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Old 02-18-2008, 05:40 AM
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Default Grumpy

The Sprague thread has brought out descriptions of grumpy behavior in steamboat officers. In being a leader, whether a steamboat officer or foreman of a two-man ditch-digging crew, one must make up his mind that sooner or later he will be obliged to be a cross-grained, obstinate, (how I wish I could hurl in an expletive or two!) demanding martinet. Even the gentle Captain Jesse Hughes, who it is said never cursed, had to occasionally crack down. Things must be done just so, and ideas from the crew are neither wanted nor needed by masters, mates, pilots, engineers or even pursers.
Those of you who have ambitions to become steamboat officers should etch this in heart and brain before applying.
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