Great Steamboat Race
myaklin at g4.net
Thu Jun 3 18:22:28 CEST 2010
On Wed, 2 Jun 2010, Thomas Hauber wrote:
> Where on earth did Barks come up with the fact that pitch was used to fire
> brass boilers of paddle-wheelers? Is there a reference anywhere in Mark
Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain makes these mentions:
"From three o'clock onward they wouldbe burning rosin
and patch-pine (the sign of preparation), and so one had
the picturesque spectacle of a rank, some two or three
miles long, of tall, ascending columns of coal-block smoke;"
"great volumes of the blackest smoke are rolling and tumbling out of the
chimneys-- a husbanded grandeur created with a bit of pitch pine just
before arriving at a town;"
So i am not sure if they used it consistently for boiler needs but
they did indeed use it.
> It seems now that pitch is an up and coming bio-fuel. Barks, What a guy.
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