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Old 05-11-2010, 08:26 PM
Judy Patsch Judy Patsch is offline
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Rock Island, Illinois mile 480 UMR
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Default MISSISSIPPI QUEEN enroute to scrapyard as I type

Capt. Steve Nicoulin called me at 6:50PM to let me hear the NATCHEZ' final whistle salute to her 1975 sister, the MISSISSIPPI QUEEN, as she was being towed downriver to Southern Scrap. The towboat pilots said they were taking her into the Algiers Lock and Canal, which is on the westbank, and Capt. Steve says Southern is in the Industrial Canal on the East Bank, so we'll see where she ends up. I watched her sail out of sight on the River Cam at 7:17 PM May 11, 2010. I am grateful to the NATCHEZ guys for letting me share this sad time with them tonight and so glad they gave the MQ a final steam salute... this is hard to take...
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