The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana

The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana
Wjile visiting New Orleans I took a ride on the Natchez, an authentic riverboat powered by steam engine. The riverboat is propelled by paddle wheel and has no propellers. 
The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana
For about $30 you get a 2 hour narrated cruise on the mighty Mississippi River. As the ship steams along you are treated to great historical sights as well as an education on how the water way is used today for commerce. 
The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana 
The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana
On board are several bars, a restaurant, gift shop, and live music. 
The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana 
The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana
Some of the largest ships in the world run up into the Mississippi river to load and unload cargo. 
The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana
Along the river bank is one of the largest sugar factories in the United States. Passing by the factory the air is filled with the sweet scent of brown sugar. 
The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana
The Natchez holds 1,200 people and there is plenty of room to wander and explore. 
The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana
The muddy brown Mississippi River with the New Orleans skyline in the distance. The Mississippi River runs over 200 feet deep in this area with a swift current. During the spring months the river will crest more than 12 feet higher than it does normally.
The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana
The New Orleans River Front. 
The Natchez Steam Ship - New Orleans Louisiana

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