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Old 03-01-2007, 12:29 PM
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Default 'Today in Steamboat History'/DELTA QUEEN arrives.

Dear steamboating colleagues:
Thanks to for the reminder that it was 59 years ago today, March 1, 1948, that the DELTA QUEEN arrived from DRAVO at her new home under the banner of GREENE LINE STEAMERS. Hard to believe, but true. Capt. Fred Way writes of it on Pg. 127 Chapter XV of his 'SAGA of the DELTA QUEEN.' Nearly...just about...all of the key players in that saga are now departed: Capt. Tom R. Greene; Capt. Mary B. Greene; Letha C. Greene; Capt. Fred Way; Engineer Charlie Dietz; Capt. Jesse P. Hughes; Carpenter, Bill Horn; Capt. Charlie Brasher; Capt. C.W. Stoll; Capt. Marion Frommell...on and on. The last ISLAND QUEEN had met her sad fate earlier in Sept., 1947 and was no more. S&D's secretary, Dick Prater, was a young guy then and worked on the boat her first summer, 1948. Today, Gordon C. Greene II, Tom Greene, Mary Greene-Swewart and Jane Greene no doubt have memories of those days; all seeing and experiencing various events and occupying positions within the company in the following decades. The Greene family had vision and 'dared to dream.'

I think of the many men and women who grew up later playing various roles in the continuation of the boat's life: Bob McCann, Betty Blake, Doc Hawley, Roddy Hammett, Ernie Wagner, Gabe Chengery, Don Sanders, Bob Reynolds, Jim Reising, Kenny Howe, Virginia Bennett, 'Mamie' Davis and the dedicated Davis family, along with scores of waiters, porters, bus boys, musicians, pilots, mates, engineers, Richard Simonton, E.J. Quinby, Bill Muster, ONA/Hinkey family, COKE Bottling WHEW!

Great names as passengers too numerous to list: Princess Margaret, Helen Hayes, Presidents Carter and Ford etc. Yes, even the Von Bulow family before the tragedy of 'Sunny' Von Bulow. The list for all is legendary and lengthy and I know I've left out legions of others no less important. Keith Norrington also served on the DQ and did artist Dorothy Frye. All of us either as passengers, officers or employees came together as colleagues and friends like some mysterious 'sociogram' drawing us in it's vortex.

Our lives were changed being more interesting and richer for it. What do you all think?

R. Dale Flick
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