One of the NATCHEZ’s most prized possessions is her 32-note steam calliope. Patented in 1855 by Joshua C. Stoddard of Massachusetts, the calliope found its way on board riverboats shortly thereafter.
The name comes from the Greek muse meaning “beautiful voice.” It’s a unique instrument with “visible” notes; each key causing a valve to open, releasing steam from the whistle.
Debbie, full-time calliope player since 1989, enjoys watching visitors take in the experience of hearing a live steam calliope. She was once referred to as “the lady who makes the clouds sing.” What’s more rewarding than that?
– Debbie Fagnano, Steamboat NATCHEZ