All the old-timers in the pilothouse of the DELTA QUEEN who knew much about the origin of the wharfboat agreed that the six sand flats bought for the hull were worn out when they were purchased... and they laid the blame for buying them on a captain I won't name. It was a constant battle keeping those leakers pumped out.

But the story of the wharfboat did NOT end with it getting cut up near Fernbank. Nasty, mean remnants ended-up getting dumped on the bank at Madison, Indiana; just below where the DELTA QUEEN landed in a strong current when I was Captain and ..... Ernest E. Wagner was my Mate!