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Old 03-31-2009, 02:12 PM
Mary Sward Charlton Mary Sward Charlton is offline
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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I just spoke with Jennifer Lemmon, who is working on the DQ these days, wearing many hats. She has been shore tours director the past two seasons. To her knowledge, the pitmans are not disconnected, but she will check when she returns to the boat in a couple of days. In the past, there had been some talk about running the paddlewheel a bit, just for show--keep in mind, this is along the lines of "wouldn't it be nice if . . ," and is not a priority. They are very busy getting the boat systems ready for hotel guests in May--the alarm system was being tested the past few days; sprinkler system charged and ready; lots of painting going on. They don't have time for "what ifs" at the moment! So I'm not sure if Captain Mike's glance from a bridge while driving was completely accurate. Jennifer will let me know when she gets back to the boat, but as far as we know, there is no reason the pitmans would be disconnected.
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