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Old 12-11-2012, 08:36 PM
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Rabbit Hash, KY and Decatur, Al Shipyards
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Oh, how sad....

Though I knew Whitey, casually, since the Greene Line Wharfboat days, it was only a couple of years ago that I had quality time with him on the BELLE OF CINCINNATI where he was piloting and I was "carrying the license". It was a terrible windy day, and Whitey's skill in handling the boat was matched only by the likes of the celebrated Mississippi River Pilot, Captain Ken Murphy. Whitey and Murph were cut from the same rare bolt of cloth. What an excellent boat-handler and gentleman Whitey Jones was, and I am saddened at the news of his passing.

The one thing I enjoyed most that Cap'n Whitey said to me after the long day was over was: "At least I finally found someone who remembers the same things I do about the Cincinnati harbor." Meaning, of course, we were of the same generation of Cincinnati rivermen who recalled the river, there, from away-back-when.

My deepest sympathy to Captain Jones' family, friends, crewmates, and all who loved him.
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