Interesting boats. Click title or photo for larger view
This is a special equipped boat to run the entire length of the Wabash
River in. It required being pulled out to refuel and check for leaks
from hitting rocks. The small sign on the side says, "OHIO RIVER OR
Boat seen in Venice, Louisiana appears to be a helicopter. This would
be great for staying out of the weather, however getting out of the
vessel if capsized could be a little scary.
The owner of this little houseboat in West Point, Kentucky along the
taken up residence, compete with electricity and TV. He would not have
much to worry about during high water, since his house floats
This is something one doesn't see every day. It is not exactly a boat,
but it is floating and moving on it's own power. The tracks are turning
for steerage and the shovel is being used to push it forward. Seen on
the Intracoastal waterways in Texas
Overparked? At least that is the way it appears on this day when the Delta Queen was landed at Wellsburg, West Virginia.
The largest steamboat in the world. This was taken from aboard the Mississippi Queen as the American Queen pulled away from Natchez, Mississippi.This abandoned towboat was left for many years along the Ohio River at Henderson, Kentucky, but is now gone.
Belle of Louisville
The Belle is racing the Delta Queen in this photo taken at Louisville, Kentucky during Kentucky Derby week. The Delta Queen won the race.
The owner of this boat was really in the Christmas spirit. One might
think that his navigational lights would be hard to read at night.
Delta Queen Draws a Crowd
The Delta Queen does attract attention, as here in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Everybody loves the Delta Queen.
This unusual dinghy for Jerry Hay's houseboat is the result of cutting
a broken canoe in two, building a transom and mounting a trolling
motor. This is Jerry's son Darin taking it for a spin.
This boat has powerful pumps that can reach tall buildings along the Chicago River.
This is a great riverboat. It runs shallow and has a huge deck. In fact, it is big enough to pitch a tent on for the night.
Julia Belle Swain
This is a beautiful little steamboat on the upper Mississippi River, and one of only a few real steamboats on the rivers.
This interesting view of Jerry's paddlewheel boat is the result of having problems with the chain drive. While Jerry pilots on top, two friends are trying to keep the chain tight with leverage.
This is a replica of the keelboat used in the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Here it is landed at Clarksville, Indiana during the bicentennial celebrations
It was a sad sight seeing this once fine paddlewheeler grounded and rusting away near Natchez, Mississippi.
American Queen Steamboat at Sunrise
Scenic view of the American Queen landed along the lower Mississippi River. Photo was taken from the calliope deck of the Mississippi Queen. Part of the calliope tubes and one of the ornamental mermaids are in the foreground.
This is a custom built and very rugged riverboat owned by Dennis Meng of Terre Haute. It is a great boat for running the
Sunken Seafaring Vessel
This isn't exactly a riverboat but it did sink on the lower Mississippi River near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. It was on its way to a new home from Florida but didn't quite make it.
This is an interesting view of the towboat taken from the lead barge toward the pilothouse nearly 1000 feet away. This is the
Ron Shankin towboat on the Ohio River.
A man on a wave runner is jumping the rollers off the back of the Mississippi Queen. They love the washboard type waves that trail paddlewheel boats, and have a good time...until they get too close!
Cave In Rock, Illinois
The Delta Queen is landed at Cave In Rock, Illinois along the Ohio River. This was taken from inside the entrance of the cave.
This towboat was landed at Cairo, Illinois on the Ohio River. The river level dropped fast and left it nearly high and dry.
This is another view of the abandoned towboat, with the Mississippi Queen in the background. It makes an interesting contrast of new and
Great Steamboat Race
The bow of the Delta Queen is full of enthusiastic passengers, while the Mississippi Queen pulls ahead on this race from New Orleans to St. Louis.
Tow into the Sunset
A lot of tonnage moves on the river system. This tow is heading upriver on the lower Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee.
This is the giant paddlewheel on the Mississippi Queen. The wheel is
offset in the middle to reduce vibration. It has five huge rudders for
The Delta Queen looks eerie as she is landed in the fog one morning at Madison, Indiana on the Ohio River.
Another Dry-Docked Houseboat
This one is now a land house, complete with a basement (sort of). This
is just downriver from Louisville, Kentucky along the Ohio River.
Cold Day on the River
Another view of the Mississippi Queen paddlewheel during less than
ideal conditions. This was taken on the Tennessee River in November.
Mercedes Benz Boat?
Not exactly a car and not exactly a boat. The owner removed the wheels,
built a metal hull and mounted an outboard motor in the truck. It isn't
all that stable but does get attention.
When two large steamboats land where there is limited space, one ties
off to the other. This is the American Queen tied of to the Mississippi Queen at Natchez, Mississippi.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
At the left is the U.S.S. Kid destroyer. On the right is the steamboat landing. In the middle is the Mississippi Queen.
Three River Rats on a Journey
Percy Mossbarger, Jerry Hay and Dennis Meng are taking a long trip in a
special outfitted bass boat with a jet drive to run in shallow waters.
Towboat in a Cornfield
This towboat was placed in this location during high water. It is to
become a unique Bed & Breakfast, just north of Praire du Shien,
Wisconson, along the upper Mississippi River.
Beached for the Night
This is Jerry Hay's boat the Wabash Queen, landed for the night on a beautiful island on the Wabash River. Life is good!
This rig may look unusual but the owner surely has everything he wants
in his floating camper. Notice the location of the outboard motor. This
means that one must look through the back and front windows to pilot.
Junkyard Wars on the Ohio River (click photo)
You never know what to expect on the river. The following photos are an event on the river that calls for creative building. Taken near Louisville, Kentucky as they approach the McAlpine Lock. I'll bet the lockmaster loves to lock this bunch through. Great fun!