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THE BOILER DECK          THE HURRICANE DECK     THE LOWER LEVEL

THE BOILER DECK

The upper level, or boiler deck, contains two separate houses, with three major areas:

#1 The Forward End of the Forward House, called the "Officers Quarters" by Corps personnel, includes the open, central engine room well, surrounded by fourteen staterooms and heads (bathrooms). This area also includes the office area, flanked by the captain and chief engineer's cabins;

#2 The Aft End of the Forward House, which includes the galley and a separate ward room and mess;

#3 The Aft House, which contains the boiler casing and crew's quarters. Corps personnel referred to this section as the "Crews Quarters."

 

The term "boiler deck" is also frequently described as a "Texas deck," a slang term that came into wide use on river boats. "Texas deck" usually refers to an upper deck with a small structure containing cabins. On the Captain Meriwether Lewis, the boiler deck does not contain boilers.

#1 The Forward End of the Forward House

The Forward End of the Forward House, called the "Officers Quarters" by Corps personnel, includes the open, central engine room well, surrounded by fourteen staterooms and heads (bathrooms). This area also includes the office area, flanked by the captain and chief engineer's cabins;

 

This Officers Quarters section contains cabins for professional (licensed) crew members, and the office. The office is flanked by the captain and chief engineer's cabins.

 

Five rooms on the port side of this section have been remodeled to serve as the Museum of Missouri River History, created in 1981. These rooms are the Clerk & Surveyor's room, a room shared by the hoist operator and engineer, a room shared by two operators, a room shared by the watchman and carpenter, and an extra room.

 

On the starboard side, five rooms are also equipped with interpretive panels. These rooms are a chief engineer's radio room, a room for two engineers, a room for the machinist and striker, a room for two strikers, and a room for a striker and a launchman.

 

Captain's Rm                 Captain's Rm

Clerk & Surveyor's Rm Striker & Launchman's Rm

  Wireless Operator's Cabin  Chart Room

The wireless operator's room is preserved to interpret life on the vessel, with many of the operator's equipment on display: a small desk, bunk with drawers, a key rack with keys, a short wave radio and telephone.

 

#2 The Aft End of the Forward House

The Aft End of the Forward House is where the galley, mess halls, laundry and housing for cooks and waiters is located. The Officer's Toilet (head) no longer contains lavatories or toilets.

   

Galley: The galley served both crew and officers at the same time; guests had to pay for their meals. Food was served family style. The crew had designated times for meals, although coffee was available at all times.

Mess  Laundry

 

#3 The Aft House

The Aft House contains the boiler casing and crew's quarters. Corps personnel referred to this section as the "Crews Quarters. The Lewis was built to accommodate 58 people, usually operating with a crew of 52 aboard, and 11 members required for one shift.

 

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