When I first was on the BELLE in the early 1970's, Capt. Roddy Hammett did the same thing in painting the stacks of wooden life floats that were still aboard. He painted the top one in diagonal red, white and blue, with a fouled anchor between the hand holes. Some of them were thrown overboard during teen dances and after the Coast Guard decreed these could no longer be used, they all were stored over on the wharfboat RENOWN. Little by little they disappeared, being used for things like planks to walk across during high water in the days when the boat was at Cox Park. During the flood in the spring of '72, the planks stretched all the way out to River Road so the crew didn't have to wade in the mud that covered the parking area.