Life on the Mis­sis­sippi

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Since Jan. 12, 1812, when the New Or­leans first docked in her name­sake city, steam­boats have been ply­ing the mighty Mis­sis­sippi. By the 1870s hun­dreds op­er­ated out of the Cres­cent City, help­ing usher in New Or­leans’ golden age; to­day there is one. In her new book, Steam­boat Natchez, New Or­leans (Vissi Darte Books), au­thor and pho­tog­ra­pher Kerri McCaf­fety charts the his­tory of steamships on the river, along with the evo­lu­tion of the Natchez, which has been nav­i­gat­ing lo­cal waters since 1845. Natchez IX, the last true steam­boat on the Mis­sis­sippi, de­buted in 1975 and con­tin­ues to be one of the city’s most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, of­fer­ing daily har­bor and din­ner jazz ex­cur­sions (p. 44). Book a cruise … and grab the book.

Steam­boat Natchez

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