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Mary Sward Charlton 06-04-2006 08:47 AM

Working on the DQ
I have had the pleasure of meeting some of you, and others know me as an occasional poster. As a Cincinnatian, I fell in love with steamboating, and the DQ, as a teen. I'm now living my dream and working on the boat! I decided that I'd better do it now, and am currently bartending aboard the boat. I've read many discussions about working on the boats, and I'll tell you, I probably have the easiest job on the boat. Even so, it is not for everyone. I work at least 11 hours a day, all on my feet; sleep on the top bunk, where I have to avoid the sprinkler head (!); and don't have time to eat! But I also am privleged to care for a legacy! While I mix drinks, I tell people the history of the boat, and of steamboating. I get to travel the rivers, and sit on the bow at night, watching the light pick out the markers. I spend my free time in the engineroom, where I've oiled the pitmans! And I've seen how hard everyone else works, too. It takes dedicated people to keep this grand lady going, but she is worth it. I love just being able to do the simplest things for her--polish her brass, or keep her customers happy, so they will keep coming back. So if you have a trip scheduled, please come see me.
I will be posting a few pictures, if you are interested. I'm not the best photographer, and internet access is limited while on the boat, so bear with me. I'll be back on the boat beginning June 12.

Wayne White 06-04-2006 05:06 PM

Thanks for your comments about working aboard that fine lady of the rivers.Looking forward to more somments from you as well as the pictures!

Franz Neumeier 06-05-2006 10:22 AM

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Here are the pictures. Thanks for sending them, Mary!


Keith Baylor 06-06-2006 10:48 AM

Regarding the middle photo - what is the location?

Carmen 06-06-2006 11:26 AM


Seeing the excursion boats in the background it must be Mud Island / Memphis and the boats are the Memphis Queen fleet.


Dennis Shenk 06-06-2006 04:07 PM

Carmen is correct. The middle picture is at Mud Island.
The right picture is the the MQ preparing to land along side the DQ at Dover. TN.
The left picture is the small lock chamber at Wilson L&D. The other side of the boat looked just like this too!


Alan Bates 06-07-2006 05:34 AM

Captain Harris Underwood disliked running master on steamboats and seldom did it. On the Belle of Louisville, for example, he ran master for a total of one week while Paul took a vacation. He much preferred the solitude (?!) of the pilothouse to schmoozing with the passengers, which Paul enjoyed very much Another time Harry Hamilton came on as pilot and when Paul took a break, Harris had Hamilton run as master while he stayed in the pilothouse.

Mary Sward Charlton 06-07-2006 05:54 PM

Thanks, Chief, for identifying the pictures--I have been without internet for the past two days while visiting my mother. However, I've also found more slides of the DQ from around 1980--and these are of the engine room! I'll have them digitized and will post a few, if anyone would like to see some. There is a wringer washer in one!

Bob Reynolds 06-07-2006 06:45 PM

Mary, you would be surpised at how many reading htis board have USED that wringer washer!

Mary Sward Charlton 06-07-2006 06:55 PM

Guess I'd better post a picture of it when I get it digitized. How about some stories??

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