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Old 04-24-2009, 10:48 AM
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Location: Rabbit Hash, KY and Decatur, Al Shipyards
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".... any of you that have worked onboard the larger steamboats have ever had Cadetís onboard training...?

A couple of USMMA cadets were aboard the DELTA QUEEN for their "cruise" in 1971, or so, with hopes that they would elect to return to the QUEEN after graduation with their engineering licenses in hand. But, lo, they were never hear from again after their cadet time aboard the DELTA QUEEN was done. More than likely, it was the difference in pay they could get offshore as compared to the steamboat that influenced their decisions not to return inland after graduating from Kings Point.

It wasn't until I became one of four original Captains of the GRAND VICTORIA I, a 400-foot casino boat on the Fox River in Elgin, Illinois, did I, again, work with maritime academy grads, where I was only one of two Hawse-pipers in the deck department. Of a hundred, or more, academy grads I have sailed with, since, 99% of them were exceptional young men and women who have added greatly to the brown water marine community.
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