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    Re: Is the Mark Twain Riverboat a Scale of the Real Thing?

    I don't know if this has been mentioned, but I stumbled on to this:

    history.amusement-parks.com/ disney3.htm

    Walt was not only fascinated by the old west, he enjoyed those who explored its myth. He named his riverboat after one of America's greatest storytellers, Mark Twain. Like many things in the park the boat was built in 5/8 scale. The park claimed that this was the first paddle-wheel boat built in the U.S. in over 50 years. The ship was constructed at the Todd Shipyards in San Diego. Disney lore said that it was shipped deck-by-deck up the highway and then assembled at a Disney soundstage. A New York Times article from 1955 read, "Its piece de resistance is another river, plied by the 'Mark Twain,' a self-propelled reproduction of a Mississippi stern-wheeler."

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    Re: Is the Mark Twain Riverboat a Scale of the Real Thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaAdventurer
    Quite a bit of blubbering for someone who literally cut and pasted an article from a magazine without crediting it. Some expert research, indeed!
    Thanks - I'll try to be more scholarly...
    Last edited by Sambo; 03-26-2006 at 04:51 PM.

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    Re: Is the Mark Twain Riverboat a Scale of the Real Thing?

    I got to steer the Mark Twain the other day, and I didn't even crash it. That's some good steering! Oh, and I blew the whistle too! I didn't ring the bell cause I was too busy doing the steering and the blowing of the whistle. Duh............


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    Re: Is the Mark Twain Riverboat a Scale of the Real Thing?

    Cool... One of these days I'd like to do that. Sounds like great fun. Did you sign a log or get a certificate?

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    Re: Is the Mark Twain Riverboat a Scale of the Real Thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by filmfreak11
    I don't know if this has been mentioned, but I stumbled on to this:

    history.amusement-parks.com/ disney3.htm

    Walt was not only fascinated by the old west, he enjoyed those who explored its myth. He named his riverboat after one of America's greatest storytellers, Mark Twain. Like many things in the park the boat was built in 5/8 scale. The park claimed that this was the first paddle-wheel boat built in the U.S. in over 50 years. The ship was constructed at the Todd Shipyards in San Diego. Disney lore said that it was shipped deck-by-deck up the highway and then assembled at a Disney soundstage. A New York Times article from 1955 read, "Its piece de resistance is another river, plied by the 'Mark Twain,' a self-propelled reproduction of a Mississippi stern-wheeler."
    Wow... and yet more wrong information gets passed along as the real thing. For instance, Todd Shipyards was located in San Pedro, Los Angeles harbor (just east of the north end of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, to be precise). Crikey!!

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    Re: Is the Mark Twain Riverboat a Scale of the Real Thing?

    Why the violence in the correction? There's bad info all over the web, and filmfreak was obviously just reposting something he/she read on another site. A simple correction on the location of the shipyards would have been enough, don't you think?

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    Re: Is the Mark Twain Riverboat a Scale of the Real Thing?

    Dan, the comment was on the bad info itself, not the poster who had no idea that the info was bad. Too many people take the internet as gospel; remember that scandal a few months ago with the "encyclopedia" website? The internet is great for sharing ideas, but not many people have the time to check out everything posted as "fact". The only reason I know about Todd Shipyards was because of my interest and research on local historic steamships.

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    Re: Is the Mark Twain Riverboat a Scale of the Real Thing?

    Very cool, speederscout. I'm in no way the forum sherrif, but it bothers me that sometimes people slam into attack mode with little or no provocation. Glad to see your clarification.

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    Re: Is the Mark Twain Riverboat a Scale of the Real Thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sambo
    Cool... One of these days I'd like to do that. Sounds like great fun. Did you sign a log or get a certificate?
    Yes I did sign a log, but not while I was navigating. I should warn you though, no CD player.


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    Re: Is the Mark Twain Riverboat a Scale of the Real Thing?

    Dan, I totally understand what you're saying... believe me!

    Druggas, no CD player?? hm?

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