STEAMBOATS IN THE VALLEY

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Steamboats in the Valley
by
Fred S. Cook,
Published
by
California Traveler, Inc.
Volcano, California, 95689
in
1971
but that must wait until I have figured out how to work my new scanner.

Thank you for your patients,
Riverboat Dave


She Takes The Horns
Steamboat Racing on Western Waters.
by
Frederick Way, Jr.
Published
by
The Picture Marine Library Publishing Company
in
1953
143 pages
Included with book is a fold-out entitled
The Principals and Practice
and
Explanation of the Machinery
Use in
Steam Navigation

Compiled by
Thomas Tredgold, C.E.

Using anticdotes, often including colorful description of various captains and of their boats, and of the monitary urge to be the fastest, in this naritive Capt. Way describes the advent of steamboat racing..

Included are various lists of times made by different steamboats in their quest for the "Horns".

From the book, in Captain Way's words-

"'She takes the Horns' is and old Mississippi River expression. The fastest boats on the river wore a pair of gilded deer antlers as a symbol of prowess.

"Sometimes these emblems were mounted on top of the big bell on the hurricane roof, sometimes on the front of the pilothouse; always in plain view, at any rate, for all to observe. These decorative antlers were much coveted. They were a brag to all and sundry, usually that the owning boat had, 'shortened the pegs' in a speed sprint between two major cities - that she had done it honestly and in the presence of qualified witnesses, and with no 'time out' deductions for any delay."

My heartfelt thanks to Jerry Canavit, steamboat historian, for his generous contribution of this book.

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