Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Listen to the music - of a paddle steamer
The paddle steamer 'De Majesteit' features a real steam engine, a sight to see for the passengers, because they can look into the engine room through a huge panorama window.
Steam, used for propulsion, is also available to play a steam organ.
This organ is so loud that it can be heard for literally miles around. So I jumped on my bike to make sure I could share this experience with my friends the world over.
This is not a unique European feature; I have come across internet sites about American paddle steamers with similar organs - and similar trouble to get them properly tuned.
Two movies below:
• 25 seconds, low quality image and sound, 280 KB, pleasant for dial-up connections;
• 1 minute 18 sec, higher quality image and sound, 6.7 MB, different tune and well worth the longer download time, I think.