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Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Water Transportation Era: 1910-1919 DateCreated: 1914 Louisville State: KY Zip: Country: USA Website:, Creator: James Rees & Sons
The Belle of Louisville, built in 1914, is the oldest operating “western rivers” steamboat. It has the shallow-draft flat-bottom hull braced by hog-chain trusses, multiple fire-tube boilers, paddlewheel propulsion, and superstructure configuration that were characteristic of hundreds of steamboats that plied America’s rivers during the 19th and 20th centuries
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Bailey Visual Life (CC BY 2.0) Image Caption: Belle of Louisville, still in operation Era_date_from: 1914
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