A return to Mark Twain’s time


| 8/30/2012 10:27:49 PM


Tags: riverboats, photography, Coondog Cemetery, Tennessee River, Mary Carton,

I like to take pictures of sunrises, so I left for work a little early Thursday morning in case I found a nice one.  As I crossed O’Neal Bridge going over the Tennessee River into Florence, Alabama there she was peaking out of the early twilight, this huge riverboat called the American Queen, a 436 passenger boat built in 1995.  Since I already had pictures of the Delta Queen and the Mississippi Queen parked in the same spot from the high bluff across the river in Sheffield, I had to have one of this riverboat.  As I turned around, I decided to get a few close up shots down in the park where she was parked.  Then I jumped back into the truck and crossed back over the bridge and got several pictures from the bluff and also got several sunrise pictures over the river while I was there.  After I got my pictures I headed back across the river to work and was a tad late. Oh course my boss caught me sneaking in.  I took my camera in and showed him why I was late.  I’m on salary, so I more than made up for being late at the end of the day.

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Formerly owned by Majestic America Line, the American Queen sat in a government impound yard for four years before being sold to the Great American Steamboat Co. for $15 million.  After six million dollars in improvements she is sailing the river again.  A sad fate befell her sister ship, the Mississippi Queen, another fine large riverboat was sold as scrap to a company in China.  Some of the cheap trinkets coming back may contain parts of her.  I was really upset that one of the Belles of the Mississippi River was chopped up and melted down for cheap imports.  The logo on the side and a few other items were saved and sent to a museum.   Another sister riverboat the Delta Queen is a floating hotel in Chattanooga. 

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mary carton
9/1/2012 12:29:51 PM

The sunrise signals the birth of a new day that I can make into what ever I want it to be. Dave I love this comment. Thanks for the inspirational words. I didn't get into much trouble. He knows I more than do my 40 hrs since I'm on salary. The Mississippi Queen was so pretty. I hate what happened to her. Thanks for visiting and the kind words. I’m headed off to the Coondog Cemetery to help decorate for the 75th anniversary celebration on Labor Day, and of course I’ll be taking my camera.


nebraska dave
9/1/2012 11:46:37 AM

Mary, As usual, you camera paints a picture of the beauty and history of your area. I hope your boss understands the need to stop and enjoy the beauty of the world once in a while. Those moments are treasures of life that lift the human spirit and increase emotional joy for the day. To me sunrise is even more beautiful than sunset. I'm a morning person so it would stand to reason that would be so. The sunrise signals the birth of a new day that I can make into what ever I want it to be. Thanks for the always fascinating pictures and history lessons of your area. Have a great day enjoying the beauty of your area.





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