Saturday 11 October 2008

Steamboat "Natchez"

Postmarked P&O London, dated 15 March 1982.

The steamboat "Natchez".
An authentic 285 foot sternwheeler. Daily river cruises. Home port New Orleans, La.
New Orleans Steamboat Co.

I take this to be the New Orleans equivalent of the Paris Bateaux Mouches, floating tourist traps. Or am I being over-critical?  The New Orleans Steamboat Company launched the Natchez in 1975, so I imagine the version today has been updated. It was already the ninth steamer to bear the

One of a series of cards sent to my father by someone he had met in the Merchant Navy. My father mentioned he was a postcard collector and said, "Send me a card sometime", not really expecting any more than one or two, if any.  Cards were sent regularly from all around the world over years, but my father never was able to thank him because he had no idea of his address, nor did he meet him again. So, thank you MG Holmes, if you or someone you know should happen read this.


  1. Oh, I love boats and ferries of all types. When I was in Hong Kong I spent most of my time at the harbor just watching the boats. It's always been a dream for me to live on a boat.

  2. I think that the "Natchez" is as you described, "A floating tourist trap." It's actually not too bad, and does make a rather scenic trip. However, be prepared to pay the standard tourist rate.

  3. It's really fun to see these boats on the Mississippi... like going back in time.


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