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Bill Judd 04-23-2017 06:21 PM

Sad Day
It is a sad day for all rivermen and especially for S & D members. The Motor Vessel Fred Way has been placed into retirement. Amherst Madison sold her to Neale Marine Transport who will use her as a landing boat. Sad end to a great vessel. The boat was one of a handful of unusual vessel's built by Dravo. At the September, 1984 S & D meeting Nelson Jones made Fred Way one very happy man. It was one of Fred's best moments. Very sad end, so a Pox on both your houses.

Bob Reynolds 04-23-2017 08:14 PM

Sad indeed, but old boats do wear out.

R. Dale Flick 04-25-2017 09:08 AM

*Old boats never die they just...*
Morning, Steamboating colleagues:
Seems just like yesterday when all of the S&D contingent at the Sept. annual meeting, local citizens, press and TV were present for the christening of the M/V FRED WAY at the Marietta landing. I'll have to dig in these 'dusty boxes' here, pull out the series of print photos I snapped that day. *I 'think' it was possibly Capt. Bill Barr speaking at the microphone that day who made the droll comment, "Leave it to Fred Way to have a son-in-law named Woody Rutter (i.e. a play on words meaning a boat 'rudder.' Boats, like people do wear out. Thanks for the news.

R. Dale Flick
Old Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

Luke Moore 04-25-2017 10:38 AM

Classy looking Ol' boat...built in the day when steel was bent for camber and sheer, a lost art. At least the Fred is in good hands. Remember when the Claire Beatty was the pride of the "Navy" and was sold at auction to a scrapper from Clay County who let her sink below Maysville due to a falling river...another loss never to be seen again. Luke ( somewhere on the Illinois )

Russ Ryle 04-26-2017 08:13 PM

Oldest Active M/V now that the Fred Way is retired?
Hi Bill and all,

Which M/V now gets the distinction of being the oldest still in service?

May be diesel; but, keep your steam up.

Best regards,

Russ Ryle

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