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On the American Queen: Leaving Vicksburg Part 2

A tale of backing down the Yazoo Canal, continued:

Canal gangplankThe last of the crew on shore climbed onto the gangway, it was raised, and swung around to the front on Deck 1.







Canal thrusterThe thrusters went into action, roiling the water, and the boat moved sideways away from the shore and into the middle of the canal.






Canal watchwheel

From the deck above, guests watched the paddlewheel go into action.

Canal stackSmoke starts coming from the stacks.















As the boat backs into the Mississippi, we can see by the change in water color where the Yazoo Canal meets the Mississippi -- the Yazoo is muddier.




Canal done

Then we're back on the river, chugging forward toward West Helena, Ark.