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Frank X. Prudent   15/Jul/2001:22:08:42
The overnight accommodations aboard a Mississippi River style steamboat
were in rooms that were named after the states of the union. Hence
today on ships a sleeping room is still referred to as a stateroom. At
about the same time that Texas was admitted to the union, builders of
steamboats added the upper-most deck and named it the texas after the
new state.

Not all boats were built with a texas. Very few towboats had a texas
and not all packets were built with one either. Infact the first boat
of the famous Greene Line, the H.K. BEDFORD, did not have a texas until
after she was purchased by Gordon C. Greene during 1890. He had one
built on her for the remainder of her years as a Greene Line boat, but
after she was sold by the Greene Line the new owners tore it off.
 
robert Tisdale   15/Jul/2001:13:25:01
can anyone tell me why the name "Texas Deck". What does it mean.
Every steamboat had a "texas" deck. Why was it named Texas deck?
 
Matt Logsdon   07/Jul/2001:09:11:38
The Delta Queen is docked at our dock {Logsdon tug Service}as i'm
writing this and i'm proud to have it here in Beardstown,IL.I look
forward to the DQ'S return!!!
 
Shirley Bennett   28/Jun/2001:05:32:44
 
Sherry Maves   17/Jun/2001:13:58:33
Does anyone have any information on the Barker Barge Line of Louisiana?
Specifically, do you know when it operated and where I could get a list
of boats they owned? Please email(smaves@hccadmin.highland.cc.il) if you
have any clues because I don't have time to check this site very often
at work. Thanks much.
Sherry
 
Sherry Maves   17/Jun/2001:13:50:38
Does anyone have any information on the Barker Barge Line of Louisiana?
Specifically, do you know when it operated and where I could get a list
of boats they owned? Please email if you have any clues because I don't
have time to check this site very often at work. Thanks much.
Sherry
 
Warren Singer   14/Jun/2001:14:02:02
How can I find a builder capable of designing a 'beached' steamboat
packet as a beach house? I have undeveloped beach front property in
Grand Isle Louisiana and am considering a nonworking steamboat as a
novel place for tourists to vacation. It could provide some of the
aura of life on a steamboat without the need to sail. It would need to
be scaled down quite a bit to be practical but think it could be quite
an attraction. Thank You to anyone who may be able to help.
 
Kris Garnjost   14/Jun/2001:08:03:14
Thanks for creating this site. I was a DQ crew member from 79-80
and again 81-84. I will never forget the wonderful experiences and
the wonderful friends. I worked with Mel (even went to his wedding)
and with Bob and his future wife. I was a porter and busboy and a
waiter. I would love to tell some stories some time. I will e-mail you
some. I would love to catch up with any past crew members
(e-mail me). I got kind of misty for my steamboat days when I
heard about John Hartford's passing. He was very special. His
love for steamboats was enormous. I will leave you all with this
question. Which is better, cruising by the bluffs on the upper
Mississippi with the early morning fog still hanging on the water, or
standing on the sundeck as the DQ cruises into St. Louis after
winning the Great Steamboat Race, calliope playing, whistle
blowing and the arch looming in the background? By the way I'm a
freelance writer and I love to write about steamboats. Thanks.
 
Christie V. Kent   10/Jun/2001:17:03:45
Have just returned from a cruise on The Delta Queen. It has been a
wonderful trip, one that I will never forget. Everyone connected with
The Delta Queen are outstanding people. Hopefully, we will be able to
take another cruise on this wonderful boat.
 
Stook   06/Jun/2001:09:01:49
I am a long-time steamboat enthusiast. You can thank Mark Twain & John
Hartford (RIP). Cool site. Thanks for the deets on the Delta Queen
story.
 
Jerry Canavit 05/Jun/2001:21:24:39
To a kindred spirit who scented river smoke and steam...and breathed
deeply of it. Rest in peace, John.

Jerr
 
HUGH GRIFFIN   05/Jun/2001:20:28:23
JOHN HARTFORD WE WILL MISS YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!
WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HUGH GRIFFIN
 
Frank X. Prudent   05/Jun/2001:06:40:41
Captain John Hartford passed away on June 4, 2001 around 5:00 pm at his
home overlooking the Cumberland River and John Hartford Light. Besides
having been a licensed first class pilot for steam and motor vessels on
the Illinois River from Peoria to Starved Rock, he was world renowned
for having written "Gentle On My Mind" and his virtuoso 5 string banjo
and fiddle playin'. The world was a little better place because of
John, and he will be sorely missed by many!
 
Brian (again)   30/May/2001:14:46:41
First of all, the explosion happened around June 28, 1865, not 1965 as
I had previously submitted. Also, I would like to add that I had the
privilege of taking Dr. James Robertson's Civil War class here at
Virginia Tech. He often mentioned his talks given on riverboats. I
would suggest to any one planning an excursion along the Mississippi
that they strongly consider scheduling one of his riverboat talks. And
if anyone happens to know when these take place, PLEASE fell free to
post them here for all to see. Thanks.
 
Fran   29/May/2001:12:22:47
I am looking for a picture of the Steamboat, CHICKASAW that was on the
White River in Arkansas in the 1880s. My great-grandfather made a trip
from Roscoe, MO to Florida in 1886 and he says in his diary that he
caught the CHICKASAW at the landing in Augusta, Ark. Would like any
information that anyone can give me. Thanks, Fran
 
Billie   27/May/2001:19:03:41
I am planning a trip to Vicksburg, MS. I would love to take a
steamboat trip. Is this possible from Vicksburg?

Thanks

 
Gene Sutera   26/May/2001:13:52:38
I recently acquired a very nice stereoview card of the side-
wheeler "Corinthian". I would appreciate any information anyone could
give me about this vessel. Thanks.
-Gene
 
Brian   25/May/2001:14:31:24
I'm researching my family history and it turns out that I had a
relative who was killed on The Sultana when it exploded on the
Mississippi River around June 28, 1965. Thanks to any one who can help.
bscheule@vt.edu
 
Nori Steamboats 23/May/2001:14:44:21
Hi!

Larry Steimle (further down) asked where is the best place to hear steamboat whistles - that would definitely be Steamboats.org
http://steamboats.org - they have about fifty from different boats.

A heartfelt note to the steamboat community: Thank you for reading the guestbook and helping to answer people's questions. Thanks also
for posting your answers to the guestbook so everyone may benefit. We certainly have a lot more questions than we every thought
possible.

-nori
 
Brian Hughes   23/May/2001:07:38:27
Me again. I just noticed Thomas' question in his entries below. He asked
what the "cv" designator stood for in front of Delta Queen Coastal
Voyages' new ships, "cv Cape May Light" and "cv Cape Cod Light." It
stands for "coastal vessel," and designates a ship specifically designed
to cruise shallow coastal waters. They are not operated by Delta Queen
Steamboat Company, but her sister line, Delta Queen Coastal Voyages
(www.coastalvoyages.com), (800) 846-8000. Both are owned by their
parent, American Classic Voyages Company, along with sister lines
American Hawaii Cruises and United States Lines. By the way, hope you
all like the entirely revamped new DQSC brochure coming soon: I wrote
it! (As for Jackie's comments below: if the poor thing doesn't bother to
read the Web sites she visits, I fear her vocabulary will always remain
as limited and her manner of expressing herself as unsop
 
Brian Hughes   23/May/2001:07:22:27
Hi Nori!
Remember me? I met you, Bill and your family several years ago aboard
the DQ. I worked for eight years in the DQSC Home Port Office until last
June 2, when our whole department was laid off by the New Regime over
there. As you may recall, I had been editor of the "Steamboatin' Rag"
company newsletter, which, alas, was also a victim of the new company
mindset. Now I work for Delta Queen's PR firm on--surprise!--Delta Queen
Steamboat Company and Delta Queen Coastal Voyages projects. So I still
get to stay in touch with Steamboatin', which I miss, if not with some
of the folks who started working there towards the end, whom I don't
miss so much. I still treasure the DQ hull plug you gave me and enjoy
keeping up with Steamboatin' through the new job. I hope all's well with
you, and I'm so glad to see you keeping the good ol' days of
Steamboatin' alive on your Web site. Best wi
 
Jerry Canavit   22/May/2001:18:53:55
The CITY OF LOUISVILLE was a big sidewheeler built at the Howard Yard in
1894. She was over 300 feet long, had 72 staterooms and carried an
excursion permit for 1500 people. The Louisville & Cincinnati Packet Co.
operated her on the Ohio River until she was caught in the ice and lost
in 1918. She was one of the fastest steamboats to ever run on the Ohio
River. In 1894 she ran from Louisville to Cincinnati (a little over 133
miles) in 9 hours, 42 minutes. In 1896 she bettered this mark by two
minutes. No steamboat ever did b
 
Janet McCall   22/May/2001:16:21:09
When did the first steamboat cross the ocean?
 
matthew hughes   19/May/2001:09:30:42
dear steamboats.com,

Have you ever heard of an old 1912 steamboat called THE CITY OF
LOUISVILLE and if yu had can you tel me aboat it.
 
Doug Fleetney   18/May/2001:13:38:48
How great it is to find a website devoted to probably the most
neglected form of steam transport. I was bought up with books on
riversteamers, Missippi, Yukon, British Columbian [lake & river] plus
the Murry and Murrambigi systems not forgeting the Irrawaddi. My father
was in Australia in the 1960's and served on the last? of the stern
wheelers, the Captin Sturt, also I understand that he traveled on the
White Horse in the Yukon and was very upset when she burned in the
1970's. Enough of the past, two questions firstly which steamer was
used in the Mel Gibson movie Maveric and secondly why on earth did they
put those two false smoke stacks on such a good looking boat? Thanks
for proving that there is life out there for a sad steamboat nut like
me.
 
Edna Harry   18/May/2001:09:17:27
Hey...I love cheese and steamboats! This is a VERY niftastic site.
THanks for caring about esipring steamboat captains like one's self. I
LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!
 
Travis C. Vasconcelo Steam Calliopes 11/May/2001:09:08:43
Hi Nori,

Long time since I have posted anything. Just thought I'd catch you up
on a few things.

The Delta Queen Steamboat Company has launched service of their new
Coastal Boat, the C/V (What is that???!!??) Cape May Light. Rumor on
the Str. Delta Queen is that the Company is more interested in the
Coastal Boats and are letting the steamboats go to pot. Personally, as
Frank Prudent said, the Str. Delta Queen has never looked better. So I
don't know about that.

Now if they would just do something about that new (1991) hull!
It is still as horrible as it ever was! I was on the boat yesterday and
for the first time noticed that she does NOT have a prow. It's design
creates an optical illusion that she does...but if you look close...it's
just rounded off. Ick!!!!

Other changes for 2001...They re-set the calliope whistles this year,
they are now diatonically arranged, low in the center radiating out.

As for me, I have a few performances lined up for this year. I
 
Travis C. Vasconcelo Steam Calliopes 11/May/2001:09:06:25
Hi Nori,

Long time since I have posted anything. Just thought I'd catch you up
on a few things.

The Delta Queen Steamboat Company has launched service of their new
Coastal Boat, the C/V (What is that???!!??) Cape May Light. Rumor on
the Str. Delta Queen is that the Company is more interested in the
Coastal Boats and are letting the steamboats go to pot. Personally, as
Frank Prudent said, the Str. Delta Queen has never looked better. So I
don't know about that. But, I have noticed that alot of the old timers
(Crew) have left for the New boats.

Now if they would just do something about that new (1991) hull!
It is still as horrible as it ever was! I was on the boat yesterday and
for the first time noticed that she does NOT have a prow. It's design
creates an optical illusion that she does...but if you look close...it's
just rounded off.

Other changes for 2001...They re-set the calliope whistles this year,
they are now diatonically arranged, low in the center radiati
 
Jerry Hay   11/May/2001:05:20:59
I am the Riverlorian on the Delta Queen and am home on break doing some
research on steamboatin' sites. Yours is well done and appreciated. As
riverlorian, I do lectures and answer questions about the DQ, other
steamboats, and rivers.
 
Craig Lowry   04/May/2001:18:31:45
I have learned a lot at this site. Great links also. Looking for
information on Steam Boat Motto Explosion involving Boiler in 1836. I
am looking for details and listing of injured. The incident occurred
about September 1836 on the Ohio River. If you can pls e-mail me.
 
Frank X. Prudent   04/May/2001:17:34:26
For those of you who haven't heard, the Str. DELTA QUEEN "took the
horns" from the Str. BELLE OF LOUISVILLE during The Great Kentucky
Derby Steamboat Race on May 2,2001. The BELLE was in the lead for all
but the last mile of the race; The DELTA QUEEN began to pass the BELLE
on the down river leg of the race below Jeff Boat. The BELLE was
running a bit hot and the engineers had a hose squirting the port main
bearing down. The BELLE just got her certificate the Friday before the
race and the crew still was breaking the old gal in for her 2001 season.

Both steamboats were shined and polished for the race. The DQ has a
fresh coat of high gloss paint and literally sparkled in the early
evening sun shine. Capt. Clarke C. Hawley stated that, "I've never seen
her look so good." The BELLE treated everyone to a show with her high
pressure engines scapin' through the roof. Truly it was a sight and
sound to behold!
 
Larry Steimle   01/May/2001:12:52:21
Love the site.

Where on the web can I find sound recordings of steamboat whistles?

Thanks.
 
Jackie 29/Apr/2001:16:53:46
i haven't looked at the page yet, but i bet it sux like all the other
websites. i am tryin to find shit for school, but nothing helps me
well bye cuz this page bites so royal ass
hahahahha fuck you jackie
 
Chris P.   27/Apr/2001:10:12:33
I am studying transportation in my class right now. I was wondering if
you had any information that compares the steamboats on the Hudson
River with the steamboats on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers? If
so, please e-mail my teacher, Miss Buckley, at the e-mail address
above. Thanks.

Chris
 
Chris   27/Apr/2001:10:10:02
 
Frank Evans Jr humidity 26/Apr/2001:18:24:54
my I use your photos for a project I'm doing for a graduate
professional writing class in hypertext? You time is greatly
apprecitated.
fevans
 
Donny Brown   21/Apr/2001:19:08:49
Can you please help me find a picture of the inside of a steamboat? I
am doing my science fair project on steamboats. It is sort of done.
But, I would like to include a picture of the inside. Thank you.
 
Brandi   19/Apr/2001:17:44:37
Wow! I was surprised to see so many people interested in Steamboats. I
think its great! I was just looking for intersting facts for my 9yr
old daughters report on Robert Fulton. I thought she would like to know
all the info about him since he is her stepgrandpas great great great
(I think 3 greats, not sure, I have to check with him) Grandfather. She
just thinks it cool her grandpa has the same name. Thanks alot- keep
it going!
 
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