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Two Belles: 1906

Two Belles: 1906

The Mississippi River circa 1906. "Steamboat landing at Vicksburg, Miss." Starring the paddlewheelers Belle of Calhoun and Belle of the Bends. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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"Blacks only"?-"clarify"?

Yes blacks only on the roof and as laborers.
Didn't you notice all the whites on the second level.

Blacks Only?

It looks like the Belle of Calhoun is a blacks only boat. Can anyone clarify?

Wheelhouse windows

I think the wood is there because of the boiler stacks positioning in front of the wheelhouse . They couldn't keep the glass clean or the soot from getting into the wheelhouse if the glass was removed . So they take out the glass and then install the wooden baffles to keep the weather out but still allow clear sight ahead. As for the wood stove , its clear there is a steam pipe right by the wheelhouse to supply the whistles . So the stove must be there for when the boilers aren't running. Those are my best guesses.

Wheelhouse Windows

Can anyone explain the front windows in the wheelhouses of both ships? It appears to be some kind of a wood partition rather than glass like the side windows.

Also found it interesting that there would be a wood stove in the wheelhouse of the Belle of the Bends. I thought they would have piped up steam from the boiler for heat.

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