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American Queen Operating Minus One Z-Drive


bob brown
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We learned from our Riverlorian during a lecture, that prior to our current voyage from Red Wing to New Orleans, that somewhere along the way, one of the two Z-Drive’s that supplement the steam powered stern paddlewheel got snagged, and ripped off the boat.  They are still searching for it.   As a precaution, the Coast Guard required that AQ engage the services of a tow boat to accompany us, until such time as they can replace it.  Captain “Rob” assured us it would not affect our safety, nor hamper our schedule.  So far, tug “Jean Marie” has just shadowed us along the way, and went thru each lock with us.

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