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A letter from Jonathan Tschiggfrie appearing in the March 2010 issue of the REFLECTOR documented a pair of innovations on the Sacramento River steamer CHIN-DU-WAN: the first use of the Cross cut-off and the first appearance of a steam calliope on California waters. Although this vessel lies a bit outside our customary range of reporting, she is of the same blood line as another well-known transplanted Sacramento River steamer of a succeeding generation. And so with a slight nod to the steamboat craftsmen who produced the DELTA boats, we print Jonathan’s history below.

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