Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Missing The Boat (American Queen)

I had planned to take some pictures of the Majestic American Queen today and knew she may possibly leave around 1:00.  As I came down the hills of my hometown of Vicksburg, MS to the waterfront, I noticed she had already turned around by her smokestacks and that she was headed out with the calliope playing. I knew I would not get a closeup today but got her leaving out towards the mouth of the Mississippi River while in the Yazoo Diversion Canal.  

By the time I got to the Diamond Jacks parking lot she was headed northbound and was able to zoom in and get this picture of her headed to Memphis. 

Published on Nov 19, 2012
One of the "riverlorians" of the American Queen steamboat is Travis C. Vasconcelos, who also plays the boat's calliope, located on the stern of the boat! Here he is caught in the act on Saturday evening, November 17, 2012 somewhere south of Vicksburg, Mississippi. His selections include "Waiting For The Robert E. Lee" (1912), "Paramount On Parade" (1930) "Little Sir Echo" (1917). Vasconsuelos first assumed the position of calliopist aboard the steamer Belle of Louisville in 1981.In his 14 years with that boat he worked his way up from deckhand, narrator and later public spokesperson for the vessel. He has subsequently worked for the Mississippi Queen, the Delta Queen, and now the American Queen, the largest and most elegant steamboat ever built, currently traveling between St. Louis, Missouri and New Orleans, Louisiana. Writing articles on steamboats and giving talks about river history keep him busy.

I was lucky to find this video of the calliope playing on the American Queen going southbound under the bridges of my hometown. Hope you will enjoy watching it.   

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