Friday, February 11, 2011

Stern Wheeler


Today's picture shows a fine stern wheeler riverboat. This picture was taken in New Orleans. I have to admit that I am really sad to see Riverboat Week come to an end. I must say that the old riverboat pictures really put me in a Dixie state of mind.

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  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff58W_m2ipk

    I wish I was in Dixie..

    *sigh* no shit dude.

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  2. I wonder if they were built with a lower mid section, or did they bend down in the middle for some reason or other.
    You can see that the middle is closer to the water line than the front or the back.
    Maybe you could have a second week of Steamboat photos, just get some different ones

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  3. My mother used to tell about a riverboat trip she made with her parents about 1918. They lived near the Ohio and Cumberland rivers, but I don't know if it was one of those or they traveled to the Mississippi or what kind of boat it was.

    Tip to the wise: write these things down before Alzheimer's or other unexpected events obliterate them.

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  4. Look at that ornate Wheelhouse on top! Those people had style!

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  5. Today's picture shows I was wrong about the "mooring posts". They are railings and I guess there to protect against contact with other boats. That they extend both below the deck onto the water and up to the second deck acknowledges that two boats might not be riding at the same height. As Roger points out they are not flat waterline vs deck line so another variable in boat to boat contact.

    John

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  6. This was a great week, how about a week of Mississippi river, it could also include river boats?
    Mickey

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  7. This is the J.S., which ran excursions out of Davenport and Rock Island. Built for Capt. John Streckfus in 1901, she had a short life, and burned in 1910.

    The curved, or raked hull on riverboats is for better hydrodynamics. Less turbulence is created by a raked design.

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  8. I must say that I enjoyed this series you did on the riverboats . I only once (Well twice on the same boat) did the two hours run for the experience on the Red River in Winnipeg , Manitoba , Can. The captain was a Dutch lady who up to that point had only Captain European river in a totally different powered boat . She jumped at the chance to do the paddlewheeler for two summers .Great way to be on the river .

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  9. Perhaps this week's "show" can be held over by popular request . . . or I like that Mississippi suggestion. How about OLD bridges over the Mississippi? I'm not real fond of the new bridges . . .

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  10. I love these pictures of the boats on the Mississippi

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  11. My grandfather worked for the army corps of engineers and was assigned (after being on the Hennepin Canal) to the lock and dam above Clinton, Iowa...I remember much about the "Mrs. Ippi" and how much fun it was to live by the mighty Miss!!

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  12. my grandfather used to work on the lock and dam above Clinton, Iowa. He worked for the Army Corps of engineers and had prevously lived and worked on the Hennepin Canal in Illinois. I remember fondly the life on the river. I suppose that is why I have had a particularly good time with Riverboat week

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