Cover of "Life on The Mississippi"

Cover of Life on The Mississippi

“The steamboats were finer than anything on shore — like palaces.”
Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi.

The first time I saw the Mississippi Queen on the Tennessee river, I was at a friend’s house north of Guntersville on PIne Island. Betty hollered for me to get the binoculars. There were white rocking chairs on the deck and you could hear a Calliope playing all the way down the river until you could see her no more. We must have stood at the edge of the lake for thirty minutes, just watching and listening.

The link above tells of her final demise, being turned into scrap. The condition of the boat had become deplorable, and would be too costly to renovate.

Just the thought of floating along on these grand ladies conjures up images of early life on the Mississippi. I think I will pull out a copy of Huckleberry Finn.


The Pickwick Belle is currently docked at Ingalls Harbor, Decatur, Alabama. Sounds like a fun day cruise or for a nice dinner.

Pickwick Belle

The Pickwick Belle has been based in Florence, but, is now in Decatur permanently. The beautiful twin deck Pickwick Belle riverboat is available for public and charter cruises including sight-seeing cruises, dinner cruises, private functions, and other themed cruises on Wheeler Lake and the Tennessee River.

I have lived in Decatur for six years, but, have visited here for ten. Every once in a while, you would see a riverboat docked at Rhodes Ferry Park. It is nice to have one here again.



One response »

  1. The American Cruise Lines recently launched the paddlewheeler Queen of the Mississippi. Enjoyed this post very much!


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