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If the "Delta Queen" was the swan of the Ohio, then the "Kentucky" was the Little Mud Hen. According to Way's Packet Directory, "the cabin was shifted out of plumb and leaned in a uniform stagger creating an optical illusion seen nowhere else except in a Fun House. She was slow, sloppy and if her smokestacks ever stood straight I never heard of it." It further states, "In several of the after rooms it was possible to look from a berth to the floor and see machinery working in the engine room below." Her one redeeming quality was that she made money and she made it consistently. When her parent company went out of business, the Greene Line took her over and quietly "chloroformed" her. The "Kentucky" was built at Madison, Indiana, in 1907.
|Harry Lemen, photographer|