Embrace America's Rivers

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 BUST".
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 Ohio has 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.

Boat Camping
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.

Wabash Queen
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.
Ouabache Guide
This is a custom built and very rugged riverboat owned by Dennis Meng of Terre Haute. It is a great boat for running the Wabash River.
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.