Stranded Paddlewheeler Passengers Doing Fine

Passengers aboard a paddlewheeler mired on a sandbank whooped it up for a second day Monday, calling out, “We want more beer!” to people ashore.

Others on the maiden voyage of the American Queen, the largest riverboat ever built, hitched an unceremonious ride atop an empty barge to shore for a bus trip home.

About 100 of 285 invited guests, mostly travel agents and writers, headed for shore. The rest stayed aboard, along with the 159-member crew.

The 418-foot boat - a palace of fretwork and curlicues crowned with towering fluted stacks and a bright red paddlewheel - remained firmly lodged in the mucky Ohio River bottom despite efforts to free it.

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