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  1. Thanks, Dale, for another stellar Thanksgiving...

    Thanks, Dale, for another stellar Thanksgiving story!
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    You’re right to a degree, Jim, about never...

    You’re right to a degree, Jim, about never getting anything done. But high officials at my company used to do things like go inside a loaded asphalt barge (temps 260°-280°) to do work. I would not do...
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    Great story indeed! Of course nowadays, this...

    Great story indeed! Of course nowadays, this would be wrong on so many levels. Thank goodness times have changed.
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    It means climate change, for sure. The wet...

    It means climate change, for sure. The wet weather patterns we are seeing are also exacerbated by a strong El Niño pattern in the Pacific Ocean which affects the weather in North America. The Upper...
  5. So very true, Russ. You gotta get them while...

    So very true, Russ. You gotta get them while they’re young. Then you have to let them see everything and encourage them and continue to feed that curiosity and that friendship. This is true of boats...
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    I agree with Frank on all counts! However, I...

    I agree with Frank on all counts! However, I would also add Alan Bates’s “Westrn Rivers Engine Room Cyclopaeduem” to the list. It gives a very good explanation of the engine room and different types...
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    Claude, the boat that Shipyard is offering for...

    Claude, the boat that Shipyard is offering for sale is the real deal, and it’s (as we say in the US) a “Doozy”.
  8. The DWIGHT DAVIS:...

    The DWIGHT DAVIS: https://wvhistoryonview.org/thumb/038767.jpg
  9. WOWZERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOWZERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. Fred Way had a picture of the sister boat to this...

    Fred Way had a picture of the sister boat to this in a RFLECTOR once. The sister boat’s name was DWIGHT DAVIS, if I recall correctly. I THINK he talked about how it was originally steam, converted to...
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    I watched a video of this, and I’ll play the...

    I watched a video of this, and I’ll play the “devil’s advocate” here. First off, I have been on two boats that when I went to back up, a valve on the reduction gear did not work (Dublin valve?) and...
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    And we are, thanks to Alan and a number of...

    And we are, thanks to Alan and a number of others.
    I’m one of those who met Alan later in his life, though I had read several of his books. I get that he could be brash and brusque, but he was the...
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    Thanks, Jim, for this whole series of Alan...

    Thanks, Jim, for this whole series of Alan rememberances. You say you’re no writer, but I beg to disagree. Thanks again for shining some light on a true character who enriched many lives.
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    Fascinating reading, Jim, and thanks once again. ...

    Fascinating reading, Jim, and thanks once again. Personnel in the Coast Guard, as in any other large organization, vary from ridiculous pompous asses to salt-of-the-earth types who look at things in...
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    Great, Jim! I eat this stuff up.

    Great, Jim! I eat this stuff up.
  16. Russ, Judy and Dale: Judy has pretty well covered...

    Russ, Judy and Dale: Judy has pretty well covered it as far as changes we see/saw on the DQ over the years. I’ll also add that the crew quarters were gutted and rebuilt during the 1970 or 71 layup....
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    Keep ‘em coming, Jim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Keep ‘em coming, Jim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Great story, Jim! Keep ‘em coming!

    Great story, Jim! Keep ‘em coming!
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    Absolutely! Great story!

    Absolutely! Great story!
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    I’d say that’s a pretty good gues, Luke.

    I’d say that’s a pretty good gues, Luke.
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    Here it is (in less than 500 words): Judy...

    Here it is (in less than 500 words): Judy explained it.
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    I think a combination of those things. Barges are...

    I think a combination of those things. Barges are loaded heavier than they used to be. Outdrafts are wicked, and did not exist with the old wicket-type dams, which were lowered and tows ran over them...
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    I’m not sure anyone is bashing the Coast Guard...

    I’m not sure anyone is bashing the Coast Guard here. Yes, dealing with the USCG can be a pain sometimes. Part of that is their broad mission of being enforcers as well as inspectors, rescuers,...
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    Where is she going, Bill, and what will be her...

    Where is she going, Bill, and what will be her new trade?
  25. Jim and Dale, yes, very interesting about all...

    Jim and Dale, yes, very interesting about all this. Jim, I’m with you that it would have been far easier to cut down the diameter of the wheels and make adjustment to them than re-doing all the...
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