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The Paddlewheel Queen - the early years

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The iconic Winnipeg cruise ship took its last voyage down the Red River Sunday. Here is a look back at the early years.

  • From the August 1st edition of the Winnipeg Free Press: Replica of a 19th century stern-wheeler strated regular cruises on the Red River Wednesday. The boat leaves its home dock near Nairn Avenue, in Elmwood, makes a trip to a point just past Middlechurch and returns in three hours. Tentative schedule calls for three trips on weekdays, four trips Saturdays and Sundays. There is a band on board for the last trip each day, at 10 p.m.; recorded music (via stereo) on other trips. Paddlewheel Queen - July 30, 1965
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    From the August 1st edition of the Winnipeg Free Press: Replica of a 19th century stern-wheeler strated regular cruises on the Red River Wednesday. The boat leaves its home dock near Nairn Avenue, in Elmwood, makes a trip to a point just past Middlechurch and returns in three hours. Tentative schedule calls for three trips on weekdays, four trips Saturdays and Sundays. There is a band on board for the last trip each day, at 10 p.m.; recorded music (via stereo) on other trips. Paddlewheel Queen - July 30, 1965 Winnipeg Free Press

  • Paddlewheel Queen - September 23, 1969 
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    Paddlewheel Queen - September 23, 1969 Winnipeg Free Press

  • Paddlewheel Queen and Paddlewheel Princess - September 23, 1969 
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    Paddlewheel Queen and Paddlewheel Princess - September 23, 1969 Winnipeg Free Press

  • Paddlewheel Queen - May 13, 1975.
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    Paddlewheel Queen - May 13, 1975. Winnipeg Free Press

  • Paddlewheel Queen - May 9, 1975.
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    Paddlewheel Queen - May 9, 1975. (Winnipeg Free Press)

  • Paddlewheel Queen night cruise - July 27, 1976. 
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    Paddlewheel Queen night cruise - July 27, 1976. (Paul Deleske/Winnipeg Free Press)

  • From the May 4, 1989 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press:
Too tall - The Paddlewheel Queen gets her top two decks removed at the Selkirk dock so she can cruise under Winnipeg bridges this summer from her new location in The Forks redevelopment area. Owner Joe Slogan estimates the cost of the renovations at about $200,000 but expects more passengers from the new docking site. (Phil Hossack/Winnipeg Free Press)

    From the May 4, 1989 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press: Too tall - The Paddlewheel Queen gets her top two decks removed at the Selkirk dock so she can cruise under Winnipeg bridges this summer from her new location in The Forks redevelopment area. Owner Joe Slogan estimates the cost of the renovations at about $200,000 but expects more passengers from the new docking site. (Phil Hossack/Winnipeg Free Press)

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