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Thread: Remembering Captain Robert James "Roddy" Hammett.

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    Default By The Way

    That picture is forever burned into my memory, along with the humerous things going on around us, hence the grins. Sam Centanni(?) in the pilot house. Photo by Pat Sullivan. All gone, except moi.

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    "Just a moment in time". JH.

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    Any time around Roddy was a time for silly grins... except for one.

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    The Captain's Champagne Dinner for that Tennessee River trip was particularly memorable. Commodore "High-pockets" was at the head of the table and Robin Hixson was at the foot. Bud Black, Roddy, Ann, Jeff S., and my self were down near Robin; boy did we have fun. Ann sneezed and Roddy asked, "What's the matter, Ann, shipping fever?" as he placed a knife like a bitt cross-ways in his mouth. Robin sent a dish of hotel sized soap down Commodore's way which caused many a head to be scratched as it was passed from one honored guest to the next. God, it was a fantastic trip!

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    In the early Ohio River Mornings Mists the Whistle can still be heard for a hundred miles, for a hundred miles...................

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    Default Twenty Years Today.

    My, how fast twenty years have passed, but Captain Roddy is still fresh in my memory.

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    Default Reliving That Night....

    For those who did not know Captain Roddy, this is generally what happen on that horrible night twenty-years ago, today:

    Captain Roddy was, at the time, working on a casino boat in Baton Rouge, the CASINO ROGUE, and he had just gotten his first time off after his first hitch on the boat. Roddy had not gone directly home to West Virginia, that night, due to a snow storm that left the roads, there, impassable. So he decided to spend some time in New Orleans while waiting for the roads to reopen, and while he was in town, he had dinner with Captain Clarke "Doc"Hawley. After dinner, Rod asked Doc if he would care to go to Schwegmann's Bros. grocery where Roddy wanted to purchase Louisiana Yams for his mother and other items for WV friends as he usually did when he returned home from New Orleans. Luckily, Doc could not accompany his friend, so Roddy went alone. When Roddy finished shopping and returned to his car in the grocery store parking lot, apparently, the killer was hiding in the back seat and forced our friend to drive to the 2200 block of Napoleon where he robbed, shot, and murdered one of the finest, kindest, and most gentle of men who ever lived. The world became a colder and meaner place that terrible night...

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    Default Twenty-two Years...

    Twenty-two years, today, and counting until eternity. Rest in peace, Cap'n Roddy...
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    Amen Brother Don. The Railroad (former Baltimore & Ohio--now CSX) still runs down the Main Street of St Mary's WV, the Ohio River still laps at the old landing, towboat [a bit of poetic license please] whistles still echo a hundred miles in the mist and fog but it's a more lonely place now.

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