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Shipyard Sam 06-14-2007 11:28 PM

"Can You Hear Me....?"
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Immediately upon picking up the wing bridge microphone, Commodore (he preferred Captain) Wagner made those clearing sounds followed by his trademark, [B][I]“CAN YOU HEAR ME?”[/I][/B] The crew always loved it, and would excitedly reply, [B][I]”We can hear you...” [/I][/B]

Likely as not, the folks over in the next county heard Big Cap, too.

Keith Norrington 06-15-2007 07:34 AM

On the DQ a green as grass young deckhand was given the task of taking the headline up the hill. He took off with that line like he was headed for the next county, despite Capt. Wagner bellowing at him. Later, Cap said to the young man, "Son, when I raise my hand that means [B]STOP[/B]!"

Bela Berty 06-16-2007 01:45 AM

My favorite memory of working for Captain Wagner was when Captain Don Sanders, working as the Mate, had me quit mopping the decks so that I would go inside the Master's cabin to do some typing of letters for some old-timers to renew their licenses. When Captain Wagner came into his cabin, I started to leave so that he could get his rest, but he had me stay to finish typing. Of course, I asked him to tell me how he got started in steamboating.

Who online will tell that story before I tell what I remember of his story?

Bob Reynolds 06-16-2007 10:46 AM

When Cap would start that, the crew DID love it. However, if he got excited or if we did not hear something he said, he would holler that much louder, which really made it impossible to understand a word he said! As Keith can testify, he yelled, "THEODORE!" a LOT! (to Ted Davisson).

Shipyard Sam 06-16-2007 12:26 PM

Natural Leader
When Big Cap got to [I]bellerin'[/I], the deck crew often, literally, ran into each other. As I had been working with Cap since I was 17 years old, I knew exactly what he meant through all the bluster; so I instructed the crew that he was talking directly to me, and I would interpret and they were to follow [I]my[/I] commands. It always worked.

Captain Wagner was a joy to work for (most of the time), and I would rather be his Mate than the Master of [U]any[/U] boat on my own. The Skipper had what might be called, [I]natural leadership ability.[/I]

Shipyard Sam 06-16-2007 12:28 PM

You tell it. Different versions of the same story are aways welcome.

Judy Patsch 06-16-2007 12:43 PM

Wasn't Chattegay sp.? yelled a lot too by Capt. Wagner????

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