| May/June 1997

Well, once again, we have quite a few letters this issue, and a lot of really great pictures, so we'll go right to the first one:

'I hope to see these pictures in the magazine,' writes LAWRENCE FULLINGTON JR, 323 9th Avenue West, Palmetto, Florida 34221-5023.

'I spent the 1950 season on the D & C Lines, City of Cleveland III, a large side-wheeler making overnight trips between Detroit and Buffalo. Leaving Detroit at 5.00 p.m. and arriving in Buffalo at 7:00 a.m. Then, turning around departure at 5:00 p.m. and arriving at Detroit at 7:00 a.m. The power plant was a 10,000 HP triple expansion. The wheels had articulated paddles. The area of the crankshaft and connecting rods was glassed-in for viewing either port or starboard. To give you some idea of the size of the operation, we carried 250 maids and stewards to service all the passengers. I haven't mentioned that I was a musician in the small band on board.

'The lowest deck at gangway level was set up to ferry automobiles sometimes three abreast in a big circle around the center. One trip East we carried a large group of club members going to a meet near Buffalo, among which was a Stanley Steamera steamer carrying a Steamer! Using the boat was a favorite way to break up a long auto trip going East or West a smooth ride, pleasant meal, dancing, and an early start the next morning.

'I now have my own Steamer, a 1923 Stanley. A Mr. Ellison had acquired the car about 1958 in very poor condition. The four door body was gone, also the fenders, running boards, headlights, front bumper and hood. Through the Steam Car Club and other sources, he was able to get those items. A friend in the club made a new boiler and burner system a marine type water tube fired by an oil burner-jet type using surplus 24 volt aircraft motors to turn the oil pump feeding the jet. The household burner system was designed to direct-couple to a 110 volt AC motor @ 1750 rpm. It turned out that my aircraft motor only needed eight volts to work.

Courtesy of Lawrence Fullington Jr.