Saturday, July 14, 2007
This one is for Tara with Baton Rouge Daily Photo. She asked back in June if the Steamboat Natchez still has its calliope. I hear it nearly every day from our parking garage, even though I am up 8 floors and the boat is about a half mile away. I thought that in this day of automation, it was computer controlled. I was walking by the boat recently and some whisps of steam caught my eye. Much to my surprise, there was someone playing the it. It's steam powered! And notice to the right (below), the lights in the bulbs. A different light glows for each note.
Check out this old brochure on the boat -- page 5 has a drawing of the calliope. It's great marketing for the exciting cruise they give down the Mississippi River. Make sure it's on you itinerary for your next trip to the Big Easy.