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Old 04-08-2009, 06:13 AM
Alan Bates Alan Bates is offline
 
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Now that you have brought it up, Jim, I'll tell the tale. Tex (we didn't call him Boo - that was a family nickname) was tending the sternline as we entered Lock 43 upbound on a beautiful calm afternoon. I was on the wing bridge. We were floating along with the engines stopped. All was well.
Suddenly the boat took off for the upper gate in an unexpected gale of wind. I yelled at the pilot (Paul Underwood) to back full, which he did. Before he could ring the bells, Tex had lassoed a pin and stopped the boat. We were about fifty feet from the gate when we got stopped.
Tex was that way. He was absolutely dependable, always in a good mood, and utterly obedient.
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