The Showboat Branson Belle as seen from her wharf.
The Belle's stern and paddle-wheels through some fall foliage.
Branson Belle's wheelhouse, bridge wing, and stacks.
Seeing the archival pictures below will show clearly
why steamboat stacks were always so tall.
While the Branson Belle was able to fly at 14mph on the slipways, its normal cruising speed is 6-mph. Full speed is 11-mph, but during trials they wanted to see what she was capable of, and called for full-ahead, or flank speed. They were doing over 12-mph, but the paddle wheels were creating such a rooster-tail, that water was being flung up so high it was drenching the top deck.
A steady flow of white water left by the paddle-wheels.
Capt. Bobby Clifton at the helm of Branson Belle. Blogger
is having a tantrum and not allowing me to enlarge the pictures,
but you can do the same by clicking the image.
The wheel on the bridge of the C.C. Slider
Credit: New Albany-Floyd Co. Public Library