell was painted white, even away-back-when, the same as it was on the DQ until recently. Why the bell was shined-up is a mystery from this angle, but my humble opinion is it should have been left alone with its 100 year + coating of soft green patina. Wasn't this particular bell supposed to have been on the CITY OF ST. LOUIS with H. Bixby commanding; or is that just river legend?