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The Delta Queens Captains Log, Friday, November 21, 2003

Posted 01-17-2012 at 07:31 PM by Capt Mike
Secure at Robin St. Wharf, New Orleans
I rested well, as only a captain can when he knows his vessel is tied up securely in a safe port. I arose at 7 am and prepared for the day and the beginning of a new cruise. I hoped to spend the morning reviewing the upcoming cruises on the Intercoastal Waterway, and to call all the ports and locks along our route to let them know we were coming. The morning was clear and warm as I made my way into the office to confer with my boss in the Marine Operations...
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John Hartford

Posted 01-14-2012 at 08:23 AM by sheila nichols
My name is Sheila Nichols and I am a co-producer of a documentary film on the life and music of John Hartford titled: JOHN HARTFORD "OH YEAH" I am looking for information on how to contact the current owner of the Julia Belle Swain. I am also looking to see if anyone has a copy of the tape that was created when John Hartford had his back to several steamboats and could name the boat by listening to the whistles.....
if you can help me on either of these issues...It would...
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continued "The Captains Log"

Posted 01-10-2012 at 02:04 PM by Capt Mike
...due to the insane persistance of my next- younger brother Danny. He had relentlessly hounded social workers at the home, seeking information about the where-abouts of his brothers, and finally one near retirement relented and told him where his older brothers were and who had adopted our youngest brother, Jimmy. It turned out that brother Jimmy had been adopted by the President of a large southern Missouri college, and was living in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Danny made an appointment to see the...
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Delta Queens Captains Log Excerpts

Posted 01-10-2012 at 02:00 PM by Capt Mike
Sunday, August 17th, Paducah, Kentucky

We arrived and tied off uneventfully at the Paducah City front about 2:30 am this morning, having locked straight through Kentucky Lock without a delay. I was able to get the kind of rest a Captain can get when his vessel is tied securely in a safe port in fair weather and tended by a competent crew.
I arose at 7am, showered and dressed for the day, and after my usual rounds of the boat I made my way to the forward cabin lounge to have...
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The Delta Queens Captains Log

Posted 01-06-2012 at 07:03 PM by Capt Mike
October 28....We departed Kentucky Lock at midnight, having finally locked through after a 3 and a half hour delay. We are ALWAYS delayed at Kentucky lock, and even held out to allow tow boats to go through even when we have arrived first! So much for priority! It has gotten so bad that our office has written to the Lockmaster and the Corp to complain. It was a smooth lockage, we landed on the wall without a bump. I've been fortunate this whole month, not so much as a tiny bump as I've made many...
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