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Natchez at Nawlins: 1903

Natchez at Nawlins: 1903

The Mississippi River circa 1903. "Packet steamer Natchez at New Orleans." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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Tourist Round Trips for six Bucks

330 miles, including meals and berth. Where is the ticket office? I want be aboard. But the hull of the Matchez could take a new paint. On a closer look: The complete ship is a little bit getting old. The underside of the main deck (I did not know that the decks of Mississippi steamers were so far broader than the trunk) has lost several boards, the wire construction which holds the cotton bale is a little bit bent, and compared with the ocean steamers in the background a wooden hull appears really antiquated. Especially if the color of the hull is almost completely peeled off.

Between the Stacks

Ahhh ... the ever-present "official ensign" of a bale of cotton between the stacks of the Natchez family of steamboats!

 
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