Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, September 27, 2002

Friday's underwater archaeology

This week, a field school for budding underwater archaeologists began excavating the wreck of a large stern-wheeler, believed to be the steamboat Montana. The Montana was the largest ever to travel the waters of the Missouri River, the archaeologists say. It now rests on the riverbank in Bridgeton, just south of the Highway 370 Discovery Bridge.

The boat's remains are revealing surprises about the state of technology during the last days of glory for river steamboats and may serve as a blueprint for rethinking the history of paddle wheel boats.

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