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Guestbook Posting
On Apr 3, 2009, at 5:03 PM, David Beane wrote:

name: David Beane
location: Troy Ohio
message: I am looking for info/picture on the R.P Walt steamboat 1870 - 1872 that ran on the White River
email=Yes, include my email (encoded in SpamStopper software) dbeane33[at]
visits: First time

Guestbook Posting
On Apr 3, 2009, at 5:03 PM, neil wrote:

name: Neil
location: New Mexico
message: I recently inherited some steamboat stuff including back issues of Steamboat Journal, S&D Reflector, and a file full of photos and information on various sternwheelers. In addition I have a large inventory of new notecards (2000 ea) and posters (600 ea) that my father sold in galleries along the Mississippi. These were prints of his original watercolor paintings of casino and other sternwheelers. Some of the prints are signed and numbered. All offers will be considered, so I hope someone can help me find a home for these items.
email: Yes, include my email (encoded in SpamStopper software) ntdavie2[at]
visits: First time

Passing of Mary Greene Stewart

Excerpts the obituary posted at

"Mary Greene Stewart died peacefully at her riverfront farm in California, KY March 30, 2009. Mary was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 26, 1933 to parents Capt. Tom Greene and Letha C. Greene.

"Mary lived the first two years of her life on the steamboat TOM GREENE. Mary's life was a childhood fantasy, traveling the Ohio River on the TOM GREENE, the CHRIS GREENE, the GORDON C. GREENE and finally on the DELTA QUEEN. She had a youth that Mark Twain would have envied.

"After she graduated from college she worked on the DELTA QUEEN, the steamboat which her father purchased and brought via the Panama Canal to Cincinnati from Stockton, California. As a crewmember, she served as Social Director, Assistant Purser, Shore-stop tour organizer, Gift Shop manager and Vocalist. In 1964, she met fellow crewmember Richard Stewart, who was Assistant Purser. They were married the following year. They had one son, Joel Michael Stewart. . . .

"Mary is survived by her husband, Richard, son Joel Michael and five grandchildren: Harlequin, Morpheus, Blaise, Roman and Sterling. Also surviving Mary are brother's Gordon C. Greene, Tom Greene II and sister Letha Jane Greene." - excerpt from official obituary by Richard Stewart

Excerpts from the steamboat community's memorials at

"Mary is one of the most wonderful persons I ever met; words can't describe what loss it is to not having her with us anymore." - Franz Neumeier

"Mary Cavendish Greene Stewart, born in 1933, was a unique and gracious lady who certainly left her mark on steamboating and will be greatly missed by those of us who were privileged to know her." - Keith Norrington

"Mary was a steamboater and true lady and truly a link between us and the old DQ." - Judy Patsch

Steamboats of the Fifty States - Updated
The link page that is "Steamboats of the Fifty States" had fallen on hard times, neglected for several years. However, last weekend I updated it and added lots of new boats. You are welcome to visit: click here.

Guestbook Post
On Mar 26, 2009, at 9:24 AM, peter butler wrote:

name: peter butler
location: blackburn,england
message: i would like more detail on the cam/lever linkages for the featured basic, non-condensing, fixed cutoff steam engine
email: Yes, include my email (encoded in SpamStopper software) peter.butler527[at] visits: Once a month rate: Boat models

Guestbook Post
On Mar 26, 2009, at 1:45 AM, Ron Hauser wrote:

name: Ron Hauser aka "The Canvas Cowboy"
location: St. Charles, Missouri
message: Looking for good Photos of Samual Clemens aka "Mark Twian" at the wheel of a river boat. and also good photos of the Pride of the WEst side wheeler.
Am an Artist Historian and I am looking to paint an oil of both.
Any wanting to get high quality giclee canvas prints my go to my web site at and go to contact.
Happy Trails,
Ron Hauser
email: Yes, include my email (encoded in SpamStopper software) rhauser[at]
visits: First time
rate: Steamboat art, music, movies.

The Mississippi Queen tied up at Perry Shipyard, New Orleans. Photo by Bill Muster and Erick Valkingburg, 3/11/2009.

On Mar 13, 2009, at 10:54 AM, Vicki Webster wrote:

Hello, all -

Contrary to what you may have heard, the Delta Queen is not dead in the water in Chattanooga. The fight to put her back in operation continues, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation is doing all they can to help us. They have just added a comment section to the Delta Queen item on their website, asking people to share their memories of trips on the boat.

But we are asking you to go one step farther: Please also mention the importance of keeping the Delta Queen alive and plying our waterways as she has done proudly and safely for 82 years, not tied up to a dock in Chattanooga or anyplace else. And if you live in a river town please stress the economic benefits the Queen and her passengers bring to your community.

The PreservationNation site has an enormous and influential audience that cares deeply about protecting our country's historic treasures. This is a golden opportunity to send them a loud, clear S.O.S.

Thank you all for your continued devotion to the Queen's cause. I am confident that if we stay the course just a little while longer, we will win this battle.

Onward & upward!


Editor's Note: We found the needed information and the article was published, see, May 2009, pp. 29 - 31.

On Mar 5, 2009, at 3:46 PM, Sharon Miller wrote:

writing a story about the steamboat era on the Osage River at Warsaw - need information/pictures regarding 1800's route from St. Louis to Warsaw - deadline in 3weeks (3/27/09)

Please contact this reporter at the following email: sharon-miller[at]

In Memory

GREGORY LEN HAWLEY, 50, of Independence, Mo., passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2009, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Greg was the son of Harland M. and Florence E. Hawley, and was a lifelong Independence, Missouri, area resident. In 1988, working along side family and friends, he was instrumental in the recovery of the sunken Missouri River steamboat ARABIA. After excavating the boat (which sank near Parkville, Missouri on September 5, 1856) and its cargo, the Hawley family decided the artifacts should be kept together as a collection. Greg, his brother David, their parents, and other family members built and operate the Steamboat Arabia Museum in the old river market area, at 400 Grand Blvd., in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Hello all,

As most of you know, Kentucky preservationist Don Clare has nominated the Delta Queen to the National Trust's 2009 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. We'll find out in late April whether or not she makes the final cut, but in the meantime the Trust is helping the cause with this posting on its web site, PreservationNation.

Please join me in thanking our friends at the Trust for coming to our aid. You can do that at info[at] And if you haven't done so already, please second Don Clare's nomination of the boat to the 11 Most Endangered List: 11Most[at]

Thank you all for your continued efforts on behalf of the Delta Queen. And please keep up the great work. We face an uphill battle, but the fight is not over.
Onward & upward!

Vicki Webster

Click here to see these model plans, currently for sale on eBay.

Click here to see more phtos of this chandelier and learn more about its connection to the Robert E. Lee steamboat. If you can supply any additional information, please go to the page and write to us!

Here are some new photos by John Weise, showing the Delta Queen above Lukes Landing, Alabama.

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