Published by the Sons & Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen
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The following article recently appeared in an issue of The S&D Reflector. It was written by Judy Patsch. Subscriptions to The S&D Reflector can be purchased here on our website.

Doc Hawley and I drove over to Houma, LA on April 22 to visit the DELTA QUEEN and Capt. Mike Williams. She is not hard to find, quite obvious as you come over the Prospect Avenue Bridge (LA 3087). She has quite a bit of land separating her from… Continue reading

October 2014 represented the 100th anniversary of a unique steamboat, the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE, ex-IDLEWILD and AVALON, in a dramatic history of firsts including most rivers and mileage logged.  Capt. Doc Hawley calculates it was some 12,000 miles per year as the AVALON.  A gala celebration was set for October of this year.  There were several belles present including the BELLE OF CINCINNATI and SPIRIT OF PEORIA, many with two legs, but when the BELLE is spoken of here, it is the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE. Continue reading

The following article appeared in the September 2014 issue of The S&D Reflector. It was written by John “Corky” Bickel. Subscriptions to The S&D Reflector can be purchased here on our website.

September2014I don’t remember when I was not wild about steamboats. My father, John P. Bickel, grew up the son of a grocer in the small northeast Iowa river town of McGregor. One of his jobs was to accompany my grandfather delivering groceries to steamboats making regular stops… Continue reading