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Author Topic: STEAMBOAT ‘ROUND THE BEND – A CRUISE ABOARD THE GORDON C. GREENE – 1949  (Read 1573 times)

Offline herrmill

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Came across a fascinating article on the Cruise History website about the Green Line's packet boat steamer Gordon C. Greene & the history of the Cincinnati-based line that was instrumental on bringing modern day river cruising to America in the late '30s.

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STEAMBOAT ‘ROUND THE BEND – A CRUISE ABOARD THE GORDON C. GREENE – 1949 – 20 DAYS – TEN DOLLARS A DAY

JULY 12, 2010
BY MICHAEL L. GRACE

The Gordon C. Greene was built as “Cape Girardeau” at the Howard Shipyard in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in 1923 for the Eagle Packet Company of Saint Louis. Captain William H. Leyhe hired Thomas Dunbar, an eminent riverboat architect, to design and supervise her construction. She was the last packet boat built at the Howard Yard and she was decorated in the old style with a lot of jig-saw drapery, feathered stacks, and a lofty dome on the pilothouse.

Like many another steamboats, she was like a bride in that she wore ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ when she came out. Her engines came from the Ferd Herold, built by the Iowa Machine Works. Her whistles came from another old Eagle packet, the Calhoun. Her hull and cabin were new. Her pilothouse dome gleamed in a coat of shiny blue paint as she entered her St. Louis – Cape Girardeau trade in April, 1924.

Read the entire article at: http://cruiselinehistory.com/steamboat-around-the-bend-a-cruise-aboard-the-gordon-c-greene-1949-20-days-ten-dollars-a-day/
« Last Edit: August 01, 2012, 02:29:55 PM by herrmill »
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