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In Memoriam - Capt. Paul Striegel

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Old 01-15-2008, 09:13 AM
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Default In Memoriam - Capt. Paul Striegel

The Waterways Journal this week brought the sad news of the passing of Capt. H. Paul Striegel, 88, at Paducah on January 1st. Just two weeks prior he had been presented with the first "River Legend" award by the Seamen's Church Institute. Affectionately nicknamed "Capt. High Pockets" and "Tall Paul", he was well respected and a lifelong riverman who came from a family of river pilots. He was a popular and beloved mentor/role model to many -- and known for always insisting that things be done right.

I first met and became friends with Capt. Paul in the summer of 1996 when he came to Louisville for the Steamboat History Conference. As one who witnessed the transition from steam to diesel on the rivers, he emphasized the importance of preserving river history.

Capt. Paul was well known for his daily visits for coffee and conversation at Paducah river industry offices, the Seamen's Church Institute and River Heritage Museum. It was at the museum that I last visited with him several years ago. Always friendly and ready to "talk river" with those who shared his passion, he will be greatly missed.

A long and two shorts of the whistle in tribute and gratitude to Capt. Paul and his legacy.
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