Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, March 15, 2019

Because It's Friday

PS Natchez gets under way in New Orleans.

2 comments:

Deadstick said...

Not much of a wake...

Stewart Dean said...

I grew up in Louisville KY, 50's & '60s, when there were still a few working paddlewheelers about...there are still a few 'for show' of them around.
At full bore and travelling speed, a paddleboat's wake is something else: a long, long set of parallel rollers marching perpendicular to the direction of travel behind the wheeler, shown here at the opening of Mississippi Queen video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbj3HxhIAck
Back then I once sailed in a Thistle behind a paddlewheeler. It took us a minute and a half to stop bouncing.
The big ship building yard of Ohio is JeffBoat across the river from Louisville and the successor to Howard Shipyards, founded in 1834, which built many of the paddlewheelers (including the Mississippi Queen).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbj3HxhIAck
There also is the wonderful Howard Steamboat Museum
http://www.howardsteamboatmuseum.org/
in Howard's original mansion. When I wuz a kid, I bicycled over there and visited it....at the time the last of the Howards were still alive, two fluttery spinster sisters who opened their home and told the stories. Tons of gorgeous models of all the different sorts of wheelers, including the cotton boats, which were just a framework to stack cotton bales on, like some enormous cross between a haywagon and a paddlewheeler.
http://www.louisianahistorymuseum.org/images/red-river-cotton-packet-1800s.jpg
At Derby Week, part of the festivities are contests between the Belle of Louisville (smaller and slower but more maneuverable) and the Delta Queen (bigger and faster), a race and a calliope duel. https://youtu.be/q1-pPTDqNfI