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Old 11-30-2007, 06:28 PM
R. Dale Flick R. Dale Flick is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
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Steamboating colleagues:
Thanks to Keith for the lead posting RE: '40 years ago--sinking of the RIVER QUEEN,' Alan and Pat for their 'follows.' I recall her as the GORDON C. GREENE passing up and down here in Cincinnati as a kid. Pat's comment, "...reach out and grab our hearts forever...never seen in person, or ever been on" caught me. In the 1930s a young journalist [*Can't find his name now] penned his sentiments concerning the appeal and mystique of boats and ships. He wrote of them as one. It's worth sharing again here even if excerpted.

"Like human beings, vessels are unmistakably individual. No two are exactly alike, not even sister vessels. Like human beings, they are subject to fate--to accident, unforseen happenstance, disaster and failure. They are conceived and born, they have productive periods of varying length, they grow old and die. They are coopertive or obstinate, proud or humble, eccentric or predictable. Like people they are also beautiful or ugly or somewhere in between. They're smart or dull, fast or slow. They're worse than average, better than average or outstanding. Like people they live up to those hopes, sometimes not.

They are repositories of hopes--of the designers, the builders, the owners, the crew, and one set of passengers after another. They have friends and enemies, yet legions of people who are indifferent to them. Boats and ships are invented not once but many times. Until the advent of aviation they were without peer.

They have given us good reason to be endlessly fascinated with them." END

R. Dale Flick
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