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The bateaux cruises idea came from Paris where several companies operate
sightseeing boats on the Seine. I took my wife to Paris for our 5th
anniversary and we took the Bateaux - Mouches dinner cruise. B-M is perhaps
the best known of the Seine boats operations. It was a spectacularly
romantic way to see Paris at night while having a superb (albeit expensive)
meal. You can read about it here:

We got to Paris by flying into London, taking the express train from
Heathrow to Paddington Station, the tube to Waterloo Station, and then the
Eurostar train to Paris. Anyone who likes trains must take the Eurostar once
in their life. It's an incredible trip. The train hits 300KPH (186MPH) in
rural France, and runs at over 100MPH through the Channel Tunnel.

Rob Doorack

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Interesting; "Batteaux" (proper name) is a flat bottom sightseeing /
dinner cruise vessel operating on the waters around Manhattan Island /
NY City. My wife plus friends were celebrating birthdays and enjoyed a
Saturday evening gourmet dinner plus fireworks earlier this year.
Pricey, but worth it, as she told me.

Jerome Crosson

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In other parts of the country flat boats were also called something
like "batteaux", french for flat bottom boat I think. They were used
wherever the rivers were partially navigable and were often if not all
the time, a one-way affair. the Shenandoah River had them and after
the Shenandoah Valley RR was completed, it basically put them out of
business after the last few years; 1889 is the year I have read for
there. But there were numerous others, of course.

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> Well, for what it is worth, I can remember my grandmother telling how
> great grandfather took a day to make several trips on a horse taking
all the
> family and household goods down to the Tug river on Blackberry Creek
(on the
> KY side) and taking all of them on a boat from there to Portsmouth.
Best I
can recall, it was on something she called a flatboat. She was a
> and they moved during the period when all the shooten was going on
with the Mc
Coys. I think Blackberry Creek hits the Tug up river from Matewan
about a mile.
I would guess about 5 or 6 miles down river from Delrome, so it must
have been
navigable at least from there during part of the year back then.

> Bob Huston

> Bluefield Daily Telegraph
> September 25, 1909
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