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Belle of the Bends

Belle of the Bends

The place is Vicksburg, the time is pre 1924, and the sidewheeler outside the large sternwheeler is obviously a passenger vessel. The name on the wheelbox begins "BELL.." And I have, perhaps somewhat flippantly, suggested "Belle of the South".

For a Northern European at least, a

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This one was interesting.
Making a quick check of the "Belles" on the Western Rivers, the only one that I could find that appeared to fit the general atmosphere of the above picture is the 'Belle of the Bends' A comparison of the two photos seems to confirm that she is almost certainly the boat in question.
Appearances match and, unusually, the name begins well aft of the paddle housing, actually off centre, probably to get all of the name on before running into the windows ahead of the housing.
Her name is a nickname of the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

She was built at Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1898 by the well known Howard Yard for the Vicksburg & Greenville Packet Company and ran a passenger and freight service between those two eponymous cities.
She sank in 1909 and 1910 but was raised each time and refurbished.
Renamed 'Liberty' about 1910.
Broken up in 1919.

Wood, 210' x 33',
She probably had two simple horizontal engines with an eight foot stroke, but that's not positive.

http://www.riverboatdaves.com/pics/bbend.jpg
View on the bows:
http://www.nsula.edu/watson_library/steamers/pages/Belle%20of%20the%20Bends-1292.htm

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Most certainly you have found her. I will change the title then.

I have also looked up the word "eponym" and found this is a name derived from a persons name (this for those as ignorant as me), and will search for those two monuments in American history. Stein
 

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Sorry, I shouldn't be using a two dollar word in my twenty five cent posting.
In this case it simply means "the same as". The cities that the ship was running between, Vicksburg and Greenville, are the same cities mentioned in the title of the steamboat line, the Vicksburg & Greenville Packet Company.
Found another fine picture of the boat, showing the excitement that a steamboat aroused when arriving at a small river town.

http://madison-jeffco.cdmhost.com/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/p4038coll6&CISOPTR=100&REC=3

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Wonderful picture in the link. Didnt get the hang of the zooming function, - if there is one, but a fun crowd to watch anyway. From the dogs sniffing each other out in the left corner to the boys on the barge and the youths near the water, to the young ladies in white and old ones in black; lots of small stories. The photographer had a bit of luck with the contrast, white ship against dark forrest, dark people against bright ground. Stein.
 

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Dogs? Women? Where?
 

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