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Also reported in our Final Crossings column this issue was the death of Capt. Bill Bowell. In visiting with Capt. Bill several years ago, he stated in very plain and unambiguous terms that the JONATHAN PADELFORD was the boat nearest and dearest his heart, the first vessel built for his Padelford Packet Boat Company. Capt. Dennis Trone designed and supervised construction of the PADELFORD for Capt. Bowell at Dubuque Boat and Boiler Company in 1969-70. At the same time the former ferry CITY OF BATON ROUGE was being converted and stripped of engines and machinery for Capt. Trone’s new JULIA BELLE SWAIN.

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