I read the recollections of Stogie White with much interest. I knew him a little. He was a frequent visitor on the DQ and also on the BELLE in the early days. My mother was good friends with his first wife who lived near us here in Louisville, needless to say, being a divorced wife, she didn't think much of Stogie.
What I found interesting in the interview was him saying that in 1936 there was a law that come in effect which required automatic sprinkler systems on overnight passenger vessels. Passenger revenues on the CHRIS and TOM were not enough to justify the expense of installing this expensive upgrade so Capt. Tom tore out the staterooms and converted them to strictly freight carriers.
Sounds familiar as to what is happening today to the last Greene Line boat.