European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Oct 21 1960, Page 11

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - October 21, 1960, Darmstadt, Hesse1 a a � i a a a fat sit if i Waif j5jr. 4/, a Jap a i a t to a ,.r i i " i t vs.-.,u j j,T-1 l it f. A a 4vl f1- eo1" a St us " a i a " Sis Sippi Belle makes her last trip \ 3 " lib i i 4 Row. How pop i by Mississippi if history afloat she s living pulsating tradition with steam in her boilers unless a Miracle takes place there la be no More. The Paddi Wheeler s replacement will be a diesel vessel with radar and of Maric Pilot but there la be sadness along the River i Fott Oil look other seme everything Mark Twain said about the River by Paul Spierss a Washington Bureau Teie Belize of the Mississippi is re tiring. The last of the Texas deck Stern wheel packet boats operating on the Inland water ways of the army corps of engineers Mississippi started her final inspection trip. After having served As a riverboat since 1927. The Mississippi is scheduled to be retired and Decormis. Signed Early next year. She s a typical old Limer with All the tradition and background of a bygone age about her says her master since 1946, capt David m. Cook. You can look at her and sense every thing Mark Twain tried to say about the Mississippi River. You can walk aboard her and hear her throb and watch her exhaust and feel the glory Sou of the Mississippi has served As a towboat during the working season when construction of flood control and navigation improvements is underway on the River and its tributaries quarters for the commis Sion at least twice a year on inspection trips of the lower River meeting House for Public hearings and Rescue boat during floods. The commission was authorized by con Gress in 1879 to have charge of flood control and navigation improvements for the River. An executive body appointed by the president is composed of three corps of engineers officers a representative of the coast and geodetic Survey and three civil tans two of whom must be civil engineers. The Board president is always a corps of engineers officer. Since 1882 three Stern paddle Heaters. All bearing the name Mississippi have served As inspection present River Queen painted creamy White with stately twin stacks and Long curving sweeps of decks and upper works is buxom but Beautiful. She has a beam of 39 feet and a length of 220 feet. With 850 he her draft is seven feet eight inches displacing 983 Long tons. The 24-by-24-foot has 96 spokes and the 16 bucket Type paddles churn at 19 rpm to drive the Steamer up River at eight Mph and double that Down to the disposition of the boat according to a corps of engineers spokes Man when the time comes it must be in compliance with the Federal property administration services act of 1949 we Ucli first requires a determination of the condition of the vessel if found unserviceable As a towboat inspection boat the remaining Hulk will be disposed of by sealed bids in View of the condition of the Hull it is Likely that it will of declared unserviceable u to Vever. If the boat is found to be serviceable then us a lability will be circular Zed to other Federal agencies for further paddle Wheeler s replacement will be a modern twin screw diesel vessel fitted with modern navigational aids include info radar radio depth finder and automatic Pilot the name will be the same. Change is necessitated in the interest of Economy and efficiency according to Vlaj Gen t a Lane Board president the new towboat will greatly reduce operating costs since it will have the latest propulsion equipment to insure maximum Economy of operation under All the latest performance a. But despite the economizing there la be sadness along the River for. As one River historian put it the Steamer Mississippi is history afloat she s tradition living putting tradition with steam in her boilers she s the last of the Texas Deckers on the Inland sea whose name she bears the end of a romantic Era on the River and nothing like her will come again any More than Mike Fink will return to Memphis with a Fla boat Crew the Mississippi is a Stern wheel River packet towboat and the last of them All. Unless a Miracle takes place there will be no " october 21, 1960 the stars and stripes

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